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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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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:

    • 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

Collaborative Projects

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...

Scenario Dialogue




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

We look forward to working with you.

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