Center for Diversity & Inclusion
The Center for Diversity & Inclusion at Buena Vista University assists domestic students from diverse populations and international students with the transition to student life by fostering an environment that supports both personal and professional growth.
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About the Center
By developing opportunities for students to learn and understand the importance of multiculturalism, the Center for Diversity & Inclusion (CDI) supports all students in broadening their perspective of diversity. The CDI enhances the visibility and awareness of diversity within our campus community by creating opportunities for students, staff, and faculty to come together for cultural exchange and celebration.
Located in Siebens Forum, the CDI offices are a hub for conversations and activity. The Center works collaboratively with academic and co-curricular departments to enhance student learning, development, and success. Further development of the Center allows us to examine strategic efforts to invite people in the progression of cultural competency, civility, inclusiveness, and identity development.
The programs and services of the Center for Diversity & Inclusion are designed to:
- Assist diverse and international students in reaching their highest level of academic potential and accomplishments.
- Foster a safe and supportive living and learning environment within which students can explore their own cultural identity.
- Assist diverse and international students in their endeavor to graduate from Buena Vista University.
- Help diverse and international students set and achieve realistic career goals.
- Develop and encourage strong relations and collaboration among diverse group members.
Bias Response Team
A safe and confidential resource for students to raise concerns regarding incidents of bias or discrimination that impact the campus community, creating a supportive environment for students.
Diversity & Inclusion Week
Community engagement opportunities, speakers, activities, and workshops. The week develops cultural awareness and understanding of social justice and disability, cultural humility, advocacy, and more.
The Diversity Ambassadors offer support and advocacy for our students and campus community. They are trained faculty and staff and are committed to diversity and inclusion practices.
Faith and spiritual practice is an important part of life for many students at BVU. The Chaplain provides religious services, spiritual guidance, and opportunities to connect with others from a range of traditions.
Diversity refers to differences in views, interpretations, and reactions that result from a variety of personal lived experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from the heterogeneity of cultures and circumstances. Differing views, interpretations, and reactions that evolve from diversity enrich learning environments focused on preparing individuals to live and work in a global society. Dimensions of diversity include, but are not limited to, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, philosophy, gender, ability, socioeconomic status, age, and affectional orientation.
- LGBTQIA+ Resources
- Alliance (student group): Andrew Fox - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Center for Diversity & Inclusion: Dr. Joel Berrien - 712.749.2379 or email@example.com
- Student Success: Dr. Heather Black - 712.749.2656 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Counseling Services: Julie Anderson - 712.749.3650 or email@example.com. Students can also schedule a 1:1 session with a counselor by completing the Counseling Services Interest Form found in the BVU Student Health Portal.
- Spiritual Life: Dr. Melanie Hauser - 712.749.1833 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Storm Lake Community Resources
- Heartland Counseling Services: 712.213.2205
- Seasons Center for Behavioral Health: 800.242.5101
- Plains Area Mental Health: 712.213.8402
- One Iowa: “One Iowa's work is rooted in intersectional advocacy for LGBTQ Iowans”
- Siouxland Pride Alliance: 712.223.0931
- Transcend North Iowa: A group dedicated to supporting transgender, non-binary, and gender-nonconforming individuals in North Iowa. 319.359.7774 or email@example.com.
- Trans Lifeline: 877.565.8860
- LGBT National Youth Talkline: 800.246.7743; M-F, 3-11 p.m., Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
- LGBT National Talkline: 888.843.4564; M-F, 3-11 p.m., Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Asexual Visibility and Education Network: “The world’s largest online asexual community as well as a large archive of resources on asexuality.”
- Bisexual.org: “A voice to the bisexual community, share accurate information, answer questions, and provide resources for further learning.”
- TransWhat?: “A Guide Towards [Trans] Allyship”
- We Are The Youth: “Sharing stories of LGBTQ youth in the United States.”
- The Trevor Project: This is a great resource for mental health issues. They have a crisis hotline as well as lots of coming out resources for youth and young adults.
- The Human Rights Campaign: They are most well known for spearheading marriage equality activism, but they are also active in advocacy for other issues -- including health care, employment, and education. They have many educational resources on their pages.
- GLAAD: They spearhead cultural dialogues around LGBTQIA+ Issues, promoting inclusion and equity.
- National Center for Transgender Equality: Advocacy specific to issues facing transgender and gender expansive people.
- Lambda Legal: A legal group (kind of like the ACLU) specifically geared toward the needs of gender and affectionally diverse individuals.
- GLSEN: Their charter is to provider resources to improve K-12 education, but I think they have resources there that anyone can benefit from.
- The Williams Institute: A think tank that deals with issues related to affectional and gender diversity and its intersection with social policy. They are also a great resource for getting summaries of big studies as they are published.
Many student organizations at BVU celebrate cultures and promote multicultural engagement! Learn about these student groups and the many fun activities and opportunities they provide for all!
Statements from the CDI regarding issues of race, diversity, and inclusion.