College Deans

College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences

Robert HauserThe diversity found within the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences is more than a set of metrics; it is the keystone upon which our academic vitality is based. Diversity is not a problem to be solved, it is a solution to be welcomed, encouraged, and embraced.

Robert Hauser


College of Applied Health Sciences

Tanya GallagherRespect for differences is a cornerstone of teaching, research, and outreach in the College of Applied Health Sciences. We regard each person as an individual that has had distinct life experiences and valuable insights to share with others. Diversity is respected and appreciated within our classrooms, research laboratories, and offices. It is one of the strengths of our college that is reflected in the rich mix of faculty, students and staff. Health, aging and disability, the broad topics of our college, is experienced uniquely from different social, cultural, ethnic and socio-demographic life perspectives. The College of Applied Health Sciences has a longstanding commitment to embrace gender, race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, and socio-economic differences as essential to achieving our teaching, research, and outreach goals. An appreciation of diversity is reflected in everything we do – in our curricula, volunteer and internship experiences, research activities and student, faculty and staff recruitment efforts. We are proud that our college is one of the most diverse on campus and we are committed to continuing our efforts in that regard. Our success has been built on an ongoing respect for differences and an appreciation of the creative energy that such differences bring to the intellectual vitality of the college.

Tanya Gallagher

College of Business

Larry DeBrockWe know that diversity makes the College of Business stronger. And we’re proud that we're a top minority recruiter in the Big 10. When our students graduate, they’ll enter a business environment with co-workers from every walk of life. Diversity, in all its forms, is critically important to the central mission of this great public institution. Along with the responsibility of using education to empower those who make up the various components of the global mosaic, our university is enriched, in return, by the new and diverse ideas these students bring with them. 

Larry DeBrock

College of Education

Mary KalantzisA core value of this institution is one of respect for diversity of ideas and identities combined with the responsibility to provide ready access to the tools of learning for everyone. As a college, we understand that these ideals work best under conditions in which everyone's voice is equally represented and heard. Yet, as a society, we have not reached this larger goal; we recognize that there are ways in which full and complete participation in all facets of life are restricted because of discriminatory practices and structural inequalities. We believe core responsibilities of educators and researchers are to advocate for equity, to respect differences, to enhance representation, and to interrogate and challenge inequalities in our school systems and in all facets of life. Thus, we value the vast range of perspectives of individuals of all backgrounds - whether students, faculty, staff, or community friends - that come together in the College to inspire new discussions that leads us into new avenues of practice, research, and exploration toward an inclusive and just future.

Mary Kalantzis

College of Engineering

Andreas CangellarisAs one of the largest and best Colleges of Engineering in the world, we have a duty to increase the diversity of engineering and science. We also have a duty to increase the number of underrepresented engineers who are in leadership positions in our college and in the field at large. The future success of our college and of the solutions that our engineers build both depend on creating vibrant teams of individuals from different personal, cultural, and disciplinary perspectives. To this end, we have focused heavily on these issues in recent years. For example, we have increased the number of female undergraduate students entering our college by more than 25 percent in the last two years alone. And fully half of 2014's group of new faculty was made up of women.

There is more work to be done. We have not reached parity in our college or in our field. But we have made a clear and powerful commitment to diversity. We are confident that the benefits of that commitment will be seen for decades to come, in the work we do and the engineers we educate.

Andreas Cangellaris

College of Fine and Applied Arts

Edward FeserCultural diversity enriches great art, and the visual and performing arts, in turn, play a uniquely powerful role in helping people understand difference. Great objects, buildings, landscapes and cities – through the innovative melding of aesthetics and function – embody, interrogate and influence differences among users of objects and spaces. The performers, architects, artists, designers, landscape architects, and city planners of the College of Fine and Applied Arts reflect, study and teach to an increasingly globalized and interconnected world that is fundamentally one of distinctiveness and contrast. We know that maintaining an inclusive and equitable environment for persons of all races, religions, genders, nationalities, levels of physical ability, and sexual orientations is absolutely fundamental to our success.

Edward Feser

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Barb WilsonFor more than 100 years, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has been preparing students to be citizens and leaders of the world. We work to educate students for a lifetime of discovery about themselves and other people. As a consequence, experiencing and learning about human diversity is at the center of our college’s mission.

To accomplish this mission, we strive to attract faculty and staff who are broadly representative of our society and who can bring multiple disciplinary perspectives to understanding and solving pressing problems in our globalized world. We also seek students who can learn from others whose experiences, beliefs and perspectives vary in a multitude of ways. We are committed to promoting a diverse and expansive curriculum that will attract, develop and graduate outstanding students from a variety of backgrounds and experiences.

