U of I just approved a feasibility study for a new building that would house several campus units: Gender & Women’s Studies, African American Studies, Asian American Studies, Latina/Latino Studies, and the Program in American Indian Studies.
From the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences news release:
Once completed, the new building will help concentrate expertise around existing and emerging research areas of excellence such as health disparities, racial and social inequality, and technological and cultural transformation. It will also help meet campus commitments to provide courses and support for the general education requirement in U.S. minority cultures while enabling development of new PhD programs in race, indigeneity, sexuality, and gender.
Site and timeline are yet to be determined, but the building will include smart classrooms, collaborative spaces, and increased accessibility.
Top photo from Liberal Arts & Sciences at Illinois Facebook page.