As a result of the Stewarding Excellence Review process, the Center on Democracy in a Multiracial Society (CDMS) will close as a separate entity, effective August 15, 2011. In lieu of a center, a targeted research fund is proposed to support research in the area, e.g., “Democracy in a Multiracial Society,” under the oversight of the Campus Research Board. For more information about this transition, please refer to the Office of the Chancellor communication:
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the CDMS community (advisory board, faculty affiliates, faculty and graduate fellows, staff, students, volunteers, and the community at large) for their support over the past nine years. It has been our pleasure serving and working alongside you. We do plan to mail a newsletter in August to report the past year’s activities and accomplishments.
For anyone interested in our recent publications (, please send an e-mail no later than August 10th to, including the name of the publication you are requesting and the number of copies you need.


Implementing Diversity Press Release

A new publication from the Center on Democracy in a Multiracial Society (CDMS) at the University of Illinois offers a collection of essays examining race, racism, diversity and campus climate at predominantly White universities. Implementing Diversity: Contemporary Challenges and Best Practices at Predominantly White Universities examines challenges to fostering diversity, relevant issues of racial formation and dynamics of institutional change. It offers additional insight into best practices for implementing diversity at predominantly White universities. By providing empirical and theoretical essays, this work stresses social justice and mobility, while providing snapshots of the meaning of diversity and its impact on campus climate. With the underlying premise of the benefits of racial and ethnic diversity, Implementing Diversity provides a foundation for engaging the multifaceted issues of diversity and change in higher education.

Racial Microaggression Press Release

This report, first of many on racial microaggressions, focuses on incidents within University Housing. Racial microaggressions are brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory or negative racial slights and insults toward people of color.

Elusive Equity Press Release

This report examines the University of Illinois’ definition of a diverse campus community in light of its public image. Elusive Equity: Graduate Education at Illinois’ Flagship University highlights disparities in equity for racial ethnic minorities at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as among faculty.


Media Coverage of Reports
Reports Examine Diversity at the University of Illinois:
Reports say UI has room for improvement in diversity:


Print copies available. Please send your request and mailing address to The publications are free of charge.


Racial Microaggressions Event

RM Pres

Racial Microaggressions: Implications for Community Relations Presentation

Monday, February 7, 2011
5:30 p.m.
Champaign Council Chambers - 102 N. Neil Street


This event is co-sponsored by the City of Champaign Human Relations Commission and the Champaign Community and Police Partnership (CCAPP).  To view the entire video/audio recording of presentation, follow the instructions below:

  1. Click on the following link which will carry you to the City of Champaign Government Television (CGTV) site.

  2. On the right select from the list of categories – Human Relations then select the video archive dated: HRC 2-7-11. This video is approximately 2 hours long.















Center on Democracy in a Multiracial Society
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