BOLD Learning Community

Join the BOLD Learning Community!


Bridging Opportunities in Leadership and Diversity (BOLD) is a fantastic opportunity for first-year and transfer students who are striving for academic success, leadership skills, and new connections, including being paired with a BOLD peer mentor. BOLD is both a 1.0 credit course and an opportunity to get involved on campus!


BOLD is a student success program open to all students with a major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, including open option. We utilize research-based practices on multicultural student leadership development to prepare those interested in leading change within communities of color.


  • Build a community with other students once you start in the fall
  • Develop leadership skills that are culturally-relevant to who you are
  • Connect with your College Director of Multicultural Student Success
  • And the following year…become a peer mentor too!


    During summer orientation, tell your advisor! LAS 105: BOLD Learning Community Orientation will be added to your schedule. Class is on Wednesdays, 3:10 p.m. – 4:25 p.m.


    1. Enroll in BOLD Orientation course (LAS 105) in the fall and BOLD seminar course (LAS 106) in the spring
  1. Individual and group mentoring with BOLD peer mentors

  2. Explore the relationship between identity and leadership experience/styles. You will strengthen and develop leadership skills that will contribute to your academic and social success


    Arnold Woods III, M.Ed Director of Multicultural Student Success and BOLD Learning Community Coordinator 515-294-2545 147 Catt Hall College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Iowa State University

Ananda Muhammad Graduate Assistant, Multicultural Student Success & STEM Scholars 208 Carver Hall College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Iowa State University

Safe Spaces and Learning Environments: BOLD was created in 2014.  Current research and best practices are incorporated to the design of the learning community. Research shows that the success of students of color depends on the following: sense of belonging on campus; a connection to students, staff, and faculty who reflect and understand their diverse experiences and identities; and a safe space to have a dialogue about their current experiences. Thus, the different components in BOLD directly meet those needs. All students are welcome.