Frequently Asked Questions

What does Student Diversity and Inclusion Services do?

Student Diversity and Inclusion Services promote diversity and social justice awareness for all students through personal interactions, leadership and training opportunities, and various sponsored and co-sponsored educational programs. We aim to ensure the retention and graduation rates of students of color (i.e., Asian/Pacific-Islander, Hispanic/Latino/a or Chicano/a, African American, and Native American/American Indian) are equitable, and to maintain an inclusive and welcoming environment for all.

What types of programs are sponsored by Student Diversity and Inclusion Services?

Student Diversity and Inclusion Services sponsors programs that are designed to increase awareness of diversity and social justice.  Programs may include include speakers, educational programs, training events, and social opportunities. One such series is our Heritage Month programs, which encourage students from all backgrounds to learn more about the diverse and multicutural mosaic upon which our communities are built.

Does Student Diversity and Inclusion Services offer any scholarships?

Yes. We offer several need-based scholarships to undergraduate U.S. students of color. Application information is emailed to all eligible students (cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher required) and information can be found on our website during spring semester. We do not currently offer any scholarships for graduate students. All students should utilize the Financial Aid Office for additional information about scholarship opportunities.

Does Student Diversity and Inclusion Services only serve undergraduate students of color?

Student Diversity and Inclusion Services helps all students. Stop by or contact one of our staff members for assistance with any questions or concerns. If we can't help, we will find someone who can!

Is the candy really free?

YES!  Stop by our office (224 Anderson Student Center) for great conversation, great students, great colleagues, and great free candy.

Is this the Hana office?

Student Diversity and Inclusion Services is not the Hana office. Hana, a multicultural student organization, has an office located in the Frank and Judy Sunberg Leadership Room on the 3rd floor of the Anderson Student Center.   

Where can I find help with a class?

The best place to begin is talking directly with your professor/instructor.  The Academic Counseling & Support Office, located in Room 110 Murray-Herrick, offers additional assistance with developing class schedules, choosing majors, finding tutors, and developing good study habits and skills.

Where do I go for advocacy or support?

The University Ombudsperson, Sr. Sharon Howell, is located in the Dean of Students Office (DOS).  Additional offices of the Dean of Students include:

Every unit in student affairs and academic affairs is committed to helping students achieve their goals. We welcome all students.

How do I get involved?

Campus Life maintains a list of over 100 clubs and organizations.  You are sure to find one that interests you. Some suggestions include:

  • Hana (multicultural organization), 
  • Allies, 
  • African Nations Student Association (ANSA), 
  • Black Empowerment Student Alliance (BESA), 
  • Globally Minded Student Association (GMSA)
  • Hmong United Student Association (HUSA), 
  • Latinos Unidos (LU),
  • Muslim Student Association (MSA),
  • Saudi Club,
  • Women's Circle.

All clubs are open to all students. 

You may also be interested in pursuing one of several different student leadership opportunities on campus, including resident or commuter advisor, orientation leader, or positions in our office like Linkages Intern or REAL Program Peer Advisor.  For more information, visit the Student Leadership Selection site.  Applications are typically due very early in the spring semester.

Can you help with my resume, cover letter, interviewing, job search, etc.?

We will generally refer students with these types of questions to the Career Development Center, which is located in Room 123 Murray Herrick.  Career counselors are available via individual appointments and group workshops, and their website also offers an abundance of useful information.  Our student diversity career specialist, who also works 3/4 time with the Career Development Center, assists with organizing additional resources for diverse students, including workshops on resume development and networking.