Category: Equity & Engagement News

City staff participated in Community Coalition Walk As One Event

On May 12, City staff from the City Manager’s Office, the Equity and Engagement Dept., Police Dept., and the Neighborhood Services Dept. participated in a Champaign Community Coalition Walk As One event in partnership with United Way’s Read, Talk, Play Everyday Initiative. This initiative stresses the importance of playing and reading with children at a […]


Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

In May, we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, to remember and honor the histories of Americans from across the Asian continent and from the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. May commemorates the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary […]


Champaign County Community Coalition – May Meeting

On May 11, the Champaign County Community Coalition hosted its monthly meeting in person at the Holiday Inn, Champaign. Law enforcement leadership from the City of Champaign, City of Urbana, Parkland, and U of I the shared updates regarding community violence, as well as community engagement and employment opportunities. Tracy Parsons welcomed Rachel Joy, Director/ […]


Champaign Coalition Committee Hosts Community Conversation 

On April 28, the Champaign County Community Coalition Race Relations Committee hosted a Community Conversation on Race and Race Relations, featuring facilitated group discussions based on the podcast, “Silence is Not An Option.” Attendees discussed the importance of having these conversations with diverse audiences to learn about others’ experiences and perspectives.


YES Program

On April 21, 2022, the Equity and Engagement Department hosted an informational session with Youth Employment Services (YES) Program Coordinator Mindy Smith. The YES Program is a partnership with Champaign Unit 4 Schools which places high school students at work sites across Champaign. Representatives from multiple City departments attended and learned ways their departments could […]


Facilitating Contentious Issues Workshop

On April 9, 2022, the Community Coalition Race Relations Committee hosted a facilitator training workshop – “Facilitating Contentious Issues.” The Committee encourages conversations regarding race and race relations and assists community members with skills to continue the discussion. Equity and Engagement Department staff participated in the training alongside twelve community members.


Equity and Engagement Staff Attend  “Healing Circles” Meeting

On April 8, 2022, Equity and Engagement Department staff attended the weekly “Healing Circles” meeting at Champaign Centennial High School. Several high school students worked on vision boards and discussed their goals with program staff. Presenters included Sam Smith (Director of Civic Engagement and Social Practice at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts) and Unit 4 […]


Champaign County Community Coalition Hosts Monthly Meeting

On April 13, 2022, the Champaign County Community Coalition hosted its monthly meeting at the Holiday Inn in Champaign. Law enforcement leadership from the City of Champaign, U of I, and the Sheriff’s Office shared updates regarding community violence, as well as community engagement and employment opportunities. Presenters shared information regarding the Youth Employment Services […]


Equity and Engagement Staff Attend Xtigone Reading

On Friday, March 25, Equity and Engagement staff attended a dramatic reading of “Xtigone,” presented by Champaign and Urbana middle and high school students. Xtigone is in response to gun violence in the Champaign-Urbana community and in tribute to victims of this violence. This collaborative theater event adapts Sophocles’ Antigone, an ancient play whose themes […]