Resource Guide: Take a Stand

We stand in solidarity with our community to mourn the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the other members of the Black community who have been treated unjustly by those authorized to protect our communities. It is our responsibility to speak out and take action against racism and injustice that plague our communities. Black lives matter, and we must actively strive to eliminate racism by using our voice to promote change. 

The Honors Program, in accord with the University of Iowa, will not tolerate anything but a safe and inclusive campus for people of all backgrounds. Please read our official statement and review an important message from President Harreld and Provost Fuentes.

The Honors Program has compiled the following list of resources from campus, local, and national leaders to help inform and support our students.

Campus Resources:

Equal Opportunity and Diversity, 319-335-0705

Office of the Ombudsperson, 319-335-3608

Women’s Resource and Action Center (WRAC), 319-335-1486

Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP), 319-335-6000

Student Resources:

University Counseling Service, 319-335-7294

Office of the Dean of Students, 319-335-1162

Campus Inclusion Team, 319-335-1162

Center for Diversity and Enrichment, 319-335-3555

Graduate College Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, 319-335-2144

Academic Support and Retention, 319-335-1497

Student Disability Services, 319-335-1462, TTY 319-335-1498

Faculty and staff resources

UI Employee Assistance Program, 319-335-2085

Faculty and Staff Disability Services, 319-335-2660, TTY 319-335-3495

University Counseling Services Statement:


Staff at the University Counseling Service are outraged by the violence perpetrated against the Black community. We condemn this racism and we are here to support the Black community as they persevere through fear, loss, and anti-Black violence. The UCS is open and available via Zoom and phone. Our services are free and confidential. To schedule call 319-335-7294. 

UI Center for Diversity and Enrichment Statement:

“The Center for Diversity and Enrichment stands in solidarity with the Black community and others impacted by the senseless death of George Floyd and other Black people previously murdered by police. Although we are working remotely, we are available to offer support and guidance where relevant. Please call 319-335-3555 for an appointment if needed. We encourage you also to make use of various University resources where it makes sense to do so.

You matter. We love you.” – CDE Staff

UI Black Art; Real Stories (B.A.R.S) 

UI B.A.R.S. is a campus literary magazine and community whose mission is to provide a safe, intersectional space for underrepresented voices at UI. They have generously offered their time to listen to anyone, especially Black students, to check-in during this time.  

Recommended Reading List: 

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by 

Michelle Alexander

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi, 

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo 

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Citizen by Claudia Rankine

Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith

A Fortune for Your Disaster by Hanif Abdurraqib

ACLU Know Your Rights: Demonstrations and Protests Fact Sheet

Black Lives Matter Petitions

Talking About Race

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