Dear Members of the Campus Community,

As we begin the academic year and welcome new members to our extraordinarily diverse learning community, it is opportune that we reaffirm the University's commitment to access, equity, and inclusion. The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) strives for a diverse community reflective of our urban environment. Diversity is evident in our student body and extends to our faculty and all levels of administration and staff. As a university, we have been engaged in broad conversations over the years and across our campus, about the role of diversity in our institution. From those conversations came the campus’s diversity strategic plan, A Mosaic for UIC Transformation. A key component of the plan is our vision to be nationally recognized as a learning community where human differences are celebrated and where neither difference nor disadvantage stands in the way of intellectual and professional achievement. The realization of this vision is everyone’s responsibility. Our Diversity Strategic Plan can be found online at http://go.uic.edu/MosaicStrategicPlan.

UIC adheres to the principles of equal employment opportunity and nondiscrimination in all aspects of employment, including recruitment, hiring, promotion and development of our employees. Our hiring and employment policies are devised to promote this commitment. Administrators, faculty and staff share responsibility for promoting equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in the workplace. The Office for Access and Equity (OAE) is assigned responsibility for overseeing and implementing campus‐wide equal opportunity including reporting and monitoring equal opportunity efforts. UIC's commitment to diversity is critical to our mission of advancing access to excellence and success in academic programs, research and healthcare. The Statement of Reaffirmation can be found on the OAE website at http://www.uic.edu/depts/oae/docs/StatementReaffirmation.pdf.

The Office of Diversity is responsible for promoting an organizational culture and structure that honors diversity through integration of the principles of access, equity and inclusion into all aspects of university processes and practices. It provides planning and implementation oversight for diversity, including advising and consulting with the Chancellor and Provost on diversity-related matters; initiating programs that promote a supportive university climate for faculty, staff and students; partnering with campus administrative units, colleges and academic departments to implement systems of accountability; and developing links with the local community and alumni groups to advance engagement of critical diversity issues.

UIC is committed to creating and maintaining a community that recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person, while fostering an environment of mutual respect among its members. As such, University policy prohibits unlawful discrimination or harassment of any member of the campus community in employment, including recruitment, selection, promotion, transfer, merit increases, salary, training and development, demotion and separation on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, order of protection status, genetic information, marital status, disability, sexual orientation including gender identity, unfavorable discharge from the military or status as a protected veteran. The policy known as the Nondiscrimination Statement is online at http://www.uic.edu/depts/oae/docs/Nondiscrimination%20Statement%2006-10.pdf.

OAE serves as the main point of contact for the campus in matters of equal opportunity, affirmative action, and nondiscrimination in employment. Additionally, OAE offers Dispute Resolution Services to assist with conflict in the workplace not involving unlawful discrimination matters.

As always, your commitment to a respectful living, learning, and working community is acknowledged and appreciated.

Paula Allen Meares Chancellor, University of Illinois at Chicago Vice President, University of Illinois John Corbally Presidential Professor

Tyrone Forman Vice Provost for Diversity and Senior Advisor to the Chancellor


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