Diversity and Inclusion
Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), LGBTQIA+, students with disabilities, first-generation students, and other historically marginalized populations face many obstacles and barriers when applying to and attending colleges and universities, and at UNI we recognize that. UNI is dedicated to minimizing the challenges, obstacles and addressing the systemic barriers. Here are various opportunities, resources and programs that await you at UNI, ready to support you.
Creating Your Community
your UNI experience
UNI's Jump Start Program is focused on helping underrepresented students successfully transition to UNI by providing them with the resources and support network to take on this next chapter of their life. It is held the week prior to the first week of classes and includes an early move-in for students living on campus.
Find a passion,
fuel your soul
Student organizations are a great way to get involved, meet new people and develop leadership skills. There are 270+ student organizations on campus, and many of them are cultural based. There's truly something for everyone!
A role model
is never far away
There are various mentoring programs across campus that connect new (first-year) students with returning students, including the Multicultural Mentoring for Student Success Program for underrepresented students (African/African-American, Latino, Native American, Asian, Multiracial) and Queer Peer Mentoring Program for students who identify as LGBTQ+.
A place for advocacy,
education and support
The UNI Center for Multicultural Education was founded with the mission of advancing inclusion and social justice by supporting of underrepresented students, educating all UNI community members on the importance of diversity and creating a safe and welcoming environment that fosters academic success, a sense of belonging and respect for all people and cultures.Get A Preview
Where pride is proud
UNI's Gender & Sexuality Services (GSS) supports and empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual students and employees and allies by providing community-building, education, events and initiatives focused on an inclusive, safe environment. The mission of GSS is for students of all sexual orientations and gender identities to be felt heard, affirmed, valued and respected.Find out more
UNI's Student Accessibility Services (SAS) creates an encouraging, supportive and caring environment where students with disabilities feel they are accepted and valued as individuals. The mission of SAS is to develop an accessible educational environment for all students.Learn More
Making College Affordable
Students are automatically considered for scholarships upon admission, including our UNI-T.E.D Scholarship (UNIfying through Excellence and Diversity) for students of racial and ethnic backgrounds or those who participated in TRIO or AVID programs.
UNI Scholarship Application
There are many other additional scholarships you may quality for through the submission of the UNI Scholarship Application. Upon completing this one application, you'll have applied to all the scholarships you're eligible for.