Student Life at Iowa

Professionals in the Division of Student Life (DSL) collaborate to enable learning opportunities and experiences that reach far beyond the classroom. We provide students with activities that foster knowledge and success, and create a complete University experience where students achieve an understanding of themselves and the world around them.

To ensure that every University of Iowa student leaves with a skillset of practices that carries into their future endeavors, we focus our work into three priorities: Undergraduate Leadership Development, Healthy and Safety, and Multiculturalism, Diversity, & Inclusion.




Undergraduate Leadership Development

Students succeed at Iowa when they become effective leaders. The Division of Student Life provides an array of leadership experiences for students. Our strategic priority is to expand the number of undergraduates who have access to a meaningful student leadership experience. Our ambitious goal is “all Hawkeyes as leaders”. 

We encourage our students to be valued members of the Hawkeye family and Iowa City area community by providing them with leadership programs and education, volunteer opportunities, interships, and job connections, that enable them to excel during their time at the University.

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Health and Safety

Students are at the center of everything we do in the Division. To ensure that every Hawkeye maintains a healthy and productive lifestyle, we provide safety education, wellness programs, and a number of on-campus health agencies for students to access when neccessary.

From the University Counseling Service and our various Health Clinics, to Alcohol Harm Reducation and Safety Initiatives, we provide our students with the most efficient safety and health services.

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Multiculturalism, Diversity, and Inclusion

Multicultural competence is a reflective process. Determining how the Division can continue to contribute to the multicultural competence of our students is enhanced by an inward focus on our own multicultural competence. In order to make a significant outward contribution, we need to have an effective framework for ongoing staff development in this area. 

As we increase the multicultural competence of Division faculty and staff, we come together to educate our students on diversity and promote inclusion as a focal point at The University of Iowa.

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2013 Annual Report

Posted on November 26, 2013

Learn how the Division of Student Life is working to support student success, health & safety, multiculturalism, and more in our 2013 Annual Report. Read the report here.  

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Debunking the Princeton Review

Posted on August 7, 2013

Dear Friends of the University of Iowa: You may have read recent news reports about The Princeton Review (a private company that sells test preparation products and services and college guides) naming the University of Iowa a “top party school.” …

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JT Timmons starts as new Recreational Services director

Posted on July 30, 2013

As of Monday, July 29, 2013, JT Timmons is the new director of Recreational Services. In this position, JT will be responsible for providing strategic direction for the department, communicating department mission, vision, and values, and organizing and managing the …

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Awarding Commitment

Posted on July 2, 2013

Hawkeye Leadership & Service Awards honor students for their commitment to campus and community. Story by Hanna Rosman Attending college is not only about excelling academically, but also using those skills outside of the classroom. For Sydney Mason, a member of …

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Recreational Services Director Harry Ostrander Retires

Posted on June 27, 2013

Retiring UI Recreational Services Director Harry Ostrander has operated through a campus shooting, fire, three floods, and a tornado, and he has overseen millions of dollars in facility investment, most notably the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center in 2010. Read …

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