Involvement opportunities

When you arrive at Iowa State, you'll find a world of opportunities. Here are some of the programs offered through Human Sciences Multicultural Programs that our students enjoy!

Connect Four

Connect Four is a group just for first-year students of color in the College of Human Sciences. The goal is to develop a community of students of color and give you the opportunity to meet new people and learn about campus resources. It is a place for you to connect to the university community and the College of Human Sciences.

Connect Four includes:

  • 1 on 1 peer mentoring
  • Meetings twice a month (with free food)
  • Networking with faculty and staff
  • Field trips
  • Academic support (students who participate in Connect Four have a higher average GPA than students who choose not to)
  • Fun--we have a good time.

Join us: Contact Carmen Flagge to learn about upcoming meetings and how you can get involved.

"This program opened doors for me that I didn't even know existed. I learned everything from resumes to graduate school. Being part of the program also motivated me to be a better student overall."

-Connect Four Participant

CHS Multicultural Mentors

The CHS Multicultural Mentors are a select group of students chosen to serve as mentors for Connect Four students.  This opportunity is much more though--these upper-class students engage in leadership development, professional preparation and continued academic support.

Peer mentor responsibilities: 

  • Meet regularly with their mentee
  • Attend monthly leadership development sessions
  • Participate in annual Mentor Leadership Retreat

Join us: Applications will be available in spring.

"I learned a lot about my resources, made long lasting friendships and now understand the importance of leadership on the ISU campus."

-CHS Multicultural Mentor

GRO - Growing through Relationships and Conversations with Others

GRO is an intercultural dialogue group for all CHS students. GRO is a conversation group with the purpose of increasing our understanding of social justice issues through building relationships cross culturally and discussing issues related to diversity (race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, etc.) using a small group format with students from a variety of backgrounds.

Join us: Each spring semester we start a new discussion group. Our discussion meetings are twice a month, for two hours over a meal. Articles, videos, activities and journaling are a few of the tools we use to guide our discussions.

ISU Leaders in Education & Diversity - ILEAD

ILEAD is a club started by students to promote diversity within education. These future teachers focus on professional development for multicultural students going into education.

Join us: Meetings begin every fall.  Contact Carmen to learn more or visit our Student Activities page to learn more.

As the superintendent of the Ames Community School District, Tim Taylor, says, "some of the best teachers come from Iowa State."  It is the mission of ILEAD to make sure you are one of those excellent teachers!

National Society of Minorities in Hospitality - NSMH 

NSMH is a student organization for multicultural students or those interested in diversity going into the hospitality industry. NSMH is an excellent way to network within the industry, make friends, and gain some excellent skills. The group routinely attends the NSMH National Conference.

Join us: To learn more, contact the group's adviser at Dawn Fiihr or visit our Student Activities page.

“As graduation neared, I had five job offers through my involvement and leadership in this organization. There are no words I can use to express what this organization has done for me and what I know if can do for other people. ..if you are considering a career in hospitality this is the organization to join.”

-Brittany, 2013 Hospitality Management Graduate

National & Iowa State Conference on Race & Ethnicity -ISCORE/NCORE Project

Students are selected to attend the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity, return to campus and take a class on race and ethnicity, conduct research along with their team and present at the Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity with following spring.  Throughout the process, students learn from nationally recognized speakers, engage in meaningful discussions and make life-long friends. 

Join us: Applications will be available late fall.  You can find the application online.

Other involvement opportunities

ISU Food Pantry

The S.H.O.P. is now open. It is located in room 2616 Food Science Building. All students are welcome to utilize the service, and they will only need to show their I.D card to receive food.

Hospitality and event majors

Consider joining the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality, a great organization focused on the preparation and success of future professionals. Contact organization adviser Dawn Fiihr if you have questions.

AMD majors

Be on the lookout for information about the AMD Multicultural Organization (AMCO). This new student club will focus on service, professional preparation and making sure you are the best possible candidate for whichever job you eventually seek. Contact Brenda Ackerman for more information.

Education majors

Look for information about ISU Leaders in Education and Diversity (ILEAD). Upcoming meetings will focus on job searching, networking and professional preparation for teachers of color. Contact hsdiversity@iastate.edu for more information!