Welcome All! Find contacts, resources, and support specifically for students who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color. 

Check back for events and networking opportunities to connect you with mentors and community.


  • build connections and community among students of color

  • recruit, support, and retain pre-service teacher candidates of color

  • provide mentorship and networking opportunities for students of color

Welcome Event for Students of Color

Meet new people, build community, and have cookies! Whether you are new to the College of Education or returning, undergraduate students are welcome to join us for this event to connect with future educators and meet staff and faculty. 

Aspiring Educators

I am the advisor for this registered student organization and affiliate of the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) and the National Education Association (NEA). Joining Aspiring Educators will provide teacher education students opportunities to attend ISEA-sponsored conferences as well as campus chapter meetings and events. Fill out this form to join.

Study Sessions

Join us for an ongoing series of monthly study sessions in the Baker Teacher Leader Center. Bring friends or study groups, or just join us to be in community. This event is open to undergraduate and graduate students.

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Amira Nash (she, her, hers)

Associate Director, Partnerships and Programs

Baker Teacher Leader Center

Meet Amira

During my undergraduate years at UI, I majored in Psychology and Secondary Education with a minor in Spanish. I earned my BA in Psychology along with teaching licensure in Social Studies, ELL (English Language Learning), and Spanish. During my undergraduate years, I spent a lot of time studying abroad after being captivated by a history class I took in Spain during a J-term. I later studied in India twice with the College of Education, I volunteered in Cuba, and I completed half of my student teaching in Ecuador. Also from UI, I went on to complete my MA in Teaching, Leadership, and Cultural Competency. I am currently pursuing my PhD in Teaching and Learning.

Here in Iowa City, I taught high school social students and ELL for four years. For the majority of my students, I was their first teacher of color. Growing up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, I did not have a teacher that looked like me until my sophomore year of college. In my role here in the College of Education, I am partnering with local school districts to create a student to teacher pathways program to help diversify Iowa's teacher workforce in addition to supporting antiracism efforts and global education in the college. 

Please don't hesitate to reach out.