Multicultural and International Student Support and Engagement is committed to supporting student success on the University of Iowa campus through planned activities at the five MISSE areas, annual diversity programs, and student organization events.

MISSE provides a “Home Away From Home” atmosphere for many students.  Each of the areas has a nickname that most students know them by: the Afro-American Cultural Center is the Afro House, the Latino Native American Cultural Center is LNACC, the Asian Pacific American Cultural Center is APACC, the Pride Alliance Center, known affectionately as the Pride House, and the International Student Support and Engagement, known as ISSE.

The four UI Cultural Centers (Afro House, LNACC, APACC, and the Pride House) are located on the west side of campus, on (or near) Melrose Avenue, and the ISSE area has a landing space on the east side of campus in the IMU.

The Cultural Centers can be utilized by any UI student for hangout spaces. The MISSE areas also provide intra- and cross-cultural education, leadership and organizational development opportunities, social justice education, and change. The MISSE areas complement the academic mission of the University by enhancing students’ experiences inside and outside of the classroom.

MISSE Areas:


Location: 152 IMU (see floor map)

Upcoming Events

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Life in Iowa Weekly Coffee Hour

Friday, December 2, 2022 2:30pm to 3:30pm
University Capitol Centre
Starting Aug. 26 (through Dec. 2), Life in Iowa (part of International Student and Scholar Services) and International Student Support and Engagement invite international students and scholars at the University of Iowa to join them for a weekly coffee hour every Friday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at T.Spoons coffee shop (located in University Capitol Centre).
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The Mirage

Friday, December 2 9:00pm to Saturday, December 3, 2022 1:00am
Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)
The Mirage kicks off with the Condom Casino and Infostravaganza—a chance to win great prizes and learn about sexual health from many valuable campus and community organizations. Throughout the night, free rapid HIV testing will be available in conjunction with World AIDS Day. The drag show is the headline of the evening featuring an amateur competition with UI students and the Kings and Queens of Iowa City. The purpose of the drag show is to highlight and celebrate self-expression in all its...
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Black Student Support Group

Thursday, December 8, 2022 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Afro American Cultural Center
Co-facilitated by Dr. LaNeisha Waller-Boulet, UCS and Shalisa Gladney, Afro-American Cultural Center. The Black Student Support Group will serve as a space for Black identifying students of all gender identities to respectfully listen to each other, share thoughts, feelings, provide validation, and offer encouragement to fellow Black students at the University of Iowa. The group is open for Black students to discuss the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 within the Black community and serve as...