Welcome back to campus, and to our newest Redbirds, welcome to Illinois State! We have sincerely missed having ALL of our Redbirds on campus over the last year, and are excited for students to return to their home away from home.
Each fall, I remind students about the importance of looking out for your fellow Redbirds. This is more important than ever, as we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our Redbird community, while providing the experiences and traditions that Illinois State is known for. As always, I encourage you to show care and support for your peers, and help each other make safe, responsible decisions. In addition, I hope you will continue to do your part in keeping our campus healthy.
While we know this is an exciting time of year as you reconnect with your peers and make new friends, we also understand that stress and anxiety about the unknown may be high. Please remember that the Division of Student Affairs is here to support you. We hope you take advantage of well-being resources such as Redbirds Keep Thriving and the many opportunities to connect with others in the Redbird community through our in-person and virtual programs and services, registered student organizations, and more. Visit the Redbird Life involvement portal for more information about these opportunities.
We recognize that there may be challenges along the way as we adapt to our ever-changing circumstances. But I am confident that we will not only persist as a community, but thrive together as a Redbird family, because that’s what we do at Illinois State.
Once again, welcome to campus! I wish you an outstanding start to your fall 2021 semester!
Dr. Levester “LJ” Johnson
Vice President for Student Affairs