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Closing the achievement gap for ethnic students was a key item of discussion at the Associated Colleges of Illinois colloquium on diversity, hosted at Trinity Christian College Thursday, September 29 and Friday, September 30.

The ACI is an organization of Illinois colleges and universities rooted in the liberal arts tradition that works with business, government, and community leaders to enhance education for students and raise awareness of the role and value of member schools.

Dr. Nelvia Brady, professor of business and Trinity's director of the office of ethnic diversity, noted the colloquium was a way for educators and staff involved in diversity efforts to learn ways of addressing challenges facing ethnic students on liberal arts colleges across Illinois.

"This gathering provided the opportunity for multicultural staff members to get together and share best practices, and develop joint efforts to advance diversity," she said.

One outcome of the meeting was an agreement to allow ACI to survey its member institutions about their multicultural and diversity efforts, in order to build a database of information to be used for future research. 

The two-day meeting also featured a report by Dr. Ray Legler, senior programming specialist for Learning Point Associates, one of 10 regional laboratories funded by the U.S. Department of Education, about under-representation of ethnic students among high-achieving students on liberal arts campuses. The program also featured a review of the film Urban Poet, produced by Latino filmmaker Antonio Franceshci of New Film Productions. 

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