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University of Illinois at Chicago

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
1200 W Harrison St
Chicago, Illinois 60607
Phone
(312) 996-7000
Email address
admissions@illinois.edu
School Information
"UIC was formed in 1982 by the consolidation of two U. of I. campuses: the Medical Center campus, which dates back to the 19th century and the comprehensive Chicago Circle campus which replaced, in 1965, the two-year undergraduate Navy Pier campus that opened in 1946 to educate returning veterans." The public research university enrolls over 33,500 students, has over 2,800 faculty, and offers over 320 degree programs across its 16 colleges. (Source: https://www.uic.edu/about/)
General Information
Although UIC has not yet implemented a university-wide program to promote and teach Critical race theory, it has bowed to activist pressure. As a result of petitions by students, John Marshall Law School will be changing its name. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The Office of Diversity and the Dean of Students launched an implicit bias training to all of the university community.
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • In Fall of 2021, the UIC Law School inaugurated its First-Year Antiracist Curriculum Project which “offers UIC Law’s faculty a comprehensive set of materials with which to incorporate antiracist teaching and practices into the first-year curriculum.”
  • The UIC Law School offers a JD Concentration in Critical Race and Gender Studies that focuses on race, class, power and privilege to prepare “for career opportunities that focus on improving diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in the legal workplace, and as drafters of policy and legislation, lobbyists, politicians, and staff attorneys at public service agencies and organizations.”
Resources
  • The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Engagement has a Diversity Strategic Plan listing efforts for diversity education and a Diversity Resource Portal with numerous diversity, equity, and inclusion resources.
Symbolic Actions
  • John Marshall Law School will be changing its name, due to petition pressure.
  • On March 29, 2022, the university hosted an event on the Legacies of Racism to provide insights “between structural racism, education, and wealth gaps” from the “perspectives of academic researchers, a higher education advocate, and a political leader.”
  • On March 10, 2022, the university welcomed Dorothy A. Brown for the year’s Bowman Lecture to discuss her book, “The Whiteness of Wealth: How the Tax System Impoverishes Black Americans - and How We Can Fix It.”
  • The Advancing Racial Equity Initiative and comprehensive action plan was established “in response to campus voices mobilizing for Black lives and against racism.”
  • The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Engagement has a tracking page to highlight all of the progress from the Advancing Racial Equity Initiative which includes numerous actions towards the five main goals of Centering Student Equity and Inclusion, Advancing Faculty and Staff Inclusive Excellence, Collaborating with Chicago Communities, Reimagining Public Safety, and Achieving Transparency and Accountability.
  • As part of the commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, students and faculty from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences formed the NSF-sponsored Unlearning Racism in the Geosciences (URGE) program to develop, modify, and discuss anti-racist policies and strategies.
  • On April 4, 2022, the university hosted a discussion of “Critical Race Theory and its role in public school systems, universities and national politics.”
  • On March 8, 2022, the UIC College of Social Work hosted a panel “discussion with scholars who interrogate the criminal justice system through the lens of critical race theory.”
  • On April 14, 2022, the university hosted a panel discussion on Critical Race Theory.
  • In 2021, UIC was “commended for its diversity efforts by receiving the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from Insight into Diversity magazine for the sixth year.”
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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