Iowa State Memorial Union

Resources for BIPOC Students

Our vision for the Iowa State Memorial Union states that as engaged global citizens, students will remember the MU as a community where all feel welcomed, valued, and have a voice. That means that when acts of discrimination and violence occur, we are not complicit through our silence, and we won’t tolerate hatred, bigotry, and discrimination within our walls. We will also work to create an inclusive community and to support our BIPOC students however we can.

Here are just a few ways you can get involved with the resources on campus set up to support you.

Multicultural Student Affairs (@isu_msa)

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.

Utilize a Cultural Center

Cultural Centers are spaces where students can find community, build collaborations, engage in scholarly dialogue and organize to challenge systems of oppression. At Iowa State, we offer two cultural centers that students can reserve and utilize, the George A. Jackson Black Cultural Center and the Memorial Union Multicultural Center. 

Fund your Event

For undergraduate student-led initiatives that develop, support, and engage students of color and/or promote cultural inclusion. 

Promote your Event

The screen at the MU Multicultural Center and in MSA is an opportunity for student organization serving multicultural students to advertise. This opportunity is offered through Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. Please read over the guidelines for the organizations qualified and its intended use. 

Join SJ2750

a select group of social justice leaders (gladiators) tasked with identifying a specific problem at Iowa State University and developing solutions.

Attend Men of Color Empowerment Summit

a comprehensive forum on issues of the importance of education, best practices and choices to increase graduation rates and close the achievement gap for men of color enrolled at Iowa State University* and beyond. 

Read The Hype

The Hype features submissions from Iowa State University multicultural students. The Hype is hosted by the Office of Multicultural Students Affairs. 

Margaret Sloss Center for Women and Gender Equity (@iastateslosscenter)

As the Margaret Sloss Center for Women and Gender Equity, we define feminism as a movement which aims to ensure that people of all genders have access to what they need to be successful as well their need for community. It is also a response to masculine-centered society, often referred to as the patriarchy. To us feminism is social justice work and it is about making the world better for everyone, this is a goal we will continue to work towards. 

Attend Womxn of Colour Network Retreat

The Womxn of Colour Network (WOCN) was established in 2011 to support womxn students of colour at Iowa State. The Womxn of Colour Network Retreat is a signature program presented by the Margaret Sloss Center for Women and Gender Equity and The Womxn of Colour Network student organization with generous support lent by campus volunteers as part of the Planning Committee. This program is offered annually in the fall semester and is an overnight retreat of community building, leadership, support, and networking.  

Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics (@CattCenter_ISU)

In carrying out its mission, the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics works with faculty, staff and students throughout the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Iowa State University, leaders in the public and private sectors, and political and women’s organizations throughout the university, state and nation. Thus, the center’s programs blend the resources and scholarship of the academic environment with the experiences of practitioners in fields important to the political process. 

Learn about ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge

The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge is a national, nonpartisan initiative that inspires, supports, and celebrates colleges and universities working to improve civic learning, political engagement, and voter participation. 

Learn about Andrew Goodman Foundation

The Andrew Goodman Foundation supports youth leadership development, voting accessibility, and social justice initiatives on campuses across the country with mini-grants to select institutions of higher learning and other financial assistance to students. 

Learn about Iowa Campus Compact

Campus Compact advances the public purposes of colleges and universities by deepening their ability to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility. 

Learn about Campus Vote Project

Campus Vote Project works with universities, community colleges, faculty, students and election officials to reduce barriers to student voting. Their goal is to help campuses institutionalize reforms that empower students with the information they need to register and vote. 

Learn about Empowering Communities at the Ballot Box: How to Increase Voter Participation

This resource from describes what prevents people from voting and outlines an action plan for addressing voter turnout and voter rights issues. 

Learn about Fair Vote

FairVote is a nonpartisan champion of electoral reforms that give voters greater choice, a stronger voice, and a representative democracy that works for all Americans. 

Learn about Rock the Vote

Rock the Vote mobilizes young people to create positive social and political change in their lives and communities. The goal of Rock the Vote’s media campaigns and street team activities is to increase youth voter turnout. 

Learn about Student PIRGS

Student PIRGs are independent state-based student organizations that work to solve public interest problems related to the environment, consumer protection and government reform. 

Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion 

Join Coalition of Black Male Students

The purpose of the Coalition of Black Male Students is to provide the Black male student population at Iowa State with peer support; to build relationships with each other and build relationships with Black faculty and staff on campus. The programs consists of monthly meetings where undergraduate and graduate students are all welcome. 

Join QTPoC

QTPoC is an acronym for Queer and Trans People of Color. 

We determined that a space centering QTPoC, outside of the predominately white environment of the larger LGBTQ+ community, was very much needed. As QTPoC, we have to navigate structural racism that our white peers do not. This shared experience is our motivation to bring the QTPoC community at ISU together for a monthly meal in an environment that centers us and the needs of our community.

Office of Equal Opportunity (@iowastateoeo

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.

Attend Campus Conversations

These events bring together the campus community to engage in dialogue about current events and campus climate. Attendees are encouraged to participate in conversations where they can voice opinions, concerns, and suggestions in a safe environment. 

Student Wellness – Green Dot (@isugreendot

Green Dot at Iowa State University aims to decrease power-based personal violence on campus by utilizing education, outreach, and development as mechanisms for increasing awareness and competency around bystander intervention skills.

Attend a Green Dot Training


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).


ISU Student Conduct (@isuknowthecode)  

Know Your Freedom of Speech Rights

ISU Student Counseling Center (@isustudentcounseling)  

Student Counseling Services (SCS) provides confidential prevention, intervention, information and referral services to Iowa State students.

Consider Counseling

Counseling is an interactive process of talking with a trained professional. 

Student Legal Services

Funded by Iowa State University Student Government, Student Legal Services (SLS) is a legal aid office that provides free and confidential legal services for students currently enrolled at Iowa State University and recognized Iowa State University student groups. The attorneys advise and often represent students in a variety of cases and are available for consultation with respect to most legal matters.

Seek Legal Advice

SLS is available to provide law related educational programs for students, student groups and others within the university community on a variety of topics, including interactions with police and law enforcement authorities, court procedures and the judicial process, landlord/tenant and housing issues. 

Division of Student Affairs (@iastatesa)

Integral to the rich and vibrant Iowa State University experience, Student Affairs challenges and empowers students to succeed as productive citizens and leaders in a diverse community.

Talk to a Multicultural Liaison Officer

Multicultural Student Organizations

Join a student organization that has indicated that they identify as multicultural.

Other sources outside Iowa State:

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Know Your Rights - ACLU 

Know Your Protest Rights - ACLU

Learn more about Racial Justice

Racial Trauma and Self-Care in Tragedy


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