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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
901 W Illinois St
Urbana, Illinois 61801
Phone
(217) 333-1000
School Information
"Illinois students, scholars, and alumni are a community with the power to change the world...With our land-grant heritage as a foundation, we pioneer innovative research that tackles global problems and expands the human experience. Our transformative learning experiences, in and out of the classroom, are designed to produce alumni who desire to make a significant, societal impact." The university enrolls 47,000 students and has more than 150 fields of study. (Source: https://illinois.edu/about/index.html)
General Information
No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • On June 29, 2023, the University of Illinois issued a statement in response to the Supreme Court's ruling on affirmative action which reads in part as follows: "The University of Illinois System will continue to open its doors wide to all deserving students—including those for whom opportunities may have been unfairly limited. We will carefully review the specifics of today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision...As always, we will ensure that practices and policies at our three universities continue to comply with federal and state laws."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The Racial Justice Allies and Advocate Training Program will be hosting several training sessions during the Spring of 2022.
  • On February 2, 2022, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for DEI hosted a speaker event called "Centering Anti-Racism in the Paradigm of Pedagogy", featuring keynote speakers Lisa Elzey Mercer and Terresa Moses, co-developers of Racism Untaught.
  • On October 6, 2022, UIUC had a keynote conversation with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi for their Social Injustice Research Symposium.
  • The DEI Office provides diversity training for first-year students which includes the following topics: "Examining Assumptions, Anticipating the Impact of Identity Terms, Understanding Microaggressions, Environmental Microaggressions, and Responding to Microaggressions."
  • The DEI Office provides "Workplace Diversity Education" training for its employees on such topics as implicit bias, microaggressions, and "Social Justice and Inclusion Training."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The I-Connect Diversity & Inclusion Experience is mandatory for all full-time first year and transfer students. In order to receive credit, students must complete the eText Workbook and an Interactive Zoom Workshop.
Disciplinary Measures
  • The university's Campus Belonging report is a "resource focused on addressing bias incidents that impact the campus community."
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • Starting with the 2025-26 academic year, UIUC will require all faculty members to submit a diversity statement to be considered for tenure or promotion. Until then, diversity statements from promotion and tenure candidates will be accepted on a voluntary basis only.
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • The university hosted the "Centering Anti-Racism in the Paradigm of Pedagogy" speaker event with Racism Untaught founders Terresa Moses and Lisa Elzey Mercer. At this event, they discussed how "primarily white institutions (PWIs) tend to struggle to foster campus climates that support and retain non-white students through matriculation."
  • In April 2022, the university wll be hosting the "IJourney Workshop 'Environmental Racism" as well as the "IJourney Workshop 'Enhancing Stereotype Awareness."
Program and Research Funding
  • The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion announced its "Call to Action to Address Racism & Social Injustice Research Program 2022–23." Research focuses on "systemic racism and social justice," "Law enforcement and criminal justice reform," and "Disparities in health and health care." The university is willing to fund up to $75,000 for each project.
  • The Office of DEI is offering the "Broadening Inclusion Grant," which provides up to $5,000 in funding to encourage students to "think broadly about innovative ways to engage across disciplines and perspectives to create a more inclusive and just society."
  • UIUC Psychology Department's Diversity and Inclusion Committee established an Anti-Racism Grant in 2020 to "recognize and support anti-racism events and initiatives" by department members.
  • On April 5, 2024, the "Chancellor's Call to Action to Address Racism & Social Injustice Research Symposium" was held.
  • As of the 2024-2025 academic year, the Psychology Department offers a Diversity Science concentration which is the "[s]tudy of psychological research focusing on prejudice, discrimination, race, ethnicity, gender, and other areas."
  • As of the 2024-2025 academic year, the university offers a Health Diversity concentration which is "directed at understanding health in light of several diversity factors including groups who may be marginalized due to poverty or social status."
Resources
  • The university will be offering online parenting seminars and other activities focusing on the impact of the 2020 presidential election on children's mental health, the influence of "white supremacy culture in parenting", and the role of learning in "healing racial wounds".
  • The university has started offering the "Social Justice Issues Dialogue" course and the "Exploring Cultural Diversity" course.
  • UIUC's Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion has an Addressing Racism and Social Injustice at the University of Illinois Steering Committee. There are four working groups based on these themes: Teaching and Scholarship; Diversity and a Culture of Inclusion; Public Safety, Policing, and the Justice System; Community Action and Public Engagement.
  • The Institute for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access (IDEA) under the College of Engineering has an "Understanding and Addressing Racism" page where it offers anti-racism resources including webinars, blogs, reading materials, action items, talks, and more.
  • On April 12, 2024, the College of Education published an article titled "Bucking the Status Quo: How to Make Education More Racially Equitable."
Symbolic Actions
  • The Grainger College of Engineering has implemented an "Anti-Racism Task Force." From mid-June through late-August 2020, it met weekly and "identified key concerns and provided productive proactive suggestions... to combat racism."
  • UIUC's university housing program has an inclusion statement and an Inclusion and Talent Development unit.
  • The Food Science & Human Nutrition Department has a DEBI (Diversity, Equity, Belonging, and Inclusion) statement.
  • The Grainger College of Engineering issued an "Anti-Racism and Inclusivity Statement" which reads in part as follows: "The Grainger College of Engineering is committed to the creation of an anti-racist, inclusive community that welcomes diversity along a number of dimensions...recognizes that we are learning together in the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement, that Black, Hispanic, and Indigenous voices and contributions have largely either been excluded from, or not recognized in, science and engineering, and that both overt racism and micro-aggressions threaten the well-being of our students and our university community...If you witness or experience racism, discrimination, micro-aggressions, or other offensive behavior, you are encouraged to bring this to the attention of the course director if you feel comfortable."
Last updated May 17th, 2024
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