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Resources for Deans, Department Heads and Chairs January 9, 2014. Objectives for today. Gain clear understanding of the Office of Diversity as a campus resource Engage in dialogue-based activities to:

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Objectives for today

  • Gain clear understanding of the Office of Diversity as a campus resource
  • Engage in dialogue-based activities to:
    • enhance awareness of diversity related resources available to faculty, staff, and students on campus
    • experience pedagogical techniques based on valuing process & content, and active & engaged learning

Campus Role

  • Provide support and consultation related to:
    • Achievement of campus goals in A Mosaic for UIC Transformation (available at
    • Development of curriculum and co-curricular programs


  • UIC Dialogue Initiative
  • Chancellor’s Committees on the status of
    • Asian Americans
    • Blacks
    • Latinos
    • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer People and Allies
    • Persons with Disabilities
    • Women
  • Other committees:
    • Diversity Committee Chairpersons (DCC)
    • Provost’s Diversity Advisory Committee (DAC)
  • Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change

Six unique centers with distinct histories,

missions and locations

African-American Cultural Center

Asian American Resource and Cutural Center

Disability Resource Center

Gender and Sexuality Center

Rafael Cintrón Ortiz Latino Cultural Center

Women\'s Leadership and Resource Center


Opportunities for Partnership

  • Cultural and educational programs that expand understanding of issues and assetsacross communities.
  • Collaborations using art-based processes, storytellingand civic dialogue.
  • Sites for student internships and applied research.
  • Engagement with the city through community partnerships.

Opportunities for Partnership

  • Classroom presentations on cultural identities and various social issues.
  • Public programs included in syllabi to advance class discussions.
  • Opportunities for engagement with the city through the Centers’ long-standing, reciprocal community partnerships.


  • Providing Accommodations
  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing Resources
  • Test Proctoring
  • U.S. Disability Policies


  • Advocacy
  • Academic accommodations and criminal, university administrative and civil options
    • Assistance with orders of protection or no contact orders
    • Title IX

UIC Dialogue Initiative

  • Partnership between Academic Affairs and Student Affairs
  • Dialogue education:
    • Face-to-face learning experience over a sustained period of time, in which participants from various social identity groups (gender, race, etc.) explore difference and find ways to work collaboratively toward a more equitable society (Zuñiga, Nagda, & Sevig, 2002; Zuñiga, Nagda, Chesler, & Cytron-Walker, 2007)
  • Offerings as credit-bearing courses, co-curricular programs, and workshops for students, staff, and faculty
  • Outcomes

Core Features of

the Dialogic Approach

  • Pedagogical techniques heavily based on:
    • Interactive and experiential exercises
    • Active and engaged learning
  • Equally valuing process and content in curricular/co-curricular design
  • 3. Expertise in group facilitation and group dynamics
  • 4. Comfort in working through conflict and sensitive topics
  • 5. Promote development of identity awareness

Who is at your table?

  • Introduce yourself with
  • Name
  • Department
  • Finish this sentence – “If you knew me outside of UIC, you would know that...
discussion facilitators


CharuThakral – “Diversity and UIC Dialogues Initiative”

Megan Carney – “Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change”

Rebecca Gordon – “Campus Advocacy Network”

Rosa Cabrera – “Reflection on Dialogic Exercise”

  • Lori Baptista, African American Cultural Center
  • Rosa Cabrera, Rafael Cintron Ortiz Latino Cultural Center
  • Megan Carney, Gender and Sexuality Center
  • Rebecca Gordon, Women’s Leadership and Resource Center
  • Kristy Kambanis, Office of Diversity
  • CharuThakral, Office of Diversity
  • Philip Vasquez, Office of Student Development Services
  • Steve Whitley, Office of the Vice Provost for Planning and Programs