UNI mural project highlights Cedar Valley's diversity
During this time of national discussion of racial inequality, UNI is uplifting underrepresented voices. The Diversity Is Our Strength project aims to challenge racism and stereotypes about the Cedar Valley in a visible way with a downtown Waterloo mural and accompanying website
The 80 by 20 foot mural and website project was conceived by UNI Associate Professor of Literacy and Education Shuaib Meacham. The idea for the project had “been kind of percolating beneath the surface since I first got [to UNI]” in 2013, after a faculty orientation left him wanting more representation of students of color, he said.
“It’s really ironic that when I had my first UNI class, I didn’t have any white students,” said Meacham. "Iowa is a diverse place, and it's something that we need to embrace.”
Thus, the Diversity Is Our Strength Project was born. Meacham collaborated with UNI professor Bettina Fabos’ Interactive Digital Studies (IDS) Practicum class, and her team of students led the project.