As new students arrive on campus in August during Welcome Week, the Multicultural Center hosts annual events to welcome new students to the Redbird family.
Multicultural Center kicks off the fall semester with a Family Reunion! The Multicultural Center Family Reunion welcomes students, staff, and faculty to an afternoon of music and fun. Expect to get a preview of the Black Student Union, Asian Pacific American Coalition, Association of Latin American Students, PRIDE and other culturally based student organizations.
The Induction Ceremony is a welcoming space that affirms and celebrates the identities of new freshmen and transfer students from historically marginalized backgrounds. Students will be empowered by upperclassmen student leaders, introduced to diverse faculty and staff, and connected with peer support networks and cultural organizations. These critical connections will enrich your journey at Illinois State.
We encourage you to enter Illinois State University living out your identities with authenticity, confidence, and boldness. Come ready to bring your whole self to Illinois State with pride, passion, and purpose.
The Safe(ish) series, formally known as Safe Zone, explores LGBTQ+ identity and provide sustainable and inclusive strategies that acknowledge, affirm, and advocate for gender expansive and LGBTQ+ identities. The two-hour session provides an opportunity for those seeking understanding and deeper commitments around disrupting oppression for the community. All Illinois State University students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend.
Illinois State University offers opportunities for our minoritized/marginalized students to celebrate their communities and the close of their educational experience in culturally relevant ways. Four graduate recognition ceremonies are offered to our students. These ceremonies are celebrations of the accomplishments and successes of our students, which are separate from the traditional commencement ceremonies. Participation in these ceremonies is completely voluntary and does not take the place of University Commencement.
Learn more about our ceremonies
Come tour the Multicultural Center during Redbird Homeing!