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States like Hawaii, South Dakota and Alaska have replaced Columbus Day with the designation of ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Day.' It's a trend that goes back decades, and in 2017 a law was signed that brought Illinois up to speed with that trend. Sort of.

Angie Gomez has seen and heard plenty of stories about how hard it is for unauthorized immigrants and migrant farmworkers in rural areas to find lawyers to help them apply for or change their legal status.

IDHR and SIU-C Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Oct 3, 2018

The Illinois Department of Human Rights and SIU recognized those who promote fairness and equality for Hispanic Heritage Month.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a plan last week that would bar employers from asking about salary history. Now, some lawmakers say these actions could impact the governor’s race in which Rauner is vying for a second term.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with leaders of Illinois' Anti-Harassment, Equality, and Access Panel - State Comptroller Susana Mendoza, State Representative Carol Ammons, and State Senator Melinda Bush. 

Irish-born ballplayers have played a pivotal role in Major League Baseball since the sport's early days.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson -- who recently spoke about the Irish heritage in Pittsburgh's baseball history -- tells us about one former Pirates manager who may be underappreciated.

SIU Student Reflects on Trip to Ghana

May 7, 2018

As students at SIUC begin their final week of the 2018 Spring Semester, one student looks back at a critical event in the past academic year:


An idea being floated at the statehouse would urge public schools to cover the historic contributions of LGBTQ people.

The school code has already been changed to promote historically marginalized groups like women and African-Americans. The Illinois Family Institute opposes the measure.

It takes women more than 15 months to earn what men earn in 12 - but pay inequality is not the only discrepancy Illinois women face in the workplace.

Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was shot and killed in Memphis, Tennessee.

As a way to remember King's legacy and impact, Father Joseph Brown of SIU's Africana Studies department spoke about King and says there's still work to be done.

One group in Illinois is pushing lawmakers to pass legislation to protect DACA recipients before a quickly approaching deadline.

President Trump's deadline for Congress to pass a DREAM Act is March fifth. If that deadline passes, DACA recipients will start to be deported from the U.S.

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Mamie Johnson died recently. Most people probably don't know why she is considered a pitching pioneer.

In his annual Black History Month essay, Pete Peterson tells us how Johnson - who wasn't allowed to play in a female professional baseball league - made her mark playing with men in the Negro Leagues.

Scholarships are available for minority students interested in pursuing a career in teaching, according to the Illinois Students Assistance Commission.

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There's an important deadline this week for thousands of "Dreamers" across the state.

Thursday is the last day to apply for renewal under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program, or DACA.

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Officials at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville are offering a semester's free tuition and fees for information in a case involving a racial slur.

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Two SIU-Carbondale students who are a part of the DACA program remain hopeful about completing their college careers.

That's even though President Donald Trump announced this week he's ending the program, which deferred deportation proceedings for certain young undocumented immigrants.

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Around 200 people showed up Saturday in Cape Girardeau for a special fundraiser.

The second annual Polo Classic raised money for Voices for Children-CASA, an organization that helps foster children in Cape Girardeau, Perry and Bollinger counties suffering from abuse or neglect.

Seniors in southern Illinois are calling on Illinois legislators to halt Governor Bruce Rauner's plan to change senior care.

Rauner's proposal will change the Community Care Program, slashing a possible 120 million dollars and calling it the Community Reinvestment Program.

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A law professor, who was involved in the civil rights movement in Cairo, visited SIU-Carbondale Monday to talk about her experiences then.

Carol Pauli is an associate professor at the Texas A&M University School of Law.

She was a schoolteacher and journalist in Alexander County for almost three years in the early 1970's. Pauli is now working on a personal memoir about those times.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC Associate Chancellor for Diversity Elizabeth Lewin about her work, and about the upcoming "Salukis United For Diversity" conference.

Special Museum Visits Carbondale

Mar 30, 2017

A mobile art museum dedicated to discussing social justice, forgiveness, and diversity is visiting Carbondale.

Also called the "Justice Fleet Van," it is an interactive museum providing canvases for people to create their own art.

An Illinois House committee has cleared a proposal that would require public universities to admit first-time freshman applicants who finish with a GPA in the top 10 percent of their high school's graduating class.

The News-Gazette reports the House Higher Education Committee passed the bill Wednesday despite opposition from the University of Illinois and the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commision says it has resolved two lawsuits against a group of affiliated coal mining companies accused of hiring practices that effectively excluded women from working in the underground mines and in other coal production positions.

Two lawsuits alleged that various coal companies didn't hire some applicants for underground and production jobs because of their gender.

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The head of the SIU-Carbondale campus is voicing his support for international students in light of President Trump's executive order.

In a written statement, interim Chancellor Brad Colwell says SIU-C enrolls 88 students from the seven countries listed in the president's executive order halting immigration and travel.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale NAACP Vice President Pepper Holder about this year's celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The University of Missouri should emphasize diversity in its recruitment, train professors in the importance of diversity in their courses and increase outreach to improve diversity among faculty and staff, a systemwide task force recommended on Wednesday.

Those proposals were among priority items included in the task force’s report. It was responding to a comprehensive audit of diversity, equity and inclusion practices at the university conducted by the consulting firm IBIS.

The Smithsonian Museum of African-American History and Culture recently opened in Washington D.C.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson talks about baseball's connection to the museum.

The largest St. Louis-based anti-Donald Trump rally since his election to the presidency took place Sunday,  downtown. Hundreds of people marched from City Garden through  to the steps of the St. Louis Justice Center, 200 S. Tucker Blvd.,  across the street from City Hall. 

The march began with 22-year-old Basel Isa’s Facebook post to protest Trump's defeat of Hillary Clinton on Tuesday. Isa said he wasn’t previously politically active but felt compelled to become more involved after the election's result.

“I want this to show the world that we’re not okay with this, we’re going to exercise our rights, and we’re going to get active,” said Isa. “Stand up for people that aren’t brave enough. We love and that’s what’s most important.”

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with "Expanding Your Horizons" Chair Kathleen Pericak-Spector.


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