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Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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Campus Culture and Belonging Series

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion hosts the Campus Culture and Belonging Series, designed to invite campus community members together in dialogue on topics critical to fairness, democratic engagement, and social justice. The Campus Culture and Belonging Series aims to:

  • Create space for complex and thoughtful discourse on critical issues
  • Increase our campus community’s capacity to respond to inequity and promote fairness
  • Develop individual’s knowledge and skills to promote change

Campus Culture and Belonging Series events include a mix of lectures and professional training opportunities. For more information about the Campus Culture and Belonging Series, contact Ross Wantland, Director of Curriculum Development and Education, at diversity@illinois.edu.

Upcoming Events – Spring 2022

Centering Anti-Racism in the Paradigm of Pedagogy

Keynote with Racism Untaught Co-Developers Lisa Elzey Mercer and Terresa Moses

Wednesday, February 2nd at 4 p.m.
via Zoom

Primarily white institutions (PWIs) tend to struggle to foster campus climates that support and retain non-white students through matriculation. One route to addressing this challenge is engaging students in coursework that reorients their thinking around their positionality in the context of race and racism. Problematically, nonwhite faculty are disproportionately charged with teaching these courses, and students (as well as other faculty) begin to associate research and teaching about racial justice entirely with nonwhite faculty. We will be discussing ways in which faculty can support an anti-racist classroom environment that will begin a sea-change at PWIs – showing the necessity and priority of anti-racism across all faculty’s pedagogical approaches.

Racism Untaught Faculty Training

Friday, February 18th and Friday, February 25th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
via Zoom

Registration Deadline: February 11th

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is excited to host Racism Untaught, an intensive exploration for campus faculty and instructors on cultivating learning environments for people to further explore issues of race and racism, from the obvious to the invisible. This session is specifically focused on the needs of college instructors to attend to race and racism in the classroom.

Racism Untaught teaches participants to utilize the design research process to identify racialized design and critically assess anti-racist design approaches. Facilitated and developed by University of Illinois professor Lisa Mercer and University of Minnesota professor Terresa Moses, this training is meant for faculty, administrators, and other campus professionals to gain a framework for identifying, contextualizing, and re-imagining forms of racialized design. Learn more at Racism Untaught.

Trainings will be held on the following dates/times: Friday, February 18th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Friday, February 25th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants must be able to attend all 8 hours.

Space is limited, so register today! Registration closes on Friday, February 11th. This training is FREE.


If you will need disability-related accommodations in order to participate in these events, please email Linden Reid at diversity@illinois.edu. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs.