Who We Are
Diversity is a core value at Illinois State. We foster an inclusive environment characterized by cultural understanding, ethical behavior, and social justice.Our Core Values
from 47 U.S. States & territories
from 67 countries
1 in 5 students
from traditionally underrepresented groups
94.6% of freshmen
with disabilities using accommodation services returned sophomore year
Join a Diversity Advocacy student organization or other groups related to diversity, sports clubs, leadership, entertainment, and service—or create your own.
Being in a space with so many amazing and passionate people has allowed me to learn so much more about activism, and even myself.
Graduation rates for our African American and Hispanic students far exceed the national average. Our overall graduation rate is in the Top 10% nationwide.
The Black Colleagues Association scholarship made a huge difference in my life. I have no loans to repay. Receiving the scholarship money every year definitely helped with that.
Creating STEM stars
Underrepresented students who want to pursue science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) careers are paired with faculty mentors.Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation
Each spring we celebrate our graduating LGBTQ+ and allied students at a special recognition ceremony, another step toward a more inclusive campus.