UNI President to Form Committee to Deal with Racism Claims

UNI President to Form Committee to Deal with Racism Claims

University of Northern Iowa President Mark Nook says he’s forming a committee to address minority and other students’ allegations of systemic racism on the Cedar Falls campus. 

Dr. Nook took responsibility in a recent letter to the university community for the university’s failure to adequately fulfill goals set by an ad hoc student group and backed by the student government.  Nook’s action follows a social media campaign of criticism by the student group, called the Racial and Ethnic Coalition. 

Among other things, the group posted video testimonials from minority students talking about problems they’ve had on campus, including dealing with an allegedly racist professor and trying to navigate university diversity policies.