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EIU Making Excellence Inclusive

Rhythm & Xtacy at Homecoming 2012 - Copyright VP Badillo (2012)Campus Resources 


Campus Offices 

Civil Rights & Diversity: The Office of Civil Rights and Diversity (OCR) resolves to deliver exemplary services for the university. The OCR endeavors to implement national "best practices" in the areas of civil rights protection, affirmative action, and diversity. 

Faculty Development: The central mission of Faculty Development at Eastern Illinois University is to develop and enable excellent faculty to provide high quality service and leadership across the University's integrated missions of teaching, research, scholarship and creative activities.  

Human Resources

Interdisciplinary Center for Global Diversity: The Interdisciplinary Center for Global Diversity (ICGD) will promote education, foster research, and help coordinate the administrative work of the interdisciplinary majors/minors in Africana Studies, Asian Studies, Latin American and Latino/a Studies, and Women’s Studies programs. 

International Scholars and Students:

Minority Affairs: Our office endeavors to pursue, promote and maintain programs that will heighten the awareness, presence and success of minorities and other under–represented groups on the campus of Eastern Illinois University.

Student Affairs: The Division of Student Affairs is committed to the development and growth of the whole student through a comprehensive network of high quality professional services and programs which facilitate formal, informal, and collaborative learning.

Student Disability Services: In conjunction with the overall mission of Eastern Illinois University, the Office of Student Disability Services (OSDS) is committed to facilitating the provision of equal access and opportunity to all campus programs and services for students with disabilities. 

 Student Life: Through various programs and services, it is our mission to provide a variety of co-curricular experiences designed to enrich the social, cultural, educational and personal development of Eastern Illinois University students; promote student leadership, civic responsibility and respect for diversity; and empower and encourage EIU students to reach their full potential in a student-centered, supportive environment.

Study Abroad: The Office of Study Abroad is dedicated to providing affordable, high quality international academic experiences to eligible students, allowing them to develop the knowledge and cross-cultural skills necessary for leadership in an increasingly global economy. These experiences include approved short and long-term study, intern, field and practical opportunities throughout the world, all contributing to a student’s EIU degree and grade point average. 

Academic Programs

Africana Studies: Through the arts, humanities and social sciences, the Africana Studies program at EIU explores key aspects of the experiences of peoples of African descent throughout the world.

Asian Studies: The Asian Studies Minor (ASM) is an interdisciplinary academic minor. The ASM promotes education about Asia, coordinates Asia-related courses, and offers and supports Asia-related programs and research across all campus units for the interest of the university and wider community.

Latin American Studies: The Latin American Studies minor is an interdisciplinary approach that explores the history, culture, geography, economy, politics, art, literature and business climate of Latin America.

Women’s Studies: Women’s Studies is an area of study based on the understanding that gender is a fundamental category of social and cultural analysis.

Women in Science and Mathematics: Our mission is to recruit and retain women students in sciences and mathematics, and to mentor and provide stewardship to women sciences and mathematics majors for advanced degrees and career tracks.

Registered Student Organizations (RSOs)

Advocating the Rights and Relief of Women (A.R.R.O.W.): This group is dedicated to the effort of advocating the issues facing women today on campus, in our community, and in the world. These issues include domestic violence, healthy relationships, safe sex, building friendships, self-confidence and appearance issues, stereotypes, and volunteer work.

Africana Studies Student Association (Sankofa): The purpose of the Africana Studies Student Association (SANKOFA) at Eastern Illinois University is to initiate discussion regarding the African and African American experience from an historical context to the present day. Our goal is to provide a favorable environment for academic and personal growth to the members of our organization to expand their knowledge base in the area of Africana Studies through discussion, seminars, workshops, special studies courses, conferences, and academic excursions.

Asian American Association: The organization specifically promotes the awareness of Asian culture to all people of different backgrounds. AAA works to offer both cultural and social events throughout the year. Its main goal is to foster interpersonal relationships among student body, faculty and the community of EIU, providing an environment of education and fun. 

Asian Cinema Organization (Possibly inactive): The Asian Cinema Organization (ACO) is dedicated to enhancing the understanding of Asian Culture and history through the viewing and discussion of cinematic production.

Association of International Students: The purpose of AIS is to promote intellectual, social, and cultural activities, international fellowship, as well as assist the orientation of students form the other countries and encourage their participation in various student activities and develop close ties between the host community and the international community.

Black Graduate Student Association: To provide support, mentor-ship, professional development and career placement planning to our students at EIU.

Black Student Union: The Black Student Union allows students of all races to rejoice in African American culture, lifestyles, history and activities. The BSU has brought many activities to Eastern Illinois University, including the annual Miss Black EIU pageant, spring fashion show, union parties, and forums.

Chinese Student & Scholar Association: It is a club for undergraduate and graduate students from places such as Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and countries around the world. In this club, we share information about academic and social life in EIU; we celebrate Chinese traditional festivals together; and we are always around for those who need help.

Diversity Action Council: The Diversity Advisory Council will foster the enhancement of Eastern Illinois University's minority student organizations through collaboration, encouragement and integration.


Indian Student Association: The purpose of EIU Indian Students' Association is to promote better understanding and cultural exchanges between India, the United States and other nations through the Indian students here at EIU and to take part in the community service activities and extend a helping hand in case of a social and cultural need on and off EIU campus.

Latin American Student Organization: The purpose of the Latin American Student Organization is to: Promote and address the educational, cultural and social aspects of Latino communities on all levels. This shall be done through creative events such as lectures, workshops, films and/or attending any Latino conference or performances, etc; Work with students, faculty, staff and other community resources in addressing issues of diversity, particularly as they relate to Latino students, by reaching out to other groups to expand our horizons and gather information on other societies in the surrounding area; Aid in providing assistance to incoming and enrolled students and help them adapt to life at Eastern Illinois University; To support all members in achieving their fullest potential by providing social and academic leadership along with spiritual growth experiences.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People: The mission of the Eastern Illinois University chapter of NAACP Youth & College Division #3717 shall be to inform youth of the problems affecting African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities; to advance the economic, education, social and political status of African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities and their harmonious cooperation with other peoples; to stimulate an appreciation of the African Diaspora and other people of color’s contribution to civilization; and to develop an intelligent, militant effective youth leadership.

EIU PRIDE: To work for the rights of the community to express their sexual, affectional and or gender orientation freely and openly and to draw the community closer to denounce heterosexism, homophohia, and other oppression.

Women's Empowerment League: The purpose is to serve as an organization that fosters student development through raising awareness, providing knowledge and promoting activism in regards to women’s issues. Through organized discussions and events, it will aim to facilitate the dream of a more diverse campus.


University Professionals of Illinois Diversity Committee

Charleston Coalition for Equality (CC4=)

Minority Mentoring in Mathematics and Sciences (M3S): Minority Mentoring in Math and Sciences (M3S) Program was initiated in 2006 by the College of Sciences with the objective of identifying minority math and science students and matching them with experienced and interested faculty mentors.

Women Exploring Business and Technology at EIU (WebT@EIU): Women undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Business, the School of Family and Consumer Sciences, the School of Technology, and the Department of Economics who are interested in professional development and mentoring.

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