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The Hype features submissions from Iowa State University multicultural students. The Hype is hosted by the Office of Multicultural Students Affairs; however, the views expressed are not necessarily those of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Iowa State University, the Iowa Board of Regents or the State of Iowa.

Current students: check your email for a message from msa


17 Mar 2020 11:48 AM

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At about 12:15pm on March 17th, the following email was sent to all multicultural students currently enrolled from Assistant Dean and Director of Multicultural Student Affairs, Kenyatta Shamburger. Click the link above to read the text of the email.

Good afternoon,

With all that is happening around us, I hope that each of you are having the opportunity to enjoy at least some of your spring break.


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Here at Iowa State by Rene

03 Mar 2020 2:06 PM

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As I got here to Iowa State, I didn’t realize how much of an impact this new environment would have on me and my identity. I come from Des Moines, Iowa, which definitely has a diverse population when in comparison to Ames Iowa. I grew up playing soccer most of my childhood and with the sport, I was able to meet many different people from different demographic groups. With that I found myself making friends with a lot of my peers, we came from different parts of world, but our love of the sport united us.

In My Words     Latinx, College of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Spring 2020 Impaact Retreat, ISU Making Progress for the Asian American Community Today. Join us for our 5th annual IMPAACT retreat. Free and transportation can be arranged. Saturday, February 29. 9AM to 5PM. Lynn Fuhrer Lodge.

5th Annual IMPAACT Retreat

26 Feb 2020 8:15 AM

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The 5th Annual IMPAACT (ISU Making Progress for the Asian American Community Today) Retreat will help participants identify leadership practices and develop leadership philosophies, differentiate between personal and social identities, and learn the importance of collaboration and solidarity within our own communities and other groups.

What does IMPAACT have to offer?

Club Spotlight, In My Words     Asian American

Person in boots standing on stone path

I Deserve This by Max

11 Feb 2020 2:50 PM

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Content Warning: This post briefly discusses depression, suicide ideation, and planning.


In My Words     Latinx, LGBTQIA+, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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Spanglish by Elena

28 Jan 2020 12:58 PM

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When I first started in my major in Global Resource Systems here at Iowa State, I was tasked with fulfilling language credits for my major, and it provided me a unique opportunity.

See, when I was in high school, I had taken American Sign Language and fully committed myself to become as conversational in the language as I could. While Spanish was offered, I was afraid to join a class in a city where 63% of the population is Latinx, and I would be the only Latinx student in the classes.

In My Words     Latinx, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Arm out vehicle window over soil

How to Make Your Own Compost by B

03 Dec 2019 12:42 PM

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  1. Start with an appropriate container. Location determines what type of container is most appropriate for you.
    1. My passions lie with regenerative agriculture and the stories of people of color. I find joy and strength when I listen to others tell their story and when I work outside under the sun with the land. Due to my passions, I study within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. I am originally from Latin America and have made my home in Iowa, specifically in a vibrant area of Des Moines.

In My Words     Latinx, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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Choose a side, Tana!

19 Nov 2019 2:09 PM

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I am neither black nor white.

I’m biracial.

I’m Haitian American.

In My Words     Multiracial, College of Engineering, Engineering, Black/African American

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Country Strong by Vashalice

01 Nov 2019 11:36 AM

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“You got to be country strong, from the root (pronounced rut) to the leaves,” my grandmother would always tell me in a boastful manner with pride marching through her words. My grandmother, who is my partial namesake and daily inspiration was all about being strong. You have to be strong in word, thought, and deed is you wanted to survive. In all my life of living, I never truly understood the meaning of being “country strong” until I moved to Ames, Iowa from my small rural town of Bealsville, FL, one of 3 historically Black towns in Florida.

In My Words     Black/African American, women, Grad School

(Text) Today on the Hype: Why I Protest by Anonymous. (Image) hand holding a sign that reads "Don't wait for leaders, become them."

Why I Protest

31 Oct 2019 3:45 PM

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The content of this post is written by an individual student and is not necessarily the position of Iowa State University, the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Dean of Students Office, or the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. We do, however, fully support our students of color speaking their minds and raising their voices.


I’m often asked why I protest. Let me explain it to you.

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