Attend a free screening of ‘Hidden Figures’

Hidden Figures (2016, 127 min.)poster for Hidden Figures film

The Fox film, tells the true story of three African American women at NASA — Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) — who played a major role in helping launch astronaut John Glenn into orbit.

A guest panel will follow the screening.  Additionally, there will STEM activities and refreshments served in the galleria of Buchanan Auditorium (PBB W10).

Film Screening and Guest Panel
Monday, March 6, 2017
6:30 pm
Pappajohn Business Building W10 Buchanan Auditorium
21 East Market Street, Iowa City

Second Screening
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
6:00 pm
Pomerantz Center C20 HNI Auditorium
213 North Clinton Street, Iowa City


College of Engineering – Outreach, Admissions, Scholarships and Inclusion Services (OASIS), Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE), TRIO Upward Bound, Tippie College of Business, Carver College of Medicine – Office of Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives, Iowa City Community School District, Multi-Ethnic Engineering and Sciences Association (MESA), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemist and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE), Center for Diversity and Enrichment, African American Council, University Housing and Dining

If you have any questions, please contact Tracy Peterson, 319-335-5776 or

Racial Equity Workshop takes place March 24-25

WHO? People committed to understanding and eliminating racism. All students, faculty, and staff welcome.

WHAT? A two-day workshop led by trainers from the Racial Equity Institute

WHERE? The University of Iowa campus, College of Public Health Building

WHEN? March 24 & 25, 2017 | 9 am to 5 pm both days

COST? $20 suggested donation. Fee waived for students. Food provided both days!


  • Attend a two-day innovative, engaging, and interactive workshop on best practices on how to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities and produce equitable outcomes.
  • Learn the historical factors and organizational definition of racism. Reframe problems and come up with solutions through a racial equity lens.
  • Focus on practices on how to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities and produce equitable outcomes.

In our contemporary society, racism shapes the outcomes of all institutions. It pits entrenched patterns of power against what are often faint images of equity. Yet even those who are concerned about growing achievement gaps, disparities in health and wealth, and the mass incarceration of black and brown people are challenged in their understanding of how racism remains alive and well in all our institutions, advantaging some while harming others.

This workshop helps participants become clear on how race and racism have been constructed in the U.S. and how ideas about racism live in our unconscious minds and social structures even 50 years after the successes of the Civil Rights movement. This workshop is important for people of color and white people who are committed to eliminating racism. It provides an analysis that helps participants gain clarity about how racism is organized and how to work to disrupt its powerful influence.

Individuals with disabillties are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requi’es an accommodation in order to participate in this event, please contact

Summer program invites underrepresented students to explore health careers

Students sit on the steps of the Old Capitol on the University of Iowa campus.The University of Iowa recently received a $415,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to help prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers in health care.

The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a free, six-week summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for freshman or sophomore college students interested in the health professions. SHPEP’s goal is to strengthen the academic proficiency and career development of students underrepresented in health care to prepare them for success in a broad array of health professions schools.

These students include, but are not limited to, individuals who identify as African American/Black, American Indian and Alaska Native, and Hispanic/Latino, and who are from communities of socioeconomic and educational disadvantage.

The Carver College of Medicine, College of Public Health, College of Dentistry, and College of Pharmacy are spearheading the program on the UI campus.

“We’re excited to introduce students to public health,” says Tanya Uden-Holman, associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Public Health. “It’s a collaborative, multidisciplinary field that touches almost every aspect of daily life and makes a real difference in the health of communities.”

SHPEP offers students a variety of academic and career experiences:

  • Academic enrichment in the basic sciences and quantitative topics.
  • Learning and study skills development, including methods of individual and group learning.
  • Clinical exposure through small group rotations in health care settings, simulation experiences, and seminars.
  • Opportunities to learn about interprofessional education and how different professions collaborate as health care teams.
  • Career development sessions directed toward exploration of the health professions, the admissions process, and the development of an individualized education plan.
  • A financial literacy and planning workshop that informs students of financial concepts and strategies.
  • A health policy seminar series to expose scholars to a larger view of health care, health systems, and the social determinants of health.

February 1, 2017 – Early Admission Deadline

March 1, 2017 – Regular Admission Deadline

The program will run at the University of Iowa June 19 through July 28, 2017.

For more information or to apply online, visit

Eligibility Requirements

All students who meet the Summer Health Professions Education Program eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply. Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a college freshman or sophomore at the time of application
  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5
  • Be a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident, or an individual granted deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Not have previously participated in the program.

Other factors for consideration include that a student:

  • Identifies with a group that is racially/ethnically underrepresented in the health professions;
  • Comes from an economically or educationally disadvantaged background; and/or
  • Has demonstrated an interest in issues affecting underserved populations.
  • Submits a compelling personal statement, diversity essay, and a strong letter of recommendation.

Walker to speak on American Indian, Alaska Native behavioral health

Spotlight Series LogoNative Heritage—Understanding American Indian/Alaska Native Behavioral Health:
Pursuing the Cause of the Causes


Dale Walker, MD, Director of the One Sky Center
Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, Oregon Health and Science University

Wednesday, Nov. 9
12:30 – 1:30 pm
Callaghan Auditorium

The health status of American Indians and Alaskan Natives is well documented to be far below that of the general population of the United States. Chronic diseases are especially problematic, and behavioral health conditions such as depression, anxiety, addictions, suicide, and family disruption are concerns across all tribes. In addition, the ability to provide adequate, culturally sensitive, evidence-based care in this era of health reform is especially challenging.

In this presentation, Dr. Dale Walker will review the chronic illness issues of Native populations, with a special focus on suicide and substance use disorders. Dr. Walker will examine the use of culturally derived social skills training and social determinants—defined as how and where we live, learn, work and play throughout our life—as powerful integrative tools to assist our efforts in rethinking health care delivery in Native communities.

Dr. Walker is the director of the One Sky Center, a National Resource Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Health, Education and Research. It is dedicated to quality health care across Indian Country.

Sign up for Haitian Creole workshops by Oct. 24

The University of Iowa College of Public Health is offering free workshops to introduce people to the Haitian Creole language. The first workshop will be on Friday, Oct. 28, from 6:15 to 8 p.m. in room S106 CPHB, 145 N. Riverside Dr., Iowa City.

College of Public Health students, faculty, staff, and others in the Iowa City community are welcome.

If you plan to attend the Oct. 28 event, please RSVP to by Monday, Oct. 24. It is very important to RSVP, as some workshop materials and announcements will be sent via email ahead of time.  Food will be provided.

If you are interested in attending, but cannot make the Oct. 28 date, please email Jeff Dawson so that you can be placed on an email list to keep you informed of future workshops.

The second workshop is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 9.  The frequency and format of the workshops will be adapted to fit the needs of those who attend.

Preview October diversity events and programs at the UI

A variety of UI organizations are hosting events in October. For an expanded calendar of diversity-related events, visit

Garba, Raas, Bhangra, and Bollywood 2016
Saturday, October 1st, 8:00pm-12:00am
Iowa Memorial Union, 125 Madison St.

Black Student Union Sunday Dinner
Sunday, October 2nd, 6-9pm
Afro House, 303 Melrose Ave, Iowa City

8th Annual Health Sciences LGBTQ & Allies Fall Welcome Reception
Tuesday, October 4th, 4:00-6:30pm
LGBTQ Resource Center, 125 Grand Ave Court

Latinx Multiculturalism: Complexities of Latinx Identity
Tuesday, October 4th, 7-8pm
Latino Native American Cultural Center

Pizza N’ Professionals: Latinx Networking Social
Wednesday, October 5th, 7-9pm
The Airliner, 2nd Floor

Disability Celebration
Wednesday, October 5th, 3:30-4:30pm
University Capitol Centre, Room 2520D
More information:

18th Iowa Latinx Conference
Friday, October 7th
Iowa Memorial Union
More Information:

Privilege or Pariah Film Screening and Discussion
A discussion about intersectionality and personal identity.
Monday, October 10th, 6-8pm
LGBT Resource Center, 125 Grand Ave, Iowa City

Planning for the Future: Guardianship & Conservatorships in Iowa
A workshop for families whose children with disabilities are turning age 18.
Monday, October 17th, 6-7:30pm
Iowa City Public Library, Room A

Introduction to Islam: Tenets of Belief and Cultural Accomplishments
Presented by Staff Language and Culture
Wednesday, October 19th, 9-11am
112 University Services Building Training Room
Register in Employee Self Service|MyTraining| Course 851

LGBT History of Iowa City Lecture
Wednesday, October 19th, 7-8pm
101 Becker Communication Studies Building

Every 28 Hours
90 one-minute plays inspired by the BLM Movement
Saturday, October 22nd, 7:30pm
Darwin Turner Action Theatre (DTAT), Iowa City

The Safe Zone Project: Trans Awareness
Tuesday, October 25th, 2-3:30pm
Teacher Leader Center (N140) Lindquist Center
Sign up through Employee Self Service|My Training

CPH hosting preview performance of ‘Black and Blue’

Spotlight Series LogoThe UI College of Public Health will host cast members from Riverside Theatre as they perform scenes from “Black and Blue,” an original production that explores the relationship between law enforcement and African-American communities. Discussion and Q&A with writer and director Sean Lewis will follow.

Monday, September 12
12:30 p.m.
poster for Black and Blue, a play staged by Riverside TheatreCallaghan Auditorium (N110) CPHB

Lunch provided | RSVP to

*Attend to enter a drawing for two free tickets to the Sept. 16 show at Riverside Theatre*

*Discounted tickets will be available for purchase at the preview performance at CPHB*



Written and directed by Sean Lewis

Starring Barrington Vaxter, Alyssa Perry, Ryan West and Tierra Plowden

Ten years ago Charlie was a cop on a beat and Marcus was a suspect in the Fuller Park section of Chicago. Ten years since their paths crossed, their lives have gone in different directions but questions remain: was it abuse? Brutality? Or solid police work? Charlie’s sister Charlotte is looking into the case for herself this time, and this particular evening she’s decided to bring Marcus home with her to really figure out what is what.


For a current list of 2016-17 Spotlight Series events, please visit:

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Kathy Andrews in advance at 319-384-4111.