Welcome to the Institute for Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Social Justice

Our mission is to develop robust community outreach programs and research agendas that are integrated with classroom practice, the explicit goal of which is to mitigate social injustice.

We support and promote events, programming, and scholarship that recognizes and values human diversity— both on and off campus. We seek to be good collaborators in out community, building bridges through careful listening. And we celebrate scholarship that facilitates engagement with difficult histories and does the hard work of increasing social justice.

We also aim to enhance teaching and pedagogical practices at UIS and beyond that advance equity, respect, and understanding across human experience.

To that end, we house three undergraduate academic programs:

A Major in Liberal Studies

Office: UHB 3000

Email: ldong4@uis.edu nhage01s@uis.edu

Phone: (217) 206-6512

A Minor in African American Studies

Office: UHB 3028

Email: kkema2@uis.edu

Phone: (217) 206-8248

A Minor in Women's and Gender Studies

Office: UHB 3000

Email: class@uis.edu

Phone: (217) 206-7337

Mar 22, 2024
AARP Illinois Interviews Dr. Lesa Johnson on The State of Black Springfield On March 21st, 2024, AARP Illinois interviewed Associate Professor…
Mar 20, 2024
On February 7th, both the Institute on Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Social Justice, and the Diversity Center co-sponsored that month's ECCE…
Jul 14, 2023
The following is an excerpt of a story published by The State Journal-Register on July 14, 2023. "A new Institute that will address diversity, equity,…
Oct 03, 2022
Besides the 12 million Ukrainians who have fled their country due to the current war, there is also a mass exodus of Russian intellectuals, artists, and other…