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Rachel Garza Carreón IMPACT Award

The UI Latinx Council executive board was tasked to lead an all-virtual council for the first time in history this year, yet that didn’t stop them from creating the much-needed space relied upon by many Latinx campus members to build community. Having a place to share space has been vital for Latinx people at the University of Iowa for over 50 years. Chicana-Tejana, Rachel Garza Carreón, a staunch advocate for social justice, does many things in her role as the outreach and research librarian with University of Iowa Libraries to make the UI a more welcoming place. A vital part of that mission is to collect and document the history of the most cherished space on campus for many, the Latino Native American Cultural Center.

Current chair of the UI Latinx Council, Dana Dominguez (Pomerantz Career Center) explains how important long-lasting staff and faculty are for her and many others at the University of Iowa, and why the council has chosen Rachel Garza Carreón as the inaugural recipient and namesake for the newly created ‘Rachel Garza Carreón IMPACT Award’.

Iowa Aging Summit - September 17-18

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are a few commonly asked questions and the canned responses we provide.


Great question!

During Spring 2020, you will need to Contact Us for the zoom meeting link, but once the dangers of Covid-19 have passed, yes, you may just show up to our meetings and lunches without an RSVP.

Any University of Iowa faculty or staff person who is concerned with promoting the status of Latinxs at The University of Iowa is eligible for membership regardless of race, color, creed, age, national origin, religion, ethnic background, sex, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or veteran status. 

The UI Latinx Council primarily leads or promotes events that are related to Latinx culture. Each fall we host a welcome event for current members and any interested staff, faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students that are interested in joining. We host brown bag lunches and meetings every semester for our members.

Our members are often asked to serve on committees at The University of Iowa. Recently our members have been appointed to serve on the Reimagining Campus Safety Action Committee, Charter Committee on DEI, the Presidential Search Committee. Our Executive Board also serves on the Diversity Council and they collaborate with the AVP for DEI throughout the year.

We support student organizations that further Latinx interests such as LNACC and ALMA. In the past our council used to plan and organize Latinx Graduation ceremonies. Graduation planning now falls under LNACC but we continue to offer support by serving on their graduation committee.

Latinx Campus Events

The following are events held on campus and in the community related to Latinx culture and experience, as well as important opportunities from our campus partners and allies.


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Distinguished Lecture: Dr. Feranmi Okanlami

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Register for the MLK Human Rights Week Distinguished Lecture: Feranmi Okanlami, MD, MS, director of student accessibility and accommodation services at the University of Michigan, will deliver the Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Lecture as part of our 2022 celebration: "Disabusing Disabilities." Register online for the virtual lecture held from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 19 at

Anti-Bias Language in the Classroom

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Hello fellow faculty and TAs! Ready for a new semester? Thinking about the “right” language to use (or not use) in the classroom?  Please join us for a 1-hour Zoom presentation for UI teaching faculty and TAs as part of a series of educational opportunities that will be sponsored by the University of Iowa School of Social Work to engage in anti-racist and anti-oppressive practice. We hope that this presentation in the opening week of spring classes will offer ways to think about and practice...
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Black Business Expo

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 3:00pm to 5:00pm
University Capitol Centre
Attendees will meet with different black businesses in the Iowa City and surrounding area to gain information about their business while playing games and having fun. There will be door prizes and giveaways as well. We would like for people to learn why it is important to support local Black businesses and the ways in which this can be achieved. We will have a variety of businesses represented at the event so that there is something for everyone.