Donor support will enable the University to educate tomorrow’s leaders, graduate globally aware and socially engaged citizens, and spark continuous creativity and innovation. There are multiple ways to advance these objectives by supporting key funding categories within Student Affairs.
The division has identified five key priorities which are highlighted below.
Engagement opportunities and programs for leadership development
Student Affairs creates immersive learning opportunities, enriching the Illinois State experience for every student. Private support allows us to grow and expand the quality and quantity of offerings.
Co-curricular engagement scholarships
Access to distinctive experiences help set Illinois State students apart. Scholarships make it possible for students to afford experiences that prepare them for a life of impact and success.
Professional and career development
Gifts supporting our four-year professional and career development plan give students greater access to programs, services, staff, and employers. Your financial support strengthens the Redbird advantage.
Advancement of inclusive practice and community
With additional private support, the division can provide new and innovative programs that aid in the persistence and success of all students.
Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning
Civic engagement is a core Illinois State value. Funding will support a resource center that will solidify the University's commitment to preparing the next generation for service to others and building stronger communities.
Make an impact today by investing in Student Affairs. Give to our Student Engagement Fund or select a featured program or opportunity below. Contact us to speak to a development officer about other ways to make a difference.
Dr. Fariborz (Frank) Naeymi-Rad ’75, an international student to Illinois State from Iran, and Dr. Theresa A. Kepic ’73, a resident of Illinois State's first International House in fall 1970, committed a $250,000 gift to support renovations and upgrades within the University's Multicultural Center. Their gift will also support technology infrastructure at the center to connect students to alumni and other U.S. and international multicultural centers.
When veteran Illinois State student affairs professional Michael Schermer was asked if he would consider supporting the University’s new Multicultural Center, the answer was an easy one. “I said, ‘Of course! Tell me what you want me to do,’” recalled Schermer ’73, M.S. ’78, a longtime Illinois State employee and advocate for addressing students’ needs. In recognition of his generosity, the center expected to open in summer 2021 will house the Michael D. Schermer Conference Room.
Gifts of all sizes make an impact on our students, faculty, programs, and facilities. Beyond the monetary gift, outright gifts such as securities, real estate, and gifts-in-kind are other ways you can make a difference. Contact us today to discuss giving options.