Rachel Maller

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Chair

Rachel Maller is a graduate student in the Department of Sociology. Her research focuses on
educational inequities, particularly how inequality is embedded within social relations in
schools. Her research projects include discrimination in higher education, inequities in student-
teacher relationships, and identity-based bullying. She has worked over three years on a
research-practice partnership with the local school district to create more equitable
experiences and outcomes for all students. She has also assisted on analyzing and reporting
campus climate data for diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Iowa. She is also
involved in GSS and previously served as a member of the GPSG DEI Committee.


As the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Chair, her goal is to build on existing partnerships and
plan new initiatives to achieve greater educational equity for students with socially
marginalized identities. She will pursue this goal through a data-informed, evidence-based, and
inclusive process model that targets campus decision-making. Her priorities are advocating for
students with socially marginalized identities, working with campus leaders to provide support
and community, promoting awareness around DEI, and strengthening the committee structure.
Her vision is a campus where all students feel like they belong, are respected, and can succeed.