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With the completion of the spring semester last week, we have now officially persevered through an entire academic year operating during a pandemic. Our staff in the Division of Student Affairs did a remarkable job continuing to serve our students under challenging circumstances, navigating the many social justice issues happening across our nation, and going above and beyond to ensure that our students would still have a successful academic year.

It is truly incredible how much outstanding work continues to be done in our Division, and we’re excited to share some of those stories with you in this edition of our newsletter. As you read these stories, I hope you’ll see why I’m so incredibly proud of our staff and very proud to be a Redbird.

I wish you a wonderful summer!

Go Birds!

Dr. Levester “LJ” Johnson

Vice President for Student Affairs

George Holloway Jr. of Bloomington, who finishes his MBA this spring, was among students to cross the stage on April 22.

In addition to online ceremonies that will be prerecorded by college, all 2021, as well as 2020 Illinois State University graduates, have the opportunity to participate in the Redbird Stage Crossing.

vaccination clinic shot

Illinois State University has been working to vaccinate the Redbird community against COVID-19 by hosting on-campus clinics.

Painted rocks were hidden on campus to celebrate National Collegiate Recovery Day.

Luke picked up a rock, rolled it around in his hand, and laid it down under a tree on the Quad.

APAC board members dressed up and smiling

A spotlight on the Asian Pacific American Coalition (APAC), which members describe as a family that provides an inclusive space.

Leaders of Students Ending Rape Culture (SERC) high-five each other on the Illinois State Quad.

Health Promotion and Wellness, the Student Wellness Ambassador Team (SWAT), and Students Ending Rape Culture (SERC) hosted various events throughout April in order to educate others about consent, boundaries, and other related topics in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Multicultural Center

A campus Multicultural Center will open this summer, providing a supportive environment for students while furthering the University’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.

Julia Durnell

University Housing Services is thrilled to announce Julia Durnell as the winner of the Janice A. Auguston Memorial Award.

Individuals on a Zoom call

Dr. Thomas Lane ’91, M.S. ‘95 was presented with the Outstanding Service to the Student Affairs Profession Award at the virtual Illinois State University Alumni and Friends Reception held during the NASPA Annual Conference.

A gold trophy, confetti, and gold stars

Individuals and groups across the campus and community were honored with 2021 Civic Engagement Awards on April 13, 2021, as part of Illinois State University’s virtual Civic Engagement Celebration.