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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

Diversity Education Workshops Heading link

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 https://diversity.uic.edu/about/contact-us/ and select “Diversity Education” from the drop down menu.

Questions? Email dived@uic.edu