Diversity & Inclusion | Southwestern Illinois College

March is Women’s HER-story Month!

Learn more about Women’s History Month @ SWIC Library!

Event Spotlight: “Casting a Historic Vote: Suffrage in Illinois”
virtual presentation by Jeanne Schultz Angel.
Tuesday, March 23   12:30-1:45 p.m.  Microsoft TEAMS

Prior to 1920, women were denied the vote in the majority of elections in the United States. The struggle for enfranchisement began with the birth of our nation and was strategized differently in our local, state, and federal elections.

Despite what people today believe to be a straightforward goal, the path to women’s suffrage was infused with sexism and racism and triggered a fear of feminism whose roots are still seen today.

While wealthy women advocates played a vital role in the suffrage movement, they were not the only ones seeking enfranchisement. From attorney Ellen Martin, the first woman to vote in Illinois, to Ida B. Wells, a woman who did not let racism stop her voice, women’s suffrage has been a battle hard fought by a diverse group of activists in Illinois.

February is Black History Month!

Learn more about Black History online at Black History Month 2021 @ SWIC Library!

Event Spotlights

Diversity Chat: Is White Privilege Real?

Join us for the Microsoft TEAMS panel discussion:

“Is White Privilege Real?” on Wednesday, March 10 at 11 a.m.

The live chat was recorded and can now be viewed.

Discussion panelists include:
  • Sonny Wilson, College Inclusion Ambassador Coordinator
  • Tracey Hayes, Assistant Professor, Sociology
  • Chantay White-Williams, Associate Professor, English & African American Literature

Why Do We Still Need Black History Month?” 

Zoom presentation by by Lecia Rives, Esq. from Speak Up Enterprise was held Wed., Feb. 24 at 11 a.m.

Join us for an exploration of stories from slave’s narratives to modern day police brutality.  Along the way you will learn 9 little known facts about African Americans we should all know. 

About Us

The SWIC Diversity & Inclusion Committee is a group of faculty, staff, and student leaders who meet monthly to discuss and plan educational and social events and activities for students and the communities we serve district wide.

Our Mission

The mission of Southwestern Illinois College’s Diversity and Inclusion programming is to promote the understanding and respect for others regardless of race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin/ancestry, disability, sexual orientation or age through education and activities programming for our students and community.