Services and Programs
Intercultural and Diversity Affairs offers a wide range of services and programs to the unrepresented students at MTSU. As you look to adjust to college life, the Office of Intercultural and Diversity Affairs is in place to provide support when and where it is most needed.
Student Advocacy & Support
Finding your place on a college campus can be difficult, especially when you are far from home, first-generation, and/or unsure of what the college experience holds. IDA serves as a home base for students looking to find their community at MTSU. In the moments when you aren’t sure where to go or who to talk with about making your experience your own, we are here to help. Our office houses resources, training, and programming for students from under-represented and minoritized groups.
Throughout each semester, IDA works to schedule cultural events that highlight and increase awareness of the various cultures present on our campus. These events often include traditional foods, music, and dancing while highlighting the cultural significance with the broader campus population. It is important that we are able to share our various cultures with one another to contribute to production of citizen leaders at MTSU. Check out past events under the programming tab in the navigation menu on the left.
As a diverse and inclusive environment at MTSU, it is important that we all remain up to date on the latest trends and best practices to maintaining our equitable environment. In an effort to ensure we remain as inclusive as possible, IDA offers Inclusivity training for any class, organization, or group interested in a more in-depth and interactive conversation on this topic. If you or your group is interested, please complete the Training Request form.
Safe Zone Training
For several years, MTSU has offered Safe Zone training as an option to students, faculty, and staff. Safe Zone training aims to create a visible network of support for our LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, etc.) people and their allies at MTSU. This is a voluntary training offered to any member of the MTSU community. This training works to increase awareness, knowledge, and skills for individuals and address the challenges that exist when one wants to advocate for their LGBT+ peers, family members, friends, co-workers, and themselves. If you or your group is interested, please complete the Training Request form.
There will be times throughout your college experience when tough conversations need to happen. When the time comes, the IDA office hosts critical conversations to discuss current events or topics relevant to the development of college students at MTSU. Historically these conversations have focused on family dynamics, mental health, campus issues, and/ or current world events. Critical conversations are open to the MTSU community and we will all perspectives to contribute to a collaborative and productive conversation.
IDA Advisory Council
Student voices are an important contributions to the MTSU community. The IDA Advisory Council is one way we work together to ensure we are providing students the space to voice their issues, concerns, and recommendations. Currently the IDA Advisory Council meets on the last Monday of each month at 5 p.m. in the IDA Center. The council meets to discuss various topics in relation to how to improve and/or enhance the student experience at MTSU. Any interested student is welcome to join in on the meetings and become a part of the IDA Advisory Council. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions about this council.