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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
Campus Box 1600, SIUE
Edwardsville, Illinois 62026
(618) 650-3705
Email address
School Information
"SIUE celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2007. The institution traces its origin to a farsighted group of concerned parents and business leaders in the community. In 1955, the group began an advocacy campaign to establish a public university." The university's mission is, "In a spirit of collaboration enriched by diverse ideas, our comprehensive and unique array of undergraduate and graduate programs develop professionals, scholars and leaders who shape a changing world" (Source: SIUE has a student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1, with over 13,000 students enrolling in 44 majors.
General Information
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has been making a series of efforts to integrate diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism within the university. It has created a series of programs and resources to facilitate this. Additionally, the university has started an Anti-Racism Task Force in order to further these initiatives. The Task Force works with both members of the university faculty, staff, and community and also with local government officials and external organizations. The Task Force has 78 subcommittee recommendations on its dashboard. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The Strategic Plan was set in place to do many things, including its mission to "Optimize enrollment of prepared and diverse students; Increase the recruitment of a diverse student body ready for the evolving challenges of higher education and lifelong learning."
  • One of the goals of SIUE's Anti-Racism Task Force is to "[s]upport Black students along the educational pipeline by developing a pathway for their enrollment at SIUE."
  • As part of its statement on diversity, SIUE states that it "strives for a student body and a workforce that is both diverse and inclusive."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • One of the goals of SIUE's Anti-Racism Task Force is to "[p]rovide ongoing diversity, equity, and inclusion education, training and resources, through various modalities, to support self-awareness and professional development."
  • One of the objectives of SIUE's 2022-2025 Strategic Plan is to "[c]ultivate administrators, staff and faculty who practice openness, respect, equity, and justice for persons of different backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives."
  • The IMPACT (Immersive Meaningful Practices for Accountable Campus Transformation) Academy at SIUE is the university's "main source for equity, diversity, and inclusion training and professional development" and "engages faculty and staff as catalysts and leaders in transforming SIUE into an environment where racism and all other forms of bias are not tolerated."
  • As part of its "Framework For System Wide Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives," the SIU system states that it would "[d]evelop a resource or provider pool for utilization system wide to provide cultural competency training applicable to all organizational units or groups, incorporating customized professional development sessions, workshops, coaching, and other programs."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • SIUE incorporates the Inclusive Excellence framework in order to "intentionally integrate diversity and equity into their educational quality efforts, missions and infrastructure."
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • The university started the DREAM Collective focused on "dismantling racism through education, advocacy and mobilization."
  • As part of its "Framework For System Wide Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives," the SIU system states that it would "[s]ponsor an annual system wide student conference/summit on race, diversity, and inclusion—building on the success of SIUE’s Black Lives Matter conference."
Program and Research Funding
  • The university has started a Racial and Social Justice Scholarship Endowment that supports SIUE students who "demonstrate a commitment to social justice, diversity, equity and SIUE values, and be willing to participate in anti-racism and social justice efforts on campus."
  • The Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Campus Center provides resources for social justice structured around "narrative change, racial healing and relationship building, separation, law, and the economy."
  • SIUE appointed a new Assistant Vice Chancellor, Dr. Jessica Harris. She plans on creating a new Inclusive Excellence, Education, and Development Hub that "will create and maintain antiracism, equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) training."
  • As part of the Anti-Racism Task Force, "Vice Chancellor of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Dr. Jessica Harris has put together a working group to develop a concrete action plan to address the marginalization experienced by the East St. Louis campus. This plan will address the needs of the ESLC programs and the Charter High School. Additionally, Provost Cobb is pleased that Dr. Lydia Jackson is now serving as a liaison to facilitate better support between the East St. Louis and Edwardsville campuses."
  • The Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion holds programming focused on topics of diversity, including "biweekly Inclusive Conversations brown bag lunch programs," a "10-week Sustained Dialogue program," and "pop-up panels on current events."
  • The Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion also hosts cultural programming that provides "educational opportunities and other programming surrounding the various cultural heritage and history months."
  • The IMPACT Academy seeks to "Provide faculty and staff with tools and resources to build the awareness and competencies needed to foster cultural humility as the standard of interaction and practice in order to advance Inclusion, Equity and Social Justice (IESJ) at SIUE."
  • "Equity and Excellence at SIUE: Building Our Legacy" was part of a professional development program. The description reads, "As SIUE establishes anti-racism as a core value and institutional norm, it is imperative that ALL members of the campus community identify and understand their unique roles. This presentation will highlight how the new Division for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion will facilitate opportunities for engagement and promote a culture of awareness, action, and accountability."
  • "Finding Your Voice" was part of a professional development program. The description reads, "This afternoon workshop is presented by Jeff Dess from Trill or Not Trill. Trill or Not Trill is an institute specializing in culturally responsive leadership. Trill or Not Trill offers a suite of workshops referred to as their Anti-Racism Training Lab. Everyone who participates in this workshop will have access to a recording of the workshop for their own personal use and everyone that attends will also receive their anti-racism e-guide."
  • The university has appointed a new associate vice chancellor for tudent Opportunities, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, as well as establishing the new "Office for Strategic Partnerships, Student Pathways and Engagement."
  • The university created the new "Inclusive Excellence, Education and Development Hub." "The Hub will create and maintain antiracism, equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) training, programming, educational opportunities and initiatives, as well as EDI-related resources for students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members."
  • The Division for Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at SIUE is "responsible for leading efforts to operationalize inclusive excellence at all levels of the institution."
  • One of the goals of SIUE's Anti-Racism Task Force is to "[i]mprove retention and graduation rates of Black students at SIUE by achieving year to year increases in retention, and by increasing the six-year graduation rate."
  • One of the objectives of SIUE's 2022-2025 Strategic Plan is to "[s]upport student success through engaging curricular and co-curricular activities that reflect SIUE’s commitment to inclusive excellence."
  • One of the objectives of SIUE's 2022-2025 Strategic Plan is to "[e]xecute critical elements of the Anti-Racism Task Force recommendations."
  • On January 17 and April 17 of 2024, the Center for Faculty Development and Innovation is hosting the "Equity-Minded Teaching Book Club," which will "discuss design for equity, inclusive day-to-day teaching, and learning through critical reflection." One of the focal points of the book club is historically underserved students.
  • Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville appoints new professor of Education rooted in CRT. He is also the co-VP-elect of the Critical Race Studies in Education Association.
Last updated January 24th, 2024
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