The University of Iowa now includes optional questions about students’ sexual orientation and gender identity in applications for admissions, officials said.
The UI Office of Admissions started asking the optional questions this fall, officials said in a news release Wednesday. UI officials said the university is the first public institution in the country, and the second institution of higher education, to specifically include optional questions about students’ sexual orientation and gender identity on admission applications.
Executive Director of Admissions Michael Barron said the new question on undergraduate applications reflects “our foundational commitment to inclusion of all students, no matter what their origin or orientation.”
Inviting students to provide the information will help with student success and retention, UI Chief Diversity Officer Georgina Dodge said in the news release. It provides those students an opportunity to identify themselves in order to be connected to resources and build networks, she said.
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