The Mission of GSU is to promote diversity and foster equity. The philosophy, strategic plan, and practices inherent at GSU embody this ideal by encouraging us to pursue the goals of diversity, inclusion, and equity as essential components of creating education that transforms; connections that endure and communities that flourish.
An inclusive excellence framework is designed to support the integration of diversity, equity and inclusion efforts into the core functions and operations of the university while advancing our efforts to obtain educational excellence through GSU’s four DEI goals:
• Goal 1: Improve recruitment, retention, persistence, completion, and advancement of students from underrepresented communities.
• Goal 2: Improve the recruitment, retention, and advancement of faculty and staff from underrepresented communities.
• Goal 3: Support inclusive excellence within the formal curriculum and with our co-curricular and extra-curricular experiences.
• Goal 4: Engage with our alumni and with local, national, and international communities to encourage the pursuit of inclusive excellence beyond the boundaries of GSU
Conversations with Leaders: Joi Patterson
Decades before becoming Governors State University’s (GSU) Chief Diversity Officer (CDO), Dr. Joi Patterson never had dreams of teaching or working in education. “I never thought becoming a teacher was something I could do,” says Patterson, a Chicago native, who didn’t encounter a minority teacher until graduate school.Read more
World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
Making Cultural Issues Cultural Opportunities
join us in an authentic dialogue and celebration in honor of World Day for
Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development on Wednesday, May 24th,
highlighting the richness of GSU’s cultures and the essential role of
intercultural dialogue in achieving an inclusive campus.
May 24, 2023, | 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. | G-Atrium
Click here to RSVP by May 18th
Cultural Appetizers will be served.
Chicago Southland Educator Consortium Annual Conference
Fostering PK-22 and IHE Partnerships to Build a Diverse Teacher Pipeline
About the Conference
University Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), in partnership
with the College of Education (COE), presents the first annual conference in
the Chicago Southland to address strategies to increase teacher diversity. GSU
will provide opportunities by which PK-22 district leaders, elected officials,
representatives from regional offices, educator preparers, and educator
candidates will increase their knowledge and expand their toolkit of effective
collaborative strategies to address the teacher shortage.
For the most updated information on this event, please visit
our DEI events webpage.
Date: Thursday, June
a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
University Parkway, University Park
Caught Being Good
Were you Caught Being Good? If you were caught being good by one of the DEI Council or President's Cabinet members, you received a special card to redeem for a special gift for making GSU proud. Click this DEI initiative link for details on how to redeem your special gift.
DEI Council Meetings
3rd Fridays at 1:00 p.m.
Governors State University (GSU) enthusiastically invites
applications for the 2023 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Mini-Grant. In
keeping with GSU’s mission, we have dedicated $25,000.00 in institutional grant
funding to “demonstrate inclusiveness and diversity to encourage acceptance of
wide-ranging perspectives among students, staff, faculty, and members of the
broader community” and our institutional commitment to fostering Diversity,
Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) across the GSU community, and the goals and
objectives of the Strategy
The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion have created
five (5) DEI Mini-Grants up to $5,000.00 to individuals or groups to support
efforts by GSU’s faculty, staff, and student organizations that strive to help
GSU become a “model for belonging, inclusivity, and equity in a diverse
community.” This initiative serves two purposes: (1) provide seed funding to
conduct projects, research projects, resource development, programming, and
initiatives that focus on advancing equity and inclusion, belonging, and
dismantling racism in its many forms, especially as it relates to teaching and
learning environment and (2) to support cross-institutional capacity,
mentorship, and community-building in the areas of diversity, equity, and
The DEI Mini-Grants align with four (4) main DEI focus areas
and support innovative and GSU community-focus efforts in these areas:
Improve recruitment, retention, persistence,
completion, and advancement of students from historically underrepresented
Improve the recruitment, retention, and
advancement of faculty and staff from historically underrepresented communities
Support inclusive excellence within the formal
curriculum and with our co-curricular and extra-curricular experiences.
Engage with our alumni and with local, national,
and international communities to encourage the pursuit of inclusive excellence
beyond the boundaries of GSU.
Information Session - Recording
of Intent Due – recommended but not required
– September 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024
Click the DEI Initiatives tab for more information and proposal documents
Lunch and Learn
2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month from 12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Featuring Guest Dr. Joi Patterson on the topic of Learn more
Joi Joy @ Work: Creating an Inclusive Work Environment