Category: Equity & Engagement News

Community Safety and Justice Meeting

On November 21st, staff from the Community Safety and Justice Division (Equity & Engagement) hosted a community meeting at The Champaign Public Library in response to recent shooting incidents in the Champaign area. Residents were informed about the Community Gun Violence Reduction Blueprint resources to help address these issues and find solutions to acts of […]


Community Coalition Monthly Meeting

On November 9th, the Champaign County Community Coalition held its monthly meeting that was focused on workforce development within the community. The University of Illinois Human Resources Office came to promote their open positions and highlight their summer internship program. Parkland College presented about their Support for Workforce Training (SWFT) program. This program aids community […]


City Staff Discusses Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with Local Boy Scouts

On November 17, 2022, Acting Community Relations Manager Mary Catherine Roberson (Equity and Engagement) met with members of the Boys Scouts of America Troop 101. The Troop is comprised of students from Champaign and Savoy. The scouts are working to earn their “Citizenship and Society” merit badges by learning about efforts to address equity within […]


New Champaign Spotlight Features Rachel Joy

The City’s video magazine show, Champaign Spotlight, is back! Each episode of the show puts the spotlight on the people, programs, and events of the City of Champaign. The latest episode features Communications Manager Jeff Hamilton interviewing Equity and Engagement Director Rachel Joy.  Rachel first shares how the department was formed to meet the needs […]


Welcoming Week Thank You Reception

On October 28th, Equity and Engagement staff member, April Faulkner, attended the Welcoming Week Thank-You Reception. This was social event for participants of Welcoming Week to come together and share what the week’s events meant to them. There was music from the Jasmine Field Orchestra, and more than a dozen organizations were in attendance.


City’s Human Relations Commission Meets for Retreat

On Saturday, October 29, Acting Community Relations Manager Mary Catherine Roberson (Equity and Engagement Department) met with members of the City’s Human Relations Commission (HRC) for a half-day retreat. The HRC is responsible for the promotion of equal rights and opportunities in the City and enforcement of the City’s Human Rights Ordinance. The group participated […]


City Participates in Bundle Up Winter Clothing Drive

This year, the City of Champaign is again partnering with the Champaign Park District and Champaign Center Partnership for the Bundle Up Clothing Drive. We are collecting winter items such as coats, hats gloves, scarves, etc. (new or gently used) until December 19th for those most in need. The City Building will be one of […]


Halloween on Hedge x Dia de los Muertos a Success

On October 22, 2022, the Planning and Development Department coordinated Halloween on Hedge x Dia de los Muertos, the final programming celebration of the season at Hedge POP! Park. Multiple departments, including Planning and Development, Public Works, Equity and Engagement, Neighborhood Services, Fire, and Police, came together to celebrate the community and all things spooky! […]


City Staff Recognized at Forty Under 40 Luncheon

On October 27, 2022, Central Illinois Business’ 15th annual Forty Under 40 event was held at the Champaign Holiday Inn. The City of Champaign is proud to share that this year’s class of 40 honorees included City employees Kathryn Cataldo (Legal), Jacqueline Kalipeni (Neighborhood Services), Brittany Millington (Library), Timothy Rivest (Police), and Mary Catherine Roberson […]