Illinois Prairie Community Foundation

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Topic of Women to Women Fall Forum

BLOOMINGTON, IL – A public forum about diversity, equity and inclusion will be hosted by the Women to Women Giving Circle Tuesday, October 19, at the ISU Alumni Center, 1101 N. Main St., Normal. The forum is free and open to the public.

“A Local Look at Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” is the focus of the forum, which will run from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Diversity, equity and inclusion are vital to creating and maintaining a successful community, allowing all people to thrive personally, professionally and socially. Forum panelists will discuss each element of DEI and examine the issue through a local lens.

Panelists will be:

  • Angela Allen, Diversity and Inclusion Program Manager of COUNTRY Financial
  • Rocio Rivadeneyra, Associate Dean of Arts & Sciences at Illinois State University
  • Li Zeng, Associate Professor at Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts and President of AsiaConnect at Illinois State University

Kristal Shelvin, a member of the Women to Women Steering Committee and Unit 5 School’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director, will moderate the panel discussion. A question and answer session will follow the panel discussion.

Face coverings will be required in accordance with ISU’s face covering requirements as detailed at

About the Women to Women Giving Circle

Women to Women is a program and funding arm administered by Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, working to expand philanthropy among women in McLean, DeWitt, Livingston and Logan counties. Its goals are to support programs that increase life skills, encourage healthy development and educate local women and children, to encourage women’s philanthropy and to educate the community at large about issues affecting women and children. Since its founding in 2009, Women to Women has given $377,000 in funding to local organizations for programs that support women and children. More information is available at

About Illinois Prairie Community Foundation

Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, now in its 23rd year, encourages and facilitates philanthropy in McLean, DeWitt, Livingston and Logan counties by connecting donors who care with causes that matter to them. The Foundation currently manages assets of more than $23 million in 175 funds including endowments and donor advised, fiscal sponsorship and scholarship funds. More information is available at


Michele Evans, Grants & Communications Director, 309-662-4477