Category: Equity & Engagement News

Neighborhood Services Hosts CommYOUnity Block Party at Turnberry Ridge Park

On August 11, 2022, the Neighborhood Services Department hosted a neighborhood based CommYOUnity block party at Turnberry Ridge Park. Employees from the Equity and Engagement Department also assisted with the event. There were backpacks with supplies given to 125 kids. More than 150 neighbors enjoyed an evening of food and games, as well music provided […]


Champaign County Community Coalition Supports Rantoul Works Youth Summer Program

On August 9, 2022, Community Relations Manager Tracy Parsons (Equity and Engagement Dept.) visited with youth participating in “Rantoul Works”, a Champaign County Community Coalition Youth Summer Initiative Program. Nearly 40 youth completed this program, working to clean up neighborhoods in Rantoul for three hours daily in July and August. This was an opportunity for […]


City Hosts Community Meeting in Response to Shooting in the Prairie St. Neighborhood

On August 9, 2022, staff from the Community Safety and Justice Division (Equity and Engagement Department) hosted a community meeting at the Springer Cultural Center in response to a recent shooting in the Prairie St. neighborhood. Residents were informed of Community Gun Violence Reduction Blueprint resources to help address issues and find solutions to acts […]


Equity and Engagement Staff engages with kindergarten students at DREAAM Academy

On Thursday, August 4, 2022, the Community Safety and Justice Division participated in DREAAM Academy’s READ Aloud event for incoming kindergarteners. Justice Victim Advocate, Jarrel Young read “Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem” by Amanda Gorman and gave the children words of encouragement during their huddle time. The youth and staff were informed about the City’s […]


CommYOUnity Block Party at Champaign Park Apartments

On August 4, 2022, the Neighborhood Services Department hosted a neighborhood-based CommYOUnity block party at the Champaign Park Apartments. Employees from the Equity and Engagement Department also assisted with the event. More than 100 neighbors enjoyed an evening of food, fun, and games, as well as music provided by DJ Silkee. Resource and information vendors […]


City Hosts Community Violence Response Meeting with Eisner Park Residents

On July 9, 2022, community members and City staff came together for a Community Violence Response Meeting at the Hays Recreation Center. CU Trauma and Resilience Initiative provided mental support, resources, and attendees received information about the Community Gun Violence Reduction Blueprint and the Neighborhood Ambassadors Program.


Champaign County Community Coalition Hosts Monthly Meeting in Urbana

On Wednesday, July 13th, the Champaign County Community Coalition met at the Radisson Hotel in Urbana to discuss new programs within the community as well as receive updates on existing programs. Attendees received law enforcement updates from Champaign, Urbana, the U of I, and the Sheriff’s Dept. Additional information was shared about Unit 4 Youth […]


$300,000 Donated at Victory Over Violence-Spotlight on Solutions Event

On July 13, 2022, staff from across City departments supported WCIA’s Victory Over Violence Spotlight on Solutions event at Hedge Pop! Park. Community members gathered to enjoy music, games, and food provided by local vendors. $300,000 was donated to the United Way of Champaign County to be put back into the community through both immediate […]


New Equity and Engagement Department Webpages Launched

On July 13, 2022, a new section of the City website featuring the Equity and Engagement Department debuted on the City’s website. Staff from the Equity and Engagement Department, City Manager’s Office, and Information Technologies Department worked with a local firm to design and build out the new pages to showcase all the important work […]


City Staff Discusses Role of the Equity and Engagement Dept. with U of I students

On July 6, Acting Community Relations Manager Mary Catherine Roberson (E&E) spoke to students in the U of I School of Social Work about her work in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Division. Students also learned about the City’s community outreach efforts and ways they can get involved.