Items tagged: ECHO

Mayor and City Staff Host International Political Science Students

On Monday, June 14th, Mayor Deb Frank Feinen along with, Tracy Parsons and Rachel Joy from the office of Equity, Community and Human Rights met with the head of the Israel Military Schools, and other students attending the Israel National Defense College. Lt. Col Tim Scott (Marine Corp) who is currently studying at the college […]


Community Coalition Holds Virtual Meeting

On June 9th the Champaign County Community Coalition hosted its monthly virtual meeting. Representatives from the City of Champaign, City of Urbana, Champaign County Sheriff’s Office, the University of Illinois and Parkland College shared updates with the community, with a particular focus on recent community gun violence. HVNT, Hip Hop Xpress, 48 Hours of Peace, […]


Echo Staff Member Attends Rantoul’s Task Force Meeting

Mary Catherine Roberson, Community Relations Specialist for the Office of Equity, Community and Human Rights, attended Rantoul’s Task Force meeting on Saturday, May 22. Community members shared their safety concerns and discussed a plan of action to address rising community violence.


May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Asian American and Pacific Islander are broad terms and encompass all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway […]


ECHO Staff Attends Youth For Christ Barbecue

On May 13, Tracy Parsons and Mary Catherine Roberson from the Office of Equity, Community and Human Rights attended the Youth For Christ Barbecue with Executive Director Rev. Willie Comer. They are pictured here with the event’s featured speaker, current chaplain and former player for the Chicago Bears, Ray McElroy. *Note this event occurred after the […]


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 […]


Community Anti-Violence initiatives

During the February 16, 2021 City Council Study Session, ECHO and CPD staff shared a 2020 Update Regarding Community Anti-Violence initiatives. The full report can be read on our website. A video recording of the February 16 Council Study Session can be accessed through CGTV Online. ECHO would like to thank all departments/staff, organizations and […]


HACC Dedicates David C. Sankey Center for Youth and Community Development

On January 19, Office of Equity, Community and Human Rights staff (Mary Catherine Roberson and Tracy Parsons) joined the Housing Authority of Champaign County (HACC) for the dedication of the David C. Sankey Center for Youth and Community Development. This HACC EnVision Center was established to promote education and leadership in Champaign County. In partnership with CU […]


Champaign County Youth Share Tips on Staying Safe During the Pandemic

Mary Catherine Roberson, Community Relations Specialist in the Office of Equity, Community and Human Rights, reached out to youth leaders for creative ways to share the importance of staying safe during this COVID-19 pandemic. Enjoy this first submission in the following video: https://www.facebook.com/walkasone/posts/4016153711728778 *The Coalition does not own the rights to this music. Youth names: […]


City Staffer attends New American Dreams National Immigrant Integration Conference

Mary Catherine Roberson, Community Relations Specialist in the City’s Office of Equity, Community and Human Rights, attended the virtual New American Dreams National Immigrant Integration Conference earlier this week.  Attendees heard from special guest Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and discussed how communities can ensure that voices of minority, immigrant, and refugee communities are heard.