Who We Are

Led by Senior Vice President Dr. Toyia K. Younger, the Division of Student Affairs encompasses a broad and diverse portfolio of units, offices, and teams on campus that is unique to Iowa State University.

Our units work collaboratively with each other and our campus colleagues with an unwavering focus on serving our students. As student affairs professionals, it is our responsibility to understand both the long-standing and developing issues and trends in student life and to present and interpret these to our partners in other areas of the university and community.

Our Mission

Integral to the rich and vibrant Iowa State University experience, Student Affairs challenges, and empowers students to succeed as productive citizens and leaders in a diverse community.

Core values

Our core values are integral to our work with all facets of the Iowa State University community and underscore our program’s services, interactions, and efforts.

Student Development & Engagement

In recognizing the uniqueness of each student, we support their overall growth and development through leadership and involvement opportunities, rich and meaningful co-curricular activities, and global engagement experiences. We also work to remain accessible and responsive to students, and to minimize barriers that inhibit effective learning.

Connection, Collaboration, & Communication

We strive to share our successes and outcomes with the community, ensuring transparency and inviting discussion about where we can enhance our work. Further, we desire to instill a global mindset in all Cyclones to enhance their cultural awareness and intercultural competence.

Diversity, Inclusion, & Social Justice

We seek to welcome and engage all Cyclones in an effort to create a respectful, responsible community that allows for equitable access to learning and involvement.

Holistic Health, Wellness, & Safety of Students & Staff

Cyclones should feel safe anywhere at Iowa State University. Our programs, services, and interactions are designed to embody this and to identify areas where continued work needs to occur. We function best when everyone aspires to their best physical, emotional, intellectual, financial, environmental, occupational, social, and spiritual wellbeing.

2020-2021 Division Priorities

In working to fulfill our mission, staying true to our core values, and adapting to the ever-changing climate, this year we will focus our efforts on the following six priorities.

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Safety, Health & Well-Being

We will work to create a safe, healthy, and wellness-focused environment for ISU students and student affairs staff so that they may thrive at ISU, in the Ames community, and the world beyond.

Student Success

We will collaborate with Academic Affairs, the ISU Foundation, and other campus partners to achieve measurable progress towards closing the achievement gap for multicultural, first-generation, low-socioeconomic, and student Veterans.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

We will promote and enhance the climate on campus and in the surrounding communities so all are welcomed, included, and valued.

Assessment & Research

We will ensure that programs, policies, and practices are informed by assessment and research to better promote student enrollment, development, learning, and overall student success.

Staff Development & Retention

We will create intentional opportunities to support staff and make available the resources, tools, professional development, and the growth opportunities they need to be successful.

Iowa State University Principles of Community

Respect: We seek to foster an open-minded understanding among individuals, organizations and groups. We support this understanding through outreach, increasing opportunities for collaboration, formal education programs and strategies for resolving disagreement.

Purpose: We are encouraged to be engaged in the university community. Thus, we strive to build a genuine community that promotes the advancement of knowledge, cooperation and leadership.

Cooperation: We recognize that the mission of the university is enhanced when we work together to achieve the goals of the university. Therefore, we value each member of the Iowa State University community for their insights and efforts, collective and individual, to enhance the quality of campus life.

Richness of Diversity: We recognize and cherish the richness of diversity in our university experience. Furthermore, we strive to increase the diversity of ideas, cultures and experiences throughout the university community.

Freedom from discrimination: We recognize that we must strive to overcome historical and divisive biases in our society. Therefore, we commit ourselves to create and maintain a community in which all students, staff, faculty and administrators can work together in an atmosphere free from discrimination, and to respond appropriately to all acts of discrimination.

Honest and respectful expression of ideas: We affirm the right to and the importance of a free exchange of ideas at Iowa State University within the bounds of courtesy, sensitivity and respect. We work together to promote awareness of various ideas through education and constructive strategies to consider and engage in honest disagreements.


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Let us know how you are incorporating the Principles of Community in to your work – contact principles@iastate.edu.