EDI year in review: 2021-2022 – News

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Dr Doris Houston

The 2021-2022 academic year continued the pursuit of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI efforts at Illinois State University.

“Working on equity is not the role of the few, but the responsibility of the many,” said Dr. Doris Houston, Acting Assistant to the President for Diversity and Inclusion. Grassroots efforts joined administrative initiatives to reflect and shape the University’s core value of diversity and inclusion.

Here are some highlights:

A new declaration: EDI ISyou

The EDI is you. It’s a simple but powerful message. One that’s encapsulated in a new wordmark — or logo created primarily from text — for the state of Illinois’ commitment to equity work. The EDI ISU wordmark was designed by Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Dakesa Piña of the College of Education, and designed with font and style intentionality by University Marketing and Communications Graphic Designer Lawrence Lair. Learn more about wordmark development.

Compliance with commitments

This year saw continued work to realize the visions and suggestions of the last Campus Climate Task Force, which concluded in 2017.

students with ceremonial ribbon
Students celebrated the opening of the new multicultural center.

multicultural center – After more than a decade of discussions and five years of planning, the Multicultural Center opened its doors on October 15 with a ribbon cutting and dedication. Students joined academic and community leaders at the center, which provides a nurturing environment where students can thrive in their intersecting identities. Read more.

Faculty Diversity Enhancement Program (FDEP) – In the ongoing effort to recruit and retain outstanding new faculty who promote equity, diversity and inclusion at the University, Vice President and Provost Aondover Tarhule has announced the launch of the improving teacher diversity. The $4.5 million program will advance the teaching, scholarship, and creative efforts of new faculty who promote EDI through their research, teaching, service, and their mentorship. Read more.

Research Promotion Program – As part of efforts to recognize and interrupt unconscious bias throughout the search process, Human Resources has begun training sessions for the Search Advocate program. Read more.

College of Engineering – The Illinois Council on Higher Education has approved a new College of Engineering in the State of Illinois, the institution centering equity at every stage of development. Read more.

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From left to right, Dr. Eda Ozyesilpinar and Dr. Rocío Rivadeneyra at the EDI Leaders Circle in Fall 2021.

EDI Leaders Circle

The EDI Leaders Circle represents nearly 40 campus councils, committees, and areas dedicated to advancing EDI at the University. Members gathered for an EDI Leader’s Circle Symposium in February to brainstorm and explore the Houston-designed Pillars of Equity Progress. “This symposium was a chance for advocate-leaders to continue forging pathways toward a foundation for equity in the State of Illinois,” she said. Read more.

Open the way

Dr. Natalie Shaheen and Dr. Mindy Ely photo
Dr. Natalie Shaheen and Dr. Mindy Ely ’91

Low vision and blindness – Consistently ranked as one of the top programs in the state and nation, the Department of Special Education offers one of 33 low vision and blindness programs nationwide and one of only eight for undergraduates. first cycle. Read more.

Illinois Tutoring Initiative – Illinois State coordinates the Illinois Tutoring Initiative in partnership with the Governor’s Office, Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Higher Education Council Illinois and the Illinois Community College Board. The program will provide tutoring to approximately 8,500 Illinois students over the two-year period. Read more.

Hope Chicago – Illinois State University announced an agreement with Hope Chicago, opening the door for Chicago Public School (CPS) students and their parents to pursue higher education debt-free. Hope Scholars who are accepted into the State of Illinois will receive full tuition, fees, room, and board. Hope Parent Scholars have the option to apply and attend the following year, with full tuition, fees, and a stipend for living expenses. Read more.

give voice

Multicultural Center Director Dr. Christa Platt speaks at the Jelani Day memorial service.
Multicultural Center Director Dr. Christa Platt speaks at the Jelani Day memorial service.

Collective mourning – As the campus grappled with feelings of fear and loss following the disappearance and death of student Jelani Day, the Multicultural Center and Student Counseling Services provided support and spaces to mourn, including a memorial service. Read more.

Listening Circles – Listening Circles provided a courageous space for University members to express emotions such as fear, confusion and frustration. This year’s circles included topics such as Transgender Awareness Week and the reversal of Roe v Wade. The State of Illinois National Center for Urban Education offers more information on Listening Circles.

Dr. Byron Craig
Dr. Byron Craig

Talking carpet – A new podcast launched by assistant professor of racial, visual and African-American rhetoric Byron Craig, titled Talking carpet, explores issues surrounding equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in the state of Illinois. Read more.

First Generation Triumph Podcast – Raising the voices of first-generation students and their lived experiences is the aim of the Triumph First-Generation Podcast, which launched in September. Read more.

Instructor wearing personal voice amplifier
Added amplifiers for instructors.

Deliberative dialogues – The new Deliberative Dialogues program aims to depolarize opinions and connect students with training in constructive dialogues. Read more.

amplifiers – The downfall began with greater instructor access to personal voice amplifiers, which helped not only hearing-impaired students, but also professors who preferred to wear masks. Read more.

Parties and birthdays

Mayuko Nakamura
Mayuko Nakamura

Shutter price – Mayuko Nakamura received the 2022 David A. Strand Diversity Achievement Award, in part for her work with the President’s Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion, AsiaConnect Affinity Group, Climate Task Force campus, the Provost’s Office Inclusive Leadership Initiative Planning Committee, and the Multi-Ethnic and Extracurricular Cultural Advisory Committee. Read more.

Title IX – The University held a year-long celebration of Title IX of the Historic Law. Read more in Year in Review – Events and Events [LINK]

President Terri Goss Kinzy confers the Lincoln Laureate Medal on Luke Madden
President Terri Goss Kinzy confers the Lincoln Laureate Medal on Luke Madden.

WGSS – Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies celebrated 25 years of the annual research symposium. Read more in Year in Review – Events and Events [LINK]

Crossroads project – The Crossroads Project selected the piece by Tidtaya Sinutoke Dear Mr C. as the winner of the 2022 Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative, a play development program for BIPOC playwrights hosted by Illinois State University School of Theater and Dance. The production was staged in April.

Lincoln Laureate – Luke Madden was named one of Lincoln Academy of Illinois’ Outstanding Students of the Year, in part for his work with the STEM Alliance.

New roles and new faces

The State of Illinois welcomed new faces and new roles to Illinois State administrative positions. Clockwise from top left, Chrishaya Dixon has been hired as the first Associate Director of Athletics for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Dr. Deneca Winfrey Avant has joined the Office of the Provost as Acting Assistant Vice President for Faculty Development, Diversity and Learning. Dr. Roopa Rawjee has been appointed Executive Director of the Office of International Engagement. Dr. Francis Ebenezer Godwyll has been appointed Dean of the College of Education. Tamekia Bailey has been appointed director of CAST Connections, the College’s new student success center. Dr. Anthony Piña at the Center for Integrated Professional Development. Dr. Anthony Jones has been appointed Director of Laboratory Schools.

Opportunities and development

Opportunities, workshops, and training flourished on campus as individuals, departments, and divisions progressed through equity journeys.

The Student Affairs Division has led the way, providing more than 200 professional development opportunities throughout the academic year for students, staff, and faculty. The Provost’s Office’s GROW program continued across campus, with an emphasis on collaboration and evaluation. Under the direction of the College of Education, the University offered restorative justice workshops on campus. Human Resources now partners with LinkedIn Learning, a digital library of over 16,000 courses, covering a wide range of topics that encompass equity and inclusion, technical aptitude and application, leadership, mindfulness, etc.

More information on the 2021-2022 EDI

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