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The Office of Diversity. Mrinalini C. Rao Interim Special Assistant to the Provost & Advisor to the Chancellor for Diversity Professor, Physiology & Biophysics.

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the office of diversity

The Office of Diversity

Mrinalini C. Rao

Interim Special Assistant to the Provost &

Advisor to the Chancellor for Diversity

Professor, Physiology & Biophysics

diversity at uic

Diversity –  "the totality of the ways that people are similar and different – including by race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation and identity, disability, national origin and citizenship status, age, language, culture, religion, and economic status, particularly when those similarities and differences are used as a basis for unfair advantage and inequity.”

Through the Lens of Diversity

August 2012

Diversity at UIC

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Office of Diversity

The goal of the Office of Diversity is to drive diversity into the fabric of our curriculum, scholarship, and operating structure such that we gain true benefit to learning, creativity, and innovation that diversity brings.

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Office of Diversity
  • Led by the Vice Provost for Diversity and Senior Advisor to the Chancellor
  • UIC Dialogue Initiative
  • Diversity Advisory Committee (DAC)
  • Diversity Chairpersons Committee – College and unit strategic plans
  • Administrative home to:
    • Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change
    • Chancellor’s Status Committees
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How Do we Achieve our Goal?

“We explore new ways to foster student and faculty success among people of every race, culture, gender identity, disability, and age through research scholarship and community engagement… At UIC, diversity is both a strength and a commitment – it is foundational.”

Chronicle of Higher Education

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The UIC Way:

We Think and then We Plan

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Goals of the Diversity Strategic Thinking & Planning (DSTP) Process
  • To collectively reflect upon UIC’s philosophy on and activities directed toward diversity
  • To consider the ways in which diversity benefits all our activities, the actions necessary to achieve these benefits, and the approaches we will take to continually assess our efforts
  • To understand our priorities toward realizing the full benefits of diversity to the campus
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Diversity Strategic Thinking (2009-2012)
  • DSTP Committee
    • William Walden & Lon Kaufman, DSTPC Co-Chairs
    • Members from the Colleges, University Library, and Vice Chancellor units; Student input
    • Thinking process staff
    • Six subcommittees: campus-wide membership
  • Three campus Town Hall meetings (2010)
  • Extensive feedback sought to DST document
  • DST document refined for final publication: Through the Lens of Diversity
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Diversity Strategic Planning
  • DSTP Committee met weekly on planning process
  • Outcomes led byThrough the Lens of Diversity, campus town hall meetings, and campus conversations
  • Integrate diversity priorities into existing strategic plans and lay out intended actions
  • Diversity Strategic Planning Document:

A Mosaic for UIC Transformation

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Some Diversity Activities at UIC
  • Establishing UIC’s Office of Diversity
  • Diversity Strategic Planning at the Colleges
  • Emerging Hispanic Serving Institution
  • Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution
  • Annual Underrepresented Faculty Reporting
  • Cluster Hire Initiative
  • Student-centered efforts – PAP, PAP-Honors
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Diversity Committees
  • Diversity Advisory Committee (DAC)
  • College & Unit Diversity Committees
  • Chancellor’s Status Committees

Committee on the Status of:

Asian Americans (CCSAA); Blacks (CCSB); Latinos (CCSL); Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer People and Allies (CCSLGBTQPA); Persons with Disabilities (CCSPD); Women (CCSW)

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CLICK TO EDIT MASTER STYLEDiversity in the Curriculum: Dialogue-based Education
  • Guided by the research on diversity, culture, identity, and intergroup dialogue pedagogy
  • UIC Dialogue courses include:
    • CC 120, UIC First Year Dialogue Seminar -appreciation for diversity and difference; introduction to the scholarship of social justice.
    • HON 140, Intergroup Dialogue - Race and Gender: Understanding Individuals and Society
    • PMAD 387, Critical Dialogue (CD) Health Professional Student Development
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    • Second level
      • Third level
        • Fourth level
          • Fifth level
African-American Cultural Center
  • Asian American Resource and Cultural Center
  • Disability Resource Center
  • Gender & Sexuality Center
  • Rafael Cintrón Ortiz Latino Cultural Center
  • Women’s Leadership and Resource Center
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Diversity at UIC

“UIC is among the nation\'s most diverse universities. We consider diversity a strength that contributes to the success of our students, staff, faculty, and institutional research. Neither diminished state support nor a more challenging financial environment should deter us from our commitment to diversity.”

Chancellor’s Website

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Office of Diversity

University Hall 27th Floor, Suite 2731


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“Diversity at UIC”

The Office of Diversity

&UIC’s Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change