UIS Working to Strengthen Diversity on Campus


The University of Missouri is in the national spotlight this week as the school's president resigned amid protests claiming he mishandled several racist incidents on campus.

The University of Illinois Springfield talked with Newschannel 20 about steps they're taking to prevent those kinds of problems. Those steps include the chancellor having an open-door day for students to talk about their concerns, once a semester and a two-day meeting that wrapped up Tuesday which let students talk to the chancellor and the university president.

"If you don't create a space where they feel accepted and like they belong, then retention begins to become an issue and then recruitment begins to become an issue," said Justin Rose, Student Program Advisor for UIS Diversity Center.

The school's diversity center is also planning a workshop to discuss programs the university should add.

To learn more about the center's initiatives for students click here.

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