BOLD Learning Community

Join the BOLD Learning Community!

WHAT

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!

WHO

  • BOLD is a non-residential program and is open to students who self-identify as students of color (African American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian American, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Latina/o, and Multiracial).
  • All Liberal Arts and Sciences majors are eligible, including Open Option.
  • The learning community aims to engage multicultural first-year and transfer students who are not recipients of the George Washington Carver Scholarship, Hixson Opportunity Award, Multicultural Vision Program Award, or Science Bound Program.
  • Students are also highly encouraged to participate in their department's learning community.

WHY

  • 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 Multicultural Liaison Officer, and more!
  • And the following year...become a peer mentor too!

HOW TO JOIN

During summer orientation, tell your advisor! LAS 105: BOLD Learning Community Orientation will be added to your schedule. Class is on Wednesdays, 4:10 p.m. - 5:25 p.m.


THREE MAIN COMPONENTS

  1. Enroll in BOLD Orientation course (LAS 105) in the fall and BOLD seminar course (LAS 106) in the spring
    - you'll be teamed up with other students and will have your own in-class Student Success Leader
  2. 1:1 peer mentoring; you will be paired up with a BOLD peer mentor
  3. Develop and strengthen leadership skills that will contribute to your academic and social success

Contact

Der Vang, M.Ed.
Multicultural Liaison Officer and BOLD Learning Community Coordinator
dvang@iastate.edu | 515.294.2545
102 Catt Hall
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Iowa State University


Safe Spaces and Learning Environments: BOLD was created in 2014 and was designed to support students of color on a college-wide scale. 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.