Hey, Redbirds!

I hope you all had an outstanding fall break and enjoyed some well-deserved time to relax.

As we near the end of the semester, I just wanted to share my heartfelt thanks with you. Thank you for your diligence in following our health and safety guidelines and looking out for your fellow Redbirds. We are so grateful for your commitment to keeping our campus and Redbird family safe.

With a little over a week left in the semester, I know that you are busy preparing for finals. I wish you the best of luck as you finish the semester strong!

Go Birds!

Levester “LJ” Johnson
Vice President for Student Affairs

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Civic engagement is a core value at Illinois State, and the University has made a concerted effort to ensure students are more represented at polls, in policymaking, and in community building.

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Safe(ish) is a 90-minute interactive program that helps individuals understand the personal narratives and experiences of gender expansive and LGBTQ+ individuals.

Have you recently accepted an internship, a job, or graduate school? Let your fellow Redbirds know about it!

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For decades, Illinois State University students, faculty, and staff have provided holiday gifts for local children through the University’s Holiday Helper program. In the midst of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and struggling economy, the program became more important than ever for families in Bloomington-Normal.

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Naudia Williams named America’s Best College Poet after competing with students from across the country.

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The purpose of VOD is to foster meaningful connections among diverse students; increase students’ self-awareness; and increase understanding about issues faced by students from differing backgrounds.


Struggles and conflict with body image is just one of the ways COVID-19 has affected individuals.

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Career Services provides support to assist Redbirds with their job search and careers.

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Tis’ the season for job offers. Career Services provides tips to help Redbirds be successful when negotiating job offers.