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ARE Strategic Planning

Since the summer of 2020, our campus has been focused on efforts to advance racial equity at UIC. In June 2020, we created a Racial Equity Taskforce to review the state of our campus and prioritize key action items. This taskforce consisted of three working groups focusing on Student Life and Support, Community Engagement, and Staff Recruitment and Retention, and a newly-established Public Safety board. Additionally, a group of external advisors was invited based on the recommendation of the Black faculty and asked to review our campus policies and practices and provide recommendations for improvements. Details about the efforts of the taskforce and the recommendations from all working groups, as well as the progress we have made so far, can be found on the Office of Diversity’s Advancing Racial Equity website.

A common recommendation from all groups and a core component of our effort to create a more equitable campus is accountability. If we are to be successful, the entire leadership structure has to share responsibility for advancing racial equity. A team of individuals across campus, including the Office of Diversity and the Dean of Students Office created a template, so that all academic units can develop a plan to Advance Racial Equity (ARE). This template will assist departments in creating their vision for advancing racial equity within their unit. The templates were designed to align with the five strategic priorities developed as part of the ARE initiative:

  • Center Student Equity & Inclusion
  • Advancing Faculty & Staff Inclusive Excellence
  • Collaborating with Community
  • Promoting an Atmosphere of Care & Concern (aka Reimagining Public Safety)
  • Ensuring Accountability

Each part of the template consists of several components: Priority; Relevant Factors & Assumptions; Long-term Goals; Short-term Goals; Strategies, Deliverables, & Metrics; Accountability; Student Perspective; Expanding Focus

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The deadline for departments and colleges to submit their plans has passed. In summer 2022, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Engagement’s Diversity Education team received and reviewed departmental and college Advancing Racial Equity strategic plans. In Fall 2022, the team has been meeting with Deans to provide feedback. In the coming months, the Office will outline the Advancing Racial Equity strategic planning process for non-academic units. In Spring 2023 the Advancing Racial Equity report will be drafted and shared and resources will be dedicated to supporting the plans. Additionally, for the first time, evaluations of deans will include review of plan implementation.

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