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Meeting the mental health needs of Black students

With this double-edged sword of identity duality also comes substantial health-related implications – which suggest that the promotion of mental health care for African-Americans is a matter of considerable urgency....
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RSO of the month: College Mentors for Kids builds important relationships

Illinois State’s chapter of College Mentors for Kids gives current students the opportunity to connect with local elementary school students. President Allison Isom said the registered student organization’s (RSO’s) main priority is to reach the children who will benefit most from educational and social mentorship. “These kids come from low income areas where their parents...
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Stevenson Center partners with Edu-Futuro

Unlike many graduate students, Stevenson Center Fellows have half their master's degree time in the field, completing 11 months of paid professional practice. José Molina, a Peace Corps Coverdell Fellow in anthropology, currently works with Edu-Futuro, an organization dedicated to empowering immigrant and underserved youth in and around Washington, D.C. ...
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From theory to practice: Stevenson Center Fellows use skills to help local organizations

Students become Stevenson Center Fellows because they value service: they want their graduate education to benefit others as much as themselves. Under the guidance of sociology professor Dr. Frank Beck, Fellows worked in two groups in 2020 to assist the School Street Food Pantry and Autism McLean....
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Holiday Helper program launches Oct. 23

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 current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and struggling economy, the program has become more important than ever for families in Bloomington-Normal. The 2020 program launches Oct. 23....
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Events offer post-election support for students, faculty, and staff

Illinois State University’s Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CESL) is working with a variety of campus partners to offer resources and events to support the campus community after the November 3 election....
Sophia Navarro is gaining important experience and fulfilling a critical need by using her Spanish-speaking skills at a local health clinic. (Editor's note: The photograph was taken before the coronavirus pandemic.)

Spanish-speaking nursing students serve patients at free clinic

Sophia Navarro was nervous. It was one of the first times she had to speak Spanish with a patient as part of her nursing clinical last fall at the Community Health Care Clinic (CHCC) in Normal....
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CESL encourages conversation skills through new Deliberative Dialogue programming

A new program through the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CESL) encourages students to voice their perspectives while actively listening to others....
Executive director of the Office of Advanced Technology Support for Faculty and an associate professor in the Department of Accounting Dr. Rosie Hauck smiles for a photo.

Campus hero: Dr. Rosie Hauck

Each issue, Redbird Impact magazine is highlighting an Illinois State faculty or staff member who exemplifies Illinois State’s core value of civic engagement. Our inaugural campus hero is Dr. Rosie Hauck, executive director of the Office of Advanced Technology Support for Faculty and an associate professor in the Department of Accounting....
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Public health during a pandemic

Last January, 20 Illinois State seniors headed into the field to serve as interns at hospitals, public health departments, clinics, and schools, just as a pandemic began spreading across the world....