#ChapsUnite Against Racism

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Now more than ever, it is critically important for our Chaparrals and the entire college community to unite against racism. This institution-wide initiative will help us forge ahead in our ongoing equity and inclusion work. DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin and other key stakeholders are partnering with COD.

By sharing life experiences, the cultures and histories of each other, we want to empower and amplify voices of our students, faculty, staff and the community so we can reflect, share and act against racism. Let’s work together and learn from one another. 

COD Stories

Cierra Desmaratti

"The most important thing for everyone to know is that a world with diversity is a much more beautiful world. It's a much more just world and it's a much more creative world. I'm excited for my own future, to be doing something unique and paving my own way for others to follow." - Cierra Desmaratti

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COD Stories

Amira Abuarqoub

"The older I got, the more I felt compelled to stand up for myself and others who often feel a lack of acceptance and representation, further leading me to seek avenues in which I could do just this." - Amira Abuarqoub

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COD Stories

Johnny Tran

"[The] Asian Student Association (ASA) was the biggest contribution to my growth as a leader. I was faced with many obstacles...However, I was able to overcome these challenges with the support of my team, Student Life and friends." - Johnny Tran

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COD Stories

Danya Nasr

"Dr. King believed all men are created equal and should enjoy the same rights and privileges, and I found this in COD in terms of education and treatment." - Danya Nasr

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COD Stories

Jason Florin

"I think of our program as empathy training. Empathy mobilizes us to take action; sympathy paralyzes us. So students need to be able to practice active empathy as professionals in human services. I try to focus on a few concepts that all students can benefit from in their careers, including principles such as 'Do no harm' and 'Seek supervision.' They are simple but effective." - Jason Florin

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Virtual Forums


Students Coming Together to Create Change

Join us for an impactful virtual event about achieving social, political and institutional change. Whether it is a small rule or policy at your school you would like to change or a larger socio-political issue you want to impact, knowing the basics of civil discourse and power will prepare you to navigate the challenges of this endeavor.

Spoken-word artist and activist Denise Frohman provides an artistic interpretation of activism. Elgin Council members, Tish Powell and Baldemar Lopez, join her in speaking about their journey and role in making a change in the community.

This event was made possible through a collaborative effort between College of DuPage, College of Lake County, Elgin Community College and McHenry County College.

Friday, Sept. 25
7 p.m.
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Jason Reynolds, Library of Congress Youth Ambassador to Reading

Community Reads: Long Way Down & Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You

Tuesday, Sept. 29
7 to 8:30 p.m.
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Author Jason Reynolds will discuss his criticality acclaimed non-fiction exploration of racism and antiracism, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You. This remix of Kendi's book Stamped From the Beginning similarly traces the origins of anti-black and racist ideas as well as proposes tools for identifying and combating them- all approachable for a younger audience. Reynolds writes, "This is a book about the here and now". The book is number one on the NY Times Bestseller List from the most in-demand young adult author in the U.S.

This event is a collaboration between College of DuPage and the Glenbard Parent Series.

Excelencia In Education

Thursday, Oct. 2
Accelerating Latino Student Success (ALASS) Institute

Join leaders from across the country for three unique events over two days, focusing on Latino student success in higher education.
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The Sustainability Film and Discussion Series

Cooked: Survival by Zipcode, directed by Judith Helfand

View the film on your own and then join the conversation by attending four panels presentations, led by COD faculty and community experts and activists.

Design & Environmental Health
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 11 a.m.
Speakers: Mark Pearson from COD and Trinity Pierce and Lindsay Darling from the Chicago Region Trees Initiative discuss urban design and environmental health
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Racial Justice
Wednesday, Oct. 14, Noon
Speakers: COD faculty member Tauya Forst, Kate Del Debbio, and Richard Forst discuss racial justice and Cooked.
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Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1 p.m.
Speakers: COD faculty members Missy Mouritsen and Maureen Heffern Ponicki, discuss the role of politics in the events of Cooked.
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Health and Film Wrap Up
Thursday, Oct. 29, 3 p.m.
Speakers: COD faculty member Lori Klose and Film Producer Fennell Doremus discuss health, sociology, and details related to themes of the film.
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View past events.

Keeping the Conversation Going  

COD alumnus Lamorne Morris stars in the the new Hulu series "Woke." Morris looks at this challenging role as an opportunity to challenge viewers to have meaningful dialogues and create change. Learn more about Morris and the new show.

Lamorne Morris

Blog: Speak Your Truth

Sharing unique stories from our campus and extended community as we explore diversity and the experiences that have shaped our lives


Student Development Team

Meet the professional staff that are leading the #ChapsUnite Against Racism initiative.

Contact Information

Dean of Students
(630) 942-2485