Multicultural & International Student Support & Engagement (MISSE)

House with a heart inside


Multicultural & International Student Support & 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.


Multicultural & International Student Support & Engagement (MISSE)

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.

Aerial map showing the locations of all five MISSE areas. The Afro-American Cultural Center, Latino Native American Cultural Center, Asian Pacific American Cultural Center, and Pride Alliance Center are shown to be located on the West side of the Iowa River. The International Student Support and Engagement office is shown to be in the Iowa Memorial Union on the East side of the Iowa River
MISSE Locations

Annual Diversity Programs

There are a number of annual celebrations that offer opportunities to engage the campus community in celebratory and educational activities that reflect the different communities on campus. To learn more about these opportunities, visit the Multicultural & International Student Support & Engagement – Initiatives website.

Student Organization Events

There are over 100 multicultural student organizations at the University of Iowa that provide programming, service, educational programs, and cultural experiences to the campus community. To find out more about these programs and experiences, visit the Multicultural & International Student Support & Engagement – Events website.

MISSE Contact Information

What Current Students are Saying

  • “Warm and welcoming spaces for students who want to connect with a community.”
  • “Cultural centers are cozy houses located on the west-side of campus.”


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