Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Black Lives Matter Resources

Local Resources:

Office of Community College Research and Leadership 
Provides expertise on policies, programs, and practices designed to enhance outcomes for diverse youth and adults who seek to transition to and through college to employment. Offers webinars, voices and viewpoints readings, and diversity, equity and inclusion programs and events; supports educational equity by amplifying marginalized voices within the education leadership, policy, and reform.

Buy Black Chambana
Features a directory of Black-owned businesses in Champaign-Urbana and uplifts the Champaign-Urbana community through local events, workshops, partnerships, and networking functions.

IPRH – Anti-Racist Community Resources
References local resources in Champaign-Urbana to begin to better understand race relations in our community. Resources include organizations accepting donations and getting educated, involved, and promoting social justice initiatives impacting residents.

Grainger Engineering’s IDEA Institute
Offers a summer workshop series on addressing and fighting racism, including: how to be an ally, cultural diversity, racism in engineering; as well as a list of books, talks, programs and more that you can use to better understand race and its many impacts.

KAM – Campus-connected resources on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Includes resources on racial justice, diversity initiatives and trainings, and programs and projects that promote equity and inclusion at the University of Illinois.

Sociology’s Racism and COVID-19 Resource webpage
Highlights how a worldwide reckoning on race and COVID-19 are essentially two pandemics inextricably linked together. Links to various mental health resources for the Illinois community to process the ongoing events and connect.

Supporting the Black community:

Ways to fund the movement:

Support Black-Owned Businesses: 181 Places to Start Online
Black businesses are impacted more deeply than Caucasian businesses by COVID-related closures, due to the long history of racial inequality that’s now exacerbated by the ongoing state of emergency. Supporting Black-owned businesses helps provide much-needed stability to business owners that have been hard hit by the pandemic. This list links out to 181 Black-owned businesses across the United States in many different categories. 

List of resources for supporting the Black Lives Matter Movement

Organizations to donate to:

Black Visions Collective

George Floyd Memorial Fund


Pimento Relief Services

Black Table Arts

Reclaim The Block

Minnesota Voice

Chicago Bond Fund

Minnesota Freedom Fund

Unicorn Riot

Run with Maud

Justice for Breonna

National Bailout

Campaign Zero

Homeless Black Trans Women Fund

The Okra Project

Change the NYPD

Chicago Freedom School

National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression

Petitions to sign:

Justice for Elijah McClain

Justice for Breonna Taylor

Support the ‘Hands On Act”

Support the movement to require psychological screening for police employment

Justice for Tony McDade

Numbers to call/text:

Text ”ENOUGH” to 55156 to demand justice for Breonna Taylor

Text ”SIGN SEUDKP” to 50409 to sign the “Ending Qualified Immunity Act”

Text ”SIGN RISTUS” to 50409 to sign Repeal 50-a. 50-a allows the NYPD to hide records of misconduct.

Text “JUSTICE” to 668366

Social and Behavioral Science Experts on the news:

Is it possible to overcome our biases in the face of conflict?
Travis Dixon is a professor of communication at Illinois whose research deals with the prevalence and impact of racial and other stereotypes in the mass media. Much of his work focuses on television news.

Research explores impact of racial discrimination on dating websites for gay, bisexual men
University of Illinois social work professor Ryan Wade is the co-creator of a scale that measures the impact of racialized sexual discrimination on gay and bisexual men of color who encounter it on dating websites and apps.

Study: Police more likely than others to say they are blind to racial differences
An interdisciplinary team found pronounced differences between police and laypersons’ attitudes towards race. The team included, from left, Ripan Malhi, Carla Hunter, Patrick Vargas, Cris Hughes and Michael Schlosser.

Social and Behavioral Science Experts on campus:

Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, Professor, College of Education, and Director, Office for Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL)
Research Interest: psychosocial adjustment and transition of marginalized collegians, transfer, access policies, student development and services at community colleges.

Leon Dash, Swanlund Chair Professor of Journalism, College of Media
Research Interest: International and domestic reporting, African-American families; urban studies; teenage childbearing; U.S prison system.

Patrick Earl Hammie, Associate Professor, College of Fine and Applied Arts
Research Interest: Contemporary portrait and allegory paintings, with an emphasis on cultural identity, social equity, narrative, and the body in visual culture.

Julie Dowling, Associate Professor, Department of Latino/Latina Studies
Research Interest: The US Census and how Latinos understand definitions of race and ethnicity; federal definitions and regional constructions of race, examining Mexican American responses to the U.S. Census race question; gender and sexuality; racial attitudes and ideology.

Travis Dixon, Professor, Department of Communication
Research Interest: Racial representations in traditional and non-traditional mass media, social and psychological effects of mediated communication, content and effects of mediated stereotypes, intergroup relations, public policy implications of research on the role of race in society.

