Latest DEI email including information about healing event, updated plans on diversity initiatives –


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Illinois State University’s latest diversity, equity and inclusion email included updates about a healing event next week, its resources for environmental justice during Earth Week and an updated comprehensive plan on initiatives. 

Not in Our School and Asia Connect will be hosting a memorial and vigil at 7: 15 p.m. Friday in Uptown Circle. This event will celebrate and honor Pacific Islanders and Asian American lives. 

The organizers are encouraging participants to bring a candle for the service. Organizers also encourage bringing an item to leave at the memorial, such as flowers, notes or tokens, as it will be preserved for a future display. 

In honor of Earth Week, the ISU community is being provided resources through Milner Library that are dedicated to environmental justice. 

According to the email, “the library has created an online guide dedicated to the topic of systemic racism, of which one of the biggest elements is environmental racism.”

Individuals who are new to the fight against environmental practices and polices that harm the BIPOC communities can browse through a curated selection of books through an online guide or can view a selection of short videos. 

This conversation around environmental justice is a part of the events that the Office of Sustainability and other campus groups are hosting throughout Earth Week.

ISU also released an updated plan to its campus community titled “Comprehensive Plan to Promote Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism.”

According to the email, it was “first submitted by President Larry Dietz for the Board of Trustees in October” and “provides an overview of priority actions accomplished and currently underway in response to calls for action by the students of the #Anti-Black ISU student movement and other campus community stakeholders.”

Spring 2021 illustrates an update to this report, including its forward motions on the campus stakeholders’ demands.  

The full email can be read below.

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