#Many Voices

Inclusive Illinois offers signature programs and seeks to promote and sponsor programs across campus which foster an inclusive campus and encourage dialogue that values the #manyvoices at the University of Illinois. 

2016 Inclusive Illinois Day
September 21, 2016

This day served as an opportunity for colleges, campus departments, and the entire campus community to demonstrate their commitment to an Inclusive Illinois by hosting education tables to showcase the ways inclusion is a part of their college, departments, personal and professional organizations.

University Housing celebrates II Day
University Housing

McKinley Health Center celebrates II Day
McKinley Health Center

College of Media celebrates II Day
College of Media

Applied Health Sciences celebrates II Day
Applied Health Sciences

Illini Union celebrates II Day
Illini Union

College of Business celebrates II Day
College of Business

School of Information Science celebrates II Day
School of Information Science

Keynote Speaker Bree Newsome celebrates II Day
Keynote Speaker Bree Newsome

Campus Conversation on Diversity Series - Videos

View the complete videos of some of our keynote speakers:

Campus Conversation on Diversity Series

Throughout the spring semester of 2015, Inclusive Illinois embarked upon a large-scale Campus Conversation on Diversity, with the support of the Chancellor and Provost offices. From February 16-March 20, each college and unit across campus was charged with executing an event where they could discuss “How do we build an inclusive Illinois for our college”? Simultaneously, Inclusive Illinois hosted a lecture series to help inform the discussions which took place in each of the colleges.

The Inclusive Illinois Lecture Series included six workshops on Unconscious Bias followed by a lecture by Erin McConahey of ARUP and two College Administrator discussions about building a diversity plan. Professor Terrell Strayhorn from Ohio State University presented an honest discussion about culture, belonging and safe spaces in higher education. Professor Derald Wing Sue from Teachers College, Columbia University hosted a workshop on facilitating difficult race discussions to a select group of individuals who conduct diversity work at the University of Illinois followed by a lecture titled “Talking Race: Why is it so difficult for us to honestly dialogue on race?” which was open to the entire campus. The final lecture was given by Professor Stacy Harwood from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a panel of students who conducted research on microaggressions at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

The final phase of the Campus Conversation on Diversity was to conduct campus-wide conversations. On March 30, March 31, and April 1, four conversations took place. The first conversation was held with graduate and professional students followed by a conversation with undergraduate students. The final conversations were with faculty and staff. Each of these conversations consisted of a panel discussing the unique ways diversity and inclusion has impacted their work or academic experience at the University of Illinois, followed by an opportunity for participants to reflect upon the information shared by the panel and offer recommendations for building a more inclusive Illinois. The conversations concluded with senior administrators meeting to discuss the findings of the first three conversations as well as the work that was conducted in the colleges and units earlier in the semester, and presentations on national issues of diversity and inclusion. Senior administrators were able to offer recommendations about building a more inclusive Illinois.