Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
University Housing's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is demonstrated by several initiatives throughout Housing, including the Illinois Residential Experience, the creation of our Inclusion and Talent Development unit and our programs encouraging students to get involved through Inclusion and Leadership within Housing.
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 underserved and underrepresented.
There is much more to report on University Housing's efforts in diversity, equity and inclusion. Stay tuned for more updates coming soon!