The Culturally Responsive Campus Community initiative was created to enlighten, educate, and ignite conversation around creating a more equitable and just campus environment for all students, faculty, and staff at Illinois State University. It is our hope that the efforts of this initiative evolves into Illinois State University becoming a fully inclusive and culturally responsive campus community that ameliorates the inequitable experiences and outcomes of the entire ISU family. The Cultural Responsive Campus Community initiative serves to ensure Illinois State University and the surrounding community continues to commit to an inclusive and culturally responsive campus for all stakeholders.
The mission of the Culturally Responsive Campus Community is to enlighten, educate, and ignite conversation and action around campus to create a more equitable and just campus environment for all students, faculty, and staff at Illinois State University. The CRCC committee also strives to find creative and effective solutions that will create a fully inclusive and culturally responsive campus community that ameliorates the inequitable experiences and outcomes of the entire ISU family
The committees goals are as listed
1) Inform the campus and community about issues surrounding the intersectional issues surrounding marginalization and oppression:
2) Equip faculty with Culturally Responsive Strategies to be used in the college classroom
3) Be at the intersection of faculty to faculty, faculty to student, and student to faculty, student to student
4) Help our students gain a better understanding of white privilege and being culturally responsive
5) Create a strategic plan for implementing diverse practices throughout campus
For more information regarding the Culturally Responsive Campus Community Conference or the initiative at large, please contact a member of the CRCC committee at:
Anchored in her newly published book, White Bread, our keynote speaker, Dr. Christine Sleeter, lead us through a presentation centered around cultural responsiveness and inclusivity to help us further our journey to becoming a more culturally responsive campus community.
Conference Rationale: The 2016 conference, themed Uniting to Challenge Systems of Oppression, focused on systems of oppression that continue to plague particular subgroups of our community. The goal of this conference was to reach people at all levels of understanding, from educating the community on what these systems are and how they impact particular subgroups to the active work that is being and must continue to be done to dismantle them.
More than 450 members of the community, including students, faculty, activists, and other professionals attended the Fall 2016 Conference.
On March 17-18, 2016, Rich Milner, Director of the Urban Center at the University of Pittsburgh, came to help the campus community explore issues regarding race and justice. Dr. Milner encouraged the campus community to "start where we are" in order to invoke change.