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COVID-19 Statement

March 24, 2020


Over the course of the past week, you have received a number of communications from President Killeen, Chancellor Jones, and Vice Chancellor Young regarding information on the campus response to COVID-19. In the spirit of a coordinated community response, the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR) offers the following updates specific to its eight units, which are the Asian American Cultural Center; Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center; Diversity & Social Justice Education; International Education; La Casa Cultural Latina; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center; Native American House; and Women’s Resources Center. 


Office Hours and Accessibility


To support social distancing practices, OIIR and its units will be closed to the public. Staff in these units will continue to work remotely and can be reached via phone or e-mail during regular business hours (Monday thru Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm). 


We will adopt our programs to consider the needs of individuals with different abilities in the implementation of virtual and remaining in-person services. If you have an accommodation needs, please contact OIIR or the specific unit as soon as possible.


Confidential Advising


Students, staff, and faculty needing confidential advising services related to sexual assault and harassment, stalking, sexual exploitation, and abuse within a relationship are still able to access services through the Women’s Resources Center, with the following modifications:


  • In person services are temporarily suspended. 
  • Phone/virtual advocacy and support for new, past, or currently-served survivors and their support persons is available Monday-Friday from 9:00am – 5:00pm. 
  • To schedule a free appointment: 


For free after hours (and 24/7) confidential support, call the RACES Hotline (for sexual assault issues) at (217) 384-4444 or the Domestic Violence Hotline at (877) 384-4390. 




OIIR events, programs and room reservations that are University-sponsored or hosted by Registered Student Organizations are suspended indefinitely. The suspension includes award ceremonies, tours, and congratulatory events. This policy is effective Friday, March 13th.  


OIIR welcomes the submission of space requests for summer and fall events and activities. Please note that cancellations may occur, should considerations for public health and safety experience an extension into the summer months.


This situation is very fluid, and changes unexpectedly, so please continue to check your email and the COVID-19 website for updates and more specific information from the University and the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations.  Please direct any questions or concerns regarding the Cultural and Resource Centers to 217.333.1300 or


In Service, 


Shawna Patterson-Stephens, Ph.D.; Associate Vice Chancellor, Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations

Nichole Boyd; Director, Native American House

David Chih, Ph.D.; Director, Asian American Cultural Center

Sarah Colomé; Director, Women’s Resources Center

Eduardo Martinez; Coordinator, Marketing & Communications

Leslie K. Morrow; Director, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, & Queer + Resources Center

Mariana Ortega; Director, La Casa Cultural Latina

Yun Shi, Ph.D.; Director, International Education

Nathan Stephens; Director, Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center

Ross Wantland; Director, Diversity and Social Justice Education