Dana Thomann
2020 1stGen@Iowa Award Recipient

Award for Outstanding First-Generation Student Advocacy

Dana Thomann grew up on a family farm in small-town Iowa (Riverside, IA) with a high school graduating class of forty. She is a first-generation, 2005 graduate of The University of Iowa. Upon graduation, she ventured to South Dakota and completed a two-year commitment with Teach For America on the Rosebud Reservation. In 2007, she returned to The University of Iowa where she was employed by the Center For Diversity & Enrichment’s TRIO programs as a Coordinator of Academic Services and, later, directed the Upward Bound Project, securing grants to continue the program on The University of Iowa campus. She currently works as a Lecturer in the Department of Rhetoric. Passionate about educational equity, she partners with the Academic Support & Retention team to embed peer tutors in Rhetoric classrooms to assist all Rhetoric students in achieving academic success. The program is called Success in Rhetoric (SiR). Thomann holds an M.F.A. (with distinction) in Creative Writing and Environment from Iowa State University (2016). She is currently working on a collection of linked short stories that focuses on the drama and heartache of the 1980’s Farm Debt Crisis.

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