CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Nancy Cantor, the chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the leaders of a multicultural coalition of students, faculty, alumni, Native leaders and community members against Chief Illiniwek reached an agreement today to bring an end to the coalition's sit-in at the Swanlund Administration Building on the Urbana campus. The agreement was reached in extended discussions between Cantor and coalition representatives.
As a result of the agreement, representatives of the coalition will be meeting with state Rep. Edward J. Acevedo and state Sen. Miguel del Valle and the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus and Illinois Senate President Emil Jones and the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus in Springfield on April 27. In addition, eight to 10 representatives of the coalition will have an opportunity to meet with the consultants from the North Central Association during its "focused visit" to the campus on April 26.
The chancellor and coalition leaders worked hard to come to a set of agreements under which the group could leave the building. Members of the coalition will be leaving the building in the good condition in which they found it, and the campus administration has assured the group that there will be no disciplinary action. The chancellor is posting her commitments on the main campus Web site.