"You can't be what you can't see." - Marian Wright Edelman Empowering the next generation of leaders to embrace their authentic selves while advocating for others do to the same. It is my hope to challenge students and department staff to think differently about their world view through engaging in courageous conversations. Together, we will create a culture of care that fosters academic and inclusive excellence for all. As we continue to move the needle forward, what will your impact be?
A message from Lorenda Holston, Assistant Athletics Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Enough Initiative

The women’s gymnastics team used their voices in a clear and concise statement echoing the sentiment that “enough is enough”! The video is very authentic and real. We all can relate to the word “enough”. The goal of the video was to promote positive change and to make the world a better place.



Multicultural Focus Groups (MFG) is a robust Hawkeye committee that strives to offer minority student-athletes a safe and welcoming place to discuss issues and promote a sense of unity. Following are various affinity groups that they support.

  • HAWKEYE PRIDE: The LGBTQ+ group focuses on providing a space where students and staff who identify in this community can speak together in a safe environment, free of judgement. 

  • i-HAWKS: The international Hawkeye student-athletes group is for international student-athletes and coaches and focuses on the unique challenges that international students face in transitioning to the University of Iowa and a different country.

  • BSAA: Black student-athletes alliance can share their experiences with this group and feel a sense of community where their opinions, thoughts and feelings are valued and heard. 

  • HERkys: HERkys provides an opportunity for the women of Iowa Athletics to empower each other and strengthen connections