Hispanic and Latino Affairs

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is committed to the full participation of ISU community members who hold diverse identities in support of ISU’s efforts to develop and sustain a more comprehensively inclusive environment aligned with the university’s strategic plan. 

Hispanic and Latino Affairs (HLA) exists to address matters that are important to the Hispanic and Latino community and is the touchpoint for community members who would like to engage in work around topics that impact Iowa State students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni who identify as Hispanic or Latino.

HLA collaborates with a network of campus and community partners who work to provide support for the Hispanic and Latino community:

OrganizationsResourcesAnnual EventsAcademic ProgramsCampus PartnersScholarships and Awards


Colegas Faculty and Staff Association

Colegas builds community and facilitates the integration of Hispanic and Latino faculty and staff, as well as their families, to Iowa State and the Ames community. Colegas also seeks to strengthen ties between Hispanic and Latino leaders on campus, and to support their career progression and development.

VPDI Student Engagement

Students who identify as Hispanic/Latino men, Black men, Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPoC), and Latinas can find fellowship in groups that foster connections among peers and with Iowa State faculty and staff.

Latinx Student Initiatives

Latinx Student Initiatives (LSI) is a student organization that serves to promote Latinx Leadership and unite the Latinx community on campus. LSI hosts two annual events each academic year: the Latinx Leadership Retreat in the fall and the Latinx Graduation Ceremony in the spring.

Latino Graduate Student Association

The Latin@ Graduate Student Association (LGSA) advocates for Latina/o graduate and professional students; supports recruitment, retention, and completion efforts; and promotes awareness of professional development and research opportunities to Latina/o graduate and professional students.

Sorority and Fraternity Engagement

The Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) was created as a vehicle to improve and create dialogue and cooperation between parallel-goaled organizations. Membership includes fraternities and sororities that have an element of diversity as the foundation of their membership.



DACA/Undocumented Student Resources

Iowa State University is committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive campus experience for all.

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.

Student Legal Services

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, including civil rights and discrimination, employment, and immigration (DACA, TPS, etc.). 


Annual Events

Latino Family Visit Day

El Día de Visita para Familias Latinas es un evento organizada por Lambda Theta Phi Fraternidad Latina, Inc. en colaboración con la Oficina de Admisiones de Iowa State University. La visita está diseñada para proveer a los estudiantes y a sus familias un día para aprender acerca de las oportunidades y servicios disponibles para nuestros estudiantes latinos. Este día de visita será completamente en español. 


Academic Programs

US Latino Studies 

U.S. Latino/a Studies (USLS) at Iowa State University is a cross-disciplinary, coalition-building program that offers well-structured and creative coursework to students interested in the arts, cultures, economies, histories, politics, religions, and literatures of Latino/a/x communities throughout the United States. 


Campus Partners

Engagement and Inclusion Officers

The engagement and inclusion officer (EIO) initiative was launched in 2015. EIO’s provide training, resources, and presentations to students on campus to help engage more frequently.Their aim is to help vulnerable communities on campus while also building trust between students and officers.

Multicultural Student Affairs

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.


Scholarships and Awards

Financial Aid

Financial aid options are available to all Iowa State students. Scholarship applications can be completed online at OneApp. Completion grant funds and emergency funding may be available.

MSA Scholarship Programs

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs hosts programs, advises groups, and offers resources to serve all multicultural students. Additionally, MSA supports three scholarship programs for new, direct from high school students: APEX, GWC, and MVP. Multicultural Student Leadership Council scholarships use private funds to support DACA and DACA eligible students.