Diversity & Democracy Conference

About the Conference

Diversity & Democracy is the focus of a major conference to be held April 7, 2010 at the Illini Union on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. This conference builds on and extends the theme of previous CDMS conferences: Documenting the Differences Racial and Ethnic Diversity Makes; Uncovering, Discussing, and Transforming the University (2006) and Race, Diversity, & Campus Climate (2008). Priority areas of the conference are:

Diversity Issues at the University of Illinois
Research documenting the enhancement of diversity scholarship, particularly in terms of innovative, interdisciplinary research on critical campus needs related to diversity that impact and transform campus climate.

Assessment & Evaluation of Campus Climate for Students, Staff, and Faculty
Proposals in this area could lead to a campus consensus on the best practices to assess and improve the racial climate where all members of the university community feel welcome. Research in this area includes empirical findings regarding the impact of campus activities and programs.

Racial Microaggression

For the last two years, the Racial Microaggression Project has researched racial microaggressions at the University of Illinois. 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” (as defined by D. Sue et al, 2007, p. 271). The presenters will share data from the qualitative competent of the project. Data was gathered from focus groups with undergraduate and graduate students at various sites on campus including university Housing and the cultural centers. The presentations will focus on emerging themes or points of view from the data which include: (1) Environmental Racial Microaggressions, (2) Perceived Racial-Gender Microaggressions among Black Women and (3) Impact of Racial Microaggressions on Sense of Belonging.





Center on Democracy in a Multiracial Society
1108 W Stoughton, Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: 217.244.0188 Fax: 217.333.8122 E-mail: cdms@illinois.edu