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Here at Illinois we have an incredible diversity of people, just as in the world you will enter upon graduation. And as part of your education and preparation for working in that world, we encourage you to adopt our campus’s spirit of inclusivity and broaden your knowledge about people who come from different backgrounds and cultures. Take advantage of the units and organizations listed below that bring people together to learn about diverse traditions and experiences.

Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR)

Global Leaders: Orange and Blue Engagement (GLOBE)

GLOBE will connect Blue members (experienced domestic and international students) with Orange members (new international students) and team them up in small groups to participate in various activities and events. The goal of GLOBE is to provide opportunities for domestic and international students to network and develop leadership skills and to “help all students develop global awareness and cultural competency.” Learn how you can get involved in GLOBE.

iCU (Now I See What You Mean) OIIR Intercultural Dialogue Series

iCU features individual stories by international students shared among international and domestic students. The goal of iCU is to provide opportunities for domestic and international students to engage in meaningful interaction.

Campus Cultural and Resource Centers

At the Illini Union

Office of Registered Organizations

With more than 1,400 organizations at the U of I, you are sure to find at least one that excites you and matches your interests and hobbies. If by some chance you don't find one to join, then go ahead and just start your own! 

Office of Volunteer Programs

The Office of Volunteer Programs (OVP) promotes service by encouraging students to donate their time and volunteer for the university and local communities. OVP pairs students with opportunities where they gain invaluable experience through public engagement. 

Events at the Illini Union

From art shows to weekend movies, the Illini Union hosts a variety of activities to give you a break from your studies. Check out what's coming up!

Illini Union Board

Since 1942, IUB has served as the voice of the students and has advised administration on building policies and procedures. If it's happening at the Union, IUB is helping it happen. And while board members are planning it all, their knowledge of governance and outreach is growing tenfold. 

In the Community

Visit Champaign County

Looking for something to do off campus? Check out this one-stop guide to events, things to do, and places to see, right here!

Champaign County Forest Preserve District

Get outside! Champaign County is not just corn and beans. Visit one of the five forest preserves, go to the museum, or shoot a round of golf!

Champaign-Urbana Area Family-Friendly Events Calendar

Our events calendar aggregates family-friendly events happening in the Champaign-Urbana metro area. We know you’re busy and looking for a bang for your buck, so we put an emphasis on including free and low-cost events that you can plan to attend on the fly.

City of Urbana Calendar of Events

Things to see and do in Urbana!