Resources for Asian-American Students

Hello! As an Asian-American student at Iowa State University, I recognize the importance of finding a community or people who you can relate to. Sometimes there are experiences that are unique to Asian-Americans, as well as shared interests so it’s good to find people who can understand you!

I’ve compiled a list of resources that are best suited for Asian-American and Pacific Islander students here!


Clubs & organizations.

The easiest and fastest way to meet new people is through student clubs, especially since they are run by other students. It can seem kind of overwhelming to go, but it never hurts to try. If you feel afraid, remember that most people who go to college are just as new and scared as you are. Here is a link to multicultural clubs and student organizations here on campus!

I would recommend joining the Asian Student Union, where many Asian-American students and supporters meet. They have movie nights, social gatherings, as well as hold events on campus!



An acronym for ISU Making Progress for the Asian American Community Today, IMPAACT is a weekend retreat that is open to all students who identify as Asian American or Pacific Islander. In November 2016, they had their first retreat, which I attended. I met a bunch of new people and made new friends, as well as had a blast doing campfires and games! One of my best friends right now is someone that I met through this retreat. I learned a lot about how to become a better leader for other Asian-American students, and to better engage in conversations. There is another planned retreat for February 2018!

Here is a link to their Facebook page.


Multicultural center.

There are two multicultural centers located on campus, one located in the Memorial Union and the other one located in the Student Services building. This is a safe space to meet people and to be able to speak to people who can better accommodate any needs you may have. I’d also like to point out that they have the most comfortable couches if you just want to stop somewhere for a rest!


Faculty to know.

Der Vang

Der is the Multicultural Liaison Officer for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She’s super sweet and a great resource for students, and someone you can reach out to!


Som Mongtin

Som is the assistant director for the Margaret Sloss Women’s Center and another wonderful resource to students. She enjoys conversing with students about social justice as well!


Here is a link to other Asian-American faculty members to reach out to!


Final note.

It’s important to enjoy your school life while also feeling comfortable. Iowa State offers resources to everyone, and I am someone that anyone can always feel free to reach out to as well.

Good luck!

Categories: Advice, Campus life, Iowa State

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