Identity-Based Support

Iowa State University

Faculty and Staff Associations

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.

Engagement and Inclusion Officers

The Iowa State University Police Department Engagement and Inclusion Officers (EIO) represent the department's effort to be an active partner in improving campus climate. ISU PD believes our entire community should be invested in cultivating an inclusive campus and has collaborated with the VPDI's office to continually improve these efforts.

COVID-19 FAQ for Students

COVID-19 related frequently asked questions for students including refunds, online instruction, residence and dining, student employees, COVID-19 concerns, class/work absences and personal health, non-study abroad travel, international students, and study abroad programs.

Directors of Multicultural Student Success

The Director of Multicultural Student Success (DMSS) is an advocate and supports domestic multicultural students. The DMSS also provides leadership in the development, implementation, and coordination of diversity and inclusion initiatives for students. Each college at Iowa State has a DMSS.

Dean of Student’s Office

The Dean of Students Office (DSO) will support you and answer any questions you may have. Please visit department websites to learn how each DSO area is helping Cyclones succeed during this time.

Equity Advisors

The Equity Advisors work with their respective deans, diversity committees, department chairs, and faculty in their colleges to implement best practices for faculty searches and to transform policies and practices that help faculty succeed in moving through the ranks and being successful.


The NCORE-ISCORE Project consists of a delegation of Iowa State University students, faculty, and staff who attend the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education and then return to campus to share information and experiences with the university community.

Ames and Story County

Local organizations partner up to create emergency fund for immigrants

In an effort to assist Story County residents who are not receiving any help during the coronavirus pandemic, multiple organizations led by United Way of Story County have created an emergency fund for immigrants.

State of Iowa

Iowa Department of Human Rights spotlight: The Division of Community Advocacy and Services

The Division of Community Advocacy and Services (CAS) streamlines access to services offered by the State of Iowa for underserved populations. CAS is the connection between Iowa's diverse communities and the programs, events and information that can provide understanding and equity.

The division's program areas include:


COVID-19 Resources for Parents

Resources curated by Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Practitioner Tamisha Williams to help keep the kids engaged while we're all sheltering in place. You'll find some resources for parents and caregivers (webinars and community resources) and fun things for kids (art lessons + read alouds + fun activities and sites). 

Community Service for the Deaf, Inc. 

Community Service for the Deaf, Incorporated (CSD) empower individuals and organizations to create positive change in our community through service delivery, impact investment, community building, and solution engineering. CSD created a website related to information for the Deaf Community about COVID-19/Coronavirus. This website includes resource links, communication cards, press briefings, map restrictions, a hotline, and more.

Additionally, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention created ASL Video Series related to COVID-19.