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Illinois Higher Education Equity Symposium

Southern Illinois University System Receives Insight Into Diversity 2022 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (Heed) Award (Press Release)

The Illinois Higher Education Equity Symposium will gather educational leaders, legislators, and community partners from across the state to create, sustain, and expand equity for every student, employee, and community member. You are invited to this two-day symposium to help disrupt roadblocks to ensure a thriving Illinois.

On June 7, 2022, Governor JB Pritzker signed HB5464 into law. He affirmed, “Access to affordable, quality higher education shouldn’t be a privilege. Today, we take a step forward in ensuring everyone – especially our historically underrepresented students – have the resources and investment necessary to thrive in our first-rate public education system.”

HB5464 requires State public universities and community colleges to develop and implement equity plans and practices to increase the access, retention, completion and student loan repayment rates for minority students, rural students, adult students, women, and people with disabilities who are traditionally underrepresented in education programs and activities.


KEYNOTE:  Nia Haydel, Ph.D., Vice President for Alliance Engagement & Institutional Transformation, Complete College America


Also presenting:  Michael Brown Sr. and Cal Brown of the Michael Brown Foundation


Additional Presenters' Bios

Time Event

October 3, 2022

1:00 – 3:00 PM  Registration
3:00 – 3:10 PM  Welcome, SIU System & IBHE Leaders
3:10 – 4:00 PM   Opening  Keynote: Complete College America
Dr. Nia Haydel, V.P. for Alliance Engagement
& Institutional Transformation
4:00 – 4:15 PM                Break
4:15 – 5:15 PM               Panel:  A Thriving and Equitable Illinois
IBHE and ICCB Leadership
5:15  – 6:00  PM Break
6:00  – 8:00  PM Dinner Networking Session (Food/Open Bar)
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum Tour 

October 4, 2022

7:30 – 8:30 AM Networking Breakfast
8:30  – 8:45 AM  Keynote: Equity for Black Student Access and Success
President Z Scott, Chicago State University
8:45 – 9:45 AM   Presidents Panel:  Implementing Equity for All Learners
9:45  – 10:45  AM  Panel: Enacting Equity in Illinois Colleges and Universities 
10:45 – 11:00 AM  Break
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM  Panel: Equity in Mental Health
NAMI, SIUC and Memorial Health
12:00  – 1:00 PM Networking Lunch
1:15 – 2:15 PM  Closing Keynote: Equitable Communities
Michael Brown, Sr., and Cal Brown, Co-Founders
Michael Brown Foundation
2:15 – 2:30  PM Closing Remarks