Is Diversity Training in Illinois In Jeopardy?
In recent months, a lot of Americans have been looking inward and examining how race has shaped the privileges they've been given — as well as how our own biases, whether conscious or not, affect the way we view others. This was in part sparked by the death of George Floyd, a Black man who was killed by a white Minneapolis police officer who knelt on his neck during an arrest. More workplaces, institutions and companies turned to diversity training. But an executive order signed by President Donald J. Trump last month seeks to limit the type of diversity training that can be offered.
The 21st spoke to two professors and a vice chancellor for diversity to hear more about what this executive order might mean for diversity training in Illinois.
Joseph Flynn, Associate Director for Academic Affairs, Center for Black Studies and Associate Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, Northern Illinois University
Roberto Barrios, Professor of Anthropology at Southern Illinois University
Gioconda Guerra Perez, Ph.D. and Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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