Disability Services

Student Disability Services

SDS serves the University of Iowa’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by providing support and academic accommodations for students with disabilities. 

Faculty and Staff Disability Services

FSDS is charged with providing leadership, expertise and consultative intervention to all University of Iowa faculty, staff and department management in matters related to employment and health conditions.

Inclusive Language

DEI Style Guide

Faculty and staff from across the UI campus have created a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Style Guide that attempts to answer common questions and provide thoughtful guidance on topics that may arise when creating or editing content.

CDC on Inclusive Communication

The CDC’s Health Equity Guiding Principles for Inclusive Communication emphasizes the importance of addressing all people inclusively and respectfully. These principles are intended to help public health professionals, particularly health communicators.

Inclusive Teaching

Assisting Students with Disabilities

Guidelines for effectively supporting students with disabilities and the responsibilities of the student's instructors.

Instructor Support for Students with Disabilities

The University of Iowa has multiple types of support available for faculty to help them accommodate students who have disabilities. 

Inclusive Teaching

Inclusive teaching is a pedagogy or teaching philosophy that employs multiple perspectives, materials, and learning supports to engage students across difference. 

Tanner's Structure Matters

A host of simple teaching strategies—referred to as “equitable teaching strategies” and rooted in research on learning—can support biology instructors in striving for classroom equity and in teaching all their students.

Inclusive Teaching Strategies

Inclusive teaching refers to pedagogy that strives to serve the needs of all students, regardless of background or identity, and support their engagement with subject material.

First Generation Students

The First Gen Task Force created documents based on research, University of Iowa data, and interviews with University of Iowa students to form recommendations for interactions with first-generation students.

University of Iowa Training Opportunities

Culturally Responsive Health Care Conference

The goal of this yearly interprofessional conference is to improve the delivery of culturally sensitive health care to increasingly diverse patient populations.  Dental CE credit available. 

UI Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

In-person and virtual training and interactive opportunities available to faculty, staff, students, and residents.

Building Our Global Community

Learn about the experiences of international students and scholars, and methods to foster skills for working with our increasingly intercultural campus community.

LinkedIn Learning

Available to faculty and staff via employee self-service.

Go to “My Career” and click on “LinkedIn Learning”

Once logged in, search “Diversity and Inclusion”

Online Training

Think Cultural Health: Cultural Competency Program for Oral Health Providers

A free, online educational program with 3 modules accredited for oral health professionals by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

Oral Health Considerations for People with Special Needs

A 16-CE credit self-paced online learning program hosted by the Special Care Dentistry Association (SCDA) with 16 learning modules that may be completed over 6 months. 

Responding to Mistreatment

Tools for responding to patient-initiated harassment

Toolkit strategies are designed for responding to patient-initiated verbal sexual harassment, but may be applied to other forms of mistreatment.

Responding effectively to mistreatment

Suggestions on how to speak up against mistreatment and how to support someone who has been mistreated.

Interrupting bias: Calling-in vs. calling-out

Explains the difference between “Calling-in” and “Calling-out” when responding to harmful words or actions and provides sample phrases to use. 

4D's of bystander intervention

Describes how to interrupt troubling situations through the use of the 4 D’s:  Distract, Delay, Delegate, or Direct intervention