Office of the Vice President for Student Life

Mission Statement

melissa new4 Melissa Shivers, VP for Student Life

The mission of the Division of Student Life is to foster students success by creating and promoting inclusive educationally purposeful services and activities within and beyond the classroom.

About the Division of Student Life

The Division of Student Life (DSL) has three priority areas: Health & Safety, Multiculturalism, and Student Leadership Development. These are critical areas of student development that the Division’s departments are uniquely positioned to support. In each of these areas, staff members lead campus-wide, collaborative initiatives that are guided by assessment to measure outcomes and progress. DSL is a national leader in several areas, such as high-impact student employment, anti-violence work, and harm reduction. Our priority work is a critical component of meeting our mission. 

Visit the Office of the VP for Student Life Website

249 Iowa Memorial Union 
Iowa CityIA 52242

319-335-3557 

vp-student-life@uiowa.edu

Iowa Grow

Iowa GROW® (Guided Reflection on Work) uses brief, structured conversations between student employees and their supervisors to help students connect the skills and knowledge they are gaining in the classroom with the work they are doing, and vice versa.

The Finkbine Awards

To recognize leadership, learning, and loyalty, the tradition of awarding Hancher-Finkbine Medallions was established in 1964. Seven medallions are awarded annually, to four outstanding students, one professor, one staff member and a graduate who has attained special distinction.

Be Better at Iowa

Be Better helps undergraduate students develop as students, leaders, citizens, and employees by supporting their personal pathway to leadership and success.

Key Statistics

598

Number of employees including professional/scientific, merit, and graduate assistants.

1,880

Number of student employees.

5

Collaborative initiatives that impacted campus

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