The Chancellor's Call to Action to Address Racism & Social Injustice Research Symposium

Research Symposium

April 5, 2024

Levis Faculty Center, 919 W. Illinois St., Urbana, Ill. 61801

The work of each Call to Action research funding year is showcased at a symposium to share project results and recognize the extraordinary accomplishments of the project leaders. The research of the second funding year will be presented Friday, April 5, 2024 at the Levis Faculty Center.

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Program Agenda

8:00 AM          Breakfast and Registration
9:00 AM          Land Acknowledgement
9:05 AM          Welcome and Overview
9:15 AM          Ignite Talks Round One
9:45 AM          Break
10:00 AM         Ignite Talks Round Two
10:30 AM         Break
10:45 AM         Poster Sessions (Levis Faculty Center Floors 1-4)
11:45 AM         End of Poster Sessions

Ignite Talks Round One

ommunity-Based Innovation

  • Addressing Disparities in Health Outcomes in our Local African American Community
  • Social Movements as Curriculum in Schools
  • Addressing COVID-19 Health Disparities in Partnership with Local African American Churches
  • Establishing a Community-Based Curriculum Materials Collaborative for Health Justice Science Education

Systemic Institutional Change

  • Minoritarian Aesthetics
  • Trauma-Informed Simulations: A Strategy to Address Community Mental Health Trauma Resulting from Systemic Racism and Police Violence
  • Building a Race and Immigration Dialog on Global Exclusions (BRIDGE) with New American Welcome Center (NAWC) to Recognize and Redress the Racial Structures in Immigration Policies and Processes
  • (Re)framing the Student Veteran: Intersectionality and Military-connected Student Services in Higher Education

Societal Impact

  • Promoting Indigenous Andean Heritage within the Latino Population: Creating a Community of Practice for Learning Quechua Language and Culture
  • Reinterpreting Africa: Centering Diverse and Authentic Cultural Voices in a Museum Gallery
  • Understanding Challenges and Strategies to Assist Foster Care Providers in Meeting the Needs of African-American Children Involved in the Child Welfare System
  • Closing the Racial Disparity Gap in Juveniles Transferred to Adult Court
  • Supergraphic Landscapes: Spatializing American Blackness
  • Empowering Youth Impacted by Violence in Champaign County to Promote Health Equity: A Photo-Voice Project
  • Interactive Cultural Competency Training for Healthcare Providers to Address Disparities in Black Maternal Health


Ignite Talks Round Two

Societal Impact

  • Illinois Children’s Autism Resources for Equitable Services (Illinois CARES)
  • Understanding Young Adults’ Perceptions of East Asians and Mechanisms for Improving Cultural Awareness, Competency, and Inclusivity
  • Determining Racial Bias in Drinking Water Quality Among Private Well Users in Chicagoland
  • Building Tenant-based Capacity to Address Bed Bug Infestations in Low-Income Housing
  • Yellow Peril Redux: From Coolies to Concentration Camps, Trade Wars, and Coronavirus
  • Creating a Sustainable and Continuously Updating Registry of Police Shootings for Every Community in Illinois
  • Champaign County Guaranteed Income Project
  • Funding Support for CREA’s Evaluation of the LIFT Champaign Program
  • The Use of Social Capital by School Leaders of Color: Peer Networks for Attaining Racial Equity and Justice
  • Enacting Collaborative Partnerships to Develop a Sustainable School-Based Mental Health Intervention to Counter Negative Effects of Racial and Violent Trauma on Black Youth in Champaign Unit 4 Schools