Inclusive Illinois: one campus, many voices

Inclusive Illinois: one campus, many voices is about the campus community -- faculty, staff, and students -- valuing and respecting the many voices, ideas, and perspectives we each bring to Illinois. It is about creating, building, and sustaining spaces, places, and environments that are welcoming, inclusive, and affirming, whether in the classroom, the office, the lab, or the athletic field. It is about building communities, relationships, and friendships that cross the traditional boundaries of identities. It is about crossing the invisible borders, boundaries, and walls that create separate communities. These can be boundaries based on academic interests, majors, hobbies, and fields of specialty. They can also be based on values, beliefs, lifestyles, and life experiences. They can even be based on identities, such as religion, ability, race, ethnicity, national origin, Veteran Status, and sexual orientation.

Inclusive Illinois: one campus, many voices is about creating one campus of many voices. Our goal is to work towards an image of Illinois as a multi-patterned quilt -- weaved together cohesively, yet incorporating and respecting the distinct cloths and pieces of our unique identities.

Beyond the Comfort Zone: Unconscious Bias for the Analytical Mind

March 5, Erin McConahey, Illini Union Ballroom, 4:00-6:00p.m.

PE is a Principal in mechanical engineering for Arup, a global employee-owned engineering and planning firm. Her Bachelor's in Mechanical and Masters' in Structural Engineering are from UC Berkeley. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). In addition to her project roles, she is the Americas Region Diversity and Inclusion Advocate for Arup and is a Certified Diversity Professional. She was the primary researcher for the Diversity and Inclusion Knowledge cards recently co-published by Arup and the Society of Women Engineers.

Campus conversation on Diversity

March 10, Siebel Auditorium, Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, Ohio State University, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Author of 8 books, 50 chapters and 100 articles. Research areas: Applying Diversity Scholarship to Practice; Issues of Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality.

Derald Wing Sue

March 17, National Center for Supercomputing Applications - Auditorium, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Author of Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race; Overcoming our Racism, and Understanding Abnormal Behavior; Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender and Sexual Orientation

Graduate/Professional Student Campus Conversation on Diversity

March 30th, Alice Campbell Alumni Center 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Undergraduate Campus Conversation on Diversity and School Spirit

March 31, SDRP Multi-purpose rooms 7:00-9:30 p.m.

Professor Stacy Harwood

March 31st, 4:00-6:00 p.m., Spurlock Museum

Co-author of numerous articles about Racial Microaggressions at the University of Illinois Urbana campus, including two reports with testimonials from students of color about their experiences in the resident halls and classrooms.

Dr. Anita Hill

April 9, Beckman Institute Auditorium, 4:00-6:00PM.

She chairs the university’s Diversity Steering Committee and has published two books- one examining the impact of the recent housing crisis on women and minorities, the other her autobiography Speaking Truth to Power- plus academic papers in such areas as educational policy and equality. She will speak about issues of gender.

Women in STEM fields

April 16th, 3:00-4:00 p.m., NCSA Auditorium

Prof. Karen McDonald, Chemical Engineering & Materials Science Associate Dean of Engineering, University of California Davis Director, NSF CREATE-IGERT (http://create-igert.ucdavis.edu) Co-Director, NSF RESOURCE STEM Graduate Fellows in K-12 Education (http://resource-gk12.ucdavis.edu) Co-Director, NIH Biotechnology Training Program.