Developing diversity among student leaders is a goal of the Office of Diversity Programs and ACES Academic Programs. This is accomplished through student organizations and supplemental leadership activities.
MANRRS-Illinois is a chapter of the national society for Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences, with the mission of supporting academic and professional endeavors that will always foster and promote the agricultural sciences and related fields in a positive manner among ethnic minorities. MANRRS welcomes membership of both undergraduate and graduate students in all agricultural and related science majors and programs. MANRRS members are encouraged to be full participants in their student and other professional societies for their discipline and career interests. MANRRS provides role models and networking opportunities both on campus and with the business community. MANRRS also offers students opportunities to enhance leadership and organizational and public speaking skills and to experience professional developmental activities.
The Institute™ by LeaderShape® is a nationally recognized six-day, five-night leadership development program that takes place over winter break at the University of Illinois. Participants learn how to lead with integrity through a variety of fun and educational experiences. They create a vision for change focused on their organizations and an action plan designed to assist them in effectively implementing their visions and goals.