Letter to Chancellor Wise
Dear Chancellor Wise,
As a proud Illini alumni group, the University of Illinois Asian American Alumni Network regrets to learn of the disappointing reactions to the your campus memo on January 26 regarding normal campus operations during severe weather conditions.
While we understand that these comments reflect only a small portion of the Illini community, as Asian and Asian Americans, we are sadly all too familiar with negative and derogatory comments based on our race, ethnicity, and culture- as well as our gender. We found the comments posted to be offensive and unacceptable. In addition, they evidenced an appalling lack of civility and respect.
Under your leadership, Illinois, one of the most well respected higher education institutions in the world, has been making great progress towards diversity and global education, which benefits all students, staff, faculty, and alumni. This incident clearly emphasizes the importance of continuing efforts towards diversity and social justice education-- in instilling understanding and respect for all. We graciously appreciate your leadership and look forward to assisting you in the future.
University of Illinois Asian American Alumni Network
Celebrate your Illini pride February 10th at the 2014 Chicago Illini of the Year Awards!
More than 100,000 graduates of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign live and work in the Chicago area. This premier Illini event is a great opportunity to reunite with old friends, expand your Illini network, be inspired by the diverse achievements of fellow Chicago-area Illini and celebrate our orange and blue heritage.
This year’s honorees are Stephen D. Bardo ’90 LAS, College Basketball Analyst, Big Ten Network and ESPN; and Carrie J. Hightman ’79 LAS, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, NiSource Inc.
Guests will gather at 5:30 p.m. at the stately University Club of Chicago on Monroe and Michigan. Consider being a part of this very special evening, and include your friends and business colleagues as well.
The reservation deadline is Monday, February 3.
For complete details, more information on the recipients, and to R.S.V.P.: www.uiaa.org/illinois/ciy
This event is co-sponsored by the University of Illinois Alumni Association and the Chicago Illini Club.
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