Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


It has been an exciting year focusing on Chancellor Jones’ priority to develop an Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (OVCDEI) that will focus on making our campus a place where all people can achieve their full potential as students, faculty and staff through development of innovative strategies, collaboration, and partnerships. Over the past year, I have come to appreciate the diversity work and efforts which play such an important part of the history and mission at the University of Illinois. This includes research, teaching, student support initiatives and many other efforts that provide an important foundation to transform our University in a way that meets the needs of our diverse community. My hope is that this report will provide you with a preview of OVCDEI, which was officially inaugurated July 1, 2018, and an understanding of future efforts that will contribute to institutional transformation that benefits everyone. While the report focuses on OVCDEI, we thought it important to provide a sampling of the diversity, equity & inclusion efforts from across the campus to demonstrate commitment in a broader context. We look forward to working with you in the coming months toward creating a more welcoming environment for all people and to prepare all our students to work in a diverse and global world.


Mission Statement of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

As members of this university, we seek to create a diverse and inclusive community for learning and working that is open, just, and welcoming. We derive strength from the pursuit of complex ideas, the value of multiple perspectives, and a commitment to work, scholarship, and research that asks the difficult questions needed to change the world. At the heart of who we are is a commitment to dialogue and positive social change, and core to our efforts is the acknowledgement of Native peoples and the land on which this University was founded.


Vice Chancellor’s Office

  • Sean C. Garrick

    Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


    Assistant: Holly Clingan (

  • Gioconda Guerra Pérez

    Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity


  • Pending

    Associate Vice Chancellor, Office for Access & Equity

  • Adam VanDuyne

    Director, Finance and Administration


  • Elizabeth K. Tsukahara

    Assistant Director for Communications


  • Jenny L. Davis

    Chancellor's Fellow for Indigenous Research and Ethics

    Assistant Professor of Anthropology


Office for Access & Equity

Title IX

Academic Inclusive Excellence

  • Kaamilyah Abdullah-Span, JD

    Director of Prevention and Climate


  • Medra Roberts-Southerland

    Assistant Director for Diversity Initiatives


  • Jorge Mena Robles

    Associate Director for Student Support (OVCDEI)

    Assistant Director, La Casa Cultural Latina (OIIR)


Business, Community & Economic Development


  • Office for Access and Equity

    The mission of the Office for Access and Equity is to serve as a resource to campus units by facilitating compliance awareness and promoting an inclusive community through diversity, education and outreach initiatives.

  • Title IX

    The Lead Title IX Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the University's efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 ("Title IX"), which prohibits sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct, in education programs and activities for institutions that receive federal financial assistance, as well as retaliation for the purpose of interfering with any right or privilege protected by Title IX. The Lead Title IX Coordinator oversees the University's response to all reports and complaints of sexual misconduct to monitor outcomes, identify and address any patterns or systemic problems, and to assess their effects on the campus climate.

  • Office for Business, Community & Economic Development

    The Office for Business, Community & Economic Development was established in 2018 to provide programs and services that address socio and economic issues impacting diverse communities in the state of Illinois and, in particular, the Champaign County region, and serve as a gateway to the UIUC resources. For more information, please contact the Office for Business, Community & Economic Development by sending an email to

  • Academic Inclusive Excellence

    The Office of Academic Inclusive Excellence works in collaboration with the Provost Office and Student Affairs to ensure a welcoming and an inclusive climate for all undergraduate students attending Illinois. The office provides leadership and consultation on issues of recruitment and retention of underrepresented student groups.