School of
Integrative Biology

SIB Commitment to Diversity,
Equity and Inclusion

Our Commitment

This year, the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many others ignited tensions across the US, once again offering a chilling reminder of how racism has played and continues to play a role in many of our institutions.

We have stood at this same point far too often in recent history. Every time, it has carried a heavy emotional and physical toll on the African American community. That toll, this time, is magnified by a global pandemic that has upended all of our lives but has been disproportionately cruel to minority and underserved communities.

The organizational culture that tolerates such violence starts with individuals. Such a culture needs fundamental changes to create positive cultures that embrace diversity. Anything less from each and every one of us will undermine the future we all dream of creating – one that is truly worthy of our vibrant and diverse learning communities. It is now time to leverage our deep abundance of knowledge, will, and expertise to change the assumptions that inform our decisions. We also need to carefully consider the necessary and difficult questions that we need to ask of ourselves as a community.

We are a community committed to the scholarship, engagement, equity, inclusion and leadership that dismantles systems that utilize power, privilege and violence to disenfranchise, diminish and destroy. As part of that community, you play a vital role in our path forward. We invite you to share your ideas, experiences, and perspective on how we as a learning community can better engage with and empower all young scientists.

The strength of our community comes from our shared talents, ideas, and perspectives. We look forward to coming together to establish shared community norms of inclusion, as well as use our combined knowledge to serve the public good.

Native Land Acknowledgement

SIB asks that you recognize and acknowledge Native peoples as the traditional guardians of the lands on which the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is situated by including this statement in your events:

As a land-grant institution, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has a responsibility to acknowledge the historical context in which it exists. In order to remind ourselves and our community, we will begin this event with the following statement. We are currently on the lands of the Peoria, Kaskaskia, Piankashaw, Wea, Miami, Mascoutin, Odawa, Sauk, Mesquaki, Kickapoo, Potawatomi, Ojibwe, and Chickasaw Nations. It is necessary for us to acknowledge these Native Nations and for us to work with them as we move forward as an institution. Over the next 150 years, we will be a vibrant community inclusive of all our differences, with Native peoples at the core of our efforts.

For more information on how to include the land acknowledgement into your materials or meetings, please visit: https://chancellor.illinois.edu/land_acknowledgement.html

Campus Resources

Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations

The Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations connects students with cultural centers on campus, including the Asian American Cultural Center, the Bruce B. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, DiversityEd, International Education, the LGBT Resource Center, La Casa Cultural Latina, the Native American House, and the Women’s Resource Center. In addition, this office sponsors events on diversity, social justice, and cultural understanding, and facilitates a variety of workshops and training programs.

Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

This campus office focuses on making Illinois a place where all people can achieve their full potential as students, faculty, and staff. Staff work in areas of accessibility and accommodations, affirmative action, discrimination and harassment prevention, and Title IX.

Open Illinois

This campus office provides" information, resources and guidance for undocumented students, DACA recipients and those affected by immigration reform.

Office of Minority Student Affairs

OMSA is part of Student Affairs, and staff offer services to enhance the academic achievement, personal development, and graduation rates of first generation, low-income, and historically underrepresented students at Illinois.

Graduate College’s Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

This office in the graduate college provides internal and external fellowship support and programs for graduate students.