Elizabeth Martinez-Podolsky

Director of Multicultural Student Success
Undergraduate Retention Specialist

Contact Elizabeth About

  • Multiculturalism, LGBT+ student affairs and Veteran student support
  • Academic and professional preparation
  • Personal circumstances


CALS Academic Program for EXcellence (APEX)

The Academic Program for Excellence is an eight-week residential, academic, summer bridge program for selected incoming first-year students. During the program, CALS scholars are provided with academic, professional, and socio-cultural development experiences to help them acclimate and transition to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Iowa State University. Along with collaboration with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, workshops are led by the college Director of Multicultural Student Success, faculty, and staff from CALS to explore career opportunities and engage with industry professionals so scholars can have a better understanding of the professions and industries.


DMSS Study Tables

DMSS Study Tables are held once a month in the Fall and Spring semesters. This gives Multicultural students an opportunity to study with other students in their courses or just find a place to study and be with other multicultural student peers. 

*Snacks, school supplies, and other university resources are provided during the event. 

Pop-Up Shop

The Pop-Up Shop is an initiative that gives an opportunity to Iowa State students to select free professional attire for the career fair, job interviews, and internships. Whether it would be shirts, ties, shoes, suits, and accessories the Pop Up Shop has you covered - no questions asked - and variety of sizes. 


John Deere Professional Development Workshop Series

The JD Professional Development Workshop series is a monthly workshops series for selected student in the College of Agriculture Life Sciences, Business, and Engineering. Student participants have an opportunity to perform mock interviews, work on their professional presentation, and visit with corporate director at the John Deere Headquarters in Moline, IL during their Spring Break.

DMSS Spring Professional Workshop Real Talk Series

On selected Wednesdays during the Spring Semester the college DMSS hold a variety of workshops to help students develop their professional development, resiliency, develop community, how to navigate professional conversations, and have the opportunity to network with campus partners.

 Ways to get Involved:

Leaders Enhancing Agriculture, Diversity, Inclusion and Trust, Collective (LEAD IT)


Advisor(s): Dr. Theressa Cooper (tncooper@iastate.edu) & Elizabeth Martinez-Podolsky (emart@iastate.edu)

Minorities in Ag, Natural Resources & Related Science (MANRRS)


Student Organization Website

Facebook Page

Advisor(s): Dr. Theressa Cooper (tncooper@iastate.edu) & Elizabeth Martinez-Podolsky (emart@iastate.edu)

Fostering Opportunity and Collaboration through Unity and Scholarship (Focus)


Facebook Page

Advisor(s): Audrey Kennis (kennis@iastate.edu)


Advice to Students

Find community, focus on personal healing and taking care of self, education is also outside of the classroom--make connections! Never stop asking, "Why?"


Area of Expertise: 
Undergraduate Retention
PhD (In progress) Higher Education, Iowa State University
M.A., Higher Education, University of Iowa
B.A.,Cultural Anthropology, University of Texas at San Antonio