Diverse Perspectives in the Mathematical Sciences course

In Fall 2021, Associate Professor of Instruction Margaret Murray offered for the first time, MATH:1210 Diverse Perspectives in the Mathematical Sciences. MATH:1210 is a three credit hour online, web-based course that can be taken by any UI undergraduate to satisfy the Diversity & Inclusion requirement of the General Education program.

The course has no college-level prerequisites, but assumes some experience with math and science at the high school level. While the course is designed to be open and accessible to everyone, it's likely to be of particular interest to students in STEM fields.

As a participant in this course, you will examine, in detail, specific life stories and accomplishments of diverse contributors to the quantitative sciences, including the challenges they faced and the factors that led to their success. You will continually revisit your own “mathematical life story” and your prior beliefs about mathematics, revising them, as necessary, to incorporate a larger vision of the mathematical sciences and the people who do mathematical work.

Additional DEI efforts

Diversity, equity, and inclusion in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are fundamental to the mission of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa, as we conduct our work in the context of the whole of humanity.

  • In our teaching, we draw on, explore, and question every facet of human experience and understanding.
  • In our scholarship, scientific inquiry, and artistry, we create new knowledge and insight, reflecting and shaping the cultures and societies in which human lives unfold.
  • In our service to Iowans, we collaborate with communities to solve critical problems arising from inequity.

DEI values are inseparable from those of the liberal arts tradition. To fully realize our college’s critical mission of advancing human understanding within that tradition, we must actualize these values in every aspect of our decision-making and every area of our academic community.