“Woman Mayor Refuses to Sign Big Contract Before Investigating”
The headline in Albia’s Daily Times newspaper must have caught the attention of readers in 1922. A woman mayor? And one who was hesitant to spend thousands of dollars in taxpayers’ money? A curiosity, for sure. Iowa History, a weekly column, appears at IowaWatch on Saturdays.
The University of Iowa has services and programming to help African American and Latino students feel welcome but a lot of those students don’t know about them, students at a Thursday night IowaWatch/KCRG-TV9 public forum on diversity at the university said. Meantime, these students struggle to exist in a predominantly white campus, African American and Latino students at the forum said. “When you think of universities, you think of white spaces,” Kimberly Chexnayder, a senior from Kansas City, Missouri, said. “It’s so hard for white people to think about their own privileges.” ?
University of Northern Iowa President Mark Nook said a proposed mid-year funding cut for the University of Iowa and Iowa State University but not the University of Northern Iowa reflects each university’s distinct mission, not favoritism. This IowaWatch Connection podcast covers that and other topics in an interview with Nook.
ByLauren Wade and Maria Curi, with Jeff Stein and Lyle Muller |
Some African-American and Latino students say they seek each other for support instead of University of Iowa diversity programs. That comes as a new Hechinger Report study shows many flagship universities across the country with relatively low African-American and Latino student enrollments, but he University of Iowa with a slight rise in first-time degree-seeking students from those minority populations.
? The mix of University of Iowa students but also non-student, would-be homeowners who want to live in or near downtown Iowa City is out of balance, city housing and urban planning experts say. This IowaWatch Connection podcast takes you to people trying to change that. Read more: This IowaWatch report explains the problem in depth.
A new Hechinger Report study shows many flagship universities across the country have low enrollment of African-American and Latino students, yet the University of Iowa shows a slight rise in first-time degree-seeking students from those minority populations. That doesn’t mean work still needs to be done for better diversity, students interviewed said.
At Bahia Honda the mosquitoes were so thick no one slept for two nights. And, although the insects were annoying, the group of Iowans from a “floating marine biological laboratory” were in the midst of an experiment that would produce a trove of valuable information. It was the spring of 1893. Charles C. Nutting, a State University of Iowa (SUI) zoology professor, led a team from Iowa to Cuba and the Bahamas traveling on a floating laboratory. The group consisted of teachers and students from SUI and other colleges, as well as a doctor, attorney and journalist.