ISU Inclusive resources for you and your students

ISU Inclusive resources for you and your students

Below you’ll find links to campus organizations and units serving students, faculty, and staff. Each subheading links to the website for each resource. Is there an ISU resource that should be included on this list? email

Accessibility map for Iowa State University

The Iowa State University Accessibility Map provides a visual layout of accessible routes to navigate campus.

Center for LGBTQIA+ Student Success (Dean of Students Office)

The Center for LGBTQIA+ Student Success develops academic and personal success, community, and leadership for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual, and allied students.

Dean of Students Office

The Dean of Students Office (DSO) at Iowa State University uses an integrated approach to support student-centered learning through personal, community, and academic development culminating in a transformative experience.

Directors of Equity, Inclusion and Multicultural Student Success (Colleges)

The Directors of Multicultural Student Success advocates for, and supports, domestic students who self-identify as African American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian American, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Latina/o, and/or Multiracial. They also provide leadership in the development, implementation, and coordination of diversity and inclusion initiatives for students.

Division of Diversity and Inclusion

The Division of Diversity and Inclusion supports students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community constituents to build a model of equity and inclusion that impacts every aspect of campus life and gives voice to all members of the university community.

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.

Gender inclusive restrooms map

The Iowa State University Gender-Inclusive Restrooms Map provides a list and visual layout of gender-inclusive restrooms across campus. A gender-inclusive restroom is defined as a single stall, lockable restroom, open to the public, with signage that indicates that anyone may use that restroom, regardless of gender.

Institutional Diversity & Inclusion Reports

This page provides an overview of institutional reports through the office of the Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion.

International Students and Scholars (Dean of Students Office)

The mission of the International Students and Scholars Office is to provide immigration services, personal support, and cross-cultural expertise within a welcoming and supportive environment for international students and scholars throughout their university experience.

ISU Police

Iowa State University Police Department works in partnership with members of the community to make ISU a welcoming and inclusive environment in which to learn and work. ISU Police recognizes the importance of reaching out to marginalized communities and other populations that may not have had positive experiences with law enforcement in the past. If you witness any suspicious activity, please call the department immediately at (515) 294-4428; in the event of an emergency, dial 9-1-1.

Margaret Sloss Center for Women and Gender Equity (Dean of Students Office)

The Margaret Sloss Center for Women and Gender Equity at Iowa State University is committed to the development of a campus community that promotes gender equity and social justice. Through a feminist lens, the Sloss Center advocates for individuals and groups; provides support and referrals; and offers programming and educational resources for the advancement of gender equity.

Multicultural Student Affairs (Dean of Students Office)

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.

NCORE-ISCORE Project (National/Iowa Conference on Race and Ethnicity)

The NCORE-ISCORE Project was created to support Iowa State University’s diversity efforts. The project provides an opportunity for ISU students, staff, and faculty to engage in positive interactions and dialogue and includes participating in two conferences: NCORE—a national conference geared towards building multicultural relations and ISCORE—ISU’s local initiative designed to provide an ongoing platform of sharing and applying new knowledge through presentations and workshops.

Office of Equal Opportunity (Diversity and Inclusion)

The Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) exists to ensure that the University’s commitment and goals toward equal opportunity are integral components of ISU’s policies and practices. OEO is responsible for fostering an inclusive environment and setting policies and practices that create equal opportunity in employment and set standards for non-discriminatory practices. OEO strives to ensure that all University community members uphold federal, state, and campus nondiscrimination laws.

Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost

The Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost, reporting to the President, is responsible for Iowa State’s land grant academic mission in education, discovery, and service. The Division of Academic Affairs includes seven academic colleges, the Graduate College, the University Library, the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Office of the Vice President for Extension and Outreach, and Enrollment Management.

Ombuds Office

The Iowa State University Ombuds Office is a confidential, independent, neutral resource you can use to informally work through challenges you might be facing in the workplace or at school – with colleagues or supervisors, major professors, or policies and procedures. Think of the Ombuds Office as a confidential help desk. When you share your concerns with the Ombuds Officer, she can usually provide you with a range of information, assistance, options and resources to help you more clearly understand or even resolve your concerns. You then decide what course of action is best for you.

Religious Accommodations  (Office of Equal Opportunity)

In January of 2008, the Senate of the Government of the Student Body presented a resolution to the Faculty Senate, Graduate and Professional Student Senate, the Office of Equal Opportunity, and the Dean of Students Office. The resolution asked that the absences and religious observances procedure and policy be modified to include specific language regarding the impact of this policy on students and faculty.

Student Assistance (Assistance for students in need or crisis)

Many students unexpectedly face difficult times during college, be it for academic or personal reasons. Unexpected life events, personal crises, or other difficulties can interfere with college success. Whether it is something as simple as not being able to find one of your classes to something as tragic as the loss of a loved one, the Student Assistance staff will listen to your experiences and help you understand ISU policies and services that may assist in your situation. They are knowledgeable about the campus and community resources that can assist as well as general problem-solving strategies.

Student Counseling Services

Student Counseling Services (SCS) provides clinical and campus-based services to help students achieve their educational and personal goals. SCS supports the holistic well-being of every Iowa State student and promotes a healthy and inclusive community through clinical services, outreach, consultation, crisis intervention, and collaboration with campus partners.

Students Helping Our Peers (SHOP)

The SHOP is a student-run, on-campus food pantry at Iowa State University. This organization provides a wide variety of free, non-perishable food and personal care items for all ISU students. Their vision is to alleviate food insecurity while collaborating with Iowa State University and the Ames Community.

Student Organizations

There are over 850 student organizations at Iowa State, and that number continues to grow. Browse the organizations that include the following categories religious/spiritual, multicultural, international, historically black Greek organizations, multicultural Greek organizations, and more. Interested in learning more? Visit the Student Activities Center’s Organizations page.

Thielen Student Health Center

Thielen Student Health Center is a full-service medical clinic in Ames, Iowa, staffed with physicians, advanced registered nurse practitioners and nurses. Our team is available to care for the Iowa State University students’ primary health care needs.

University Human Resources

The vision for Improved Service Delivery is to enhance Iowa State University’s Finance and Human Resources operations by building upon our culture of service, fostering increased collaboration, and ultimately advancing ISU’s core missions. Knowledgeable specialists will work in teams to provide critical HR and Finance services to their dedicated campus unit(s).

Veterans Center (Dean of Students Office)

The mission of the Veterans Center is to strengthen the lives of Veterans, military personnel, their families, and our community.

Writing & Media Center (Dean of Students Office)

The Writing and Media Center (WMC) helps students become stronger, more confident communicatorsThe WMC is a welcoming and inclusive peer tutoring center where friendly Communication Consultants offer individualized assistance to undergraduate and graduate students working on any form of written, oral, visual, or electronic communication.