About the Division of Student Affairs
The Division of Student Affairs is a team of professionals dedicated to the mission of UIS who contribute to the personal and professional development of students. Programs and services offered inspire students to take ownership of self and social responsibility, to become globally aware citizens and appreciate human diversity, and enhance holistic development and the students’ overall well-being. “Students First!” is the philosophy that inspires, empowers and unites us.
Holding our programs and staff to excellence in all that we do, Student Affairs respectfully supports students, faculty, staff, and parents with professional care. Our programs, services, and facilities assist students in their transition to campus life and help them to navigate and complete the college experience and to derive the greatest value and pleasure from their time at UIS.
UIS students volunteer in New York City as part of Alternative Spring Break
Twenty eight students and two staff members we will be going to NYC to partner with Youth Services Opportunities Program. YSOP is an organization that will place our volunteers in different shelters and soup kitchens throughout the week and provide opportunities for us to meet and learn from people that have faced homelessness first hand.
“Each year, Alternative Spring Break seeks out to create a trip that provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for UIS students,” said Brittani Provost, student president of UIS Alternative Spring Break. Mark Dochterman, director of the UIS Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center, said, “this is an amazing opportunity for students to go beyond talking about these issues and personally engage in volunteer work.
Our staff of professionals is committed to the enhancement of student leadership and the cultivation of their civic engagement. Student Affairs directly supports students’ life long development of personal, academic, and social skills.
Our strong community partnerships and deep involvement actively engage students and faculty in the larger social system and promote service learning, social justice and civic engagement. We offer a safe, open, welcoming community that nurtures healthy personal development and a sense of belonging to everyone in the campus community.
We work to attract, to hire, and to retain students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds. Our goal is a rich multicultural environment. Student Affairs emphasizes to its students and staff a diverse, tolerant campus community.
Dana, the guide dog, gets thumbs up from kindergarteners at Riverton Elementary School for being so well-behaved. Dana belongs to UIS freshman Raven Wilson. Wilson, along with fellow student Alicia Woodman, visited with the elementary students on behalf of Disability Services to tell the kids what life at college is like when you live with disabilities.
Organizational & Professional Development
The Student Affairs staff exhibits the values we hope students will exhibit. Our staff learns constantly as we serve and work collaboratively with students and colleagues to achieve a shared vision.