Programs & Support Initiatives

Be Better

Be better at Iowa focuses on the important behind-the-scenes work to make the Be Better Initiative possible. The individuals listed below are chairs for specific committees that focus on supporting University of Iowa students, faculty, and staff use the Strengths assessment and student leadership competencies in their work preparing, educating, and developing student leaders. If you have more questions about the Be Better initiative, please click here.

Campus Activities Board (CAB)

We provide a wide range of awesome activities for students every week throughout the year! Learn more here.

Campus Inclusion Team (CIT)

The Campus Inclusion Team (CIT) provides support and resources to any student with a concern about diversity, equity, and inclusion. This may include concerns about actions perceived as discriminatory against aspects of identity such as race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, and associational preferences. The CIT is a partnership between the Center for Diversity and Enrichment and Student Care & Assistance - learn more here

Critical MASS

The Critical Mentoring and Student Support program (Critical MASS) has been established with UI faculty, staff, and graduate students serving in the mentor role. Critical MASS mentors provide support and a faculty/staff/graduate student connection for referred students. The program creates a “check-in” system meant to increase accountability for personal behavior on the student’s part and implements an early intervention system that facilitates referrals for needed academic and other support services. You can find more information about Critical MASS on the program website

Early Intervention Team (EIT)

Student success can be hindered by many issues: physical and mental health, personal problems, substance abuse, and finances. The Early Intervention Team (EIT) provides additional support and coordinates the necessary resources to assist the student in getting back on track to success. Learn more here.

Emergency Fund

This fund was created to assist and support University of Iowa students who encounter an unforeseen financial emergency or catastrophic event which would otherwise prevent them from continuing their education at the University of Iowa. The fund is supported by the University of Iowa Student Government (UISG) and the Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG). If you know of a student who may need additional financial support or would like to learn more about the program, review the information provided on the fund here

Fraternity and Sorority Life

University of Iowa Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) is made up of 53 fraternities and sororities. It is home to the Multicultural Greek Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Interfraternity Council, and Panhellenic Council. FSL's four councils are overseen by a professional staff, and each chapter has it's own leadership. FSL chapters engage in many philanthropic efforts and raise thousands of dollars each year. More information on FSL can be found here.

Hawkeye Meal Share

Hawkeye Meal Share is an initiative that gives students the opportunity to donate their unused guest meal swipes online to any undergraduate, graduate, or professional student in need at the University of Iowa. Students experiencing food insecurity are able to receive meals by contacting Student Care & Assistance or visiting the Hawkeye Meal Share website

Iowa N.E.W. Leadership

Iowa N.E.W. Leadership is an intensive 5-day residential institute designed to empower women across the political spectrum and increase the participation of underrepresented groups in all sectors of public leadership. The Institute experience is built around a challenging curriculum that develops knowledge and skill in key areas, including: strategic communication, policy analysis, philanthropy, negotiation, community development, professional sustainability, relationship-building, productive engagement with difference, conflict and collaboration. Learn more here

Leadership & Service

CSIL offers several opportunities for students to advance their leadership skills. Students can enroll in for credit academic leadership classes to discover more about leadership and the skills necessary for effective leadership. Students learn about leadership models and develop a personal philosophy of leadership. Student leaders are encouraged to take part in many leadership activities throughout each semester. Learn more on the CSIL Leadership and Service website

Student Government - GPSG

The Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG) represents and advocates for the University of Iowa's graduate and professional students. Their mission is simple - improve the experience of graduate and professional students at the University of Iowa. GPSG is a representative democracy, with delegates elected from all graduate and professional students at the University of Iowa. Learn more here.

Student Government - UISG

University of Iowa Student Government (UISG) serves and represents all UI undergraduate students. They are the student's voice to local and federal legislators, the Board of Regents, and the State of Iowa. UISG works with students and UI faculty and staff to see that students needs are accounted for, and creates solutions for problems that students face. To find out more about what UISG does, and to see who is elected, click here.  

Student Legal Services

Student Legal Services provides high quality, free advice and affordable legal representation for currently enrolled University of Iowa students. To find out more information or to access their services, visit their website

Student Organizations

Get involved on campus. There are so many ways to take your education beyond course work at Iowa. Choose from nearly 500 organizations, ranging from Aikido to Dance Marathon, or start your own group! Learn more here

Trans* Support Fund

This fund is to assist and support University of Iowa trans students who desire to pursue legal name and document changes, but have limited financial means to complete the process. Issues related to identity and the ability to legally change documents and names can sometimes limit a student’s ability to fully participate academically and socially on campus, thus preventing them from continuing their education at the University of Iowa. To learn more about the fund or how to qualify, visit the student support initiatives website