The mission of Illinois Institute of Technology’s Office of the Vice Provost for Student Access, Success, & Diversity Initiatives (SASDI) is to create partnerships which support and empower students’ access to and success in higher education and career development. We build and steward sustainable and transformational partnerships through impactful initiatives. This approach contributes toward the diversity of Illinois Tech and supports mutually beneficial community relationships in alignment with the university’s strategic plan Many Voices, One Vision.
We seek to become a source of and resource for great ideas and best practices that are inspiring and impactful. In collaboration with our partners, we aim to expand innovative pathways and support systems for a diversity of students to access and succeed in their higher education and career development. We do this to develop global learners into culturally competent and career-ready graduates, thus contributing to Illinois Institute of Technology’s role as a leader in the fields of STEM+ education.
Through Access – We seek to identify and enhance the academic progress and career development of students through a combination of imaginative and persistent educational approaches of innovative and global learning.
Through Success – We seek to create an innovative educational environment that provides global learners with equitable support and the proper opportunities to develop and achieve their dreams, inspire generations, and succeed as diverse and culturally competent graduates.
Through Diversity Initiatives – We seek to increase the diversity of the Illinois Tech community in celebration and recognition of the value of the various facets of diversity, contributing toward an environment in which the STEM+ classroom and workforce reflect the rich diversity of Chicago, the United States, and the world.
Creating Pathways to Illinois Tech
International Outreach and Engagement
In order to support Illinois Tech’s global reputation SASDI staff coordinate with internal and external partners to facilitate pathways for international student enrollment, ensure the success of our international students by offering a wide range of support, and introduce visitors to our campus and resources.
By partnering with area community colleges and community college students, with a special emphasis on the City Colleges of Chicago, we create a pathway to Illinois Tech for many transfer students.
High School Engagement
Through SASDI events and programs engaging high school teachers and students, Illinois Tech enriches our students and educators, exciting them about science, technology, and engineering.
Developing Support Systems
By creating opportunities to connect with employers and improve students’ job search skills career services enhances student success and adds value to an Illinois Tech degree.
By supporting outreach and initiatives targeting first-generation and low-income students, SASDI staff raises awareness about the opportunities at Illinois Tech for underrepresented students, many of whom face additional hurdles for enrollment.
To further Illinois Tech’s mission to be a positive influence in the city of Chicago, SASDI staff host educational events and programs that build mutually beneficial and sustainable relationships within the Bronzeville community and the greater City of Chicago.