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Comments Feb 23, 2018 4:28 am

I personally like Recommendation 2, especially since it involves embrazing a universal culture through architecture and design at the school.  However, it is important to stress how students and employees will be educated about diversity. It is important to realize that a strictly intellectual and technical approach may infact distance people from understanding social justice

Reply to at 4:28 am Feb 19, 2018 1:21 pm

In Faculty Challanges, you should add:

Counter the current explicit bias agianst white males in faculty hiring, at least in LAS, created by programs that explicitly give extra hiring funds to departments who hire persons that are not white or not male.

If not that, then add a statement to UIUC faculty hiring advertisements that states that "The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is not an equal opportunity employer"


Reply to at 1:21 pm Feb 19, 2018 12:26 pm

I support the university's goals of fostering diversity, but I would urge the university to refrain from accepting students who are academically less-qualified than other applicants on the basis of race, gender identity, or disability status.  I take great pride in knowing that I will graduate from one of the strongest academic instituions in the world and I do not want to see our academic reputation decline for the sake of diversity.  Admit the most academically qualified students regardless of their racial or financial background.  Provide additional educational assistance to all students who need help no matter where they come from.

Reply to at 12:26 pm Feb 19, 2018 12:10 pm

Diversity among graduate students can be supported by maintaining full tuition-waiver generating assistantships, minimizing student concerns about financial cost for out-of-state students and those with financial committments such as children.

Reply to at 12:10 pm Feb 19, 2018 12:06 pm

Replacing all remnants of "the Chief" as U of I mascot should be a priority for diversity and inclusiveness at the U of I. The Chief needs to be gone, a new mascot in its place, The Illini should also be eliminated as well as the "Oskee Wow-Wow" song. If we want to a leader in public university diversity we cannot hold onto a racist symbol as our school's representation.

Reply to at 12:06 pm