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The Office of the Dean of Students is a unit that represents many different functional areas across campus, each with a unique identity. An organizational chart is availalbe here.  Learn a little bit more about each area here, or proceed onto their respective pages. 

Center for Inclusive Excellence

Staff:

Nathan Stephens, Director
Dr. Derrick Williams, Black Resource Center
Dr. Rene Francisco Poitevin, Hispanic / Latino Resource Center
Vacant, LGBTQ Resource Center
Dr. Melinda Yeomen, Women's Resource Center
Jennifer Kaiser, Office Assistant
Robert Carlsen, LGBTQ Resource Center GA
Sarah Self, LGBTQ Resource Center GA

Mission:

The Center for Inclusive Excellence will facilitate the process of developing a culture in which diversity is seen as integral to achieving excellence at SIU Carbondale through research, teaching, and learning, campus outreach, student support services, and community relationships.

Black Resource Center:

Enhances the opportunity for African American students success, retention, and graduation by providing both resources and programming activities (academic, educational, social and cultural) that enrich the learning environment for African American and all students.  

Hispanic Resource Center:

Provides academic, educational, cultural, and social programming activities and resources, mentoring and coaching that enrich the total learning experience for Hispanic and all students

LGBTQ Resource Center:

Serves as a centrally located, safe campus space that provides educational outreach, referral information and advocacy services, which will add to an inclusive and diverse environment for the LGBTQ students, faculty, staff, families, friends, alumni, and the greater Southern Illinois Community.

Women's Resource Center:

Our Mission: Excellence in advancing the women of SIU in wellness, empowerment, inclusivity, professional development, academic success and leadership development

Departmental Highlights:

Student Led Dialogue Series
Faculty/ Staff Developmental Series
General Public Free Campus Events 

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Fraternity and Sorority Life   

Staff:

Blake Bradley, Coordinator
Taylor Phoumivong, Graduate Assistant
Vacant, Graduate Assistant
Nathan Stephens, National Pan-Hellenic Council Advisor 

Mission:

Fraternity & Sorority Life works with the 32 fraternities and sororities and directly advises the five student governing councils: Inter-Greek Council, Interfraternity Council, Multicultural Greek Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, and Panhellenic Council.  Additionally the department collaborates with each of their respected international/national organizations.

Our fraternity and sorority community is committed to the following:

Departmental Highlights:

  • 39% growth in Fraternity & Sorority community five years
  • 2nd oldest SIU Tradition: Greek Awards (1931)
  • 3rd oldest SIU Tradition: Greek Sing (1936)
  • 4th oldest SIU Tradition: Theta Xi Variety Show (1947)
  • SIU Fraternity & Sorority GPA is higher than SIU GPA
  • SIU Fraternity & Sorority freshmen & sophomores consistently have higher GPAs than non-members

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Night Safety Transit 

Staff:

Jeff McGoy, Assistant Dean of Students

Mission:

Night Safety Transit was established as a courtesy service in the spring of 1980 to provide a safe means of transportation for SIU students both on and off campus. 

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Non-Traditional Student Services  

Staff:

Dr. Deborah Barnett, Coordinator

Mission:

Non-Traditional Student Services (NTSS) serves SIU Carbondale’s adult student population through guidancesupport, and resource referral to enhance educational experiences from the point of entry to degree completion. NTSS also seeks to foster a sense of belonging among adult students by building community through scholarship, service, and support.

At Non-Traditional Student Services, OUR GOAL IS ENSURING YOU REACH YOURS!

Departmental Highlights:

National Adult Student Recognition Week
Family-friendly and students with children programming
Comprehensive Resource Guide (housing, childcare, etc.)
Association of Non-Traditional Students RSO
Non-Traditional student Scholarships

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Saluki Cares  

Staff:

Jeff McGoy, Assistant Dean of Students

Mission:

Saluki Cares facilitates and coordinates a university-wide program of care and support for students in distress. By working closely with faculty, staff, students and their families, SIU Carbondale displays a culture of caring by demonstrating to our students and families that they are an important part of the community.  Their brochure can be found here.  

Saluki Cares offers students a supportive and encouraging partnership by linking them with appropriate resources. This partnership affords students opportunities to overcome personal and educational barriers encountered on their path to success.  Saluki Cares continues to assist with adjustment issues, academic performance concerns, homesickness, financial stress, deaths (Student/ Family), extended illnesses, general welfare concerns, and other signs of stress.

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Student Involvement  

Staff:

Heather Brake, Coordinator
Jordyn Baker, Graduate Assistant
Vacant, Graduate Assistant

Mission:

The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership Development actively strives to provide opportunities for students to enhance their leadership capacity and strengthen their campus engagement. Through environments that are socially just, culturally engaged, and civically involved, the office will enrich the students' overall educational experience.

Departmental Highlights:

Leadership Educators Program
On-going workshops and training's for individuals and groups
SIU Leadership Conference
Social Justice Leadership Institute
Support for 400+ RSOs
Undergraduate Student Government and Graduate Professional Student Council 

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Students' Legal Assistance  

Staff:

Steve Rogers, Attorney, Director
Lori Bryant, Staff Attorney
Susan Coloni, Office Assistant

Mission:

Provide assistance to students which enable  them to overcome legal problems that may be negatively affecting their education. 

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Student Rights and Responsibilities  

Staff:

Chad Trisler, Director
Brock Severson, Hearing Officer
Jawana Green, Hearing Officer
Mary Tyler, Officer Manager
Markesha Moton, Graduate Hearing Officer

Mission:

The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (SRR) addresses allegations of student misconduct in a developmental and education manner with the primary focus of providing students with the tools necessary to remain productive members of the University community. SRR oversees the administration of the Student Conduct Code, investigates allegations of sexual misconduct and gender-based violence involving students, provides interventions in response to allegation of misconduct, and educates students regarding their rights and responsibilities as members of the University community.  SRR also coordinates training for all students in preventing gender-based violence.

Department Highlights:

Mediation for Students and Student Organizations
Mandatory Gender-Based Violence Prevention Training
Educational Programming and Events
Advising Students, Faculty and Staff on Policy
Background Checks for Employers and Scholarships

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Veterans Services  

Staff:

Paul Copeland, Coordinator
Brenda Carter, Veterans Administration VITAL Representative
Zane Ecklund, Graduate Assistant
Williams Martinez, Federal Work Study Employee
Josh Keenan, Federal Work Study Employee
Jared Jones, Federal Work Study Employee
Dan Perritt, Federal Work Study Employee
Tiffany Walker, Federal Work Study Employee

Mission:

The Veterans Center is committed to making the transition of Veterans' from the military to SIU Carbondale a seamless process. If you are a Veteran who is interested in attending SIU-Carbondale or have already been accepted your first step should be to contact the Veterans Center. If any questions arise please do not hesitate to contact or stop by the Veterans Center

Department Highlights:

Join the Veteran Registered Student Organization, contact veteran services or for Veteran Educational Benefit Questions contact Veteran Services at 618-453-1336.  Watch our web site for opportunities for community service and social interaction