The University of Iowa

Academic Resource Center (ARC)

ARC Statement on Racial Injustice and Systemic Change

Black Americans have a long history of being a target of oppression, hate crimes, and violent acts because of their race. The recent deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Sean Reed, Breonna Taylor, Nina Pop, Tony McDade, and George Floyd highlight the continued violence on Black Americans, and racism towards Black people. We know as a predominately white office at a Predominately White Institution (PWI), it is not enough to be 'not racist' - we must actively and boldly be anti-racist. We have not done enough in this area and are committed to doing better. Black students, staff, and faculty are impacted daily by the racist inequities of higher education, and as a staff committed to excellence and student success, we must work for and with our community to seek justice and equity.

The intent of this post is not performative allyship, but an expression of our values and commitment to our community(ies) to work toward anti-racism and liberation for Black people. Our goal is to align our actions with our values and be held accountable for our work by our community(ies).

Our staff is committed to:

  • Working for and with Black faculty, staff, and students on institutional issues related to belonging, inclusion, and equity in order to improve their overall experiences at the University of Iowa.
  • Engaging in continuous learning and professional development, including, but not limited to, each member: reading books and other literature related to anti-racism; engaging in workshops within our campus community and actively working toward systemic change as a result; and seeking out, listening to, and acting when Black stories are shared.
  • Calling attention to, challenging, and changing inequities within higher education, with intentional focus on strengthening campus-wide efforts surrounding student outreach and support, promoting inclusive strategies for gateway courses, and closing opportunity gaps in persistence and degree attainment.

In Solidarity,

The Academic Support & Retention Staff

Dr. Mirra Anson, Director

Danielle Martinez, Associate Director

Stephanie Preschel, Associate Director

Angie Lamb, Assistant Director

Stephanie Huntington, Assistant Director

Dusty Persinger, Coordinator

Lisa Von Muenster, Administrative Services Coordinator

and Graduate & Student Staff



We are currently hiring SI & PLUS Leaders for Fall 2020. More information and the application are posted here.
 


**The Academic Resource Center (ARC) will be closed while classes are virtual (starting Saturday, March 14th).**

We will continue to offer Supplemental Instruction sessions using Zoom – an online platform for video & audio conferencing. Online SI will begin on Monday, March 30th and the SI session schedule will remain the same – please reference the “SI Schedule” tab on the left-hand side.

Students enrolled in SI-supported courses will be receiving additional information via email, including details on how to access their virtual SI sessions over spring break. 


If you are experiencing any issues around accessibility of virtual SI sessions, please contact the ARC team at uc-arc@uiowa.edu.

HOW TO ATTEND SI VIA ZOOM:

PDF iconZoom Student Registration Steps:

Zoom Student Registration Steps:

  1. Go to: https://teach.uiowa.edu/web-conferencingzoom
  2. Scroll down and under “Common Links” select “Login to Zoom”. This will redirect you to the University of Iowa’s Zoom landing page (you should see a picture of the Old Capitol below the Zoom menu).
  3. In the upper right-hand corner, select “Sign In” and this will redirect you to login using your HawkID & password (or will automatically sign you in based on device settings).

Once you have completed this step, make any desired settings changes in your Zoom profile and you can begin joining meetings from any device using a “Meeting ID” or meeting link sent by the host
 

Zoom Student Log In Options:

  1. Online
    1. Visit https://uiowa.zoom.us/ to sign in with your HawkID & password or click on the meeting link provided in the email you received regarding online SI.
    2. Once you have selected the link or joined with a meeting ID, select allow Audio and change any audio/visual settings you wish to utilize in the bottom left-hand corner.
  2. Phone with device audio
    1. Visit your devices application store and download the free “Zoom Client Meeting” app.
    2. Once the app is downloaded, sign in under the SSO or standard option with your registered username and password for Zoom.
    3. Change the prompted video settings upon opening a meeting room.
    4. In the bottom left-hand corner select “Join Audio” and select “Join with device audio”.
  3. Phone with “Dial In”
    1. Visit your devices application store and download the free “Zoom Client Meeting” app.
    2. Once the app is downloaded, sign in under the SSO or standard option with your registered username and password for Zoom.
    3. Change the prompted video settings upon opening a meeting room.
    4. In the bottom left-hand corner select “Join Audio” and select “Dial In” if you do not have reliable internet access.
    5. Select the first call button of the listed numbers (this will be the Zoom meeting line) and proceed to enter your Meeting ID and Participant ID displayed on your device into the call.
    6. Minimize the phone call into the background and return to the Zoom application to run the call and utilize Zoom’s audio feature if desired.

Review. Practice. Succeed.

The University of Iowa’s Supplemental Instruction (SI) program is a FREE, course-specific, peer-facilitated group study session that was developed to improve retention and academic success within historically challenging courses. SI sessions are held multiple times per week throughout the semester by a SI Leader. Leaders are successful students who have already mastered the course material. SI sessions are designed to be a fun and interactive way to learn the course material through group activities, discussions, and games! All you need to bring are any course materials that will help you be prepared to engage in the session.

Benefits

  • Research shows that attending one 50-minute SI session is equivalent to 2 hours studying on your own.1 
  • Learn new and effective ways to study.
  • Build relationships with peers who are in the same field of study.
  • Increase your understanding of course content and earn higher grades — our program's data shows that students who regularly attend SI (on average once per week) earn one-third a letter grade higher compared to those who do not attend (e.g. B to B+).

 

To learn more, please watch our video, "What is SI?" below

 


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[1]
Johnson, D. W. (1991). Cooperative Learning: Increasing College Faculty Instructional Productivity. ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Report No. 4, 1991. ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Reports, George Washington University, One Dupont Circle, Suite 630, Washington, DC 20036-1183

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact 319-335-1497.

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