Welcome to the UIS Institute for Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Social Justice, a new hub for academic study and campus and community outreach.

Our mission is to foster interdisciplinary connections within and outside of the UIS campus to help address social justice issues in central Illinois and beyond. We offer a major in Liberal Studies, a minor in Women and Gender Studies, and a minor in African American Studies, and we can connect organizations and businesses with resources to build and strengthen Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) initiatives.

Academic Programs

African-American Studies

African-American Studies

Dr. Kamau Kemayo
Email: kkema2@uis.edu
Office: UHB 3028
Phone: (217) 206-8248
Women and Gender Studies

Women and

Gender Studies

Dr. Tena L. Helton, Acting Chair
Email: thelt2@uis.edu
Office: UHB 3000
Phone: (217) 206-7337
Liberal and Integrative Studies

Liberal and

Integrative Studies

Office: UHB 3000
Email: class@uis.edu
Phone: (217) 206-6512


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