It is evident that there is not a large mix of ethnicities walking along the sidewalks of the quad in between classes. Most students that attend ISU are either from the suburbs of Chicago or rural Illinois. Although there is little diversity among the student body, ISU strives to offer a supportive and diverse environment with help from the Office of Equal Opportunity, Ethics & Access. This office is responsible for monitoring the policies of the University. There is also a Diversity Advocacy unit that helps underrepresented students by providing them with cultural experiences, diversity education, and student development. There are a number of awards and scholarships offered to students who demonstrate an impact on the campus community.
There are also many registered student organizations that focus on diversity, such as the Black Student Union (BSU) and People Realizing Individuality and Diversity through Education (PRIDE). There is a large community of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered (GLBT) students (along with student allies) that provide assistance to students in need. Not only are there a large number of churches both on and off campus, but there are also a large number of religious groups that meet, such as campus ministries and Campus Crusades for Christ. No matter what diversity issue intrigues you, there is something for everyone at ISU.