A more inclusive ACES in 2013

A more inclusive ACES in 2013

Jan 4
Jesse Thompson, Assistant Dean, Academic Programs
  

As we move forward into 2013, the ACES student body and campus, like our nation, continues to grow increasingly diverse. It is important that we continue to promote programs and attitudes that encourage cultural pluralism and dispel some of the uncomfortable feelings that we all tend to have about people whose heritage or physical appearance is different. That means that we, as a community of student learners and professional educators, need to come together to develop ways to expand our multicultural perspectives.

Inclusive Illinois, an initiative lead by the Office of the Chancellor, is one of the ways that the campus has sought to recognize and value the changing population on our campus of racial and ethnic minorities, international students, sexual orientation, and people with disabilities. Inclusive Illinois also seeks to help us recognize that diverse backgrounds and experiences influence how we learn together and succeed as a university community.

We seek to help our students, through team-based projects, workplace experiences, travel abroad, and leadership activities in both classroom and non-classroom settings, gain a better understanding of those factors which will be critical for their success in this increasingly diverse and global job market. If we are successful, current students will recognize that each culture has something positive to contribute, and as graduates, they will work together to find solutions to this ever-changing society and global workforce.