The goal of the Illinois Committee on Black Concerns in Higher Education is the enhancement of education and employment opportunities for Black people in Illinois. Through consolidated and coordinated efforts, the ICBCHE contributes to the resolution of many of the problems that adversely affect the educational status of this population. 


  • Indiana Association of Blacks in Higher Education, Fall Symposium -Keynote: Dr. Lori Patton Davis (Notre Dame, IN)
    October 13-14, 2019




Review the Executive Summary of a Consensus Education Agenda for Blacks in Illinois. This six point collection of concerns and suggested solutions was compiled by the llinois Committee on Black Concerns in Higher Education (ICBCHE) in cooperation with the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation.

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Check out moments in ICBCHE history!

Employment Opportunities

Diversifying Higher Education Faculty (DFI) Applications 


The Illinois Board of Higher Education has posted the 2019-2020 DFI Application.  These awards are for graduate students in underrepresented groups who intend to work in higher education/faculty in Illinois in the future. The Fellowship provides graduate students with a generous stipend and a tuition waiver.  Applicants must demonstrate financial need and meet all program eligibility requirements.  Please review the application for complete criteria.

2019-2020 (Fiscal Year 2020) New and Renewal DFI Applications are available at  https://www.ibhe.org/dfiapplicant.html

2017-18 Illinois Legislative Black Caucus


The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus, founded in 1968, stands for the progression of the African-American community by promoting education, health and welfare, minority business enterprise, job creation, consumer education and criminal justice reform.


Chair: Senator Kimberly A. Lightford
Senate Chairman: Senator Toi Hutchinson
House Chairman: Representative Camille Y. Lilly
Treasurer: Representative Elgie R Sims, Jr.
Secretary: Representative Litesa E. Wallace
Sergeant-at-Arms/Parliamentarian: Representative Sonya Harper


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Higher Education in the State of Illinois is in turmoil!  Working without a budget is hurting the students because these are our future leaders.  The uncertainty of funding and financial support has a negative effect on enrollment and retention, and it hurts those working on campuses that are trying to maintain our resources without interruptions.


Our students are important to our campuses and communities - we need YOU to join ICBCHE by:


  1. Signing this statewide petition that urges elected officials to pass a higher education budget

  2. Calling your legislator to insist that they make education a priority (click here to find your legislators' district office phone lines, and use the following talking points to make the case for higher education); and 

  3. Writing a letter to the editor of your local paper