While this year has brought unprecedented levels of change to our lives, our Redbird community has found a way to keep learning, keep teaching, and keep thriving. Though our circumstances are far from ideal, our students and faculty and staff have shown resilience, strength, and determination in the face of much difficulty and change.
Redbirds Keep Thriving launched in the spring to help students with the additional stress caused by the pandemic. As students plan to return to campus this fall, we know how important it will be to grow these available resources. We understand that students see greater academic success when their emotional, physical, and social needs are met. The Health and Wellness Community of Practice and the Division of Student Affairs remains committed to providing our Redbirds with the support and tools they need to succeed and thrive, no matter the circumstances. We will continue to offer virtual and, whenever possible, in-person services to best meet the well-being needs of our community. Stay safe, stay healthy, go Redbirds!
The Health and Wellness Community of Practice is comprised of the following departments. Please continue to check these departmental websites for up-to-date details about programs and services offered on the Illinois State University campus this fall.
For many of us, this is such a different way to live. No large gatherings. No face-to-face contact. Maintain six feet of space between you and other people. But physical distancing does not have to mean social isolation. Here are multiple resources and tips on how to stay connected while physical distancing.
Explore the Redbird Life portal, where involvement at Illinois State begins. Join and manage registered student organizations and find out about campus events, all in one place.
Contact the Student Activities Office if you're struggling to find your place on campus. Learn more about how to personally navigate campus involvement based on your major, interests, and identities.
No doubt, this is a strange and stressful time. Life has been upended; normal activities are not possible or at the very least, more complicated. Despite all the challenges we can still maintain our emotional well-being. Here are just a few resources to help you stay emotionally healthy.
Download Illinois State's free WellTrack app that provides evidence-based strategies for learning how to manage anxiety. You can use it anytime, anywhere. It is easy to use and effective. Specific tools include educational videos, relaxation exercises, and mood tracking tools.
Make an appointment with Student Counseling Services to set up an initial consultation.
Attend a Virtual Workshop, Discussion Group, or Mindfulness Class. Student Counseling Services will be offering virtual workshops and discussion groups beginning in September and through fall break. Check Redbird Life for more information.
Sign up for a 4-week free class to learn more about mindfulness. Mindfulness has amazing benefits for all areas of life such as our emotional health, ability to concentrate, and relationships.
Reach out to your professor or GA for help if you're struggling academically. The Visor Center can also help setup tutoring and connect you with additional resources on campus.
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Watch the video, How Black People Can Process Collective Trauma and Grief
The COVID-19 pandemic can pose a substantial challenge for remaining physically active, eating well, and getting proper amounts of sleep. We invite you to check out the resources below that will help you maintain, or even begin healthy practices to manage your physical health.
Join virtual Group Fitness classes with Campus Recreation.
Schedule an appointment with a campus dietitian for one-on-one nutrition guidance:
COVID-19 has created significant financial stress for many of us. We recognize that there won't always be a solution to financial stress, but learning about what's available is extremely empowering. Here are some resources to help manage financial stress and improve your financial wellness.
Contact the Office of Financial Aid with your questions specific to financial aid.
Find out more information about this student response fund and the CARES Act application.
Gain access to food and other supplies through the School Street Food Pantry, an organization dedicated to providing local college and trade school students with food, supplies, and knowledge about other resources in the community.
View the status of your financial aid and online billing statement at My.IllinoisState.edu under the Finances tab.
Check out CashCourse, a free, online financial education resource designed specifically for college and university students. The budgeting tools help you manage your resources and identify areas for improvement.
View your total outstanding loan balance and review different payment plan options following graduation through the federal aid website. You can also choose to complete or view a demo version of Financial Awareness Counseling, which provides information about managing your college finances.
Check the weekly schedule and join via Zoom
Or follow along on YouTube
Wednesdays, Noon Wednesday Zoom Session
Thursdays, 8:30am Thursday Zoom Session
Tuesdays, October 13, 20, 27, November 3 at 2-3:15pm
Thursdays, September 17, 24, October 1, 8 at 3:30-4:45pm
Fridays, September 18, 25, October 2, 9 at 12-1pm
Koru 2.0 Fridays, October 16, 23, 30, November 6 at 12-1pm
Register for Koru Mindfulness classes on Redbird Life
To learn more about Relaxation Rooms, visit the Student Counseling Services website.
Tuesdays, October 20, 27 at 5-7pm
Register for The Body Project on Redbird Life
Tuesdays, October 27, November 3 at 5:30-7:30pm
Register for More Than Muscles on Redbird Life
Thursdays, September 24, October 8, 22, November 5, 19, December 3 at 5-7pm
Register for the Self-Care Series on Redbird Life
Thursday, October 22 at 4-5:30pm
Monday, November 16 at 4-5:30pm
Register for the Native American Film Series and Discussion Forum on Redbird Life
Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm at Printing Services in the Bone Student Center
Learn more about the Face Covering Distribution on Redbird Life