Chiquita Loveless (she/her) is a native of Chicago, Illinois. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Georgia Gwinnett College and a master’s degree in Business Administration from St. Leo University. Loveless serves as the Director for Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice at the University of Northern Iowa. She aims to ensure a safe and welcoming environment that fosters academic success, a sense of belonging, and respect for all people and cultures. In addition, she manages the Center for Multicultural Education (CME), Gender and Sexuality Services, Military and Veteran Student Services, and Thrive Retention and Mentoring for the marginalized population.
Loveless served in the U.S. Navy for more than 23 years, retiring as a Communication Officer/Chief Warrant Officer 2. Her tours of duty include Commander Naval Special Warfare Command, two Aircraft Carriers, an Amphibious Ship, and numerous deployments, including Operation Iraqi Freedom. Additionally, she served as the Equal Opportunity Officer and Sexual Assault Victim Advocate for several tours reporting directly to her Commanding Officers. Loveless is also a former Director for VETCONNEXX, an all-veteran call center located in Atlanta, GA. Loveless is the 2021 Cedar Valley MercyOne Heroes Among Us “Military” recipient.