Enhancing Our Campus, Answering Society’s Challenges
How we prepare students to respond to society’s challenges will define higher education in the 21st century.
Encouraging personal growth, recognizing shared experiences, and building welcoming communities are core goals that guide the Office of Inclusion & Intercultural Relations at the University of Illinois. Through the work of our cultural, resource, and educational units, OIIR seeks to provide a network of support, pre-professional, cultural, and leadership opportunities to promote and enhance a campus of belonging and learning at Illinois.
This commitment to building a community that values diversity, social justice, and inclusion is at the heart of the work we do as OIIR. Programs such as RISE (Readying Illinois Students for Excellence), an early move-in program for first-generation college students, La Casa Cultural Latina’s META (Mentoring, Encouraging, Teaching, Achieving), and the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center’s peer-led cohort 100 Strong are designed to introduce the academic and student resources needed for success. Other programs such
as the week-long intensive training program Five Days for Change provide university staff with intercultural competence skills and strategies. Developed by OIIR and our partners across Student Affairs, Five Days for Change encourages participants to examine how their own power, privilege, and position can influence positive change in campus climate and strengthen their skills to support an increasingly global student community.