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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.


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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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Let's Talk, Hawks!

Tuesday, July 5, 2022 11:30am to 12:30pm
Let’s Talk, Hawks! consultations are: Open to all students First come, first served—no appointments needed Brief—up to 15 minutes Anonymous—no information is collected and kept about you and no paperwork to be completed Not counseling or a crisis service Summer 2022  Let's Talk, Hawks! will continue to be offered via Zoom during Summer 2022.  with Dr. Tianyi Xie Time/Day of week: Tuesday 11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. (May 17 - Aug. 9) How to Join:  ...
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Discover Study Abroad

Tuesday, July 5, 2022 12:30pm
Would you like to study abroad during your time at the University of Iowa, but don't know where to start? Attend our weekly Virtual Discover Study Abroad info sessions to learn how study abroad works and find the right international opportunity for you!   Discover Study Abroad sessions are the first step for interested students to learn more about the study abroad process and ask any questions they may have, covering topics such as study abroad locations, eligibility, deadlines, academics, and...
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2nd Annual BioBlitz at the Ashton Prairie Living Laboratory

Saturday, July 9, 2022 9:00am to 12:00pm
What types of plants, animals, and fungal life might you find at the Ashton Prairie Living Laboratory? Let's find out!  Join researchers in collecting, observing, and recording biodiversity at the Ashton Prairie Living Laboratory site in our 2nd Annual BioBlitz. Your findings will inform a major research project and will contribute to the second data point in a multi-year documentation of how diversity changes at this site over time. Collections will be housed with the UI Museum of Natural...