“...There’s nothing logical about racism. There’s nothing logical about race itself. this concept called race is keeping me from engaging other people, people different than myself...”
Christopher Span was born in Indiana in 1972. He grew up in culture-rich Gary, Indiana until the age of 12, when his parents relocated the family to Posen, Illinois -- where Span found himself in an area lacking diversity. The only African-American student there, he faced injustices and harassment almost daily. Despite this, he found role models: his upstanding parents and the teachers he met throughout his schooling. He applied to the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana seeking out an education in engineering; he left in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in history, and later gained a master’s and a PhD in Educational Policy Studies. He is now Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the College of Education at the U of I, pursuing opportunities whenever possible to help further the discussion about race and diversity on campus.