The Action Committee is responsible for identifying strategies, tactics, and timelines for creating a campus community that supports the safety of all individuals, with particular attention to people* who have traditionally experienced disproportionate harm from systems such as law enforcement.

The committee’s work will occur in phases. Questions to consider for each phase are listed. Read more on Iowa Now

Phase 1: Defining the vision

  • What are the essential elements of a safe and inclusive campus? Consider all the areas and activities of the UI campus (residence halls, outdoor spaces, academic buildings, event venues, activity areas, athletics, etc.)

  • In order to provide the essential elements of a safe and inclusive campus, what policies, practices, and organizational structures are needed?

  • Who should perform the various duties associated with a safe and inclusive campus? Do we need a campus police force? If so, what should their scope be?

  • What evidence supports or challenges our thinking about policies, practices, and structures?

  • What will success look like? How will we handle missteps or course corrections?

Phase 2: Ideate

  • Based on the answers to Phase 1, who are the essential partners? What are the practices in this creation?

  • How might we create a structure that supports our vision of a safe and inclusive campus?

  • What are the elements of safety that will need to be attended to? Who is best positioned to provide the services needed?

  • How will we fund (or redirect funds) for our vision?

  • How do we communicate the values and expectations associated with our new structure? 

Phase 3: Implementation

  • What governance structures will provide oversight for our new vision?

  • What practices do we need to put in place in order to facilitate ongoing campus discussions and reflection about anti-racism?

  • How and at what points will we monitor our progress?

  • What do we need to do to ensure that what we do now promotes the well-being of future campus community members?


The committee expects to provide recommendations to President Harreld early in the spring 2021 semester, with a goal of having a new structure in place by July 2021.


In order to enact transformation in a culture, we must go beyond a focus on the “what” of our work (the tasks, the structure, etc.) to also value and center the “how”. This involves examining questions such as “How can we engage productively, on an ongoing basis, around difficult topics that challenge or conflict with our community values?” or “How can we ask questions of each other around important work in order to share learning and engage in reciprocal coaching?” 

This process does not position any one person or entity as an expert with all the answers. It provides space for ideation and “what if” thinking. It is not an enjoyable process for those who want quick answers or a focus on outcomes only vs. process. It aspires to establish a spirit of grace, humility, and vulnerability, along with accountability for all members. This can be a culture shift from diversity, equity, and inclusion work where blaming and shaming can take over. A focus on grace and humility does not preclude a focus on naming and truth-telling. Design thinking and deliberative dialogue focus on developing empathy in order to understand multiple perspectives, develop shared understanding, and move toward common ground. 

* People who have traditionally experienced disproportionate harm from systems such as law enforcement include Black, Latinx, and Gender-Non-Conforming individuals, among others 

Committee members

Sarah Hansen, Chair Vice President for Student Life
Tab Wiggins Interim Director, Center for Diversity & Enrichment
Angela Ibrahim-Olin Director, Student Accountability
Simon Balto Faculty Member, History
Sara Sanders Interim Dean, CLAS
Mark Bullock Captain, UIPD
David Drustrup Graduate student
Eli Hotchkin Director, Threat Assessment
Marcus Wilson Senior Associate Athletic Director
Mackensie Graham President, GPSG
Rachel Maller Diversity Chair, GPSG
Oscar Rodriguez Undergraduate student
Jerry Anthony Faculty Member, Urban/Regional Planning
Matsalyn Brown Tippie College of Business
Bria Marcelo Director, Diversity Resources Team
Ray DeMatta Faculty Member, Management Sciences
David Supp-Montgomerie Faculty Member, Communication Studies
James Ankrum Faculty Member, Biomedical Engineering
Greg Thompson Director, Residence Education
Alejandro Rico Montiel Residence Life
Dana Dominguez Communications Director, Pomerantz Career Center
Shalisa Gladney Coordinator, Afro-American Cultural Center
Teri Schnelle Director, Partnerships and Projects
Joycelyn Jorbedom USG representative
Sherry Watt Faculty Member, Education
Doug Vance UIHC Safety