At the Illini Union, our doors are open to the entire campus community. Everyone has an equal share whether you’re a student, faculty, staff or alumni. The Union is the social center of the University, providing a place where members of these groups can come together and explore ideas and ambitions.
MANY MEMBERS. ONE VISION.
The Illini Union draws together all members of the University of Illinois community. It is the shared possession of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests. While each of these groups is important, it is the students who are at the heart of what the Illini Union is all about.
Every student is welcome here and every student has an equal share. By providing the opportunity for each student to come into contact with others, we promote an understanding and appreciation of the diversity of the University of Illinois and of the world at large. We fulfill this mission through our numerous programs and services.
Students who create programs and activities on behalf of the Illini Union Board complement their education with experience in group process, ethics, leadership, volunteerism and social responsibility. Students who attend these programs and participate in these activities also enrich their education with the learning, growth, and entertainment such events offer.
Our services and business operations meet the educational, social and recreational needs of the university community. As needs change, so too must the services. And if we are to truly attain our potential, we must develop our own staff just as we nurture the university as a whole.
By encouraging personal and intellectual growth, by supporting divergent thought and free expression, by celebrating the individual, and by providing an environment that fosters integrity and respect, the Illini Union exists as more than a building. It is, as stated by the University President A.C. Willard in 1941 at the Illini Union's dedication, "a symbol of the democratic spirit of the University of Illinois.