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Participate @Illini Center West

There are many ways that you are able to get involved with the Illini Center West. Since opening its doors in March 2009, the Illini Center West has created unique programming for Illinois alumni to engage with the regional alumni and Urbana-Champaign campus community.

Distinguished Speakers Luncheon Series (DSLS) a monthly series of informal discussions led by prominent alumni on current topics.

The Illinois Venture-Investor-Entrepreneur Forum (IVIE) a trusted network of entrepreneurs and investors who are active in the startup ecosystem in the Silicon Valley and on campus. There is an online presence as well as quarterly events for members of this group.

The Illinois Women’s Connection (IWC) is a group for alumnae who are leaders in their places of employment or community. The Illinois Women’s connection is an outlet for alumnae leadership to connect and build a community among peers.

The Silicon Valley Round Table (SVRT) is an annual event for bay area alumni who have exemplified leadership and success in their respective fields and features programming that is relevant to Silicon Valley and the priorities of the University. SVRT’s goal is to bring together alumni and university leadership dedicated to building the Illinois community in Silicon Valley and building support for the University’s mission.

There are other ways to get involved with Illinois. Below are a few of our existing opportunities for your involvement.  If you would like more information on any of these opportunities, please email the Illini Center West at