Multicultural Center - Iowa State University Memorial Union

Multicultural Center

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Located on the Second Floor by Parking Ramp

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Multicultural Center Mission

  • 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 Multicultural Center will also play a major role in educating all members of the ISU community on the cultural histories and heritages of U.S. ethnic minority groups and help further the understanding and appreciation for the differences that exist among and between them.
  • 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.

Resources in the Multicultural Center:

  • Four desktop computers with printer access
  • A comfortable lounge with 40" flat screen television 
  • Kitchenette 
  • Two private study/reflection rooms
  • A library for relaxing and browsing
  • A multipurpose room that can be reserved for meetings and events
  • Lockers available for students on the go!

Reserve the Multicultural Center's Multipurpose Room 


The Multipurpose Room of the Multicultural Center can fulfill your need for meeting space, receptions, and many other uses. Please call or email the Memorial Union Event Management office at 294-1437 or to reserve this space, which is free to student organizations. You can also fill out a reservation request online.


Please note that any catering for events held in the Multipurpose Room must be done through ISU Dining.








Multicultural Center Art Philosophy:

The art philosophy of the Multicultural Center is to embrace, express, and celebrate the diverse cultures of Iowa State University and create a welcoming space for students. Furthermore, the Multicultural Center will inspire pride, support, and love through cross cultural experiences and dialogues.


Distinctive and unique artworks in stoneware were created especially for the Multicultural Center by Steve and Miki Cunningham of West Des Moines, Iowa. Featured pieces are a mirror, mosaic panels and four vessels, all with messages tucked into their construction.


Overall title: "Unity Thru Clay"

Mirror: "Reflection on Diversity"
Three-Panel Mosaic: "You Are Not Alone"
Large Bowl: "Friendship Bowl"
Donut-Handled Vessel: "Chingoo" (friends)
Tornado vessel with rocks: "Come-Together"
Platter: "Community"

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