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[DATES ADDED] Anti-Racism Task Force to Host Town Halls

September 19, 2023

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[DATES ADDED] MACOMB/MOLINE, IL - - The Western Illinois University Anti-Racism Task Force will host multiple town hall meetings for University faculty, staff and students.

The Anti-Racism Task Force (ARTF), composed of members of the faculty, staff and students from both campuses, as well as community members, launched in March 2022 and was charged by President Guiyou Huang to recommend and take meaningful actions to dismantle racism and further the University's justice, inclusion, diversity, and equity (JIDE) efforts. The ARTF's first objective was to identify anti-racism initiatives and advise/support the creation of the University's Diversity Plan.

During the town hall meetings, Carl Ervin, interim director of WIU Office of Justice, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity, and Lorette Oden, dean of the Centennial Honors College, along with members of the Anti-Racism Task Force, will share the University-wide diversity plan and the results of the campus climate survey administered during the Spring 2023 semester.

Student Town Hall Meeting: 3:30-4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 6, Multicultural Center Multipurpose Room

Staff Town Hall Meeting: noon-1:00 p.m., Friday, Sept. 8, Multicultural Center Boardroom (second floor)

Faculty Town Hall Meeting: 3-4 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 12, Multicultural Center Multipurpose Room

Community Town Hall Meeting: 5:30-6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14, Macomb City Hall Community Room

QC Faculty and Staff Town Hall Meeting: 12:30-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 4, QC Complex, room 2406

QC Student Town Hall Meeting: 3-4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 4, QC Complex, room 2406

For more information on the meeting, contact Ervin at

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