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.

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Location: 152 IMU (see floor map)
 

Upcoming Events

Race, Ethnicity, Language, and Culture Symposium: Advocating for DEI in the Academy promotional image

Race, Ethnicity, Language, and Culture Symposium: Advocating for DEI in the Academy

Thursday, October 6, 2022 (all day)
University Capitol Centre
The Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, with funding from an International Programs Major Projects Award, sets out to explore the intersection of race, ethnicity, language, and culture and how to advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the academy. The three-day symposium, taking place on the University of Iowa campus from Thursday, October 6, 2022, to Saturday, October 8, 2022, will bring together leaders and scholars from across disciplines and geographic areas and engage them in an open dialogue about the opportunities that advocating for DEI in the academy provides.
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IWP Global Express: Stories on Stage

Thursday, October 6, 2022 7:00pm
Theatre Building
Students from the UI Department of Theatre Arts bring the page to life in an evening of staged readings of work by the IWP (International Writing Program) Fall Residents. Global Express, now in its 21st year, offers an exceptional peek into literary works by contemporary writers from around the world, and gives international writers the unique opportunity to see their work performed by students from the UI Department of Theatre Arts and local community members before an American audience. Look...
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Life in Iowa Weekly Coffee Hour

Friday, October 7, 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). Enjoy a (free!) afternoon coffee and engage in casual conversations with students, staff, and faculty from across campus on different topics, ranging from adjusting to life in a new country and friendships to rules of the workplace.