Items tagged: ECHO

Community Relations Manager Attends Decatur Event, Shares Information on CDAP

Rachel Joy, Community Relations Manager/Compliance Officer presented to the Metro Black Chamber of Commerce in Decatur, IL during a general meeting. The focus of the presentation was around the Champaign Diversity Advancement Program (CDAP).  The discussion included information on the importance of a local certification model, goal setting and working collectively with the community on […]


CU Fresh Start Holds First Call In Event of 2019

Staff from the Office of Equity, Community and Human Rights staff hosted a CU Fresh Start Call In on Thursday, February 21, at the Illinois Terminal. This was an event where local law enforcement and community leaders “call in” a group of participants to share about the effects of gun violence within our community. Around […]


Community Relations Manager Speaks at YMCA Lecture Series

Community Relations Manager Tracy Parsons was the kick off speaker for the YMCA of the University of Illinois Friday Forum Lecture Series “RESIST: Building a Culture of Nonviolence.” Parsons discussed the state of community violence locally and what Champaign is doing to address community safety. There were 80 people in attendance. For information about the Spring 2019 […]


City Recognizes Black History Month

City Recognizes Black History Month with Atrium Display Black history month is celebrated in February nation-wide. Staff from the Office of Equity, Community, and Human Rights (ECHO) put together a display, in the atrium of the City Building, highlighting historical and great African Americans. The ECHO staff invites the public to stop by the City […]


City Holds First Certification Event for Minority & Female Owned Businesses

On December 28, 2018, the Office of Equity, Community and Human Rights partnered with First Followers to host the City’s first Minority/Female Owned Business Certification event. Thirty individuals and organizations attended the event to be certified, and are now on a vendor list. The City will use this list to increase the number of opportunities […]


Minority and Women Owned Business Certification Event – December 28th

The City is pleased to announce the launch of the City of Champaign Diversity Advancement Program (CDAP). This program encourages City departments, contractors and other vendors doing business with the City to increase the amount of goods and services provided by local businesses owned by minorities, women, and other socially and economically disadvantaged groups. To […]


Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Countywide Celebration to be held on January 18, 2019

The 2019 Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Countywide Celebration will be held on Friday, January 18, at 4:00 p.m. This event is being held at the Vineyard Church, 1500 North Lincoln Avenue, in Urbana.  As always, the event is free and open to the public and will feature a presentation of awards and a keynote […]


City Participates in Welcome Awards Celebration

The 5th Annual Welcome Awards Ceremony was held on Saturday, September 22 at the Urbana Free Library. The 2018 Immigrant Welcome Award recipients are:      – Business Leadership Award – Diva Nails      – Community Impact Award – Carle Community Care      – Distinguished Leadership Service Awards – Roaa Al-Heeti, Mike Doyle […]


City Staff, Human Relations Commissioners Host Booth at CU Pride Fest

Staff from the Office of Equity, Community and Human Rights (ECHO), in coordination with the Human Relations Commission, set up an informational booth during CU Pride Fest.  The event was held in Downtown Champaign on Saturday, September 15. The Human Relations Commissioners and ECHO staff provided information to Pride Fest attendees along with giveaways that […]


Atrium Display Case Highlights Welcoming Week

Staff from the New American Welcoming Center at the University YMCA stopped by the City Building to decorate the Atrium display case for the month of September. The display highlights the upcoming Welcoming Week, being marked from September 14 – 23. The week will culminate with the 5th Annual Immigrant Welcome Awards on Saturday, September 22. […]