At the Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business we strive to build a culture that champions diversity and inclusion.

We lead by example, with our commitment to recruit and retain diverse faculty, staff, and student body, and with our engagement and support of several diversity and inclusion initiatives at the Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business.

We recognize that diversity and inclusion are essential in preparing our students for a successful future in business and welcome the opportunity to play a critical role in helping workers, companies, and leaders meet the needs of the changing American workforce.

Incident Reporting

If you have observed or been a target of a bias incident, harassment, hate crime, or discrimination, please report the incident via the Campus Climate Reporting System .

International Students

The Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business welcomes students from nearly 50 countries and regions! Approximately 400 undergraduate international students are currently enrolled in the College. We celebrate world cultures and strive to cultivate intercultural understanding among our students, faculty, and staff. We are committed to foster international student success!

International Students

Multicultural Liaison Officer

The multicultural liaison officer (MLO) in the Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business advises, supports, and advocates for students who are African American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian American, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Latino, and multiracial.  Brenda Thorbs-Weber, PhD, serves as the MLO and she is also an academic advisor.   She partners with students to help them achieve their educational, personal, and professional goals.

Multicultural Students

Women in Business

The Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business at Iowa State University enthusiastically supports women in business. We’re working hard to recruit more young women as students, to create more opportunities for our existing female students, and to help increase the numbers of women in traditionally underrepresented fields like information systems and supply chain management.

Women in Business

Diversity Advisory Committee

The Diversity Advisory Committee engages in initiatives and tasks with an aim to cultivating a diverse and inclusive climate for the faculty, staff, and students of the Ivy College of Business.
Chengxin (Kathy) Cao, Assistant Professor of Information Systems and Business Analytics
Huifang Mao, Associate Professor and Dean’s Fellow of Marketing
Maartje E Schouten, Assistant Professor of Management
Henrik Sternberg, Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management
Brenda Thorbs-Weber, Academic Advisor and Multicultural Liaison Officer
Tracy Turner, Associate Professor of Finance
Suning Zhang, Assistant Professor of Accounting


For faculty seeking information on how to support transgender, nonbinary, or gender non-conforming students in class, the following materials developed by the UW-Madison Gender & Sexuality Campus Center and may serve as useful resources.

·         Making Classrooms Welcoming for Trans and Nonbinary Students (Source: UW-Madison’s Gender & Sexuality Campus Center)

·         Being an Ally: Staff & Faculty (Source: UW-Madison’s Gender & Sexuality Campus Center)

·         Gender Pronoun Guide (Source: UW-Madison’s Gender & Sexuality Campus Center)

·         Pronouns Matter Guide (Source: MyPronouns.Org)

·         Action Tips for Allies of Trans People (Source: UW-Madison’s Gender & Sexuality Campus Center)