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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, Equity & Engagement and the Office of the Dean of Students created a template, so that all units can develop a plan to Advance Racial Equity (ARE). This template will assist units in creating their vision for advancing racial equity within their area. 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. Academic units submitted their templates in the 2021-2022 academic year. Non-College units are now invited to develop and submit their plans.

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