Where We Started

Tracing the long tradition of equity and inclusion at Drake University, while ever aspiring to greater community leadership in the creation of a truly diverse and welcoming campus community.

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Who We Are

Tracing the long tradition of equity and inclusion at Drake University, while ever aspiring to greater community leadership in the creation of a truly diverse and welcoming campus community.

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What We Are Doing

Leading the fight for equity and inclusion for all students, faculty and staff, with active engagement opportunities for all.

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Get Involved

Engaging students, faculty and staff in the ongoing struggle for social justice on our campus, in our community, and around the world.

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Our Diversity By the Numbers
International Students come from 47 countries
Students
11.7% of Drake Community members identify as LGBQ
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Equity at Drake

Drake University values diversity as an institutional strength that encompasses a broad range of human differences. Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion acknowledges the role Drake University can play in redressing historic injustices that result in continued marginalization of members of specific groups, and seeks to understand and respond to contemporary calls for inclusivity as necessitated by social justice.  Drake University moves past mere tolerance of diversity and creates a culture of inclusion that sees diversity of identities, backgrounds, and ideas as fundamental to our excellence and success as an institution. 

At Drake University we commit to:

  • Devoting time and resources to ensuring the equitable treatment of all students, faculty, staff, alumni, community members, and visitors to campus.
  • Intentionally recruiting and retaining students, faculty, and staff with diverse identities, backgrounds, and ideas.  These differences include, but are not limited to, race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic background, cognitive ability, physical ability, religion and spirituality, value system, national origin, immigration or refugee status, veteran status, and political beliefs.
  • Ensuring all students, faculty, staff, alumni, community members, and visitors feel that they have been treated with respect.
  • Teaching all faculty, staff, and students to recognize discrimination and oppression, as well as giving each individual tools to address and prevent it.
  • Recognizing and nurturing our different, unique identities.
Erin Lain
Erin C Lain
Associate Provost, Campus Equity & Inclusion
Associate Professor of Law
Tony Tyler
Tony Tyler
Assistant Dean of Students
Sam Becker
Samantha L Becker
Campus Engagement Librarian
Assistant Professor of Librarianship
Drinda Williams
Drinda L Williams
Academic Support Specialist
Sara Schilling
Sara J Schilling
Residence Hall Coordinator
Student Conduct Officer