The College of LAS: Practicing Diversity and Inclusion

Diverse students at a laptop on campus grounds

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) offers an excellent research-rich undergraduate and graduate education in a wide array of disciplines, invigorated by the excitement for learning of faculty and students from diverse economic, racial, ethnic, social, cultural backgrounds, and gender identities. LAS defines practicing diversity as the commitment to honoring difference, fostering inclusivity, and addressing inequity across and through the curriculum and in the demographic makeup of our student body.

LAS Demographics

  • 53% Pell Grant Eligible

  • 34% First-Generation Students

  • 71% Minority Students, including Asian and Multi-Racial; 48% are Underrepresented Minorities

Diverse Ways of Knowing, Learning, and Acting

Through a liberal arts and sciences education, our diverse student body thrives intellectually and realizes its power to do good and effect change. Our mission is to provide an education that empowers all of our graduates to flourish as dedicated citizens, ready to fully participate and excel in tomorrow’s workforce. The value of a liberal arts and sciences education at UIC is anchored in practicing diversity as an academic pursuit and as a vehicle for access, inclusion, and positive social change.