Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


Every SIU student benefits from the generosity of donors who support Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Following are just a few ways you can make a difference helping students succeed. To discuss these and other opportunities to support the the needs of a diverse student body, contact Sherrica Hunt, director of development, 618/453-4925.

At SIU, we celebrate the individuality of each student by fostering an environment of inclusion and engagement. Our dedication to diversity is rooted in our history of accessibility and equity. This commitment strengthens our campus community and equips our graduates with the experiences and cultural competencies that allow them to thrive.

It is imperative that while studying, living, and growing at SIU, each student feels the acceptance of the Saluki family. This requires the university to provide resources that recognize the unique challenges faced by students representing varied races, ethnicities, ages, genders, cultures, abilities, and family structures.

By supporting diversity of perspectives, interests, and identities, we reinforce our dedication to building a more caring community and strengthening our solidarity as Salukis. Our goal for the Forever SIU campaign is to raise $1.5 million with your help and support.

  • EXPANDED RESOURCES. The Student Multicultural Resource Center is a necessary component of an inclusive, supportive campus environment. Expanding its services is pivotal to our commitment of nurturing a welcoming campus to all students.
  • DIVERSITY RECEPTION. Hosting an annual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Reception would highlight the university’s dedication to one of its key pillars of success. This event would draw focus to the university’s ongoing efforts and honor those who best represent this core principle.
  • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. Ensuring a strong, multicultural campus requires the university to aid students as they develop the professional skills that will allow them to reach their goals. This program will build on each student’s education and set them on a course toward continued success.
  • BRIDGING THE GAP. Every initiative must focus on bringing higher education within the reach of every student. Rarely is this need more apparent than when discussing the accessibility of a college degree for underrepresented students. Through need-based scholarships and financial aid programs, SIU fortifies its standing as a bastion of accessibility.
  • RECRUITMENT & ENGAGEMENT. Students come to college in search of an inclusive, engaging experience. By embracing our differences, we offer students a support network that guides them as they choose a college, course of study, and pathway to their bright future.