Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Diversity and Inclusion Programming

ISU Extension and Outreach works to ensure that our offerings are available and accessible to All Iowans throughout the organization. Professional Development hosts a variety of offerings including:

Navigating Difference

Navigating Difference is a cultural competency class developed by Washington State University Extension and Outreach to create a safe and welcoming environment for all learners with activities that respect and support individual learning styles. For more information, visit its landing page on the Community and Economic Development website.

Coming Together for Cultural Competency

Coming Together for Cultural Competency is a one-day workshop for ISU Extension and Outreach staff, faculty, and county extension council members developed by the Cooperative Extension Service Rapid Response Team taught by Gayle Coon. Navigating Difference is a prerequisite for this courses. Attendees will have the following takeaways from this course:

  • Identify barriers to communication and interaction.
  • Counter bias and prejudice.
  • Connect discrimination and oppression with real life experiences.
  • Recognize, acknowledge, and affirm the pain and joy of being in target and non–target groups.
  • Build trust across racial and other differences.

For more information regarding the benefits of Coming Together for Racial Understanding, please review the information sheet or the sample agenda. Registration information can via ISU Extension and Outreach's registration services web portal. Registration is limited to 25 attendees per workshop.

Ouch! That Stereotype Hurts

"Ouch! That Stereotype Hurts" is a course based on a book by Leslie C. Aguilar to provide useful, easy-to-learn phrases and skills for speaking up when micro-aggressions and other stereotyping behavior occurs. For more specific information about this course please review Malisa Rader's synopsis. Although other staff frequently conduct this training, Malisa Rader is ISU Extension and Outreach's main contact for requesting this programming in your area.

County Civil Rights and Diversity Committee

Committee Members

Anne Tedore, Chair - Regional Director (9)

Kerry Aistrope - Regional Director (21)

Marybeth Foster - Regional Director (12)

Extension and Outreach Community Engagement

As part of its mission to serve all Iowans and federal requirements, ISU Extension and Outreach continues to engage with all Iowans, including historically underserved/underrepresented populations through:

Diversity Ambassadors

Our diversity ambassadors are helping guide Iowa State University Extension and Outreach towards meeting our mission and vision goals of serving all Iowans and our federal responsibility of meeting parity, by elevating considerations of the full range of diversity and making those considerations become second nature as we do our daily work.   

Individual positionality i.e. where you work, your job, your office, etc. will determine exactly what being a DA looks like for you but generally DAs will bring to attention considerations of diversity and parity in our planning and programming, things like our justice for all statements and posters being present and in the right places, understanding community demographics, underrepresented and underserved audiences, sharing insights and information the DEI Officer from daily interactions to inform next steps and directions, cataloging resources from their communities, etc. 

Cohort I  
Lynne Adams, CED Gayle Coon, Professional Development
Lori Dietzenbach, County Services Lorena Dorado-Robles, 4-H
Tillie Good, 4-H Katie Hartmann, Faculty
Carol Heaverlo, Administration Jessica Heisdorffer, County Services
Alicia Herzog, ANR Christine Hradek, HSEO
Chris Knight-Gipe, Administration Anirudh Naig, Faculty
Elaine Phompheng, 4-H  

Amanda Eggers, VPEO Paul Gibbons, Regional Director 
Stephanie Harrington, County Services Himar Hernandez, CED
Elizabeth Huffman, 4-H Megan Kemp, ANR
Traci Knight, ANR Jay Maxwell, CED
Malisa Rader, HSEO Cole Smith, County Services


Iowa State University's Diversity and Inclusion Programming

Campus Diversity and Inclusion Programming

Iowa State University's Diversity and Inclusion programming for its campus and the surrounding area in Ames, Iowa is conducted by the Office of the Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.