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Southern Illinois University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
1263 Lincoln Dr
Carbondale, Illinois 62901
(618) 453-2121
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School Information
"SIU embraces a unique tradition of access and opportunity, inclusive excellence, innovation in research and creativity, and outstanding teaching focused on nurturing student success. As a nationally ranked public research university and regional economic catalyst, we create and exchange knowledge to shape future leaders, improve our communities, and transform lives." The university enrolls over 14,500 students, employs more than 1,390 faculty, and has over 260 academic programs. (Source: (Source: (Source: (Source:
General Information
The university has taken some symbolic actions to introduce diversity and inclusion initiatives. One notable action was appointing a chief diversity officer in SIU's School of Dental Medicine. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • SIU is seeking candidates to be its inaugural Vice President for Antiracism, Diversity, and Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer.
Program and Research Funding
  • Southern Illinois University offers Diversity Champ awards which “recognize members of the SIU community that exemplify Anti-racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ADEI) through community engagement, programming, creation of best practices and initiatives, implementation of policies and procedures, training, and mentoring.”
  • The school has outlined its “standards for inclusive excellence.”
  • The school has a Student Multicultural Resource Center which offers “educational programming that brings awareness, fosters understanding, builds scholarship, and eradicates systemic barriers.”
  • The school has the DiverseU Student Blog where “undergraduate students who want to use their voices to express views and increase awareness of issues rooted in social justice, anti-racism, equity, inclusivity, identity, and intersectionality” had started.
  • The Southern Illinois University System conducts campus climate assessment surveys which detail each DEI goal that is set to be achieved.
Symbolic Actions
  • "In 2020, SIU System President Dan Mahony also charged each campus to establish an anti-racism task force. For the School of Medicine, Kruse appointed 35 members to develop four focus areas: metrics, organizational analysis, policies and procedures, and training. President Mahony also commissioned a series of 'Conversations of Understanding' to create even more opportunities for equity work to be prioritized in the SIU System that includes Edwardsville and Carbondale’s campuses. Having the system office lead these discussions elevates their importance and underscores the need for OEDI in academic medicine."
Last updated January 30th, 2024
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