Resources, Offices & Programs
There are many offices across campus that are area specific. You can find more information on those offices below, along with their mission statements below.
The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Iowa State University supports students, faculty, staff, alumni and community constituents to build a model of equity and inclusion that impacts every aspect of campus life and gives voice to all members of the university community.
The Office of Equal Opportunity serves ISU faculty, staff, and students in ensuring equal access to employment and educational opportunities. The Office advances diversity, equity, inclusion, and fairness. We do this through outreach, education, training, and complaint resolution, as well as through the advancement of ISU’s anti-discrimination/ harassment and affirmative action policies. We provide resources for individuals who have experienced discrimination or harassment based on identity and protected class, and for those who have experienced power-based interpersonal violence.
The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) supports and empowers Iowa State University’s students who self-identify as African American, Asian American, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, Latinx, Native American/Alaskan Native and/or Multiracial, and advocates for their holistic development across the University.
The primary mission of the Multicultural Center is to develop a sense of community between students, staff, and faculty of color on the Iowa State University campus. The overall intent of the Center is to create an environment where awareness of one’s cultural identity and a deeper understanding and respect of others’ differences with respect to culture, are readily accepted and embraced.
The Center for LGBTQIA+ Student Success develops academic and personal success, community, and leadership for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual, and allied students.
The Margaret Sloss Center for Women and Gender Equity at Iowa State University is committed to the development of a campus community that promotes gender equity and social justice. Through a feminist lens, the Sloss Center advocates for individuals and groups; provides support and referrals; and offers programming and educational resources for the advancement of gender equity.
The mission of the International Students and Scholars Office is to provide immigration services, personal support, and cross-cultural expertise within a welcoming and supportive environment for international students and scholars throughout their university experience.
The mission of the Military-Affiliated Student Center is to strengthen the lives of Veterans, military personnel, their families, and our community. The Military-Affiliated Student Center’s commitment to a learning environment of educational effectiveness, personal and professional development, and an inclusive campus culture are cornerstones of its success.
The Program for Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) was founded in 1986 by a group of Iowa State University faculty and staff concerned about the underrepresentation and underutilization of women in science and engineering. WiSE supports students in five colleges, aiding faculty and staff across the university in their efforts to increase the participation and success of women in their college or departments
Student Accessibility Services (SAS) supports students with disabilities. We determine eligibility, coordinate reasonable accommodations and provide related support services that promote equitable access to education and university life. SAS holds that equity, social justice, and diversity are essential to creating/maintaining an environment of equal access and opportunity for all. We also believe that ability/disability is a naturally occurring aspect of the diversity of life and that it is an integral part of the Iowa State University campus community and our society as a whole.
The Thomas L. Hill Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity (ISCORE) is a comprehensive forum on issues of race and ethnicity at Iowa State University and beyond. The local conference is designed to model the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE). ISCORE seeks to bring the more salient ideas and concepts of the national conference to Iowa State University to:
- Develop and enhance ISU student, faculty, and staff awareness of racial and ethnic issues in higher education around the country.
- Continue to promote addressing multiculturalism in the classroom and in American higher education
- Make information, regarding issues of race and ethnicity, accessible to the entire university community and support the university’s ongoing efforts.
- Academic Colleges Multicultural Student Success Offices
In recognition of the importance and value of diversity in everything we do, each academic college at Iowa State University has its own diversity and inclusion office. They are committed to actively promoting diversity and inclusion that embraces the value of the many areas of each profession, and the value of varied cultural backgrounds, ethnicities, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientations, ages, religions, physical and mental abilities of their students, faculty and staff.
The TRIO programs at Iowa State University include four outreach and support programs targeted to help disadvantaged students progress from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs.
Science Bound is Iowa State University’s pre-college program designed to meet our state and national need for a technical workforce by increasing the number of ethnically diverse Iowa students who earn ASTEM (agricultural, scientific, technical, engineering and mathematics) degrees. The National Science Foundation continues to call for an increase in the number of young people from populations that are underrepresented in the sciences who go on to technical careers. Science Bound focuses the NSF call.
Faculty and Staff Associations (FSAs) are designed to cultivate and connect Iowa State’s diverse faculty and staff populations to each other and with the greater university community. These groups support recruitment and retention by addressing social and professional components essential to an enhanced quality of life for faculty and staff from underrepresented communities.
FSAs align with the university’s strategic goals by positively impacting the ongoing effort to create and support a more inclusive campus community. All FSAs are supported by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
- American Indian Faculty & Staff Association
- Asian American & Pacific Islander Faculty & Staff Association
- Black Faculty & Staff Association
- Chinese Faculty & Staff Association
- Colegas, Building Community (Hispanic and Latino Faculty & Staff Association)
- International Faculty & Staff Association
- Jewish Faculty & Staff Association
- LGBTQIA+ Faculty & Staff Association
Learn how to apply for funding or organize a fundraiser to help support the organization’s mission and goals.