Hispanic/Latino(a) Community

The University of Iowa is ranked among the top 50 schools for Hispanic doctoral students by Hispanic Outlook magazine. Venture outside the University community, and you'll find that about 3 percent of the Iowa City area's 77,000 residents are Hispanic. The area supports numerous authentic Mexican restaurants and Latino grocery stores with products from all over Central and South America.

The Latino Native American Cultural Center (LNACC)

The LNACC provides a supportive, inclusive environment for faculty, staff and students as well as programs that empower students to excel and stretch themselves in diversity while offering opportunities to serve their community.

Center for Diversity & Enrichment (CDE)

The CDE sponsors social and academic events throughout the school year and offers guidance on scholarships and financial aid, academic development, student involvement, and just about every other aspect of campus life. Mentorship opportunities are available and faculty/staff collaborations are welcomed.

Office of Graduate Inclusion (OGI)

The Office of Graduate Inclusion (OGI) serves graduate students who are historically under-represented academically to provide information, networking, liaison support, counseling and access as a supportive community while they are pursuing a graduate degree. 

Student organizations and campus groups

The University of Iowa boasts nearly 500 student organizations, including some specifically for Latino students.

Association of Latinos Moving Ahead (ALMA)

Latino and Native American Alumni Alliance (LaNA3)

Multiethnic Engineering and Sciences Club (MESA)

Multicultural Business Student Association (MBSA)

Minority Nurse Association

Latino Graduate Student Association

Latino Law Student Association

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

Fraternity and Sorority Life

Sigma Lambda Gamma sorority was founded in 1990. Members participate in social activities, study hours, and volunteer projects.
Sigma Lambda Beta fraternity, founded in 1986, emphasizes brotherhood, scholarship, cultural awareness, and community service.
Lambda Theta Nu sorority was founded in 1986 and works to promote educational and professional development, relationships, and community involvement.
Lambda Theta Phi fraternity, founded in 1975, encourages members to succeed academically, become leaders, serve the community, and preserve Latino culture.


More than 90 percent of Iowa students receive some form of financial aid. Scholarships specifically awarded to members of diverse or underrepresented groups include (but are not limited to) the Iowa Minority Academic Grants for Economic Success (IMAGES), the Advantage Iowa Award (AI Award), and the Halas-Sayers Scholarship.

Faculty and Staff Organizations

UI Latino Council

Did You Know?

Iowa's Latin American Studies program was established in 1978, focusing teaching and research on Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. It offers an undergraduate certificate and a minor. Iowa also offers a certificate in Critical Cultural Competence.

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