Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
University Housing staff value the multitude of different voices, opinions, experiences, and identities of the Illinois community. We respect and honor each member of the communities in which we work and live, inclusive of all aspects of individual and group identity and experience. Our commitment is woven into each of our interactions, programs, and decisions.
We define Diversity, Inclusion and Equity in the following ways:
Diversity is expressed in different experiences, perspectives, worldviews, modes of communication and behavior and belief systems and values that we learn within our different social groupings. Such social groupings include race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, language, culture, national origin, religious commitments, age, (dis)ability status and political perspective.
Inclusion is the deliberate effort to ensure differences are welcome, different perspectives are respectfully heard and where every individual feels a sense of belonging and inclusion and can participate in decision-making.
Equity is actively challenging and responding to bias, harassment and discrimination, while also seeking equitable outcomes through just and fair practices, policies, procedures for equal opportunity for all persons, particularly for the historically under served and underrepresented.
You Belong Here
University Housing strives to create a place where all can belong. With a diverse array of events, student groups, themed meals, support options and so much more, we are confident you will find your new home with us.
Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Cotton Club Show
Dia de las Madres
Get a Taste of Home
Dining with University Housing provides more than just nutritious, delicious options. We host special events in which we collaborate with cultural centers on campus to provide opportunities for residents to find a taste of home, while also learning about other cultures and cuisines.
Lunar New Year
Black History Month
Ramadan Iftar Station
University Housing partners with the International Hospitality Committee (IHC), which teaches on-site conversational English classes and offers a lending room where residents can borrow common household items free of charge. Events are also offered to help residents new to Champaign-Urbana learn where they can find familiar ingredients at local grocery stores.
University Housing presents the University Apartment Resident Award each year, in partnership with the International Honorary for Leaders in University Apartment Communities (IHLUAC). The “International” designation salutes the global nature of university apartment housing neighborhoods. At the University of Illinois, IHLUAC acknowledges residents who have made outstanding contributions to the Family & Graduate Housing community through service, leadership and initiative in community development with a positive attitude toward other residents.
Spaces and Places
The University of Illinois has been a pioneer in higher education accessibility efforts for decades. University Housing is a destination for students with severe disabilities who want to continue their education at the U of I. Our residence halls offer a variety of adaptive features, including personal transfer lift systems and considerations for residents with hearing and sight impairments. Residents who need them also have access to personal assistants or service or emotional support animals.
Gender inclusive public-use restrooms and individual-use resident bathrooms, a gender-inclusive living-learning community and coed rooms within our facilities offer a continuum of supportive spaces for residents who identify within the LGBTQA+ community.
University Housing honors the history of diversity on our campus by naming newly constructed residence halls after individuals who contributed to and advocated for the accessibility of the institution for community members of all identities and abilities. Our historic building names include Nugent Hall, Bousfield Hall and Wassaja Hall.
The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign recognizes the land acknowledgement statement as an expression of gratitude and appreciation to those on whose territory we reside and as a way of honoring the Native peoples who have been living and working on the land from time immemorial.
In Hall and Apartment Support
Staff Education and Training
University Housing's Inclusion and Talent Development efforts empower staff to actively participate in professional development and inclusion efforts in University Housing. Such activity helps to create a transformative experience for our University Housing residents. We build a culture and climate in which everyone in our Housing community experiences a strong sense of belonging and safety. Employees’ participation in training workshops, coaching and supervisory consultation equips them with the knowledge, skills and tools to not only achieve their individual professional goals, but also to aid students in more fully accessing and benefitting from University Housing’s mission, vision and values.
Support for Student Parents
University Housing works closely with local organizations and provides on-site access to the Champaign Urbana Public Health District’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program and Great Start for healthy families. We connect student parents with support to help them navigate local schools and health care. The Orchard Downs apartment community also offers a preschool and after-school activities for children.
In-Hall Courses and Speakers
Through course offerings and speaker invitations, University Housing strives to broaden student horizons and provide educational experiences beyond the classroom. Courses like LEAD 260 and EDUC 199 encourage students to explore topics like diversity, ethics, leadership, perspective taking and critical inquiry. Speakers and performers invited to University Housing have covered a wide range of topics, including Puerto Rican music, trauma and art, salsa dancing, Haitian music and much more.
Peer Support for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
University Housing offers peer support options to promote diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. Inclusion and Leadership Mentors work throughout our halls to promote diversity, equity and inclusion efforts and residential programming. In Nugent Hall, graduate student Disability Liaisons work to support disability awareness and advocacy.
Report an Incident
The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has compiled resources for reporting on incidents of bias, intolerance and misconduct. Visit diversity.illinois.edu to report an incident.
paraprofessionals at Weston hall posing for camera