AmeriCorps VISTA members are passionate and committed to their mission to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. Members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. They focus their efforts to build the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development, and otherwise assist low-income communities (illinoiscampuscompact.org).
The AmeriCorps Vista at Millikin University is housed in the Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement. The focus areas for our Vista are Healthy Futures and Education by supporting service learning opportunities campus wide, the Long-Vanderburg Scholars Program (LV), The Edge Program (Excellence Developed through Growth & Experience) and the Dennis Millikin Partnership. The Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement takes initiatives to bring awareness about the AmeriCorps position on Millikin’s campus through career, graduate and internship fairs offered by the Center for Academic and Professional Performance (CAPP).
For more information visit AmeriCorps.
Safe Zone Certificate
The Millikin University Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement offers the Safe Zone program to assist individuals who want to be allies or simply learn more about the LGBTQA community. Participants who take the Safe Zone training can become officially recognized allies by pledging to non-judgmentally listen to LGBTQQIAPN students, faculty, and staff.
- Understand the purpose of Safe Zone and Ally Training
- How we can best utilize Safe Zone training in our roles
- Develop a working knowledge of LGBTQQIAPN terminology
- The importance of language
- Key concepts
- Define multiple ways to exhibit and/or demonstrate ally behavior
- What is the best way to support the LGBTQQIAPN community at Millikin?
- What has worked for you?
- Identify areas of growth as an ally
Stop in our office for more information!
Addressing Campus Climate
Live out your purposeful leadership! We invite you to take charge of your collegiate experiences and suggest new programming ideas in line with addressing campus climate as you commit to growth in your campus community! We’d love to hear from you! Stop into the Office of Inclusion & Student Engagement.
Student Work Study
Our office supports the campus by assisting with identifying federal work study opportunities on campus. Please visit the Center for Academic & Professional Performance - hyperlink to find out how student employment could benefit you!
Conversation on RACE
Are you interested in exploring culture, race, or wrestling with privilege and power? For the past several years, Millikin University, in conjunction with Richland Community College, Decatur Public School District 61, and Caring Black Men has provided a two-part series addressing race relations in the Decatur community. These events take place in the spring semester and are free and open to the public.
Civic Discourse Week
Civic discourse helps demonstrate our shared responsibility to one another, our commitment to our systems and our willingness to choose to elevate the conversation. Civic Discourse Week provides something for everyone, from nationally recognized authors and speakers, to community fairs and community discussions.