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Illinois State University's Office of the President sent out its latest diversity, equity, and inclusion update Monday afternoon.

The update focuses on a Milner Library systemic racism resource guide, the Center for Civic Engagement's Deliberative Dialogues and a call for business names to be added to the University’s Supplier Diversity initiative. 

This semester, Milner Library presented an online resource that explores systemic racism.

The guide has links to magazine articles, news articles and books on topics including anti-Black racismracism against Indigenous Peopleanti-Hispanic and anti-Latinx racism and anti-Arab and anti-Asian racism. There are also links to films available to ISU patrons through the Kanopy archive. 

The Center for Civic Engagement started a new program, known as Deliberative Dialogues, to encourage students to discuss their perspectives and actively listen to others. The program offers opportunities to guide conversations on topics that include immigration, climate change, mental health and safety and justice. 

Those who would like to request Deliberative Dialogue sessions for courses, departments or organizations can email

The update also discusses that the Office of the Vice President for Finance and Planning is looking for assistance regarding an expansion of its list of businesses under the University’s Supplier Diversity program. 

“As a state entity, we follow the Illinois Procurement Code when it comes to choosing vendors. The lists of BEP-certified vendors provided by the state can be limiting. We’re looking to grow our network of minority-owned businesses in the state,” Vice President for Finance and Planning Dan Stephens said. 

The full email can be read below.

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