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Comments Jun 28, 2018 2:55 pm

I am glad to see attention given to the issue of Chief Illiniwek and the toll that the constant presence of this imagery has campus morale. The longer this debate is allowed to simmer, and at times boil over, the longer our campus is divided. A new image/mascot/symbol needs to be introduced that will bring the campus together. It has been done successfully on so many other campuses. 

Reply to at 2:55 pm Jun 21, 2018 3:23 pm

After reading and reflecting on the term "URM" and the student population at Illinois, I feel that the definition does not create an inclusive environment for the actual representation of the university.  Based on the definition, it makes it seem as if Asians and Asian-Americans are sometimes accounted for but can be left out.  As an institution that serves a high number of Asian identity students whether domestic or international, the defintions of URM does not make that certain population included.  I feel that the defintion folds to the model minority stereotypes and generalizations.  More emphasis on inclusion work should be addressed when planning to increase diversity.

Reply to at 3:23 pm Jun 4, 2018 3:30 pm

I recieved the Inclusive Illinois Certificate 4/20/17.  I found the taining to be very impactful.  It is difficult work that made me-- and still makes me--wonder how often I have acted under the influence of implicit bias.  Many intelligent people on our campus (and every where else) either don't know about the concept or dont believe it exists.  I think all UI employees should be urged to attend this training and further training after the certificate.  Bestowing the cerificate is a good start.  Make getting that certificate a positive thing in an employee's review.  Thinnk of other ways to incentivise people to pursue the training.  A profound statement like Starbucks made by closing their stores to train all of their employees could be another way to do more.

My only disappointment in the Inclusive Illinois training was the dearth of information about bias against woment and girls.  "#me too" happened after the training I took.    We should get the gender issues covered in Inclusion Illinois too.  Not just LGBTQ but female/male equity.

I am an advancement officer on campus.  I would imagine there has to be private or foundation support for the Inclusion Illinois goals.


Please keep at this!  I grew up in the sixties and seventies and find it very disheartening that we have made so little progress regarding civil rights issues and civil behavior.

Reply to at 3:30 pm Jun 1, 2018 12:17 pm

The University of Illinois was recently recognized for the volume of Asian Americans that graduate with undergraduate and graduate degrees. Proportionally, our institution has greater numbers of Asian American students by percentage than many Universities. While I only have one semester left of my studies, I'd like future students to be taught diversity curricculum across all majors and colleges that includes concepts and perspectives of Asian cultures and countries. Create a culture of inclusion by seeking out our Asian American students and asking them how they feel represented both in identity and in curriculum and go from there. I feel that many Universities in the United States rely on inclusion of diversity from African American and Latino American communities because that is the easiest way to meet a benchmark and call it diversity. I would challenge you to push outside that mindset and really integrate our student's identities and culture into everyone's learning.

Reply to at 12:17 pm 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