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    A Framework for Equity in Illinois


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Jonathan Lopez, Communications and Operations Manager | December 9, 2020Jonathan is an alum of two Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs).  Achieving my dream of a college degree took a lot of work and perseverance. As a young undocumented immigrant in 2006, I graduated high school with the expectation that I would not be able to attend col...
Dear ILEA Partners, It has been wonderful to see your faces onscreen at our virtual events this fall. Thank you for continuing to prioritize the equity work on your campuses in ways that will strengthen your institutions economically and academically, as places of excellence in which to study, work, and grow. The year 2020 has been a year of consid...
With the failure of the fair tax amendment on Illinois ballots this fall, there are fewer options on the table to begin closing Illinois' budget hole and adequately fund services essential to our state economy including higher education. The possible reform of Illinois' longstanding flat tax system couldn't have been more timely as the state contin...
December 2, 2020 by PETER MEDLIN - NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS A new report reflects on the long-term cost of cutting education funding during past recessions and how Illinois can learn from those mistakes during the COVID recession. The Partnership for College Completion argues that recessions are a rare opportunity to make college access and cost mor...
November 28, 2020 by ELYSSA CHERNEY - Chicago Tribune When Ximena Castillo needs to focus on her college coursework, she walks down the hall from her basement apartment in Chicago's Gage Park neighborhood and settles into her new study spot: the laundry room. No one bothers her there. It's quiet and the temperature is comfortable — until, that is, ...
1. What is your current role/title? I serve as Associate Provost for Academic Innovation and Strategic Initiatives. 2. Where did you earn your degrees and what did you study? BA (Political Science), Reed College  AM (Political Science), University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign  PhD (Political Science), University of Illinois, Urbana-Champ...
The fourth ILEA Summit, held October 21-23, 2020, was our first-ever virtual summit, and was unequivocally a success! Over 350 faculty, staff, administrators from your institutions attended the summit, themed Engaging Faculty Champions in Equity Work. The summit kicked-off with a video welcome from Mayor Lori Lightfoot of Chicago, fo...
November 12, 2020 by ELYSSA CHERNEY - Chicago Tribune In Gov. J.B. Pritzker's first remarks after voters rejected his administration's signature proposal for a graduated-rate income tax in Illinois, the first-term Democrat singled out higher education as one of the many state-supported areas that could lose funding as lawmakers try to balance the n...
Jennifer Hernandez, PCC Policy Intern | October 27, 2020 Through the countless articles about inequities in access to online AP tests, learning pods, and the overall digital divide, COVID-19 has brought long-standing and new educational disparities under a harsh, unwavering spotlight. As students transition from high school to college, there are fu...
Keisha Rembert For too long, Illinois' working and low-income residents have borne the brunt of the state's 'flat tax.' A fair tax would ensure the state's wealthiest pay their fair share and Illinois' working and low-income residents have greater access to realizing their dreams - including going to college. Keisha Rembert | October 2020  Keisha Rember...
Data from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission showing costs for low-income students. October 21, 2020 by MIKE MILETICH - WSILTV.com SPRINGFIELD (ILLINOIS CAPITOL BUREAU) – State lawmakers hope to craft a plan to make college more affordable, especially for many in low-income communities. Experts say tuition rates continue to soar compared to the average income for those going to college or tech schools. They also told lawmaker...
Pernevlon Ellis Jr. Dr. Gina M. Rossetti Creating an equity-minded culture is hard work and takes a community of champions to bring to fruition. It takes commitment from all corners of a campus to ensure student pathways and organizational structures and institutional policies and teaching and learning practices are designed in ways that support more equitable outcomes. As members of the ...

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