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2016-17 Awards

Strategic Initiative Grants

Beyond GLOBE (renewal)

Submitted by: Yun Shi, OIIR
Co-sponsors: Asian American Cultural Center, University Housing, Campus Recreation, IL Abroad & Global Exchange

This program will unite current GLOBE members with Global Crossroads Living-Learning Community in an effort to increase domestic/international student engagement in a meaningful manner. Global Leaders: Orange and Blue Engagement program is a mutually beneficial program with the approach of students learning and helping students to learn about others from different backgrounds. It will be a structured program with 4-6 students in each cohort with the support of professional staff that will participate in various activities and events. This program will provide the opportunity for domestic and international students to network, develop leadership skills, global awareness, and cultural competency. Approximately 100-160 students will participate at each event throughout the academic year.

Student-Parent Welcome Reception

Submitted by: Ann Marie Morgan, ODOS
Co-sponsors: Student-Parent Advisory Council

Over 40 student-parents who have self-identified through the Student-Parent Website will be invited to a reception. The reception will recognize and provide support to these students. Staff from the Student Assistance Center will provide information about the resources on campus available to student-parents. These parents will learn about the student organization Students with Families. The reception will provide an opportunity for these students to network and form connections with each other in the hopes that will advocate for new programs and services to meet their needs. By demonstrating inclusivity and welcome to these students they will feel more engaged and develop a stronger affinity with the university.

iEngage: Service Trips (renewal)

Submitted by: John Race, Office of Volunteer Programs
Co-sponsors: Illini Union, International Student & Scholar Services, OIIR, and Asian American Cultural Center

International and domestic students will be recruited to participate in civic engagement and collaborative learning. Students will have an opportunity to interact and grow culturally from each other. Students will learn how to organize their own service projects while participating in Interwoven. There will be three weekend trips and three day trips. The program is expected to serve over 100 students.

In the Zone: Coordinate Ally Training Program

Submitted by: Gioconda Guerra Perez, OIIR
Co-sponsors: La Casa, LGBT Resources, OIIR, Disability Resources and Educational Services, Women’s Resource Center, Bruce Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, International Student and Scholar Services, Veteran Student Support Services, and Diversity and Social Justice Education

In the Zone will coordinate several training modules that include LGBT Ally, Racial Justice Allies and Advocates, Disability Ally, Undocumented Allies, I-CARE bystander intervention and other trainings. Monroe France, the coordinator of a similar project will present to student leaders about the importance of intersectional approaches to diversity. Additionally a parallel social marketing series that advertises the “ally zone” trainings and promotes positive ally behaviors will be launched.

Illinois Interfaith Common Action

Submitted by: Jacob Frankovich, University Housing
Co-sponsors: Office of Volunteer Programs, YMCA, Illinois Hillel, OIIR, Central Illinois Mosque and Islamic Center

The Illinois Interfaith Initiative is a multi-unit collaborative effort of staff, faculty, and students who host a number of interfaith-focused programs each year, culminating in an annual Illinois Interfaith Conference, which invites students and higher education professionals from across the Midwest to participate in a dialogue about interfaith cooperation on the college campus. Common Action will provide spaces for service and civic engagement in the community on a month basis. These experiences will include dialogue about community needs, global issues, and connections to faith, spirituality, and meaning-making.

Global Career Network Leadership Forum

Submitted by: Un Yeong Park, The Career Center
Co-sponsors: Illinois Leadership Center, and International Student & Scholar Services

Global Career Network is a collaboration of international student organizations with a focus on career development and planning. The forum will be a vehicle to provide the leaders of these student organizations with training to promote effective program planning, team-building, and conflict management. Additionally, the forum will provide tools for collaboration, knowledge about Leadership Center resources, an opportunity to brainstorm collaborations and learn how to leverage their leadership for career development and job hunting.

Verdell-Frazier Awards

Women’s Career Institute

Submitted by: Rachel Storm, Women’s Resources Center
Co-sponsors: The Career Center, Illinois Leadership Center, University of Illinois Extension Financial Wellness Program, YWCA, and AAUW $tart $mart Program

The institute will provide female participants with interactive workshops and presentations important to career planning and development. Participants will gain practical knowledge such as: how to negotiate salaries and promotions, how to market skills to a potential employer, creating a lasting impact in their community, turning passion into a career, networking, pros and cons of graduate school, and financial wellness. In addition, there will be a keynote speaker who will provide her story of real-life challenges in her career path.

Going Beyond Undergrad

Submitted by: Marsha Mwilambwe, Morgan Stites, and Claire Luce, Testing Center
Co-sponsors: The Career Center, General Studies, OMSA, and School of Social Work

This program targets first-generation, low income female students who are four semesters away from graduation. The program will provide six workshops outlining the process of looking for graduate programs and how to apply to graduate school. The students will be paired with a female university employee whom share a similar background and who has successfully applied to graduate school. The Career Center provide individual consultation to the participants as well as collaborate on programming. In addition, those students completing the program will be provided with the fee to take the Graduate Record Examination. It’s anticipated that 20-23 students will be served.