Diversity and Social Responsibility News

Creating a space where students can be themselves

Carmen Flagge (left) leads Connect Four, a learning community that connects College of Human Sciences students of color with one another and builds a smaller community within the larger Iowa State community. Photo by Ryan Riley.

For students of color at Iowa State University, multicultural program offices are both a resource and a place to call home.

Iowa State shares research about higher education policy and practice

Iowa State University scholars, largely from the School of Education in Lagomarcino Hall, are this week showcasing their research at the Association for the Study of Higher Education conference. Photo by Ryan Riley.

Iowa State University scholars are this week sharing their research about higher education policy and practice at a meeting of the nation’s premier association for such research.

Twenty-one researchers, largely from the School of Education, are showcasing their work at the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) annual conference, today through Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. The association is a scholarly society with 2,000 members dedicated to higher education as a field of study.

Research to drive systemic change in STEM diversity

Sarah Rodriguez, Lorenzo Baber, and Mary Darrow are among School of Education faculty and staff leading research on National Science Foundation grants aimed at improving diversity in STEM. Photo by Ryan Riley.

Iowa State University is a leader in bringing more diversity to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) — not only through outreach, partnerships, scholarships, and conferences, but also with research aimed at systemic change across colleges in the Midwest and nationwide.

School of Education faculty and staff members Sarah Rodriguez, Lorenzo Baber, Brian Burt, Mary Darrow, Rosemary Perez, and Mari Kemis will for the next five years lead the research components of four National Science Foundation grants totalling $11.6 million, all aimed at increasing diversity in STEM.

Doctoral student takes his Iowa State experience to Scotland

Dave Loranger will this fall become Iowa State’s first graduate from its hybrid program for doctoral students in apparel, merchandising, and design. He traveled twice to Scotland for his research on kiltmaking. Contributed photo by Juliana Guglielmi/Philadelphia University.

Iowa State University offers an increasing number of opportunities to take part in the ISU student experience — even from afar.

Dave Loranger will this fall become Iowa State’s first graduate from its new hybrid program for doctoral students in apparel, merchandising, and design. The program allowed Loranger to take most of his classes from his home on the East Coast, but come to Ames for summer classes.

Communicating who we are through how we look

Kelly Reddy-Best, an assistant professor in apparel, merchandising, and design, combines her passion for social justice with a focus on how people dress. Photo by Ryan Riley.

It isn’t easy navigating what to wear — and how you’re supposed to look — for some lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and/or questioning women.

But Kelly Reddy-Best wants to make things better for those in stigmatized populations such as LGBTQ women and overweight youth.

Science Bound celebrates 25 years of academic excellence

Victor, Natasha, Becky, and Thomas Gomez are siblings attending Iowa State University through Science Bound. Photo By Christopher Gannon.

As much as Becky Gomez loved math and science as a kid, she never really connected her favorite subjects with what she might want to do when she grew up. Even when her mom encouraged her to join Science Bound, Becky says she initially thought it was just something fun to do after school.

Iowa State internships aim to secure employment for youth with disabilities

Andy Casady is one of four young adults with disabilities gaining hands-on work experience this fall through an internship with the College of Human Sciences. Photo by Ryan Riley.

The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences is this fall providing four youth with disabilities with hands-on work experience to help them make the successful transition from school to adult life.

Human Sciences Week to feature new dean, ways to help others

The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences will come together Sept. 26 to 30 for the second annual Human Sciences Week. Photo by Alisha Zika.

The Iowa State University community will this month have an opportunity to meet the new dean of the College of Human Sciences, learn about living a healthy lifestyle, enjoy cherry pies, and make shoes out of used jeans.

The College of Human Sciences will come together Sept. 26 to 30 for a week of food, fun, speakers, and philanthropic events during the second annual Human Sciences Week.

Bissonnette works to affirm diverse students, increase literacy with classical texts

Jeanne Bissonnette, a new School of Education assistant professor, explores how educators teach literature in ways that affirm diverse students. Photo by Ryan Riley.

When Jeanne Bissonnette taught high school juniors and seniors in North Carolina, she knew it was important to reach her students in culturally responsive ways.

“There’s nothing inherently oppressive about what Shakespeare was doing when he was writing over four centuries ago,” she said. “What has become oppressive, however, is our relentless and often unquestioned reverence for teaching required traditional texts — allegiance that can result, whether we realize it or not, in the privileging and marginalization of students in secondary classrooms.”

Workshops aim to improve career advancement among graduate students, faculty of color

Tera Jordan, Monic Behnken, Eulanda Sanders, Thelma Harding, and Gloria Jones-Johnson coordinated a workshop series aimed at improving career advancement among Iowa State graduate students and faculty of color. Photo by Ryan Riley.

Five professional development workshops to be held during the 2016-2017 academic year aim to assist Iowa State University graduate students and faculty of color attain tenure-track positions, achieve tenure and promotion through the ranks, and prepare for academic administrative positions.