Student Engagement


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.

Getting Involved

The best way to stay connected is to contact Arnold Woods ( or KB Gwebu ( 

Spring 2020 Meeting Dates
When: The 1st Wednesday of every month from 5:30-7:00pm 
Where: Hach Hall Atrium 
What: Free catered dinner, community and conversation centering Black male students



Lazos is a group formed by Hispanic/Latino professors at ISU, who identified a gap in their own college experience and decided to do something different for our community.  We want to get to know you, the students of ISU. Lazos creates a safe and welcoming space where we can discuss the issues that face Hispanic/Latino men on the ISU campus. By taking part in casual conversations, we want to form bonds between students and faculty, as well as a network of peers among students that lead to and last far beyond graduation.

Getting Involved

Being new on a university campus can be exciting – and a little scary. There are many new things to do, people to meet, and life details to manage. And so many questions: Can I really talk to professors? Are there other students like me on campus? Does anybody here really care?

    That last question is very important – and what Lazos tries to address. We do it by getting to know one another, and developing friendships. To help make that happen, we organize monthly dinner socials. The best way to stay connected is to join the Lazos mailing list.  

    Spring 2020 Dinner Social Dates (Hach Hall Atrium, 5:30-7:00 pm)

    • Monday, January 27
    • Monday, February 17
    • Monday, March 23
    • Monday, April 20

    Hispanic Professors on Campus



    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.

    Getting Involved

    Spring 2020 Meeting Dates
    When: Every 2nd Friday from 5:00-7:30 pm 
    Where: Sloss House 
    What: Free catered dinner, QTPoC-centered conversation

    Topics of discussion may include:

    • Building a resilient community
    • Navigating the intersections of being LGBTQ+ and PoC 
    • Getting around campus
    • Accessing university services
    • Community support and wellness

    To be added to the QTPoC listserv, please contact



    Unidas is a space for Latina identifying students, faculty, and staff at Iowa State University. As the largest underrepresented population, we value the opportunity to find unity, community, healing, dialogue, and mentorship by connecting to our community on campus.

    We host monthly meetings where we share a meal and discuss topics relevant to our share experience as Latinas, including self-care, navigating a PWI, and professional development.

    Getting Involved

    The best way to stay connected is to contact Elisa Rizo (  

    Spring 2020 Meeting Dates (Carver 0232, 5:30 - 6:30 pm)

    • Wednesday, February 19
    • Wednesday, March 25
    • Wednesday, April 15