Yoon Pak, Professor, Department of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership in the College of Education
Research Interest: The history of American education in the 20th century as it relates to racial minorities and immigrant groups; contemporary higher education issues as it affects Asian Pacific American student populations.

Rodney Hopson, Professor, Department of Educational Psychology in the College of Education 
Research Interest: Social politics and policies, foundations of education, sociolinguistics, ethnography, and evaluation; the differential impact of education and schooling on marginalized and underrepresented groups in diverse global nation-states; social and educational conditions in the form of alternative paradigms, epistemologies, and methods for the way the oppressed and marginalized succeed and thrive despite circumstances and opportunities that suggest otherwise.

Stafford Hood, Professor, Curriculum & Instruction and Educational Psychology in the College of Education 
Research Interest: Culturally responsive evaluation (CRE) in education, the conceptualization and applications of CRE; and the importance of culture/cultural context in program evaluation, educational assessment, and computer-based instruction and assessment.

Adrienne Dixson, Professor, Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership in the College of Education
Research Interest: Critical race theory and education; race and gender equity in urban schooling contexts, market-based education reform policy and the influence of intermediary organizations on local, state and federal education policy; community-based education with a specific interest in STEM education and professional supports for Black teachers.

William Trent, Professor, Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership in the College of Education
Research Interest: Educational inequality; school desegregation effects (K-12, post-secondary), benefits and consequences; social organization of schools, status attainment research, co-and extracurricular activities, comparative education; Race and Ethnicity: social stratification and mobility, equality of opportunity; and complex organization/social change/education policy.

Junaid Rana, Associate Professor, Department of Asian American Studies
Research Interest: Sociocultural anthropology, critical race studies, transnational cultural studies, diaspora studies; cities and urbanization, social movements, social justice activism and organizing; aesthetics, cultural production, political economy; critical Muslim studies, South Asia/Pakistan/America.

Susan Koshy, Associate Professor, Department of English
Research Interest: Racial capitalism; postcolonial studies; immigration, naturalization, citizenship; race, gender, sexuality; South Asian diaspora; human rights; Asian American literature, culture, and history; globalization; transnational feminist theory.

Karen Flynn , Associate Professor, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies and the Department of African-American Studies  
Research Interest: Migration and travel; Black Canada;  health; popular culture; feminist; Diasporic and post-colonial studies.

Gilberto Rosas, Associate Professor of Anthropology
Research Interest: Violence, Power, and Subjectivity; Mexico, United States; Borders, Frontiers, and Migrations; Race and its Intersectionalities; Border and Latino Studies; Postcoloniality

Shardé Smith, Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
Research Interest: Examines racism, social support, and mental health in the family context in order to reduce mental health disparities among African Americans.

Christy Lleras, Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
Research Interest: Racial health disparities, educational inequality, and poverty

Jonathan Xavier Inda, Professor of Latina/Latino Studies
Research Interest: Immigration politics and policy; race, science, and medicine, Latina/o populations in the United States; culture and globalization; health disparities

Marsha E. Barrett, Assistant Professor of History
Research Description: Political and social history of twentieth-century United States. Examines the impact racial and social movements had on modern American politics, policy, and political culture after 1945.

Rana Hogarth, Assistant Professor of History
Research Interest: How the medical and scientific community constructed the concept of race during the slave era and beyond.

Rebecca Ginsburg, Associate Professor of Education
Research Interest: Focused on the architectural history on the radicalized landscapes of apartheid, slave plantations in the Americas and urban slavery landscapes. Current work examines a college-in-prison program.

Christopher Fennell, Professor of Anthropology
Research Interest: Historical Archaeology, African Diaspora, Legal Anthropology

Faye Harrison, Professor of African American Studies
Research Interest: How everyday life in Jamaica, Cuba, and the United States is impacted by neoliberal globalization; racism/antiracism, human rights in the global context, and using critical race feminist methodology as a tool for global research

Irvin Joseph Hunt, Assistant Professor of African American Studies
Research Description: Cultural history of African Americans, cooperative economics, radicalism of United States Leftists, Political theory, performance/humor studies.

James Anderson, Professor of Education
Research Interest: Current research is focused on the history of African American public higher education and the development of twentieth-century African American school achievement. Past research projects include examining the history of African American education in the South between 1860 and 1935, institutional racism, and the representation of African Americans in secondary school history textbooks.

Evelyn Reynolds, Associate Professor of Sociology
Research Interests: Sociology, Founder of Black Lives Matter Champaign-Urbana chapter, Racial Justice

Brian Jefferson, Associate Professor/Head of Geography & Geographic Information Science
Research Interest: Capitalism, digital technology, and the state in urban contexts. Past projects have focused on using digital technology in the criminal justice system.

