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UI Board of Trustees Approves Name Change of Stephen Douglas Hall to Frederick Douglass Hall

Frederick Douglass, American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer and statesman

This initiative was spearheaded by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Engagement under the support of leadership in the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Blacks (CCSB), the African American Academic Network (AAAN), the African American Cultural Center (AACC), the President’s Award Program (PAP), the Urban Health Program (UHP), the UIC CHANCE Program, the TRIO Student Support Services Program (SSS) and the Office of Academic and Enrollment Services (AES).

“The renaming is sought to fortify UIC’s efforts to promote organizational culture and structure, grounded in access, equity, and inclusion principles. UIC seeks to create an inclusive learning environment and address critical social issues to advance the city of Chicago. The university celebrates Mr. Douglass’s values and the role he played during one of the most challenging times in our nation’s history with the proposed renaming.”