Giving Opportunities

Student Affairs is committed to providing transformative opportunities and life-changing support for our Illinois students.

As State and Federal funding shrink, we rely even more on the conviction and benevolence of alumni and friends who share our unwavering commitment to providing transformative experiences for our students.

Some of our highest priorities for private funding are

    • student-centered programs and services related to intercultural awareness; safety, health and wellness; diversity education; and leadership development.
    • persistence and retention scholarships.

To find out more about any of these and other opportunities to support Student Affairs at Illinois, please contact the Office of Student Affairs Advancement.


The Illinois Leadership® Center (ILC) programs emphasize experiential learning, helping students incorporate cutting-edge leadership theory and knowledge into their own style of working with and leading others. Your generous support allows us to offer these programs to all students free-of-charge. Learn more about the ILC.

  • Illini Union 75th Anniversary Fund supporting building renovations
  • Office of Volunteer Programs (OVP)
  • Campus Recreation unrestricted
  • Housing – Richard Justice Student Leadership Development Fund
  • McKinley Health Center
  • Starcourse (State Farm Center)
  • Tony Clements Scholarship in Campus Recreation
  • Emergency Dean Fund-The Emergency Dean Fund was created to provide immediate assistance for unanticipated hardships resulting from emergencies or crisis situations.
  • Adlon Jorgensen Fund supporting Fraternity and Sorority Affairs
  • Counseling Center unrestricted
  • Career Center unrestricted
  • Illinois Leadership Center unrestricted
  • Clarence Shelley Scholarship
  • Michael Jeffries Scholarship
  • Clarence Shelley Minority Student Success Fund (Office of Minority Student Affairs)
  • OMSA Study Abroad Fund (Office of Minority Student Affairs)
  • Illinois Experience Fund
  • Asian American Cultural Center Unrestricted
    The University of Illinois has one of the largest and most vibrant Asian American university communities in the Midwest, where 1 in 4 students is Asian American or Asian international. The Asian American Cultural Center promotes cross-cultural understanding of Asian American and Asian international experiences, and provides educational and cultural support for Asians and Asian Americans in our university community. Opened in fall 2005, the Asian American Cultural Center provides the University of Illinois community with space to gather and share the diverse and rich cultures that are a part of the Asian American experience. Learn more about the Asian American Cultural Center.
  • Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center (BNAACC) unrestricted and building funds
    The mission of Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center is to provide a network of programs and support services promoting the individual, social, cultural and academic well-being of Illinois’ African American students. Opened in fall 1969 in response to calls from students, the African American Cultural Center at Illinois was rededicated in 2004 to former Director Bruce D. Nesbitt, a trailblazer for opportunity and equality who inspired more than two decades of university students. BNAACC continues this work today as a vehicle for self-expression and leadership enhancement for students of African descent through workshops, seminars, and performing arts groups. Learn more about the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center.
  • Diversity and Social Justice unrestricted fund
    Diversity and Social Justice Education provides courses, programs, workshops, and professional trainings to prepare Illinois students to work and live in a diverse global society. DiversityEd offers students, faculty, and staff opportunities to build their own capacity to promote critical thinking, compassion, and equity. Learn more about Diversity and Social Justice Education
  • LaCasa Unrestricted and Scholarship funds
    Since its founding in 1974, La Casa Cultural Latina has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to Latina/o students and the campus community, as well as local and global communities. La Casa reflects the diversity of Latina/o cultures and exemplifies el éxito Latino that shapes the Americas in our contemporary world. The mission of La Casa Cultural Latina is to promote a welcoming and dynamic atmosphere through the development of educational, cultural, socio-political, and social programs that lead to greater recruitment, retention, advancement, and empowerment of Latina/o students. Learn more about La Casa Cultural Latina.
  • LGBT Resource Center unrestricted fund
    The mission of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center is to foster an environment that is open, safe, and inclusive for people of all sexualities and gender identities. The Center is a resource not only for the LGBT community but for the entire University community. It exists for anyone who is interested in learning about LGBT people, issues, and concerns. The LGBT Resource Center seeks to help in the efforts to address homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and heterosexist attitudes and beliefs on the campus, and to work to make the environment safe and affirming for all students, faculty, staff, and LGBT students, faculty, and staff in particular. Learn more about the LGBT Resource Center.
  • Native American House unrestricted fund
    Native American House serves as a support and resource center for all students and the community, providing programs that allow students the opportunity to enrich their cultural and academic experiences at the University of Illinois. After nearly 15 years of Native student protests and lobbying efforts, the Native American House opened in 2002 with the mission to build a Native-centered learning community. All students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcomed and encouraged to participate in the many educational, cultural, and social events and programs tailored about Native American culture, people, and current events. Learn more about Native American House.
  • Women’s Resources Center unrestricted fund
    At the Women’s Resources Center, we aim to support and connect students by linking them with faculty, alumnae, staff, community leaders and other women students through programs, workshops, mentorship, meals, fun activities, and networking events. The Women’s Resources Center was established to empower women and strengthen alliances with men, offer opportunities for all students, including trans and gender non-conforming students, build leadership skills, challenge sexism, racism, heterosexism, ableism, and all forms of social oppression, and achieve greater gender equity and cultural diversity. We’re committed to creating community among students, student groups, and the University of Illinois. We’re committed to YOU! All genders are welcome at the Women’s Resources Center! Learn more about the Women’s Resources Center.

