In the latest episode of Champaign City Profiles, Station Manager Brian Paris talks with April Faulkner, a Community Relations Specialist in the Equity and Engagement Department. In the podcast, April provides some examples of what her department does and how her role is to help drive the department’s important work forward. One project that she […]
On August 3, 2023, Neighborhood Services hosted a game night at Providence at Thornberry. Typically held in neighborhood parks, this game night was held at the Providence club house. Families enjoyed games, music and a bounce house. Staff also invited the Providence neighbors back to the clubhouse for an education and resource fair planned for […]
On February 15, Deputy City Manager Joan Walls and Equity and Engagement Director/Chief Equity Officer Rachel Joy presented information on the Community Gun Violence Reduction Blueprint during a meeting of the Social Science Club of Champaign and Urbana. The presentation was part of the Club’s 135th year of events. The presentation provided an overview and […]
On January 12, 2023, Acting Community Relations Manager, Mary Catherine Roberson and Justice Victim Advocate, Jarrel Young (Equity and Engagement) attended Healing Circles at Centennial High School. These weekly sessions provide young men an opportunity to connect with community leaders and receive empowering messages of hope and resilience.
On November 17, 2022, Acting Community Relations Manager Mary Catherine Roberson (Equity and Engagement) met with members of the Boys Scouts of America Troop 101. The Troop is comprised of students from Champaign and Savoy. The scouts are working to earn their “Citizenship and Society” merit badges by learning about efforts to address equity within […]
On Saturday, October 29, Acting Community Relations Manager Mary Catherine Roberson (Equity and Engagement Department) met with members of the City’s Human Relations Commission (HRC) for a half-day retreat. The HRC is responsible for the promotion of equal rights and opportunities in the City and enforcement of the City’s Human Rights Ordinance. The group participated […]
On August 13, 2022, staff from the City’s Equity and Engagement Department staffed a booth at Champaign-Urbana Days, located at Douglas Park. Community members gathered to enjoy music, activities, and food provided by local vendors. Staff were able to speak to community members about resources that the City has to offer. The booth hosted a […]
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 […]
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 […]
In honor of #WearOrange Weekend the Equity and Engagement Department collected staff food donations the week of May 30, 2022. All the food that was collected will be given to the C-U Public Health District’s food bank.