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2011-12 Awards

Strategic Initiative Grants

The Great Asian American Programming Series

A year-long series of workshops and programs that address the specific mental health needs of the Asian American and Asian International residents living at Urbana South. In addition, the program will promote a positive Urbana South identity. A monthly talk series will provide a supportive and easily accessible atmosphere where residents can talk about events relevant to Urbana South and the broader Asian community.

Collaborators: University Housing and the Counseling Center
Target Population: students
Strategic Initiative Addressed: Enhanced Knowledge and Appreciation of Diversity

Hybrid Strategies: Retention and Belonging for Latina/o sophomores

A retention program targeting low-income and first generation students. In collaboration with the Office of Minority Student Affairs (OMSA) La Casa will bring outside guest speakers on belonging interventions, conduct weekly workshops, group activities and provide a venue for monthly individual advising by graduate counselors from OMSA and advisors from the Division of General Studies. Alumni mentoring will also be a component.

Collaborators: La Casa Cultural Latina, Office of Minority Student Affairs, Division of General Studies, Latino Alumni Association
Target Population: students; graduate/professional students; faculty and staff; and alumni mentors
Strategic Initiative Addressed: Illinois Experience

Inter-Connect

A program targeting international student transition to U.S. culture. The program will provide a series of dinner workshops addressing the social, emotional, and academic adjustment of international students.

Collaborators: University Housing, Asian American Cultural Center, International Student and Scholar Services, and Illinois Leadership Center
Target Population: students
Strategic Initiative Addressed: Illinois Experience

MENgageMENT

A program designed to groom male-identified undergraduate and graduate students of color to be mentors. Year-long monthly workshops, excursions, and film screenings will teach the participants how to be effective mentors to their peers and other youths.

Collaborators: Bruce Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, Office of Minority Student Affairs, Fraternity & Sorority Affairs, Gender & Women’s Studies, and African American Studies
Target Population: students; faculty; staff; and community members
Strategic Initiative Addressed: Enhanced Knowledge and Appreciation of Diversity

Operation Outreach & Connect for Women Veterans

The Women’s Resources Center in collaboration with Veteran Student Support Services will stimulate community building through weekly informal coffee hours and occasional skills/knowledge-building sessions. These sessions will be monthly and focus on issues related to life transitions, health, well-being, career and post-graduation employment, and family.

Collaborators: Women’s Resources Center and Veteran Student Support Services
Target Population: students and faculty
Strategic Initiative Addressed: Improvement of Undergraduate Women’s Education

Out Where You Are

A series of programs designed to enhance the recruitment and retention of LGBT students at the University of Illinois. In addition, the programs will contribute to a more positive climate for LGBT individuals on campus. The four main topics are: out as an ally, out in the halls, out at work, and out on campus.

Collaborators: LGBT Resource Center; the Career Center; University Housing; East Central Illinois Safe Schools Alliance; and UP Center of Champaign County
Target Population: students; staff/faculty; alumnus; and community members
Strategic Initiative Addressed: Enhanced Knowledge and Appreciation of Diversity

Women of Worth Leadership and Career Seminar Series

A three-part series for female students to be completed over a six week period during the Fall semester. Bi-weekly seminars over six weeks will be conducted focusing on exploring the talents and strengths of female students, changing roles and expectation for women in the workplace, and alumni networking.

Collaborators: Women’s Resources Center, Illinois Leadership Center, The Career Center
Target Population: students
Strategic Initiative Addressed: Improvement of Undergraduate Women’s Education