Diversity & Inclusion - Southwestern Illinois College

Celebrate LGBT+ Month


Rodney Wilson founded LGBTQ+ History Month in 1994 and in that year became the first openly gay public school teacher in Missouri. In 2020, he was named a Missouri Trailblazer by the Missouri State Museum. His story is told in the documentary-short “Taboo Teaching: A Profile of Missouri Teacher Rodney Wilson.” On social media: @rodneycwilson.

Hispanic Heritage Month at SWIC

Learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month@SWIC Library!

Celebrate and explore Hispanic Heritage Sept. 15-Oct. 15

Don’t miss the virtual presentation of “Latines in Illinois and the USA: Music as a Cultural History” with Catalina Maria Johnson, Ph.D. on Tues., Oct 5, 2021 at 11:00 A.M.  

Email amy.brockman@swic.edu to request the Zoom presentation link.
About the virtual presentation:

Music can be viewed and “read” as a tool that shares the cultural values, roots, and history of peoples. Over the years, numerous Latino musical genres share the concerns of Latinos throughout the years. For example, there are songs about immigrant woes of the early 20th century to today. Recently, Latinos around the U.S. commented on the 43 student-teachers murdered in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero by creating various songs in different genres. This program focuses on a broad overview of milestones the last 75 years of music in the Latino U.S. as a way of understanding the history, roots, and concerns of Latinos in this land, with a special emphasis on Mexican and Puerto Rican musicians in Illinois as Latino populations that have profoundly marked the state’s culture and music.

The presentation, paired with slides and musical samples, is lively and focused on participation, discussion, and exploration of complex topics through musical enjoyment! 

About the presenter:

Catalina Maria Johnson, Ph.D. is a Chicago-based journalist. She hosts and produces her own radio show, Beat Latino, which airs in Chicago on Vocalo (Chicago Public Media). Catalina is also a regular contributor to NPR, Bandcamp, Downbeat and other outlets and a member of the editorial board of Revista Contratiempo.

Catalina credits the tenacious insistence of a Mexican mom and a German/Swedish dad for the extraordinary gift of a bilingual and bicultural heritage. Thanks to them, she grew up between two cities named St. Louis, one in Missouri, and the other, San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Her music journalism explores the extraordinary diversity of the global music scene with an emphasis on Latin and Latino music – from the most traditional roots music to cutting-edge electronic grooves. It is also very important to her to focus on the cultural riches that immigrants bring to the country of destiny, an invaluable and often unrecognized gift.

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.

Contact Us

For questions or more information call Amy Brockman at 618-235-2700, ext. 5324
or via email: amy.brockman@swic.edu