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.


‘Latino: The Changing Face of America’ screening, discussion is Sept. 8

Latinos are one of the fastest growing populations in the United States and are currently the largest demographic in California, while in Iowa the Latino community in some counties has grown as much as 400% in the last 15 years. By 2035, Latinos will represent 35% of the U.S. population.

“Latino: The Changing Face of America” is a documentary film (58 minutes) that briefly explores the Latino experience and history in California, Texas, and Iowa. The film touches on issues of education access, migration and immigration status, generational status, and political implications of the demographic change. Iowa is known to be a New Destination site for Latinos, meaning Iowa has seen a very rapid growth in the Latino community. This film also documents the Latino experience in Ottumwa, Iowa, and how that town has worked to welcome the community and what this has meant economically and socially for this community.

A free screening and panel discussion will be held on Thursday, September 8, at 3:30 p.m. in the Callaghan Auditorium, College of Public Health Building. Director Roxanne Fria will be present at the screening. A reception will follow. Admission is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the University of Iowa College of Public Health and the UI Latino Council

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 the College of Public Health in advance at (319) 384-1500. This film has captioning available.

Special training in unconscious bias offered June 8

Exploring the Influence of Unconscious Bias in Our Work and Lives:
The Research, the Impact, and Strategies to Override

Presenter:  Diane Finnerty, M.S., Assistant Provost for Faculty, Office of the Provost

Date/Time:  June 8, 2016, 2-4 pm

Location:  C217 CPHB

Learning Objectives:

This interactive session will

  • Define unconscious bias, including elements of key research studies exploring its prevalence and persistence.
  • Identify the potential impact of unchecked bias in recruitment, evaluation, student mentoring, and everyday interactions.
  • Discuss individual and institutional evidence-based strategies to decrease the influence of bias in our everyday interactions.

Sponsored by the CPH Staff Council

Workshop on organizational bias set for June 2

Presentation and Discussion Open to All Health Sciences Colleges

Organizational Bias

Presented by Leslie Ashburn-Nardo, PhD

Thursday, June 2
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Seebohm Conference Room (283 EMRB)


Leslie Ashburn-Nardo, PhD, is an Associate Professor in Psychology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and will also be one of the keynote speakers during the 3rd Annual Culturally Responsive Health Care in Iowa Conference on Friday, June 3. Her professional interests involve diversity and intergroup relations. One line of her research program focuses on stereotypes and prejudice – particularly their more subtle, often implicit forms – and the implications such biases have for intra- and intergroup judgments and health and well-being.

A second line focuses on strategies for reducing bias and discrimination, such as interpersonal confrontation. She examines these questions not only in the laboratory, but also in more applied contexts, with the long-term goals of improving quality of care and organizational climate for stigmatized group members. She also has some interest in the scholarship of teaching and mentoring, especially with regard to finding ways to improve the academic experiences of students who are members of underrepresented groups.

Hosted by the UI Carver College of Medicine

College hosting MLK Jr. Celebration Week events

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week, the College of Public Health is hosting two events with the theme of “exploring privilege” — what it is, who has it, and what its effects are. The first event is a free screening of “White Privilege: Racism, White Denial, and the Cost of Inquality,” on Thursday, Jan. 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Ellig Classroom. The film features Tim Wise, a nationally known antiracist essayist, author, and educator.

The second event is “The Privilege Walk,” an interactive exercise and discussion about the effects of societal privilege. The activity takes place Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 3 to 4 p.m. in Callaghan Auditorium. Both events are open to everyone.

View more Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week events at the UI.

White Privilege film screening
White Privilege film screening














Privilege Walk event
Privilege Walk event














View a video of a Privilege Walk exercise