Dr. René Shingles, M.S. ’86, and Mr. Stan Shingles ’82, M.S. ’88

Donors inspire a place to belong

An abiding sense of community has sustained and uplifted Stan ’82, M.S. ’88, and Dr. René Revis Shingles, M.S. ’86, throughout their lives. To help create places that inspire belonging, the Shingles have committed a gift to support renovations and upgrades within ISU’s Multicultural Center. The Black Student Union Office will be named the Mr. Stan L. and Dr. René R. Shingles Black Student Union Office in recognition of their generosity....
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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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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. ...
The current Instructional Technology and Development Center, where the Multicultural Center is expected to open in summer 2021.

Donors honor immigrant heritage through gift to ISU’s Multicultural Center

Dr. Fariborz (Frank) Naeymi-Rad ’75, an international student to Illinois State from Iran, and Dr. Theresa A. Kepic ’73, a resident of Illinois State's first International House in fall 1970, committed a $250,000 gift to support renovations and upgrades within the University's Multicultural Center. Their gift will also support technology infrastructure at the center to connect students to alumni and other U.S. and international multicultural centers....
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Connecting the DOTS brings national expertise to help navigate online teaching

Designed to promote an equitable education, the Connecting the DOTS series will provide guidance in areas where instructors, parents, and students may be struggling....
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Better together: Donor’s gift inspires collaboration and community

When veteran Illinois State student affairs professional Michael Schermer was asked if he would consider supporting the University’s new Multicultural Center, the answer was an easy one. “I said, ‘Of course! Tell me what you want me to do,’” recalled Schermer ’73, M.S. ’78, a longtime Illinois State employee and advocate for addressing students’ needs. In recognition of his generosity, the center expected to open in summer 2021 will house the Michael D. Schermer Conference Room....
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CAS student forums on diversity, equity, and inclusion, October 27-29 

All students with majors in the College of Arts and Sciences are invited to take part in the virtual open forums. The aim of the forums is to generate action items on topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion....
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African American Studies lectures feature Dr. Miltonette Craig, Dr. Gregory Braswell

African American Studies will present Dr. Miltonette Craig and Dr. Greg Braswell for the fall 2020 lecture series....
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First Generation Celebration: Hidden Figures–Power of LEGACY, November 2-6

The 2020 First Generation Celebration will be a campus-wide tribute to the often-unsung contributions and achievements of students, faculty, staff, and alumni who were the first in their families to enter higher education....
Dr. Byron Craig

Visual Vernacular: Dr. Byron Craig examines how images reflect culture

Dr. Byron Craig's latest research in visual rhetoric examines how violence on Black bodies is memorialized in contemporary culture. ...