Welcome to the Office for CALS Diversity Programs

Message from the Assistant Dean for Diversity

Striving for diversity and cultural competency are key to accomplishing the mission of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. It is vital that we — as a land-grant institution committed to educational access — recognize, value, appreciate and respect “difference.” We do so in many ways, through our relationships, programs and policies. I am proud to lead efforts that continue to make significant strides that benefit diversity and cultural competency. As Assistant Dean for Diversity, I serve as a resource for faculty, staff and students throughout the college. It is of utmost importance that we collectively take the journey to cultural competency. I look forward to new opportunities to build and nurture collaborative partnerships within CALS and across Iowa State University, and with the 1862 land-grants, the 1890 historically black land-grant institutions, the 1994 tribal colleges and universities and Hispanic-serving institutions. Through our efforts in diversity and cultural competency, we help fulfill the mission of CALS — to educate future leaders, conduct mission-oriented basic and applied research and share new knowledge for the betterment of Iowa and the world.

Thank you for your continued support.

Theressa Cooper
Assistant Dean for Diversity

Responsible Areas:

Graduate Students, Faculty, and Staff programming

  • George Washington Carver Summer Research Internship program
  • Graduate Research Assistantship Match (GRAM) program
  • Liaison for minority-serving institutions (1890, 1994, Hispanic Serving) nationwide