Monika Stoldolska, Professor of Recreation, Sport and Tourism
Research Interest: Explores how leisure, recreation, and sport improve health and well-being and how leisure, recreation, and sport are constrained among ethnic and racial minorities. Other interests include recreation behavior among minority population in an urban setting and ethnic/racial discrimination in leisure settings.

Nathan Todd, Associate Professor of Psychology
Research Interest: How individual and group engagement with social justice is impacted by religion and Whiteness.

Rachel Garthe, Assistant Professor of Social Work
Research Interest: Focused on identifying how responses to dating violence and intimate partner violence can be more inclusive and accessible to marginalized populations such as racial/ethnic minority youth, transgender populations, and justice-involved women.

José Del Real Viramontes, College of Education
Research Interest: Explores the transfer receptive culture for Chicana/o/x and Latina/o/s community college transfer students at predominantly white institutions (PWIs) and highlights how these students navigate and engage in the cultural production of the transfer receptive culture at PWIs.

Cherie Avent, College of Education
Research Interest: Focuses on issues related to social justice in evaluation, communication, and STEM education and evaluation.

Melissa Goodnight, College of Education
Research Interest: Focuses on issues of validity, representation, equity, and social justice in the use of different theories (e.g., feminist, critical race, and culturally responsive) and methodologies for conducting evaluation and education research.

Jarrett Lewis, College of Education
Research Interest: Delineating the mechanisms through which Black and/or African Americans experience and recover from psychological trauma in urban and under-resourced settings. Specifically, the development of culturally informed, clinical and community-based interventions designed to ameliorate the negative effects of traumatization and foster mental wellness and empowerment of African American boys and men in educational, institutional and community settings.

Educating Yourself:

University resources:

“Race and Cultural Diversity in American Life and History” – A free online University of Illinois course

College of Education Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series

Community Colleges for All – A series of condensed and engaging digital materials that promote and foster success and equitable programs for diverse learners produced by the Office of Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Books to read:

The Harvard Gazette recommends the following:

“The Souls of Black Folk” -W.E.B. Du Bois

“The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America” -Khalil Gibran Muhammad

The Origin of Others” -Toni Morrison

“White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide” -Carol Anderson

Other great reads:

“So you want to talk about race” -Ijeoma Oluo
”White Fragility” -Robin Diangelo
”Me and White Supremacy” -Layla Saad
”Black Feminist Thought” -Patricia Hill Collins
”Between the World and Me” -Ta-Nehisi Coates
”How to be Anti-Racist” -Irbam X. Kendi
”The New Jim Crow” -Michelle Alexander
”Sister Outsider” -Audre Lorde
”The Fire Next Time” -James Baldwin
”Heavy: An American Memoir” -Kiese Laymon
”Beloved” -Toni Morrison
”Why I am no longer talking to white people about race” -Reni Eddo-Lodge
”The Color of Law” -Richard Rothstein
”Why People of Color Need Spaces Without White People” -Kelsey Blackwell
“I am still here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness” – Austin Channing Brown
“An Indigenous People’s History of the United States” – Rozanne Dunbar-Ortiz
“How to be Antiracist”- Ibram X. Kendi
“The Making of Asian America” – Erika Lee
“An African American and Latinx History of the United States” – Paul Ortiz
“The Other Slavery” – Andrés Reséndez

Movies/TV to watch:

When they see us
Dear White People
Fruitvale Station
See You Yesterday
American Son
The Hate U Give
The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson
The Black Power Mixtape
If Beale Street Could Talk
I Am Not Your Negro
Just Mercy
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
Green Book
Hidden Figures
Little Fires Everywhere
Explained: The Racial Wealth Gap
Time: The Kalief Browder Story
Who Killed Malcom X

Podcasts to listen to:

Democracy’s College– Focuses on P-20 education pathways with a focus on research and leadership that promotes educational equity, justice, and excellence for all students. This podcast is produced by the Office of Community College Research and Leadership at the University of Illinois.
1619 -NY times
About Race
Seeing White
Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast
Code Switch
The Diversity Gap
Intersectionality Matters! Hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw
Pod for the Cause
Pod save the people (Crooked Media)
The Combahee River Collective Statement

Organizations and activists to follow:


Color of Change (@colorofchange)
The Conscious Kid (@theconciouskid)
NAACP (@naacp)
Showing Up For Racial Justice (@showingupforracialjustice)
Families Belong Together (@fams2gether)
United We Dream (@unitedwedream)
MPowerChange (@mpowerchange)
The Leadership Conference (@civilrightsorg)
Equal Justice Initiative (@eji_org)
SisterSong (@sistersong_woc)
Mask Hate (@maskhate)