For more than 100 years, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences has been the heart of the University of Illinois, offering a comprehensive education and research portfolio founded in the longstanding principles of the liberal arts.
The college recently released a strategic plan for 2021-2025. This plan will serve as a roadmap for college leadership, faculty, staff, and more as we work together to make the University of Illinois stronger while improving and supporting the lives and livelihoods of our community.
Goal: Foster diversity, equity, and inclusion
We commit to promote the access and inclusion of historically underrepresented minority faculty and staff in research, creative, and instructional activity and to provide access to, and the inclusion of, historically underrepresented minority graduate and undergraduate students in education and research. We will achieve equity, inclusion, and diversity through identifying barriers in college and campus unexamined practices, policies, processes, and programs that impede entry and success in academic endeavors. And we will actively eliminate those barriers, ensuring that all in our college are welcomed and able to flourish.
Because diversity, equity, and inclusion must be understood as central to college and campus excellence in teaching, research and service – not as a separate or distinct goal apart from other categories of “excellence" – the objectives and actions of this goal are referenced in this section and integrated throughout our strategic plan.