Celebrating its 40th year, the Black Cultural Center (BCC) has served as a foundation for African American cultural identity, education and understanding between diverse communities at ISU and the Ames Community at large. The BCC is a "home away from home" for African American students and a place of hospitality for all members of the Ames and ISU community.
The primary mission of the Multicultural Center is to develop a sense of community between students, staff, and faculty of color on the Iowa State University campus. The Multicultural Center will also play a major role in educating all members of the ISU community about the cultural histories and heritages of U.S. ethnic-minority groups and help further the understanding and appreciation for differences that exist among and between people. The overall intent of the Center is to create an environment where awareness of one's cultural identity and a deeper understanding and respect of others' differences with respect to culture, are readily accepted and embraced.
Situated in each college at Iowa State University, the Multicultural Liaison Officers (MLO) identifies, develops, implements and coordinates various educational, cultural and social activities for students of color in the represented college. As members of the MSA team, the MLO works with students of color, faculty and staff members to create a university environment more conducive to successful matriculation, graduation, and placement of student of color through the coordination of programs, services, activities, and functions and in concurrence with each College and the Dean of Students Office. For a list of the MLOs for each college, visit the MSA team page on this website.
The ISU Multicultural Student Programming Advisory Council (MSPAC), formerly the Multicultural Taskforce (MTF), serves as an advising committee and funding source for student organizations promoting diversity awareness and education through projects and events on the ISU campus. To be eligible for MSPAC funding, student organizations must collaborate with other departments and organizations in an effort to encourage an environment of cooperation and respect for cultural diversity and build unity through academic, social, and cultural events at Iowa State University. MSPAC accepts funding applications from registered student groups and organizations and meets weekly to review those funding requests.
The Multicultural Student Services Coordinating Team (MSSCT) represents the collaborative effort of various student services departments and offices across the Iowa State University campus. MSSCT provides advisement and guidance to the ISU community regarding policy, procedures, and program development in the positive recruitment, retention, development, graduation, and career placement of ISU students of color. The team includes Multicultural Liaison Officers (MLOs) from the six colleges, representation from the Student Support Services Program (SSSP), Office of Admissions, Student Counseling Services, Athletic Student Services and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA). The team meets every third Monday each month to discuss issues and plan activities centered on the success of students of color at Iowa State University.