Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Forward Together

Every SIU student benefits from the generosity of donors who support Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Following are just a few ways you can make a difference helping students succeed. To discuss these and other opportunities to support the the needs of a diverse student body, contact Sherrica Hunt, director of development, 618/453-4925.

At SIU, we celebrate the individuality of each student by fostering an environment of inclusion and engagement. Our dedication to diversity is rooted in our history of accessibility and equity. This commitment strengthens our campus community and equips our graduates with the experiences and cultural competencies that allow them to thrive.

It is imperative that while studying, living, and growing at SIU, each student feels the acceptance of the Saluki family. This requires the university to provide resources that recognize the unique challenges faced by students representing varied races, ethnicities, ages, genders, cultures, abilities, and family structures.

Please support the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Development Fund, to reinforce our dedication to building a more caring community and strengthening our solidarity as Salukis.  The fund provides the following:

EXPANDED RESOURCES. The Student Multicultural Resource Center is a necessary component of an inclusive, supportive campus environment. Expanding its services is pivotal to our commitment of nurturing a welcoming campus to all students.

DIVERSITY RECEPTION. Hosting an annual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Reception would highlight the university’s dedication to one of its key pillars of success. This event would draw focus to the university’s ongoing efforts and honor those who best represent this core principle.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. Ensuring a strong, multicultural campus requires the university to aid students as they develop the professional skills that will allow them to reach their goals. This program will build on each student’s education and set them on a course toward continued success.

BRIDGING THE GAP. Every initiative must focus on bringing higher education within the reach of every student. Rarely is this need more apparent than when discussing the accessibility of a college degree for underrepresented students. Through need-based scholarships and financial aid programs, SIU fortifies its standing as a bastion of accessibility.

RECRUITMENT & ENGAGEMENT. Students come to college in search of an inclusive, engaging experience. By embracing our differences, we offer students a support network that guides them as they choose a college, course of study, and pathway to their bright future.

Your contribution is an investment in our students’ success.  We are thankful for your generosity.  You may also support:  

Dunbar Leadership Society Scholarship and Education Activities Fund:  The Dunbar Board in conjunction with the Associate Chancellor for Diversity will distributed the funds, in a weighted manner, to need-based and or merit-based scholarships, recruitment and retention initiatives, and programming allocations.

Women's Leadership Council Activity Fund:  Established in 2020, the Southern Illinois University Women's Leadership Council is a network of alumnae, parents, and friends who are committed to creating a culture of women-driven philanthropy at SIU and mentoring future generations of Salukis. 

Departments with the Most Gifts!
Check out which department has brought in the most gifts for SIU Day!
Rank Department Gifts
1 Balancing Education, Experience, & Reality Schp. 698
2 School of Medicine 372
3 Saluki Athletics 184
4 College of Agricultural, Life & Physical Sciences 147
5 College of Arts and Media 128
Departments by Dollars Raised
Check out which Department has raised the most throughout SIU Day!
Rank Department Raised
1 College of Liberal Arts $723,265.96
2 School of Medicine $681,799.94
3 College of Business and Analytics $233,495.99
4 College of Agricultural, Life & Physical Sciences $188,666.93
5 College of Arts and Media $167,864.00
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Rank State Gifts
1 IL 11
2 FL 2
3 GA 1
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