Items tagged: Equity and Engagement Department

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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.


Celebrate Juneteenth!

Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops’ arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth is considered the […]


Welcoming Interactive Annual Conference

From May 17 – May 20, Equity and Engagement Dept. staff member, Mary Catherine Roberson attended Welcoming Interactive 2022, an annual conference that highlights successful practices and inspiring stories about immigrant inclusion, programs, policies, and partnerships on economic development, civic engagement, government leadership, and more. Over 400 leaders in community, government, and nonprofit sectors gathered […]


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 […]


City Manager Announces Appointment of Equity and Engagement Director

Today City Manager Dorothy Ann David announced that Rachel Joy has been appointed to the position of Equity and Engagement Director-Chief Equity Officer effective March 21, 2022. Ms. Joy currently serves as the City’s Community Relations Manager and Compliance Officer. She has worked for the City of Champaign since 2016. In her position as Community […]