Current Student Resources

Information about diversity and inclusion initiatives and support programs for our current students.

COMMUTER'S COMMODITIES

Hunger is a real problem for far too many of today's students. The pantry is to help alleviate the financial burden of obtaining good quality food and supplies.

Welcome! The purpose of the Commuter's Commodities Pantry is to provide supplemental food and other necessities to the Missouri S&T student community who are in need of this kind of assistance.

 

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE: If you are in need if immediate EMERGENCY assistance related to the food pantry please contact Student Diversity Initiatives at sdi@mst.edu.

FIRST TIME USER:
  • You must be a current S&T student
  • You must currently be enrolled for courses at S&T
  • Fill out the Online Questionnaire for first time users
  • You will receive an email with pick up instructions
  • Please allow 48 hours for your order to be filled
RETURNING CLIENTS:

 

DONATIONS NEEDED! GET INVOLVED, MAKE A DIFFERENCE, HELP US FEED OUR STUDENTS!

 Most Needed Items:  Unopened non-perishable items rich in protein, which are essential to providing adequate nutrition! We are also in need of new small household appliances and hygiene products.

  • Tuna, chicken & other canned meat
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly
  • Canned Beans, soups & stews
  • Boxed meals, rice & pasta
  • Canned vegetables & fruit
  • Cereal, Oatmeal, Pancake Mix & Syrup
  •  Spaghetti Sauce & Noodles
  •  Rice, Quinoa, Oats,
  • Ketchup, Mustard, Mayonnaise
  • Flour, Sugar, Salt & Pepper
  • Toaster Oven, Microwave, Hand Mixer, Toaster, Blender, Coffee Pot
  • Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Deoderant
  • Bath/Body Wash, Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Cleaning Products, Dish Soap, Toilet Paper
  • Laundry Soap, Bleach, Fabric Sheets

Note: All items must be labeled and factory sealed.

CLOSETS ARE FOR CLOTHES EXCHANGE & BOUTIQUE

The purpose of this service is to alleviate the often heavy financial burden of transitioning or coming out. All S&T students who have a need may use it accordingly.

Stocked with quality clothing the closet provides free clothing exchange for trans and gender transitioning students allowing them access to gently used or new gender affirming clothing, shoes and accessories. The purpose of this service is to alleviate the often heavy financial burden of transitioning or coming out. While the transgender, non-binary and gender nonconforming community are given priority access to this resource, all S&T students who have a need for this service may use the closet.

WHAT IS A CLOTHING EXCHANGE?

A clothing exchange is a type of swap wherein participants exchange their valued but no longer used clothing for clothing they need and will use. Dont have anything to swap? No problem! This service is available to all S&T students who have a need.

Step 1: Schedule an appointment to bring in your gently used, current style name brand clothing, shoes and accessories.

Step 2: A SDI assoicate will review your items while you shop the closet. All items must be FRESHLY LAUNDERED, free of stains, all buttons and zippers in place and working order.  Shoes should be in next to new condition free of stains and excessive wear. Item should be brought in a LAUNDRY BASKET or SHOPPING BAG. No trash bags or hangers please.  All items must be in ready to wear condition.

STEP 3:  The SDI associate will accept only items based on style, condition, brand and current inventory needs. We look for current styles and trends for late teens and twenty somethings.  Please note, we do NOT accept anything and everything.  We take items that fit our guidelines, inventory levels, and condition.

 

Schedule:

If you are a student who is interested in using the closet, we welcome you to schedule a private appointment or stop by and take a look, explore the clothes, and if there is something you like that makes you feel great about yourself, it is yours to keep.

Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - Noon - By private appointment only.

Monday - Friday, 1:00pm - 4:00pm - Walk-in's welcome - No appointment necessary.

CONTACT US FOR A PRIVATE APPOINTMENT

 

Due to the generosity of our donors, the clothes closet is currently only accepting NEW or LIKE NEW exchanges of men's and women's clothing, shoes, and accessories from students using the closet.  Items must be new or like new, clean with no tears, rips, missing buttons, or broken zippers. You can bring your items when you come to pick out your clothes to swap out. We ask that all other items be donated elsewhere.

Thank you for your support!

Student Organizations

Get involved with one of SDI's affiliated student organizations. SDI also provides funding opportunities to student organizations across campus.

Get involved on campus!  You will find a wide range of clubs and organizations that provide academic, cultural and personal support. The resources listed should serve as a starting point in your search for student organizations and funding opportunities.

Looking for more? Find the complete list of Student Organizations below:

Complete List

Student Diversity Initiatives (SDI) is committed to fostering a sense of community and supporting events sponsored by recognized student organizations.

Funded events must fulfill one of the following objectives:  educational &/or professional development, equity, or cross-cultural community engagement and feeling of belonging.  SDI funding is limited, competitive, and funding is not guaranteed.  We encourage programming with, not only other student organizations, but academic and administrative departments across campus.  

MINI GRANT GUIDELINES

PROPOSED PROGRAMS AND EVENTS MUST BE CULTURALLY INCLUSIVE AND OPEN TO THE ENTIRE MISSOURI S&T COMMUNITY

  • Maximum $250 per group per semester
  • Each student organization applying must fill out an application for each event to be cosidered for the entire semester 
  • Applications should demonstrate a serious and deliberate approach to coordinating the proposed event
  • Proposed events should clearly align with the mission of SDI
  • Applications should list more than one funding source for the program (sponsorship funds are to supplement your organizations cost for program)
  • Applications with detailed itemized budgets will be given priority

PROHIBITED EXPENSES

  • Expenses for past events
  • Events held outside the Rolla area
  • Strictly social events (i.e. parties)
  • Events held for members only
  • Travel and lodging for organization members
  • Events deviating from orginal proposal/budget
  • No gift cards

SUBMISSION & DEADLINE

  • Applications must be submitted one month prior to event and include all events for semester that need considered
  • Only completed applications will be considered for funding

FUNDING PROCESS-IF FUNDING IS GRANTED

  • Before a funding decision is made, the person submitting the form, President, treasurer, and/or advisor may be contacted for clarifications or futher documentation.  Notice of funding approval/denial will be emailed within a week of completed request
  • An event flyer (with SDI logo as sponsor) will be required before funds are transferred
  • APPROVED FUNDING WILL BE DIRECTLY TRANSFERRED TO YOUR UNIVERSITY RSO ACCOUNT ONLY

 

APPLICATION LINK

 

LGBTQ+

We foster an environment that is open, safe, and inclusive for people of all sexualities and gender identities. These resources are not only for the LGBT community but for the entire Missouri S&T community.

In addition to ensuring a welcoming and inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ students, Missouri S&T offers support services, resources, programs, connections, training, counseling and more. 

Visit our resources page to see what services and support we have to offer the LGBTQ+ community.

LGBTQ+ Resources

MINER EVOLUTION PEER MENTOR PROGRAM

Mentors needed! It's easy, just commit to meeting 2 times a month with your mentee, attending mentor training, and one SDI event cultural competency educational program each month.

Miner Evolution Peer Mentors are student volunteers. Key incentives include:

  • Possibility for experiential learning credit upon approval from academic advisor
  • Leadership and professional development
  • Development of skills in leadership, mentoring, listening, communication, team management and more.
  • Counts towards service hours

Mentors would be obligated to do the following:

  • Meet twice (2 times) a month, at least once face to face with mentee
  • Participate in required mentor meetings each month
  • Meet with SDI advisor at least once a month

MENTOR APPLICATION

 

*** Review of applications will begin June 1 and continue until all positions are filled.

 

 

Student Center and Event Space

The SDI Student Center and Diversity House are available spaces for our campus community.