Programs Overview

The Diversity Center offers a diverse range of programs, activities and workshops that are educational, cultural and social. Committed to supporting and promoting multicultural awareness, the staff develops program that increase understanding and appreciation of all cultural differences by familiarizing the campus community with the contribution and histories of African American, American Indian, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, International, LGBTQ, White, Gender and all Cultural Diverse Students.


Black Male Initiative- is a program established by the UIS Diversity Center intended to increase, encourage, and support the inclusion and educational success of male students of color, particularly African- American males (AAM). The program assists students in both their academic and professional endeavors, and promotes and advocates for an improved educational experience and quality of life at the University of Illinois Springfield.

As a male empowerment program designed to address the needs of undergraduate men of color, BMI encourage participants to exceed personally and professionally while gaining valuable leadership skills at UIS. The initiative endeavors to and has provided educational programs, developmental mentoring opportunities, and co-curricular experiences and activities to assist AAM to be successful.

For more information Contact Justin Rose

Hispanic/Latino Initiative: includes programs and activities designed to create a supportive and welcoming environment where Hispanic/Latino students can thrive academically and socially, develop leadership skills, prepare for a successful professional career, and embrace and promote their diverse cultures while feeling at home on the UIS campus and in the Springfield community.

We will take a group of students to the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) National Conference in February. This is a great opportunity to meet and socialize with other Hispanic/Latin@ college students from all over the country. You will gain leadership skills, learn about future career opportunities, and attend workshops led by prominent leaders in their respective fields of politics, education, technology, and more. To apply, fill out the USHLI 2016 Conference Scholarship Application and send it to no later than Monday, November 23rd.

For more information Contact Sophia Gehlhausen Anderson or Daniel Aguilar

Heritage Months: Through out the year, the Diversity Center will collaborate with a variety of student organizations and offices on campus to develop programs that celebrate and educate about the rich cultural heritage of the UIS community.

For more information Contact Sophia Gehlhausen Anderson

¡Hablemos Español!: A weekly event held in the Diversity Center every Wednesday from 4-5pm. This program gives students the chance to practice and learn Spanish weekly.

For more information Contact Sophia Gehlhausen Anderson or Daniel Aguilar

The Necessary Steps Mentoring program: is a Living Learning Community that was established in 2009 at UIS. It is designed to transition first-generation students to the challenges and demands of college life. First-generation is defined as students whose parents/guardians have not graduated from a four year college or institution.  Necessary Steps is intended to assist in the transition from high school to college, as well as, transforming our students into scholars. The program also has a book written by Dr. Clarice R. Ford “Necessary Steps: Roadman to First Generation College Student Success.” The advantages of joining Necessary Steps are abundant.  Each freshman in the program will be paired with an experienced Necessary Steps student.  This person will act as a mentor, friend, and confidant that is dedicated to helping students become acquainted with life at UIS. 

For more information contact Justin Rose


A program that provides tools to help eliminate Stereotypes and bias.  Provides suggested responses to respond in moments of diversity-related tension. No blame, no guilt, no conflict – just practical, specific skills that can be immediately applied in various situations.  OUCH! is a must-have and a must-see for anyone seeking to create and sustain a respectful environment.

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For more information Contact Sophia Gehlhausen Anderson

If you want to see more programs, check out the Diversity Center calendar.