Chancellor’s Cluster Initiative to Increase Diversity and the Interdisciplinary Culture at UIC

As one of the nation’s most diverse institutions of higher learning, UIC has a compelling academic and administrative interest in achieving diversity in all aspects of the campus. The Cluster Initiative to Increase Diversity and the Interdisciplinary Culture at UIC, launched in 2011 by former UIC Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares, is designed to cultivate diverse academic leadership and enhance the educational experience of our students and the work of our faculty by broadening the array of backgrounds, ideas and disciplines represented on campus.

Seven panel-evaluated clusters, each with its own unique cross-disciplinary and thematically unified five-year hiring plan, have been created by current UIC faculty to bring dynamic new scholars to campus. These thoughtful plans align with UIC’s efforts to support and enrich our students’ lives and its vision for the future as a leading urban research university.

With diversity such a distinctive feature of UIC’s mission and community, comes a responsibility and commitment to welcoming all voices, all people, as well as supporting an atmosphere of openness that guides complex, and sometimes contentious, dialogue. Read more…