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Student Life

On-Campus Involvement

Getting involved with registered student organizations (RSOs) is key to exploring, enjoying and enhancing the college experience. By joining an RSO students broaden their perspective, expand their social circle and, at times, choose their major and/or career based on their experiences. ISU has over 300 RSOs. For more information about RSOs at ISU, please visit the ISU Dean of Students Office webpage.

  • Iota Iota Iota (Triota) Honor Society

    Illinois State University's Delta Phi chapter of Iota Iota Iota (Triota) was established in 2017. The Greek letter, iota, was represents the three goddesses Inana, Ishtar, and Isis. Iota Iota Iota strives to maintain the feminist values central to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and encourage diversity, egalitarianism, and supportive academic environment for all students. Students may join Triota if they have 1) have declared or are in the process of declaring a WGSS minor, 2) have completed/are currently enrolled in a WGSS class, and 3) have at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA. For more information, check out our Prezi on Triota at ISU!

  • The Feminist Led Activist Movement to Empower

    The Feminist Led Activist Movement to Empower (F.L.A.M.E.) is an RSO that promotes student activism around issues of gender and its intersections. Please visit their Facebook page for more information about F.L.A.M.E. and events.

  • ISU PRIDE

    ISU PRIDE is an RSO that promotes and preserves a safe political, social, and educational forum for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and allied (LGBTQA+) students, faculty, staff, and members of the community.

  • The League of Extraordinary Genders

    The League of Extraordinary Genders (TLEG) is ISU's first student group for transgender and gender non-conforming students. TLEG provides trans students with a safe space to socialize, receive peer support, and engage in advocacy and activism for trans rights both at ISU and the Bloomington-Normal community.

  • My Sister's Keeper

    My Sister's Keeper is a women led minority RSO aimed at advancement in the minority community. We stand for leadership, sisterhood, mentorship, community service and social and culture outreach.

  • ISU Sister Circles

    Sister Circles is an RSO founded to empower women in our community to create positive change in their own state of wellness through education and the support of a strong community. Wellness is an integration of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. The model used by our organization includes social, emotional, spiritual, environmental, occupational, intellectual, and physical well ness. Each of these seven dimensions act and interact in a way that contribute to our quality of life.

  • ISU Student Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence

    It is the purpose of Students' Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (SPAN), as a third-wave feminist organization, to advocate for reform of University and community policy and procedures with regard to violence in the community. Based on a survivor-centered philosophy, SPAN works in conjunction with existing services to make information about services consistent and easily available to students, and provide assistance to survivors. The organization is responsive to violence against women and members of the LGBTQIA community, with a special emphasis on the University’s response to incidents of sexual/dating/domestic violence.

  • Secondary Dominance

    Secondary Dominance is ISU's premier women's a cappella ensemble. Established in 2004, the girls have been delighting audiences with their instrument-free peformances on campus and around the Bloomington-Normal community. They perform a range of music and arrange the majority of it themselves. Visit Secondary Dominance Facebook pagefor more information.

  • Office of Diversity and Inclusion

    The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is committed to building bridges between groups; developing understanding, appreciation, and respect; as well as celebrating the diversity of the members of the University community. Diversity Advocacy is responsible for initiating and encouraging programs and services that contribute to a broader understanding of diversity at Illinois State University. For more information about the Office of Diversity and Inclusion located with the Multicultural Center, please visit their website.

  • Division of Student Affairs

    The Division of Student Affairs is made up of twelve departments that strive to influence the campus culture to achieve student engagement, inclusion, and pride in Illinois State University (ISU). Whether your focus is to develop leadership skills, make new friends, participate in service opportunities, or get involved in a host of other programs and activities, their goal is for students to be successful and make the most of their ISU experience.

  • Multicultural Center

    While the Illinois State community awaits the completion of the new Multicultural Center at 301 S. Main Street, staff of the center are already working across campus to empower students to learn about and embrace their intersecting identities and position the campus community to champion antiracism, equity, and justice. Learn more about the mission and vision of the Multicultural Center.

  • Student Counseling Services

    For information about Student Counseling Services, please visit their website.

  • Student Health Services

    For information about Student Health Services, please visit their website.

Off-Campus Involvement

  • LGBTQA Alumni Network

    The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Ally (LGBTQA) Alumni Network can help alumni remain connected to ISU through a variety of events. They offer academic, social and professional events, opportunities and outings.

  • WGSS Internships

    The following local agencies are community partners for the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) program. WGSS students have completed internships within these organizations. Additional opportunities are possible. For more information, please visit the WGSS Internships webpage and contact the WGSS Academic Advisor at WGSAdvisor@ilstu.edu.

    • Children's Home and Aid
    • Girls Building Empowerment and Uniqueness (Girls Be U)
    • Habitat for Humanity: Women Build
    • Labyrinth Outreach: Services to Women
    • McLean County Museum of History
    • Neville House
    • Planned Parenthood of Illinois: Mclean County
    • Stepping Stones: Sexual Assault Awareness Program