Commitment by the USDA to Civil Rights
Civil Rights Policy Statement of the United States Department of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary, Thomas J. Vilsack, June 8, 2016.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs).
For more on the USDA non-descrimination stance you can view their poster on the topic.
Commitment by the Illinois Agricultural Experiment Station to Civil Rights
The commitment of the Illinois Agricultural Experiment Station (IAES) to the most fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity requires that decisions involving resource allocation to research, students and employees be based on individual merit and be free from discrimination in all its forms. The IAES is committed providing participants, clients and the public with equal access to IAES programs and program information. We strive to assure that civil rights are consistently observed throughout the IAES through guidance for employees and clientele in filing, handling and mitigating complaints of discrimination and reducing barriers to equal access and opportunity.
Non-Discrimination Statement of the IAES
The IAES will not engage in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, order of protection status, genetic information, marital status, disability, sexual orientation including gender identity, unfavorable discharge from the military or status as a protected veteran and will comply with all federal and state nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and Civil Rights laws, orders and regulations. This nondiscrimination policy applies to admissions, employment, access to, and treatment in IAES programs and activities.
University complaint and grievance procedures provide employees and students with the means for resolution of complaints that allege a violation of this Statement. Members of the public should direct their inquiries or complaints to the appropriate equal opportunity officers indicated below. Policies of the IAES align with policies and rules of the University of Illinois to further opportunities for equal employment to all persons.
As a participant in research and outreach programs of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the IAES ascribes to the non-discrimination statement of the USDA.
Promoting Diversity and Inclusion
"Inclusive Illinois, one campus, many voices, is the University’s commitment to cultivating a community at Illinois where everyone is welcomed, celebrated and respected."
Diversity Values Statement
As the state’s premier public university, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s core mission is to serve the interests of the diverse people of the state of Illinois and beyond. The institution thus values inclusion and a pluralistic learning and research environment, one in which we respect the varied perspectives and lived experiences of a diverse community and global workforce. We support diversity of worldviews, histories, and cultural knowledge across a range of social groups including race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, abilities, economic class, religion, and their intersections.
Ensuring access to the Illinois experience and committing to recruiting a full representation of the state’s diverse populace in terms of students, faculty, staff, and administrators allows the University to respond to the needs of contemporary society. At the same time, it demonstrates the importance of diversity to strengthen excellence and innovation. Diversity is strength, and with it comes excellence! Research indicates that people from diverse backgrounds working together identify more creative solutions to problems than people working in more homogenous groups. Thus, increased diversity encourages everyone on campus to think in more creative and innovative ways. This in turn enhances several important functions of the campus, including the production of ground-breaking research designed to address pressing societal needs and the training of future leaders to effectively work within increasingly diverse and global settings.