Diversity and Inclusion

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

At F&S, one of our guiding principles is that we are fully committed to “a diverse workforce in an inclusive workplace that unleashes the talents of all employees to create value, deliver superior support, and develop innovative solutions for the customers we serve. “

As an organization, we fully support the university’s commitment to the most fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity which requires that “decisions involving students and employees be based on merit and free from discrimination in all its forms.”

By creating a workplace that allows everyone to feel welcome and provides equal access to opportunity for success, we will strengthen our role supporting the mission of the university. Ultimately, creating an ongoing discussion about diversity and inclusiveness will make our organization better and move us closer to meeting the evolving needs of customers.

Diversity Committee

F&S' Diversity and Inclusion Committee was formed in February 2015 as a part of a campus-wide effort to engage all individuals on the Urbana campus in discussion about diversity and inclusion. [Read More]

Action Plan

The Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan is the next step in identifying how F&S becomes a better service provider to campus by reinforcing the organization’s core values.[Read More]

Virtual Event Series

Each month, the F&S Diversity and Inclusion Committee hosts speakers from around the campus community to share their stories. The discussions strive to strengthen relationships and focus on the ways that we can treat others in a manner that encourages and strengthens an environment of inclusivity. You can sign up to receive login information for upcoming events at https://go.fs.illinois.edu/diversityandinclusion Watch previous presentations below.

TRANS ACROSS CAMPUS: TRANSGENDER LIVES AND TRANSGENDER STUDENTS

Rhiannon Catherwood is a professor of English, creative writing, and gender and sexuality studies at Onondaga Community College. In addition to research on life narratives, she is an author of memoir, travel literature, and fiction inspired by life as a queer trans woman, a road tripper, a circus artist, and a lover of myth and story. On October 20, 2022, Catherwood spoke on the topic "Trans across Campus: Transgender Lives and Transgender Students." 




MAKING A CAMPUS ACCESSIBLE

Dennis Craig, the campus historic preservation officer at F&S, discusses accessibility on campus over the years in his talk, "Making a Campus Accessible: From the Beginning of Building Accessibility to Universal Design."



RETHINKING THE ROLE OF ESSENTIAL WORKERS AS ACADEMIC WORKERS

 Dr. Yoon Pak, department head (Education Policy, Organizations, and Leadership) and faculty (Asian American Studies department) presented "Rethinking the Role of Essential Workers as 'Academic' Workers as a part of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month.



NATIONAL DEAF HISTORY MONTH

Tina Cowsert, Disability Resources & Educational Services (DRES), was the guest speaker in April 2022. Cowsert presented an "Overview of Deaf Culture, Deaf/Hard of Hearing Common Accommodations."