Inclusive Illinois: one campus, many voices

Inclusive Illinois: one campus, many voices is about the campus community -- faculty, staff, and students -- valuing and respecting the many voices, ideas, and perspectives we each bring to Illinois. It is about creating, building, and sustaining spaces, places, and environments that are welcoming, inclusive, and affirming, whether in the classroom, the office, the lab, or the athletic field. It is about building communities, relationships, and friendships that cross the traditional boundaries of identities. It is about crossing the invisible borders, boundaries, and walls that create separate communities. These can be boundaries based on academic interests, majors, hobbies, and fields of specialty. They can also be based on values, beliefs, lifestyles, and life experiences. They can even be based on identities, such as religion, ability, race, ethnicity, national origin, Veteran Status, and sexual orientation.

Inclusive Illinois: one campus, many voices is about creating one campus of many voices. Our goal is to work towards an image of Illinois as a multi-patterned quilt -- weaved together cohesively, yet incorporating and respecting the distinct cloths and pieces of our unique identities.

Dr. Anita Hill

April 9, Beckman Institute Auditorium, 4:00-6:00PM.

Prof. Hill currently holds a dual appointment at Brandeis as a professor of social policy, law, and women’s studies at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management and as senior adviser to university provost Steve Goldstein. She chairs the university’s Diversity Steering Committee and has published two books — one examining the impact of the recent housing crisis on women and minorities — plus academic papers in such areas as educational policy and equality.

Transforming the Institution for Women Faculty in STEMM: Innovations from ADVANCE

February 18, Jennifer Sheridan, Beckman Auditorium, 4 p.m.

Executive and Research Director of the Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute (WISELI) at UW-Madison will speak at the Beckman Institute Auditorium.

Transforming the Institution for Women Faculty in STEMM: Innovations from ADVANCE

March 5 & 6, Erin McConahey, Beckman Auditorium, 4 p.m.

Erin McConahey is a Principal in mechanical engineering at Arup's Los Angeles office. During her 15 years with Arup, she has worked internationally and is now a lead mechanical engineer, multidisciplinary design leader, and sustainability consultant on a wide variety of project types. She attended the University of California at Berkeley where she earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a master's degree in structural engineering. She is a Professional Engineer in California and Colorado, a LEED accredited professional, and an ASHRAE accredited High Performance Building Design Professional. Instrumental in designing The Diversity & Inclusion knowledge cards. Each card revolves around a key aspect of identifying the unconscious biases in the engineering industry in North America. The intention of these cards is to act as a catalyst for discussion and reflection on how companies can help foster a welcoming work environment. She has spoken on “Beyond the Comfort Zone” at the American Institute of Architects Women’s Leadership Summit, October 2013.

Dear White People

February 26, Dear White People screening, SDRP Multi-Purpose Rooms

Derald Wing Sue

March 17, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Professor of Psychology and Education in Teacher’s College Columbia in the Counseling Psychology program in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology. He is the author of Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race; Overcoming our Racism, and Understanding Abnormal Behavior; Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender and Sexual Orientation. He has written over 150 publications, including many on microaggressions, and consulted with a wide range of organizations on ways of acknowledging, confronting and eliminating microaggressions.

Graduate/Professional Student Campus Conversation on Diversity

March 30th, Alice Campbell Alumni Center 12:00-2:00 p.m.

Undergraduate Campus Conversation on Diversity

March 31, SDRP Multi-purpose rooms 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Women in STEM fields

April 16th, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Lecture (Location TBA)

Prof. Karen McDonald, Chemical Engineering & Materials Science Associate Dean of Engineering, University of California Davis Director, NSF CREATE-IGERT (http://create-igert.ucdavis.edu) Co-Director, NSF RESOURCE STEM Graduate Fellows in K-12 Education (http://resource-gk12.ucdavis.edu) Co-Director, NIH Biotechnology Training Program.

Professor Stacy Harwood

March 31st, 4:00-6:00 p.m., Spurlock Museum

Professor Harwood's research, rooted in social justice, focuses on the emerging field of planning for difference and diversity. She has done extensive work with campus colleagues about the student experience at Illinois: Harwood, S., Huntt, M. B., Mendenhall, R. & Lewis, J. 2012. "Racial Microaggressions in the Residence Halls: Experiences of Students of Color at a Predominantly White University." Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.