The Age to Age program promotes interest among nursing students in caring for aging adults in long-term settings by allowing them to plan and supervise activities for pairs of elementary students and residents of a long-term care facility.
Biological Sciences continued a Minority Student Mentorship Program and holds women in the posts of vice-chair and associate chair for Undergraduate Studies.
Faculty attended the Teaching Our Diverse Community of Learners, offered by the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology. Sessions discussed a variety of different ways to teach and interact with students from diverse backgrounds.
Two programs in the Chemistry department have been designed to provide minority high school students opportunities to discuss scientific research during the summer.
In order to increase underserved populations in criminal justice sciences occupations, a new program has been instituted to increase the participation of women interested in CJS careers; attend to differences in culture, professional norms and career paths; provide tutoring and mentoring to interested students; and influence stakeholder stereotypes that impact students’ decisions.
The College of Arts and Sciences continued a Professional Development Program designed for newly tenured faculty to facilitate their continued productivity and progress toward further promotion and leadership roles. It also continued a 24-point implementation plan based on recommendations of a task force on underrepresented groups that investigated issues surrounding the retention of women and minorities in the college.
The College of Arts and Sciences supports the Latin American and Latino Studies Program, and the revitalization of two programs that provide academic/intellectual homes on campus for many diversity-related concerns.
Engineering technology and other Illinois State Technology programs continue to complement the Chicago Teacher Education Pipeline project with the Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance project.
Bringing together courses offered by over 70 faculty and 15 departments and schools from three colleges, the Ethnic Studies Program allows students to receive official college credit for exploring the topics of race, ethnicity, culture, indigeneity and nationality in the U.S. and across the globe.
TEC faculty led interdisciplinary student teams in overseas locations as part of the ISU Export Project to involve students in the development of an international marketing study for the export of Illinois products.
Expanding Your Horizons Workshop is an annual conference which encourages primarily minority women to develop careers in science and mathematics by providing information on available programs of aid and scholarship sources.
The Expanding Teaching Nursing Home Project supported the annual national speaker event.
The First Year Learning in Communities (LinC) Seminar is coordinated by University College to assist students in their transition to the University and provide tools to help them succeed at Illinois State.
The Holmes Scholars Network is a program of the Holmes Partnership and many of its member universities. The network supports and stimulates the scholarly experience and professional connections of men and women of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
ITK is partnering with the National Center for Women in Information Technology to increase the number of women pursuing degrees in computing and information technology.
Klaus Schmidt, TEC, received a quarter-time release from CAST to facilitate the development of international programs that encourage and support student and faculty understanding of global issues and diversity. During past years, several memorandums of understanding have been signed with universities in South America.
Klaus Schmidt and Richard Boser, TEC, served as mentors for minority students who participated in the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LS-AMP) program. Funded by the National Science Foundation, LS-AMP is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, undergraduate program designed to substantially increase the quantity and quality of students, especially African American, Hispanic and Native American students, pursuing degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The School of Kinesiology and Recreation hosted a group of inner-city high school students who received a facility tour and presentations from each undergraduate program director and the school director.
The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LS-AMP) is one of several alliances funded by the National Science Foundation to increase the number of undergraduate and graduate students of African American, Latino, Alaskan Native, Native Pacific Islanders or American Indian ancestry who are pursuing careers in the fields of mathematics, science, engineering, technology and teacher education. LS-AMP is coordinated by the Julia N. Visor Academic Center, a division of University College.
MASAI Mentorship Program is a peer-to-peer program for underreperesented groups funded by Enrollment Management and Academic Services and coordinated by the Dean of Students Office.
The Mathematics department sponsored the Minority High School Scholars Academy aimed at increasing minority enrollment in mathematics.
Mennonite College of Nursing organized a Community College Consortium to bring nursing practice and education together, to enhance the care of older adults in long-term care settings and to encourage nurses graduating from associate degree programs to advance their degrees at universities in their region.
Mennonite College of Nursing continues to work with two local elementary schools that have a large number of disadvantaged students. Nursing students provide free school physicals and related mentoring activities.
Mennonite College of Nursing is expanding the transcultural nursing program to include a nursing student exchange with Russia and the Little Village in Chicago.
The Native American Studies program educates students about the various races, ethnicities, cultures and nations within the U.S., western hemisphere and the globe.
Project Success, a required program for all students on academic probation has demonstrated success in helping students turn their academic careers around and has increased retention. The program is coordinated by the Julia N. Visor Academic Center, a division of University College.
The State Farm EDIT Program, sponsored by the technology division of State Farm Insurance, focuses on students of color and other underrrepresented groups by highlighting career opportunities in technology fields and promoting the importance of continuing education.
Student Paths Initiative: Student Paths is a program used in several high schools in Illinois to help students transition from high school to college. Illinois State is the first state school to participate in this program.
Success 101 is a program coordinated by the Julia N. Visor Academic Center, a division of University College, to provide intrusive instructional and academic support for selected freshmen.
TEC has provided numerous facility tours and/or workshops for student groups ranging from elementary school to college exploratory programs for underrepresented groups. Turner Hall was shuttered during the past year for extensive life safety renovations and a robotic workstation was placed at the Normal Children’s Discovery Museum to create awareness of robotics among a very young and diverse audience. The “Race Reggie” maze activity recorded more than 10,000 players.
The Women’s and Gender Studies Program is an interdisciplinary academic program offering an undergraduate minor and a graduate certificate to enhance any undergraduate major or area of graduate study by integrating a working knowledge of gender issues within a student’s field of study.