Equity Advocates Program

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The Equity Advocates Program pairs a trained UIC volunteer advocate (faculty or staff) with faculty search committees upon request. Equity Advocates (EAs) serve as non-voting members of search committees that provide valuable knowledge and resources for the search committee throughout the entire hiring process. Specifically, EAs support committees in attending to and implementing strategies to promote an equitable search process. Importantly, EAs bring a wealth of information related to the recognition of implicit bias and how to mitigate it, constructing and disseminating a job ad that may attract a more diverse faculty applicant pool, assessing candidates consistently and fairly, and effective communication strategies for committees. EAs are a valuable addition to any search committee, as they are able to attend to details that may otherwise be challenging for committees to keep up with. Finally, EAs can provide valuable assistance that saves your committee time and can increase committee members’ ability to understand issues related to equity and inclusion that can be applicable broadly (e.g. student recruitment efforts, graduate admissions, etc.)

I want to become an Equity Advocate!

How do I become an Equity Advocate?

Prospective Equity Advocates are required to complete a brief program application (approximately 10-15 minutes). This application helps us better understand your interest in participating in the program and any relevant background education or experience you may have. To apply to be an Equity Advocate, please fill out the form below.

If you need assistance of any kind or accommodations to complete this application, please email equityadvocates@uic.edu.