Events

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Student Success Initiative Symposium

Please watch for information about our second annual Student Success Initiative Symposium which will be held in Spring 2023.


Past Events

Student Success Initiative Symposium (Inaugural)

The inaugural Student Success Initiative Symposium engaged over 200 faculty, staff, and students on February 4, 2022 in thinking critically about undergraduate success, ways to bolster retention and graduation rates, close equity gaps and enhance the Illinois experience. Dr. Cia Verschelden gave the Keynote speech at the Symposium.

Multiple events were held on campus Fall 2019 to engage faculty, staff, and students to think critically about undergraduate success and to identify strengths, gaps, and priorities for our university.

Kick-Off Event

The Student Success Initiative held a Kick-Off Event on September 16, 2019, which was was attended by faculty, staff, and students.  Attendees were asked, “What policies/practices/activities are integral to a successful undergraduate student experience?”

More than 2,000 responses came back from the Kick-Off Event, other student events, and via the website. Here’s a look at the Top 10 themes. These themes helped form the discussions and ultimately the recommendations of the four task groups.

December student-focused sessions

Three dinner sessions were hosted in December 2019 at various locations across campus.  These dinner meetings focused on garnering feedback specifically from students.

Student Series #1  was held on December 4, 2019 at the Women’s Resource Center. The event was facilitated by Gio Guerra Perez and Jari Minnett. Eight students attended the event.

Student Series #2 was held on December 4, 2019 at the Bruce Nesbitt African American Cultural Center. The event was facilitated by Kathy Martensen. Fourteen students attended the event.

Student Series #3  was held on December 4, 2019 at the Women’s Resource Center. The event was facilitated by Gio Guerra Perez and Jari Minnett. Eight students attended the event.

Fall student-focused sessions

At each of these sessions, students worked together to identify strengths, gaps and priorities for student success focusing on the top themes that had emerged from the September 16 Kickoff Event.

The Black Chorus Leadership Team/Student Affairs Lunch Bunch met on October 4, 2019. The event was facilitated by Ollie Watts Davis and Jim Hintz. Eighteen students attended the event.

The Provost Undergraduate Student Advisory Board met on October 4, 2019. The primary facilitator was Jari Minnett. Twenty-two students from undergraduate academic units attended the event.

Lunch sessions were held on November 5, 6, 15, and 18, 2019. Presentations were made by Ollie Watts Davis, Kathy Martensen, and Kevin Pitts. More than 260 students were involved.

DGS Leaders met on November 13, 2019. The event was facilitated by Kathy Martensen and Jari Minnett. Sixteen Division of General Studies students attended the event.

Informational Sessions

At these sessions, Facilitator Ollie Watts Davis shared about the initiative’s work and how to become involved.

  • School of Music Faculty Meeting on October 14, 2019

  • Department of History Executive Committee on November 19, 2019

  • Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs on March 10 and 11, 2020