Barb Wilson

College of Media

Jan SlaterThe College of Media is committed to strengthening, embracing, and celebrating the rich tapestry of diversity and inclusiveness at Illinois and dedicated to creating an environment in which all members of the campus community are safe and respected regardless of social identity and disability. The College of Media promotes a better understanding of diversity and diversity-related issues through academic and professional programs, scholarship, creative endeavor, community outreach, and television, radio, and web programs produced through Illinois Public Media. The College of Media continues to improve and create opportunities for underrepresented students, faculty, and staff to thrive and participate fully in the Illinois experience. 

Jan Slater

College of Medicine

Peter ConstableAt the College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign we are committed to the goal of diversifying the physician workforce to produce professionals that can address the healthcare needs of the state and the nation. We recognize that we cannot have the critical dialogues addressing the health of our diverse population without “hearing” their voices, and converging our work with their needs and aspirations. It is for this reason our unwavering pursuit of diversity has a part in everything we do – in the classroom, clinical experiences, research endeavors, and student, faculty and staff recruitment efforts. We continually work to acknowledge our conscious and unconscious biases, and in the process, seek to bring care and caring to all regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religious beliefs.

Michelle Mariscalco

College of Veterinary Medicine

Peter ConstableThe College of Veterinary Medicine adopts the principles of inclusion developed by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges ( We embrace the differences as well as the commonalities that bring us together and call for respect in our personal interactions. We affirm the value of human diversity for the enrichment of the community and believe diversity fosters a climate conducive to success for all members of the veterinary medical education community. We affirm the right of freedom of expression of thoughts and opinions and recognize that learning and teaching thrive in this type of environment. We strive to build a community based on mutual respect and to graduate professionals who are prepared to work in an increasingly diverse world.

Peter Constable

Graduate College

Sarah Theule LubienskiThe Illinois graduate student body is much richer because of its diversity. The Graduate College is proud to play a role in recruiting diverse students to our campus and helping them thrive at Illinois and beyond. We are also proud of our many alumni, who differ in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, social class, religion, sexual orientation, disability, and nationality, but who are all part of the Illinois family and are creating an ever stronger network of excellence that spans the globe.

Sarah Theule Lubienski
Interim Dean

Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS)

Allen renearInclusion is at the very heart of our mission at GSLIS. We are preparing our students to be leaders in the design and management of the information services and institutions that are central to every aspect of our lives -- social, scientific, commercial, and cultural. Our goal is to broadly advance the public good and meet the varied needs of all members of society. This goal cannot be met unless we can empower diverse communities and groups to achieve full and equitable participation in all aspects of our information institutions. This is not only about equal benefits, but about equal participation in the design, shaping, and operation of these institutions -- only institutions that are themselves diverse and inclusive can provide the insight, innovation, and capability needed to respond to the challenges facing society today. Success in understanding how to realize this participation is in turn only possible with a community of faculty, students, and staff that is as diverse as the challenges. We are proud of our accomplishments in building that diverse community here at GSLIS.

Allen Renear

School of Labor and Employment Relations (LER)

Fritz Drasgow In the emerging global, knowledge-driven economy, workforce diversity is essential to business success and at the heart of constructive employment relations. Diversity in physical and social characteristics, combined with diversity in thought and perspective, are engines of innovation that are essential for the 21st Century. This potential is only realized, however, where there is respect and dignity for all and where there is the capability to bridge across cultures and perspectives. In the School of Labor and Employment Relations (LER), we develop next generation leaders in human resource management, the labor movement, government, and academe -- all of whom have to be leaders with respect to diversity. Further, we are responsible for advancing the frontiers of practice, policy, and theory in this domain, which is an important part of our field of labor and employment relations. Accordingly, we embrace having a diverse student body, staff and faculty, and we are committed to supporting freedom of thought and mutual respect through public engagement, curriculum innovation, student initiatives, and leading-edge research. 

Fritz Drasgow

School of Social Work

Wynne KorrA unifying theme of the School of Social Work is a steadfast commitment to understanding human diversity and providing a learning environment that promotes respect for all.  Our teaching, research, and service emphasize strengthening vulnerable individuals and families.   

Wynne Korr

University Library

John WilkinDiversity is a commitment to recognizing and appreciating the variety of characteristics that make the individuals in our community, our collections, and our services unique in an atmosphere that promotes and celebrates individual and collective achievement. Examples of these characteristics are: age; cognitive style; culture; disability (mental, learning, physical); economic background; education; ethnicity; gender; geographic background; language(s) spoken; marital/partnered status; physical appearance; political affiliation; race; religious beliefs; sexual orientation. The University Library extends these principles in its mission to provide excellent service and first rate collections. 

John P Wilkin
University Librarian and Dean