Category: City Manager’s Office News

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (as of 2009, officially changed from Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month) recognizes the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. The theme for AAPI Heritage Month 2021 is Advancing Leaders Through Purpose-Driven Service . For yearlong […]


Champaign’s Human Relations Commission to Hold Public Hearing in Discrimination Case

On May 3, 2021, the City of Champaign’s Human Relations Commission will conduct the first day of a public hearing in a human rights case alleging that the former Rogue Barbershop discriminated against a resident on the basis of sex. The public hearing will be conducted during the regular Human Relations Commission meeting, which will […]


City Staff Connects with Community to Address Gun Violence

City Staff Connects with Community to Address Gun Violence On April 21st Mary Catherine Roberson, Community Relations Specialist and Tracy Parsons, Community Relations Manager and Compliance Officer, joined the Coalition’s Community Violence Response Team (CVRT) and Urbana School District #116 for a community conversation about recent incidents of gun violence. Click here if you would […]


LIFT Champaign Program Presented to City Council

                   LIFT Champaign Program Presented to City Council On April 20th City staff (Joan Walls, Deputy City Manager; Rachel Joy and Tracy Parsons, Community Relations Managers & Compliance Officers and Unit 4 School District staff (Angela L. Ward, Assistant Superintendent of Equity & Community Engagement; Orlando Thomas, Executive […]


Champaign Human Relations Commission Hosts Monthly Virtual Meeting

On April 5, 2021 The City of Champaign – Human Relations Commission had their monthly meeting. They received a presentation from Yaguang Lian, acting President of Chinese American Association of Central Illinois. If you missed it and would like to watch it, please click here. Please click here for a list of local and national […]


Champaign Human Relations Commission Hosts Monthly Virtual Meeting

On April 5, 2021 The City of Champaign – Human Relations Commission had their monthly meeting. They received a presentation from Yaguang Lian, acting President of Chinese American Association of Central Illinois. If you missed it and would like to watch it, please click here. Please click here for a list of local and national […]


New Episode of The Mayor Feinen Podcast Features Goal Getters Program

The latest episode of The Mayor Feinen Podcast was released on April 2, 2021, and features an engaging discussion about the Goal Getters program. Goal Getters is a program that provides academic and behavioral guidance, mentorship, social emotional learning opportunities, family focused activities and positive community experiences to a select group of Unit 4 high […]


City Staffer Moderates Virtual Summit of Hope

On March 24, 2021, Mary Catherine Roberson (Community Relations Specialist in the Office of Equity, Community and Human Rights) moderated the Summit of Hope – a virtual resource fair for members of the formerly incarcerated community. This event was coordinated in partnership with the Illinois Department of Corrections, Illinois Department of Public Health, the Champaign […]


Resources for Champaign-Urbana’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities

The City of Champaign is saddened by, and condemns the acts of intolerance, hate, and violence occurring across the country against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.  These types of intolerable actions against anyone are unacceptable, including members of Champaign-Urbana’s valued Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. If anyone experiences these discriminatory or violent acts they are asked to report them so they can be investigated. Below is a list of local and national resources that may be useful:  Report Violence to Law Enforcement:  Call 9–1–1  Discrimination/Human Rights Violations in Champaign – Contact the City […]