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Diversity Center

The Diversity Center fosters a supportive environment for students to live, learn and grow as members of the academic community and as individuals. We develop understanding of differences through educational, cultural, and social activities.

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Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage is only the first of many heritage months that is sponsored by the Diversity Center, and it runs from September 15 to October 15. During this time, the Diversity Center collaborates with student organizations, such as OLAS,  to bring several events to the campus that educate the community about the vast Hispanic culture.

The celebration of Hispanic Heritage month started in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson, and then was later expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to span the full 30 days. Hispanic Heritage month commences September 15, because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. If you want some more information about Hispanic Heritage month watch this video.


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Contacts

diversity@uis.edu
(217) 206-6333

Dr. Clarice Ford, Ed.D.

Executive Director

Sophia Gehlhausen Anderson

Acting Director and Coordinator of Programs and Outreach for Hispanic/Latino Students

Monique Williams

Coordinator of the Necessary Steps Program

Justin Rose

Coordinator of Diverse Student Programing

Kerry Pointer

Director of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning and Allied Resource Office

Office Location

Student Life Building (SLB),
Room 22

Diversity Center Hours

Academic Year 2014 – 2015
Monday – Friday: 8am – 6pm
Additional hours available
upon request

Diversity Center lounge area is open
Mon. – Wed.: 8am – 11pm
Thurs. & Fri.: 8am – 1:00am
Sat.: 10pm – 1:00am
Sun.: 9am – 11pm

To reserve the space, contact the SOC office at: (217) 206-4762