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Campus-Wide Identity-Based Programs

CBS students are active participants in cultural organizations across the University, and the college claims many past winners of the Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) Award. Meet past winners. The University offers many opportunities to become more involved in multicultural programs and organizations across campus. The Office for Equity and Diversity houses some of these programs and resources.

Student Organizations & Student Cultural Centers

Some of the most influential and active organizations are our 2nd floor cultural centers in Coffman Union. The state-of-the-art 2nd floor offers space for studying and community gathering. Each cultural center provides educational opportunities, social connections, and a safe space for their identity group.

  • American Indian Student Cultural Center (AISCC)
  • Asian American Student Union (ASU)
  • Black Student Union (BSU) 
  • Disabled Student Cultural Center (DSCC) 
  • La Raza Student Cultural Center 
  • Queer Student Cultural Center (QSCC)
  • Al-Madinah Student Cultural Center (AMCC)
  • Minnesota International Student Association (MISA)
  • Feminist Student Activist Collective (FSAC)

For students interested in organizations that exist at the intersections of identity and the study of STEM, the following organizations may be of interest:

  • American Indian Students in Science and Engineering (AISES) 
  • oSTEM
  • Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS)
  • Association of Multicultural Scientists (AMS) 
  • Somali Association for Pre-Health students
  • Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)
  • Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)

For students interested in 

North Star STEM Alliance

The North Star STEM Alliance is a partnership of Minnesota colleges, universities, and community organizations with the goal of increasing the number of underrepresented students receiving science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) bachelor's degrees in Minnesota. The North Star STEM Alliance offers opportunities and programs aimed at helping students to succeed academically through:

  • Mentorship
  • Connections and funding undergraduate research opportunities
  • Funding for undergraduate research
  • Travel to scientific conferences
  • Leadership within the alliance
  • Academic support
  • Networking Events

Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence

The Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE) prioritizes the academic lives of students from historically marginalized backgrounds in their pursuit of a college degree within the context of a predominantly White campus. Many students have stated that they feel welcomed, supported, and validated at the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence.

Circle of Indigenous Nations

The Circle of Indigenous Nations fosters an environment that allows students to feel a sense of community on campus. It contributes to the strengthening and development of all students through culturally specific services and activities.

Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life

The Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life serves students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual, allies and many other gender and sexual orientation-creative identities. Their work centers around four fundamental tenets of education, advocacy, outreach, and support. 


Contact Terra Brister at with any questions.