School of
Integrative Biology

SIB Commitment to Diversity,
Equity and Inclusion

Our Commitment

The School of Integrative Biology (Departments of Entomology, Evolution, Ecology and Behavior, and Plant Biology) is the center for education and research in basic organismal, ecological, and evolutionary biology at University of Illinois. Research in SIB encompasses plants and animals and their associated microbes, in both natural and model systems. Our interdisciplinary research is guided by the unifying theme of addressing “grand challenges in 21st century biology.”

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.

To share resources or feedback, please email sib@life.illinois.edu

Native Land Acknowledgement

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign recognizes the land acknowledgement statement is an expression of gratitude and appreciation to those on whose territory we reside, and a way of honoring the Native peoples who have been living and working on the land from time immemorial. 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 the Office of the Chancellor website

Campus Resources

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.

Facility Access Maps

Facilities and Services (F&S) maintain an access map which includes building layouts and locations of services such as ADA compliant entrances, all gender bathrooms, water fountains, accessible parking, and more.

Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES)

The mission of the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services is to ensure that qualified individuals with disabilities are afforded an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from the programs, services and activities of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign through the identification and enactment of reasonable modifications to institutional policies and procedures, the provision of effective auxiliary aids and services, the establishment of innovative educational services, and the pursuit of interdisciplinary disability research.

Mental Health and Wellness

The Mental Health and Wellness website was developed in response to feedback from students, faculty, and staff indicating a need for a centralized place of resources available on our campus. The site is also designed to help users identify their concerns and connect you to the best resource for those concerns.

Mental health, wellness, access and accommodation resources are complex, can overlap, and can be addressed on the individual, social, and institutional levels. This site aims to be both specific and flexible enough to get you connected to the right resources to address your concerns.

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.

International Student and Scholar Services

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is committed to providing culturally sensitive services of the highest quality. We strive to create an environment that is conducive to a successful educational, personal, and professional experience. We serve our international population and campus units through advising, immigration services, programming, advocacy, and outreach.

Open Illinois

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

Counseling Center

The University of Illinois Counseling Center provides mental health counseling and wellbeing education for students. Our center is staffed by a group of diverse professionals who understand the range of concerns facing students.

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.

Cultural Centers and Houses

Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center

The mission of the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center is to provide a network of programs and support services promoting the individual, social, cultural and academic well-being of Illinois' African American students.

Asian American Cultural Center

The Asian American Cultural Center promotes cross-cultural understanding of Asian American and Asian international experiences and provides educational and cultural support for Asians and Asian Americans in our university community.

La Casa Cultural Latina

The mission of La Casa Cultural Latina is to promote a welcoming and dynamic atmosphere through the development of educational, cultural, socio-political, and social programs that lead to greater recruitment, retention, advancement, and empowerment of Latina/o students.

LGBT Resource Center

The mission of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center is to foster an environment that is open, safe, and inclusive for people of all sexualities and gender identities. The LGBT Resource Center seeks to help in the efforts to address homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and heterosexist attitudes and beliefs on the campus, and to work to make the environment safe and affirming for all students, faculty, staff, and LGBT students, faculty, and staff in particular.

Native American House

Native American House serves as a support and resource center for all students and the community, providing programs that allow students the opportunity to enrich their cultural and academic experiences at the University of Illinois. All students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcomed and encouraged to participate in the many educational, cultural, and social events and programs tailored about Native American culture, people, and current events.

Women's Resource Center

At the Women's Resources Center, we aim to support and connect students by linking them with faculty, alumnae, staff, community leaders and other women students through programs, workshops, mentorship, meals, fun activities, and networking events. The Women's Resources Center was established to empower women and strengthen alliances with men, offer opportunities for all students, including trans and gender non-conforming students, build leadership skills, challenge sexism, racism, heterosexism, ableism, and all forms of social oppression, and achieve greater gender equity and cultural diversity.

Student Groups

UIUC offers nearly 100 student groups related to culture and diversity, and you can explore them all before arriving on campus. Don't see what you're looking for? You can always create your own group as an Illini, too!

Workshops and Events

I-Connect Diversity and Inclusion Workshop—offered Spring 2022

I-Connect Diversity & Inclusion Workshop is an experiential training designed to help incoming students embrace differences and recognize shared experiences to build a welcoming and engaged campus community.

Undergraduate Student Resources

Access and Achievement Program

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Access and Achievement Program provides retention services to LAS declared and undeclared students affiliated with the Educational Opportunities Program and the President’s Award Program at the University of Illinois.

Graduate Student Resources

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.

Faculty, Staff, or Visiting Scholar Resources

Faculty/Staff Assistance Services

The staff of FSAS is dedicated to providing quality, confidential assistance to employees and their families who may be experiencing difficulties that impact their lives. This includes assessments, short-term counseling, crisis services and referrals to appropriate resources.

Illinois Distinguished Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholars Program

Individuals from underrepresented groups (all fields) and women (in STEM) who are promising candidates for campus faculty positions may be nominated for the Illinois Distinguished Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Program. Funding is available to support up to four post-doctoral research associate or visiting scholar positions that would enhance campus diversity.