Advancing Access, Equity, & Inclusion

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is one of the nation’s most diverse public research universities. At UIC, diversity is not an end in itself, but a vehicle for advancing access, equity, and inclusion. We are a learning, living, and working community that values our differences and works to ensure that neither difference nor disadvantage impede intellectual and professional achievement. Every day we welcome students, staff, and faculty from a variety of gender and sexual orientations, disabilities, religious preferences, races, ethnicities, and many other attributes, to our campus to advance this promise. Learn more about how we put diversity into action on this website. 


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UIC is a proud recipient of the 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. The HEED Award is a national honor recognizing commitment to diversity and inclusion on University and College campuses. UIC will be featured in the magazine’s November 2014 issue. UIC was recognized for its diversity and inclusion initiatives and its broad definition of diversity on campus.

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UIC Heritage Garden featured on cover of Higher Ed Sustainability Review 2013


Check out the UIC Heritage Garden's video! Interns are out in force this summer, planting, conducting tours, and building community.



The UIC Heritage Garden and several of its student interns are featured on the front cover (and also page 24/25) of the 2013 Higher Education Sustainability Review. The internship is funded by the Student Green Fee, and the Heritage Garden is coordinated by the Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change.

AASHE 2013 Higher Education Sustainability Review

See the photos, learn about UIC Heritage Garden programs, find out what is planted in the satelite garden sites on campus, contribute to the recipe collection project, and share your story at the UIC Heritage Garden website.

UIC has been named one of the nation's best 25 campuses for LGBT students
In a new data-based ranking from Campus Pride and Huffington Post, UIC
earned a 5-star ranking in the Campus Pride Index, which rates colleges and
universities based on LGBT-friendly policies, programs, and practices.
Campus Pride Article
Huffington Post Article
Windy City Times Article

Diversity embraced by University of Illinois Board of Trustees in vote to cover gender reassignment under student health insurance plan.

See UIC News article of May 29, 2013: Gender reassignment added to student health coverage

See UIC News article of June 4, 2013: Gender-surgery insurance shows ‘understanding of complex issues

The Illinois Humanities Council awarded a Project Grant to the African-American Cultural Center (AACC) at UIC in support of its public humanities programming for its current exhibition: "The Reason Why the Colored American is NOT included in the World's Columbian Exposition." See pictures from the exhibit at the AACC Facebook page; visit the exhibit in person at the African-American Cultural Center, Addams Hall 2nd floor, at UIC.

UIC Stands for Immigration Reform: UIC joins with other institutions of higher education across the United States to raise awareness and take action for immigration reform. A statement of solidarity appears on the Chancellor’s website. UIC is involved in ongoing efforts across campus to support all students of varying degrees of documentation.

We stand together with campus and student leaders at colleges and universities across America in the call for immigration reform to attract, retain, and educate the many deserving students who represent the world’s best and brightest and contribute to our cultural and intellectual diversity. These students have struggled to make it to our doors and trust us to help them make a better future for themselves and their families here in their chosen country. Find more information about resources available to undocumented students at UIC.

A Mosaic for UIC Transformation is a campus-wide, collaborative publication that is the culmination of over three years of work. The plan represents the final phase of the Diversity Strategic Thinking and Planning (DSTP) process and is a mosaic of interconnected goals and actions with the overall purpose of integrating diversity throughout all levels and activities of the campus. (accessible version)

Through the Lens of Diversity articulates the aspirations for diversity on campus, the challenges and opportunities UIC faces, and assisted as an important piece in shaping diversity strategic planning. (accessible version)


Through the Lens of Diversity Portrait Project features several UIC students, faculty and staff members and their stories about diversity as a campus portrait project. We invite you to listen to their stories and experiences and share with others on campus.

The Office for Access and Equity (OAE), as part of the Office of the Chancellor, strives to increase access to employment, programs, and services in an environment free of unlawful discrimination and harassment. Dispute Resolution Services (DRS) provides confidential consultation, facilitation and mediation services to faculty, academic and support staff. OAE's website provides information about Affirmative Action/Academic Hiring and related policies.

Tyrone A. Forman, the Vice Provost for Diversity and Associate Chancellor, manages the Office of Diversity.