In an effort to enlighten, educate, and ignite conversation around creating a more racially just campus environment at Illinois State University, the Culturally Responsive Campus Community (CRCC) Committee will hold a two-part mini-conference on Thursday evening, March 17, and Friday morning, March 18.

Faculty, staff, students, and community members are invited to register for this event, which features Richard Milner, director of the Center for Urban Education at the University of Pittsburgh.

Conference Theme

Over the last year, racial justice protests and demonstrations by college students have unfolded across America. All share a common theme: that many campus environments have not created equitable experiences for students from historically marginalized racial and cultural backgrounds and that racism does, indeed, still permeate academic spaces. Illinois State is committed to being a part of the conversation. The campus community has begun to dismantle these injustices and create a campus community that is inclusive and truly embodies diversity as one of its core institutional values. The mini-conference is designed to further these important goals.


Thursday, March 17
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Brown Ballroom, Bone Student Center

An interactive seminar conducted by Richard Milner, educator, author, and director of the Center for Urban Education at the University of Pittsburgh. Light refreshments will be served.

Friday, March 18
9 to 11:30 a.m.

Brown Ballroom, Bone Student Center

A community round-table discussion will follow up on Milner’s Thursday night seminar. Donuts and coffee will be served.

Questions?  Email Stacey Hardin, Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education.

About the Speaker

H. Richard Milner IV (also known as Rich) is the Helen Faison Endowed Chair of Urban Education, Professor of Education as well as director of the Center for Urban Education at the University of Pittsburgh. He has courtesy professorship appointments in Africana Studies, Sociology and Social Work. His research, teaching, and policy interests concern urban teacher education, African American literature, and the sociology of education.

In particular, Milner’s research examines practices and policies that support teacher effectiveness in urban schools. His research has appeared in numerous journals, and he has published six books. In 2015, Milner received the Division K Award for Innovations in Research on Diversity in Teacher Education from the American Educational Research Association. In 2016, he became a fellow of the American Educational Research Association.  Currently, he is editor-in-chief of Urban Education and co-editor of the Handbook of Urban Education, published with Routledge Press in 2014.

Milner’s visit to campus is made possible through the generous support of the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, and the Office of Student Affairs. He is hosted by the Culturally Responsive Campus Community Task Force/Committee, the College of Education, the Council for Teacher Education, and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology.