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Tracy R. Peterson

Position: 
Director, Diversity Programs and K-12 Outreach
email: 
tracy-peterson@uiowa.edu

As the Director of Diversity and K-12 outreach for the College of Engineering, I am responsible for coordinating outreach programming for on-campus and community K-12 school visits to enhance college readiness and to encourage students to consider careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  I also will be coordinating and implementing on-site summer programming for K-12 students, with a particular focus on underrepresented groups, to expose them to the field of engineering.  Additionally, I will provide leadership and support that promotes diversity that benefits all students, including underrepresented groups, through programs, services, and developmental initiatives that strengthens and fosters inclusion.

Tracy is a citizen of the Diné (Navajo) Nation, of the Zuni Clan of the Edgewater People Clan, born for the Bitter Water People Clan. His paternal grandfather’s clan is the Towering House People, and his maternal grandfather’s clan is the Big Water People.  Dividing his undergraduate study between the University of Iowa and the University of New Mexico, Tracy graduated from the University of Iowa.  Following his undergraduate studies, Tracy earned his Master’s degree in Social Work.  He continually works on developing best practices for the retention and success of underrepresented students.  He is committed to empowering students in achieving academic success by enhancing their academic, professional, cultural, and personal experiences.  He is actively involved with national and state organizations in the areas of Student Development and Student Affairs.  Tracy is currently in a doctoral program pursuing an Ed.D. in Education at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.