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 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.


  • 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!


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
    – 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


Christy Oxendine
Multicultural Liaison Officer and BOLD Learning Community Coordinator | 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.