The ALAS executive board vising Rader Family Farms in Normal.

Association of Latinx American Students offers welcoming community

When Ximena Sanchez-Ramirez arrived at Illinois State, she felt homesick until coming across the Association of Latinx American Students (ALAS). Just one year later, she is thriving as the...
Chris Aaron centers clay on their wheel to begin another ceramics piece.

Day in the life: Senior balances academics, work during the pandemic

In early November, University Marketing and Communications Photographer Michelle Hassel followed senior Chris Aaron through a typical day in their life as a Redbird.

Kanisha Lites: First African American feature baton twirler

Redbird Kanisha Lites ’07, a Junior Olympic (2003, 2004) baton twirler who recently learned she was the first African American feature baton twirler in the history of the Big Red Marching Machine.

Illinois State University Black Colleagues Association (ISUBCA) Communications Team

Meet the Illinois State University Black Colleagues Association Communications Team.
Screenshot of the 2020 CRCC event

Civil rights organizer urges Redbirds to combat anti-Blackness at CRCC conference

The coronavirus pandemic didn’t stop the Redbird community from coming together for this year’s virtual Culturally Responsive Campus Community (CRCC) Conference.
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.
Picture of Andrew Anastasia and Tracey Vogelsang

Illinois State alums help Redbirds in need through LGBTQ+ Student Support Fund

The support Andrew Anastasia ’06 received from LGBTQ+ advocates at Illinois State was essential to his success as a student and a professional. Now he is doing his part to give back to students...
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,...
Michael D. Schermer headshot

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...
The current Instructional Technology and Development Center, where the Multicultural Center is expected to open in summer 2021.

Board of Trustees approves named spaces within ISU’s Multicultural Center

A third named space within Illinois State University’s Multicultural Center has been announced following action by the Board of Trustees on October 16. The Mr. Stan L. and Dr. René R. Shingles...