Academic Programs & Support Centers

At the University of Arizona, we believe diversity enhances the quality of your education. That’s why the UA offers numerous programs where students can find academic assistance, research opportunities, community support and more. Here is a sample of our diverse programs, centers and institutes.

Academics & Research

Arizona Science, Engineering and Mathematics Scholars (ASEM)
ASEM supports students graduating with a STEM major, especially women and first-generation, low-income and underrepresented students. 

College of Medicine Phoenix, Office of Diversity and Inclusion
The office is committed to promoting and supporting diversity and inclusion in its research, and clinical and educational missions. 

College of Medicine Tucson, Office of Diversity and Inclusion
The office provides support services and programming for medical and other health professions students to nurture a diverse healthcare workforce.

Dean of Students Office
The office offers programs and services to support students’ academic, personal and professional development. 

Graduate Diversity Programs
Prospective graduate students can find information on research opportunities, workshops and funding sources.

Maximizing Access to Research Careers Program (MARC)
The MARC Program is a research, mentoring, financial and academic opportunity for undergraduates belonging to groups underrepresented in biomedical research and who plan to pursue a PhD.

Minority Health Disparities (MHD)
This summer research opportunity focuses on health issues that affect underrepresented communities.

Office for Fellowships and Community Engagement (OFCE)
The OFCE helps graduate students search and apply for funding opportunities outside of the UA.

Office of Institutional Equity
The office fosters equity and opportunity, strengthens relationships across diverse groups, and supports a campus culture of equality for all members of the university community.

Step-Up Program

This is a research program designed to provide 55 undergraduate and 54 Masters’ degree seeking students with an intensive, 12-week summer research experience in cancer prevention and control.

Student Affairs Research Program (STAR)
STAR is a year-round undergraduate research and mentoring program for students who come from backgrounds underrepresented in graduate education and are interested in pursuing a research-oriented graduate degree.

Summer Research Institute (SRI)
This summer program provides an opportunity to learn how to conduct research and prepare for graduate studies at UA.

This program, which includes the Writing Center, provides math and science tutoring, weekly course reviews, supplemental instruction, academic skills tutoring and more.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Consortium (UROC) — PREP Program
This year-round undergraduate research and mentoring program is for students who come from backgrounds underrepresented in graduate education and are interested in pursuing a research oriented graduate degree.

Writing Skills Improvement Program (WSIP)
Established over 30 years ago, WSIP offers free writing workshops and one-on-one tutoring.


Blue Chip Leadership
Participants in this program develop leadership skills, as well as learn how to create competitive resumes and portfolios. 

Tomorrow’s Leaders Equipped for Diversity Program (MIS)
This program helps students become leaders who are equipped to solve problems and leverage the benefits of diversity.

Residence Life

Cultural Learning Communities
Students who identify as African American/Black, Asian Pacific American or Native American/American Native can choose to participate in one of UA’s three learning communities.

Social Justice and Diversity, Residence Life
Residence Life offers programs to foster social justice and create safe and inclusive environments in residence halls.

Social Justice Community in Pima Hall
This community provides a safe space in Pima Hall where students can discuss their differences and pluralistic identities without fear of slurs, attacks or discrimination. 

Cultural Resources

Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
This advocacy organization welcomes graduate students to apply to become members, and offers workshops and funding opportunities.

Feminists Organized to Resist, Create, Change, and Empower (FORCE)
This feminist internship opportunity is offered through the Women’s Resource Center.

Oasis Program
This program provides a variety of services to UA students, staff and faculty of all genders who are impacted by sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking.

OpEd Project
This yearlong program pairs female students with professional writers in an effort to increase the number of opinion pieces published by women and change public discourse.

Southwest Institute for Research on Women (SIROW)
This regional research and resource institute offers numerous programs for women, including Women in Science and Engineering.

Students Promoting Empowerment and Consent (SPEAC)
This internship program is part of the Oasis Program. SPEAC interns play a critical role in the prevention of sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking at UA.

