get the
‘lead’ edge!

Why live with us?

Get the LEAD edge! The LEAD Learning Community is structured to support first year and transfer multicultural engineering students.

The LEAD Living and Learning Community offers four main components:

  • Orientation courses in the fall (Engr 104) and spring (Engr 105)
  • Peer mentoring
  • A residential/living component
  • Course-clustered “learning team” with basic program courses

The LEAD Living and Learning Community is designed to assist in the development of the academic, professional and social support network of multicultural engineering students. LEAD Learning Community participants engage in professional development seminars, industrial plant visits, out-of-class community building activities, informal opportunities to interact with faculty and staff in the College of Engineering, and leadership and community service/volunteer experiences.  In addition, LEAD members are assigned academic peer mentors who facilitate daily study sessions and assist with their transition to Iowa State University and the College of Engineering.

Students who choose to participate in the residential component of the LEAD Living and Learning Community get the added benefit of living on the same residence hall floor (Meeker Floor, Friley Hall) with other first year and transfer multicultural engineering students and having the support of a residential peer mentor that lives on the floor and assists in the facilitation of extra-curricular activities.  

Once enrolled in the residential option of the LEAD Learning Community, registration for the course-clustered learning team takes place during orientation.


Eligibility Requirements

Multicultural students (African American, Latino/a American, Asian American, Native American, & Multiracial) in any engineering major.



LeQuetia Ancar
(515) 294-0690