This fund is part of the overall annual giving effort throughout the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. Student Affairs at Illinois transforms lives through: exceptional programming, relevant services, progressive facilities, and vibrant living/learning environments. We create an Illinois experience that empowers students to achieve their greatest potential, personally and academically.

Annual fund gifts have an immediate, direct impact on our students, staff, and faculty because they are allocated during the fiscal year in which they are given. These funds provide the Vice Chancellor with the ability to meet the highly prioritized needs of our students. They support a wide range of programs and events relevant to student leaders, and initiatives that foster broad collaboration so that we may better serve the needs of our students. These have included:

  • Lunch Bunch:  A group of student leaders from across campus that meet with the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs monthly to discuss student concerns and encourage cross-campus collaboration and communication.
  • Strategic Initiative Grants:  Funds that promote collaborations among Student Affairs units and with academic units across campus, and support innovative programs that address emerging student issues and also address one of the strategic goals of Student Affairs.

Events that facilitate increased intergenerational networking between alumni and students and that encourage lifelong engagement among the Student Affairs Community.

This fund provides vital support for sustaining the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Student Leadership Awards Program.

Dr. Renée Romano served as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign for from 2006-2017.  During that time her dedication to the learning experience of students outside the classroom at the University of Illinois, and her relentless commitment to diversity and inclusion, experiential learning, and leadership opportunities left an indelible mark on this campus.  Her initiatives created a sense of belonging and a community ethic of care, while building real world skills, that support the academic mission of the University.

Renée Romano Student Leadership Scholarship recognizes an undergraduate student who exemplifies authentic leadership and has contributed a personal legacy of impact, especially with programs, projects, efforts, or activities that benefit women students and contribute to a campus community ethic of care, much like Dr. Romano during her tenure at Illinois.

The Renée Romano Student Leadership Scholarship is supported by student Affairs alumni and staff, and in part by Esther Caldwell and Ruth Caldwell Hussey Fund in honor of Vice Chancellor Romano.

Food Assistance & Well-Being Program

It is the university’s mission to ensure that the entire Illinois community has access to nutritious food and key necessities in a welcoming and educational space. We collect demographic information and a variety of other data to improve processes and ensure that it is equitable, inclusive and accessible to meet the needs of the diverse student population at Illinois.

The pantry is focused on the development of students in a supportive and inclusive space. The ARC Student Food Pantry is staffed by student volunteers from Food Science Human Nutrition and we work closely with faculty to provide educational resources to pantry shoppers while developing our student volunteers to provide food support and community building skills.

The ARC Student Food Pantry is a shopping style pantry. Food is set up on shelves by food groups. Shoppers walk through the space and take food off shelves according to pantry guidelines. This model allows shoppers to handle food, choose items that they will eat and enjoy, and look at the labels just as if they were shopping in a store. Food Science and Human Nutrition Students will be available to answer shopper questions and to provide resources to prepare the food. The ARC Food Pantry is located in the rear of the ARC Instructional Kitchen (beside the indoor climbing wall).

Learn more about the Food Assistance & Well-Being Program.

The OMSA Student Success Fund provides unrestricted support for an array of student success initiatives including, but not limited to: academic enrichment initiatives (e.g., new instructional or skill-building workshops), academic support incentives (e.g., online scheduling or advising platforms which expand student access to the services that lead to persistence and graduation), and academic achievement recognition (e.g., scholastic achievement awards) or other innovative activities that bolster student success. In 2018, in observance of OMSA’s 50th anniversary, this fund was dedicated in honor of our founding director, Clarence Shelley, a legendary educator, administrator, and mentor who served the university for nearly four decades.