Working Together for Racial and Social Justice, Equity and Inclusion
April 20, 2021
I’m writing today to bring to your attention a new section of the NIU website that highlights the university’s goals and plans for diversity, equity and inclusion. Designed for Huskies as a resource, and for tracking the university’s progress on important initiatives to advance racial and social justice, it’s also a tool we will use to showcase how we live our values because we are a community that supports our words with actions.
I’ve worked directly with contributors across the university to develop the site, and I’m incredibly proud of the work we can show being done by our faculty, staff and students. Some plans have been underway for several years while others are newer or in development. And although each effort is being facilitated by a leader, unit or collective, there is room for everyone to be involved.
My hope is that the initiatives and opportunities captured on the site will grow and evolve over time and will serve as a catalyst for meaningful and lasting change. I welcome your ideas for the site, and have included a form where you can submit questions and updates. I look forward to working together to advance these goals and making NIU a home where we all are welcome and proud to belong.
Lisa C. Freeman