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Diversity Facilitation Collaborative

The Diversity Facilitation Collaborative (DFC) is a group of UIC faculty, staff and students committed to promoting a thriving and diverse community on campus for its students, staff, and faculty. Collectively, DFC members are skilled dialogue facilitators, equity-minded practitioners, experts in critical race and ethnic studies, and community activists and advocates.

Organized and supported by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Engagement, DFC members are trained to facilitate workshops and dialogues among individuals, within departments, and across units to support UIC’s efforts to cultivate a diverse learning community that embraces inclusion and equity.

The main objectives for the Diversity Facilitation Collaborative are to:

  • Engage in diversity education, workshops, research and trainings to support a campus community that is focused on advancing racial equity, enabling collective engagement, bridging differences, and facilitating change
  • Support specific needs of ODEE as it works with UIC units that are seeking the support of skilled diversity education facilitators
  • Facilitate dialogue that leads to recommendations and actions that advance inclusion and equity among UIC students, staff, and faculty

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During AY ‘23-’24, our pilot year, we will focus on diversity education through a suite of workshops that advance equity and address campus needs and priorities.

Workshop themes in development:

  • Implicit Bias
  • Microaggressions
  • Understanding Intersectionality: Historical Consequences of Oppression
  • Racial Trauma and White Identity Development
  • Celebrating UIC students; Asset based language
  • Equity informed mentor and sponsor training

Workshops will be interactive and include time to discuss and apply strategies and approaches. A collection of resources will be provided and all participants will leave with an individual or group action plan to help them move forward. We strongly suggest that a requesting unit or department consider hosting multiple workshops to have a continued conversation related to diversity education and reflection.

To request support from the DFC please visit and select “Diversity Education” from the drop down menu.

Questions? Email

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Nikki Gottleib

NIKKI GOTTLEIB (she/her) – Assistant Director for Community Health Sciences Academic Advising and Maternal and Child Health Community Outreach

What made you decide to join DFC?
I decided to join the DFC because equity & inclusion are my core focuses as a higher education professional, and I also deeply value collaborative leadership when it comes to training and education. Creating a welcoming environment to all on campus is incredibly important, and I’m honored to be involved with a group that is working to do just that, focusing especially on helping faculty and staff create more inclusive spaces for students, which can often lag behind student-lead initiatives. Personally, the DFC provides me with an opportunity to remain directly involved with DEI work even though my career and day-to-day responsibilities have shifted away from training facilitation, and to learn from incredible colleagues who are doing this work already, who are leaders on and off campus, and who care so deeply about our community.

What is a favorite hobby of yours and why?
As a mom of young kids, I’ve recently started to shift some focus back onto myself, returning to hobbies I love but neglected – singing and running. In 2023, I became a marathon runner and I’ll be running in the Chicago Marathon with the Team to End AIDS again in 2024. Additionally, I am a member of Windy City Performing Arts and sing soprano in the Treble Quire. I also love to read, watch as many movies and shows as I can squeeze in, attend theatre, and watch sports, specifically women’s soccer, with my kids.

Billy Huff

BILLY HUFF (he/him) – Director for Gender and Sexuality Center

What made you decide to join DFC?
I joined the DFC to represent the concerns of LGBTQ+ faculty, staff, and students.

What is your favorite spot in Chicago and why?
My favorite spot in Chicago is the Leather Archives and Museum in Roger’s Park. It is the only archive in the United States focused on preserving leather history and culture.

Mark Martell

MARK MARTELL (he/him/siya/kanya) – Executive Director for Asian American Resource and Cultural Center

How would you describe your facilitation style?
My facilitation style involves reflection and interaction. I am a believer that one will need to “look in,” share out, and engage in order to capture the understanding and knowledge of the content. Overall, I want an environment that is supportive, interactive, and educational where everyone, including myself, learns something new.

What is a favorite hobby of yours and why?
I have been reading and collecting comic books for years. I enjoy doing this because comics give me a break from reading academic works and allow me to use the creative side of my brain.

Teri McMurtry-Chubb

TERI McMURTRY-CHUBB (she/her) – Professor of Law & Director of JD Concentration in Critical Race & Gender Studies

What made you decide to join DFC?
I decided to join DFC for the opportunity to be in community with DEIB educators and facilitators at UIC. It has been heartening to find each other and to share the goal of making our community more welcoming and inclusive.

What is your favorite spot in Chicago and why?
My favorite spot in Chicago is Lake Michigan. Its size reminds me of the vastness and awesomeness of the world. Its ever changing blues and greens remind me of the urgency of now and the beauty of each moment.

Aisha Pleasant

AISHA PLEASANT (she/her)- Director for President’s Award Program, Instructor for Intergroup Dialogue Initiative

What made you decide to join DFC?
I wanted to join DFC because I think continuing to build inclusive and diverse communities at UIC is important. With so many of our students, staff, and faculty commuting to campus from other places (inside and outside of the city), I think it’s important for every group to have their “tribe” and find community within our campus. Engaging in DEI work is hard, but it is necessary if we want to support a campus community that is proud of it’s diverse student, staff, and faculty populations.

What is your favorite spot in Chicago and why?
My favorite spot in Chicago is downtown, specifically Michigan Ave. Michigan Ave is always bustling with people and the options for shopping is amazing!

Renata A. Revelo

RENATA A. REVELO (she/her) – Clinical Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

What made you decide to join DFC?
I find fulfillment in working with like-minded people across campus who are also invested in equity-driven efforts. I see this effort as a contribution to campus and also as a labor of love.

What is your favorite thing about UIC and why?
Every time I walk on the east side of campus, I am reminded of the various paths of life that everyone at UIC embodies and I feel thankful to work in a place like this

Stefany Sit

STEFANY SIT (she/her) – Clinical Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences

How would you describe your facilitation style?
I like to create opportunities and spaces where everyone feels welcome to contribute, interact, and learn. I believe it is important to provide time and activities that allow individuals and groups to reflect, communicate, and connect.

What is your favorite thing about UIC and why?
UIC students and colleagues continue to inspire and motivate me. There is so much passion, innovation, and dialogue within our community. I am thankful for the opportunities I have to learn from those around me. And I feel fortunate when I’m able to grab a bubble tea, Italian ice, or tacos with my fellow UIC community members.