Category: Equity & Engagement Department News

Keller Williams DEI Workshop

On April 17, 2024, staff from the Equity and Engagement Department presented at Keller Williams Real Estate about the City’s Human Rights Ordinance and how it comes to play in fair housing. Community Relations Manager, Janel Gomez, begin with an overview of what the department does as whole before going more in depth into her […]


2024 Welcoming Interactive

April 10-12, 2024, April Faulkner, Community Relations Specialist with the Equity and Engagement Department, attend the 15th annual Welcoming Interactive in Dallas, Texas. This Interactive, hosted by Welcoming America, is dedicated to immigrant and refugee inclusion in every facet of American life. The conference brought together more than 800 participants from around the United States […]


Community Coalition April Meeting Wrap-up

On April 10th, 2024, the Champaign County Community Coalition held their monthly meeting at the Holiday Inn. The meeting featured two youth panels discussing the current, as well as desired opportunities for programming. Tracy Parsons asked the participants a series of questions aimed at displaying the things they loved about their current programs. The highlight […]


Champaign County Community Coalition Focuses on Youth Perspectives

The Champaign County Community Coalition is focusing on local youth in this month’s meeting on Wednesday, April 10, 2024. The meeting starts at 3:30 p.m. and will be held at the Holiday Inn Conference Center (101 Trade Center Dr., Champaign). Youth representatives from Youth for Christ – Midnight Basketball, DREAAM, Urbana Park District, Don Moyer […]


The Chancellor’s Call to Action to Address Racism & Social Injustice

On April 5, 2024, Community Relations Manager, Janel Gomez, attended a symposium for the Chancellor’s Call to Action to Address Racism & Social Injustice. In 2020, Chancellor Robert J. Jones announced a $2 million annual commitment to support research that examines racism and social injustice.  Over two dozen projects have been sponsored by this year’s […]


Prime Contractor Breakfast

On Friday, March 29, 2024 the City’s Equity and Engagement Department in partnership with the Finance Department, hosted a breakfast for prime contractors to learn more about the City’s procurement process and diversity efforts. City staff were also invited to participate and speak to vendors.  More than 30 people were in attendance and our prime […]


2nd Annual “Rising Star” Program

On March 28, 2024, the Champaign County Community Coalition, Parkland College, Champaign Unit 4, and Urbana 116 schools came together to promote black student excellence. The 2nd annual “Rising Star” program recognized any 5th or 8th grade African American student that has shown academic promise and/or academic excellence. Using a variety of data sets (including […]


Dispute Resolution Institute Informational

On March 28, 2024, Mikal Washington with the Equity and Engagement Department and Joe Lamberson with the Champaign Police Department attended a listening session hosted by Dispute Resolution Institute. The event brought together community leaders and local service providers to discuss conflict resolution. Participants were able to share insight into how the community currently deals […]


Community Wide Engagement Event

On Saturday March 30, 2024, Justice Victim Advocate, Eric Toga (E&E) attended a community wide engagement event at Arrowhead Lanes organized by Immediate Effective Change Foundation and the Victory Open Violence Initiative. This social event was designed to bring families together in a safe and positive environment. Providers were there to sign up families for […]