English Department Statement on Chief Illiniwek
The faculty of the Department of English find Chief Illiniwek an inappropriate symbol or mascot for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While we understand that in the eyes of many supporters of the Chief Illiniwek symbol, the current version of Chief Illiniwek looks like a more respectful image than many other Native American sports mascots; we strongly believe such stereotypical, oversimplified, and inaccurate representations are out of place in a university environment, where they miseducate the wider public and the members of our own university community, perpetuating a distorted cliché of Indian (Native American) people and perpetuating the notion that Indian cultures are a plaything for the dominant culture.
- The preceding is a summary of the department's position. Read the complete statement here.
The following documents explain procedures and requirements for faculty and staff to comply with the program to eliminate the presence of social security numbers on computers used by university faculty and staff.