Diversity & Inclusion

We strive to foster an environment defined by diversity, inclusion, and openness. With new ideas, experiences, and perspectives constantly available to you, our campus provides a space in which all students can succeed on their terms.

most students of color
among top-ranked midwest universities (NCES)

countries represented on campus

U.S. states represented on campus

The Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center

Cultural Houses

Open to all students, our cultural houses help you celebrate your own heritage and give you a better appreciation for other ways of life.

Meet Our Students

Every Illini has a journey. These are their stories.



Just 15 years old when he began college, Taofik became an integral part of the engineering and business colleges and interned with 4 (!) Fortune 500 companies while at UIUC.

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UIUC student body president Alexis, a first-generation Illini who never settles for less than the best, is working to improve access to mental health resources on campus.

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Future educator and resident advisor for University Housing, Devon is following in her father's footsteps to become an advocate for the next generation.

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Resource Centers

Our resource centers work to foster an environment that's open, safe, and inclusive for people of all backgrounds and identities, and they offer opportunities for you to network and build support systems on campus.

Undergraduate research assistant for Abriendo Caminos: Clearing the Path to Hispanic Health which is a health promotion program for Latino families through culturally sensitive workshops on healthy lifestyle behaviors

Academic Support

Our Office of Minority Student Affairs (OMSA) supports the academic achievement, personal development, and graduation rates of first-generation, low-income, and historically underrepresented students at UIUC.

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Cultural Student Groups

UIUC offers over 200 student groups related to culture and diversity, and you can explore them all before arriving on campus. Don't see what you're looking for? You can always create your own group as an Illini, too!

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