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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.

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.

Fall 2022

Grad Academy: Creating Inclusive Classrooms 

August 17, 2022
10:15–11:15 am

As instructors, we may be anxious about how to lead our classrooms in ways that address bias and promote positive interactions. Join us for an interactive session on strategies to embrace challenging moments and create an inclusive and engaged classroom.

Undocumented Student Ally Training

Friday, September 16, 2022
1:00 – 4:00 pm

614 E. Daniel Street, 4th Floor
Register to attend at go.illinois.edu/UndocuAlly

Join University staff, administration, and faculty to learn to better serve undocumented students at the University of Illinois. This program is hosted in conjunction with Welcoming Week in Champaign County.

Sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, La Casa Cultural Latina, the Immigration Law Clinic, and the Illinois Coalition Assisting Undocumented Students’ Education (I-CAUSE).

Broadening Participation in STEM: Presentation for Molecule Maker Lab Institute Retreat

September 28, 2022
1:15–2:15 pm

IHotel & Conference Center

The National Science Foundation has recently set “broadening participation” as a goal for their grantees. What are the challenges and opportunities of expanding the participation of historically under-represented groups in STEM? How might we maximize our understanding at the PreK-12, undergraduate, graduate studies, and professional phases of the STEM pathways to create interventions that broaden participation? Participants will engage together to identify current projects and imagine future efforts aimed at broadening participation across STEM and Molecule Maker Lab Institute in particular. 

Understanding and Supporting Trans College Students: Public Lectures and Workshop with Author and Professor Dr. Z Nicolazzo

October 24–25, 2022

Dr. Z Nicolazzo (she/her) is an associate professor of Trans* Studies in Education in the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Arizona. She will engage the campus community in identifying how to listen to, hear, bear witness, and truly be with trans students, faculty, and staff during several campus events as part of LGBT History Month.

Spring 2023

Illinois Interfaith Conference

February 24 and 25, 2023

The Illinois Interfaith Conference is a free opportunity for University of Illinois students and campus allies- as well as student leaders and professionals from across the Midwest- to join together to engage in critical questions about interfaith engagement on the college campus. All people of religious and non-religious philosophical traditions are welcome.

More information about the 2023 conference will be available soon.

Summer 2023

Five Days for Change

May/June 2023

Five Days for Change is a week-long (Monday thru Friday) staff training focused on enhancing the role that University of Illinois staff and faculty can play in promoting equity and inclusion. Participants will deepen their understanding of concepts and skills related to addressing bias and promoting justice, while also building collegial relationships for collaboration and networking.

Information about how to register for the next session of Five Days for Change will be available Spring 2023.