On February 21, 2007, the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign retired the Chief Illiniwek as its mascot. The following statements offer a perspective about this issue in hopes that our community can advocate for a more positive and safe campus climate. The Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations, by way of this web page, hopes to respectfully support and uphold the decision of the Board of Trustees, while offering a platform for constructive resolutions to this issue.
Statement from the OIIR Cultural Houses:
"The continued use of Chief Illiniwek is an obstacle to fulfilling our mission of promoting a diverse and welcoming environment that supports full inclusion for all members of the University community. We strive to respect the human dignity of all individuals and communities. Our units seek to provide arenas for the exploration of personal and community identities and opportunities to increase understanding and valuing of differences. Therefore, the retirement of Chief Illiniwek is in the best interest of our community." 11/08
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