SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE  Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee coordinates departmental efforts to provide a welcoming and equitable environment for all. The Committee advocates for diversity, equity, and inclusion, broadly conceived, as core components of the mission of our department. It also provides recommendations on recruiting, retaining, and serving students, faculty, and staff of diverse and underrepresented backgrounds. The committee may enact its charge through a variety of strategies, including but not limited to connecting with larger initiatives at the level of the campus, the University System, and in our professions; creating and maintaining a list of resources; or facilitating workshops and events.

The committee consists of two tenure-stream faculty members, a specialized faculty member, an academic professional, and a graduate student representative all appointed by the Head. The graduate student representative will be appointed by the Head based on any nominations received from the departmental graduate student organization. Members serve for one year and may be reappointed.



The Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign actively promotes and enhances diversity on the campus and across the globe through its diverse faculty and students. We do so both through our research and teaching, as seen in courses such as Spanish in the Community which actively engage with the local Latinx and immigrant communities in Champaign-Urbana, and through undergraduate activities such as Mi Pueblo. Our faculty are affiliated with and often hold leadership roles in units such as the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the  Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies, the Department of Latina/o Studies, the Program in Jewish Culture and Society, and the Department of Gender and Women's Studies.  Many of our faculty are also actively involved in the recruitment of Mexican and Mexican American students through the I-MMAS Illinois-Mexico Initiative. Below see a local news video about the lengthy history of Mexican and Mexican American scholars at our university, featuring our own Professor Xiomara Cervantes:

Click here to view video about Mexican and Mexican American Scholars at Illinois

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