The Men’s Project
The Men’s Project is an internship program for undergraduate students. Interns participate in discussion groups, workshops and on-campus events that explore what it is to be a man on campus and in society.

Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)
WISE helps increase interest and diversity in the fields of social and natural science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine by offering a variety of outreach programs. Students can volunteer or get course credit for these programs or participate in mentoring.

Women’s Resource Center
The Women’s Resource Center is an on-campus student center that provides programming, education, internships and resources to the entire UA community.

Veteran Education and Transition Services (VETS)
VETS is run by veterans for student veterans and is a comprehensive resource center that provides everything from tutoring to scholarship information to career services.

Institute for the Study of Religion and Culture (ISRC)
The ISRC serves as a research and outreach center that focuses on the role of religion in international politics.

American Indian Language Development Institute (AILDI)
AILDI offers intensive summer courses related to language teaching, documentation and revitalization.

Integrated Optics for Undergraduate Native Americans (IOU-NA)
This 10-week program pairs students with a research project that matches their interests. Fields include optics and photonics, astronomy, hydrology, environmental sciences and soil sciences.

Knowledge River
As part of the School of Information, Knowledge River is a graduate program that specializes in educating information professionals committed to the needs of Latino and Native American populations. 

Native American Research and Training Center (NARTC)
This resource center conducts health-related research and training projects to help improve quality of life for Native Americans. It also offers internship and funding opportunities.

Native American Student Affairs (NASA)
NASA provides culturally sensitive academic counseling and support services to American Indian/Alaskan Native students.

Native Nations Institute (NNI)
Dedicated to building capable Native nations, this institute also offers student research funding and internships.

Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention (NACP)
This collaboration between Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona Cancer Center provides funding for cancer-prevention related research projects that explore the unequal burden of cancer among Native Americans of the Southwest.

Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership
Native American graduate students can apply for financial support to earn a degree from one of UA’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS)
AIMS sponsors annual academic conferences, provides funding support, conducts a yearly dissertation workshop and more.

Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES)
CMES provides students with information on study abroad programs and funding opportunities.

Arizona Assurance Scholars Program
This program provides academic, financial and social support for low-income Arizona residents.

ASUA Pride Alliance
This resource center is open to all students, faculty and staff, and provides a safe place to seek support.

The Office of LGBTQ Affairs
Offering various programs, support groups and events, this office also includes the LGBTQ Resource Center.

Safe Zone
This campus-wide training program introduces participants to the experiences of the LGBTQ community and provides tips on being a source of support.

Arizona Center for Judaic Studies
This center provides students with information on study abroad programs, internships and scholarship opportunities.

Binational Migration Institute (BMI)
BMI mentors and trains students in evidence-based research, focusing on immigration and binational collaboration.

Focusing Research on the Border Area (FRONTERA)
This summer internship provides undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to prepare for medical school, participate in hands-on research and gain an increased understanding of public health disparities in the border region.

International Student Services (ISS)
ISS holds International Student Orientation at the start of the fall and spring semesters, offers immigration information and more.

Adalberto and Ana Guerrero Student Center
The center creates a safe and welcoming environment that supports students’ academic success, develops leadership skills and embraces cultural identity.

Arizona Hispanic Center of Excellence (AZ-HCOE)
The AZ-HCOE aims to increase the number of Hispanic physicians, enhance health research on the Southwest’s Hispanic population, and improve the cultural competency of healthcare services for Hispanic communities.

Knowledge River
As part of the School of Information, Knowledge River is a graduate program that specializes in educating information professionals committed to the needs of Latino and Native American populations. 

Disability Resources
This organization serves as a comprehensive resource for people with disabilities, providing access to university classes, programs and activities.

Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques (SALT) Center
SALT offers enhanced academic support, such as tutoring and workshops, for students with learning and attention challenges.

Asian Pacific American Student Affairs (APASA)
APASA offers student success programs, cultural resources, tutoring, advising and more.

African American Student Affairs (AASA)
AASA helps students achieve academic excellence by providing opportunities for students to learn more about leadership, social justice and creating community.