How Can You Help?

This is an unprecedented time for our campus, our community, our nation, our world. We are receiving many inquiries about “how can I help students” at this time.  We’d like you to know about the Emergency Dean Fund, where our Illinois students can turn to us in need when they are faced with unexpected, unforeseen, and unavoidable emergency expenses. 

The “Emergency Dean” is an invaluable resource for all Illinois students and families, available 24 hours a day and seven days a week since 1970. The Emergency Dean Fund was created to provide immediate assistance for unanticipated hardships resulting from emergencies or crisis situations.  Examples of ways in which the Emergency Dean Fund has been used to help students in their time of need include

    • clothing for victims of a building fire
    • hotel rooms for students displaced due to a crisis situation
    • meal tickets so that students could eat on campus without charge after their residence was destroyed
    • plane fare for a student returning home abruptly to attend the funeral of an immediate family member

This support can make all the difference in a student’s security and academic survival. When you contribute to this fund, you enable us to make a difference in our students’ security and academic survival. You are contributing to the welfare of all Illinois students.

Oversight of the Emergency Dean fund is provided by the Student Assistance Center in the Office of the Dean of Students and the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs & Dean of Student Support and Advocacy.

If you would like to help us support our Illinois students in their time of need, and those impacted by the Coronavirus, please visit the Emergency Dean Fund.

Historic Latinx murals return to campus Feb. 21

Illinois Experience Fund application available

The Illinois Experience Fund supports student-driven initiatives that create a shared experience around inclusion, service, civic, engagement, spirit, relationship-building, and leadership. Grants are available for programs and initiatives that bring students together through meaningful experiences that are transformative and impactful. The purpose of the fund is to establish connection and community among students that promote integrity, inclusion, service, education and learning, teamwork, and innovation.

This fund was established through the generous support of John Graf (’81) and many other Illinois alumni who believe that the Illinois Experience is unique for each student, and through collaboration and mentoring, Student Affairs can empower students to bring their ideas to life through the resources provided by the Illinois Experience Fund.

Illinois Experience Grants of up to $6,000 are available for Spring 2020. All proposals must be co-sponsored by a Student Affairs unit.

Application Deadline for Spring 2020 grants: December 9, 2019

Find out more and apply today!

Student Affairs Homecoming Celebration 2019

Student Affairs invites you to come home to Illinois and celebrate 2019 Homecoming with us!

Our tent party is the perfect opportunity to come back to campus, relax and enjoy a great breakfast, and reconnect with your Student Affairs Illini Family!

We have football tickets especially for you too. It’s always more fun to cheer on the Fighting Illini surrounded by other Student Affairs alumni in Memorial Stadium. Let’s beat Wisconsin!

Saturday, October 19, 2019 (Homecoming weekend)
9-11am (game time is 11am)
Grange Grove or west side of Memorial Stadium
$15* per adult; children 10 and under are FREE
Football ticket package:
SOLD OUT – sorry!

BNAACC 50th Anniversary Celebration and Building Dedication Ceremony

We invite you to attend the Bruce Nesbitt African American Cultural Center (BNAACC) 50th Anniversary Celebration and the building’s Grand Re-Opening!

The weekend’s theme is “Built to Grow: Past Achievements Fueling Beautiful Futures.” We believe this represents the strong foundation laid by all students, faculty, staff, and community members from the past, present, and future. It would be a great honor if you would join us.

Registration Has Ended! 

NOTE: We DO NOT have the capacity to take registrations during the events.


Friday, October 4:
3-5 p.m. – BNAACC dedication and grand re-opening (1212 W. Nevada St.)
7-9 p.m. – 50th anniversary celebration dinner/program (Alice Campbell Alumni Center)
9 p.m.-2 a.m. – Social at Neil Street Blues in downtown Champaign

Saturday, October 5:
1-4 p.m. – Radical Illini Conference (optional event)
2-6 p.m. – Mentoring lunch (invite ONLY) (Memorial Stadium)
7 p.m.-midnight – Welcome B.L.A.C.K Block Party (1212 W. Nevada St.)

Sunday, October 6:
10 a.m.-1 p.m. – Affinity breakfast (1212 W. Nevada St.)
3 p.m.Black Chorus Concert (Krannert Center for Performing Arts Great Hall)Purchase tickets separately

We do not have a room block for the event weekend. However, the Illini Union Hotel is the university-run hotel that is located within walking distance of the BNAACC and the Alice Campbell Alumni Center.

Visit Champaign County has a listing of hotels. It is very easy to reserve rooms, and there are plenty available for the weekend. We hope this information is helpful, as you plan to come visit us.

If you or your business have a desire to sponsor a part of the BNAACC Celebration, we have several sponsorship opportunities and levels available. Our complete sponsorship program will give you all the details.

Printable version of all the details of the weekend, including the agenda, hotel information, etc.

Illinois Leadership Center Announces $75K Gift from Rolls-Royce

Illinois Leadership Center Announces $75K Gift from Rolls-Royce
Left to Right: Rolls-Royce representatives Jim Bernacchi, Cory Nation, Jennifer Ko, and Dan Jensen with Dr. Gayle Spencer, Director of the Illinois Leadership Center, at recognition reception on Friday, March 8.

Champaign, Ill., March 22, 2019—The Illinois Leadership Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has announced a $75,000 gift and five year commitment from Rolls-Royce to support the Rolls-Royce Innovation Program. The gift was recognized at a reception on Friday, March 8 at the Illinois Leadership Center.  Continue reading “Illinois Leadership Center Announces $75K Gift from Rolls-Royce”

Donor Spotlight: Establishment of Endowed Internship to Promote Health and Wellness

Anne and Paul Poy

The Asian American Cultural Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has announced a major gift from Paul (LAS ’71, MS ’73) and Anne Poy, of Oak Park, IL, to establish a student internship to promote the emotional, mental, or spiritual health and resiliency of students.

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University of Illinois discusses updating Illini Union

Illini Union


URBANA — The University of Illinois aims to renovate and expand its historic Illini Union built during the Great Depression.

A feasibility study conducted in February spurred plans for a top-to-bottom renovation, The News-Gazette reported. The study showed when compared to 14 similar institutions, the Illini Union is below average for space allocated to student programming, flexible lounge areas, student organization meeting spaces and conference or break-out space.

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