RSO Spotlight: Hear My Voice

By Indira Midha



RSO NAME: Hear My Voice
RSO MISSION: Active centralized empowerment and giving voices to the marginalized
RSO FACULTY LEADERS: Janice M. Collins and Terry W. Cole


Hear My Voice (HMV) is a relatively new organization on campus. The group’s main goal is to put out a publication three times per semester on various topics highlighting the voices of marginalized groups. They welcomes anyone, member of a marginalized group or not, to help spread messages of empowerment to all people through written, audio, and video pieces.

The unique thing about this organization is that it aims to uphold the values of Active Centralized Empowerment (ACE). The concept of ACE was actually developed here at the U of I by Professor Collins. It is defined, by Dr. Collins, as “…a pedagogical approach that assists in designing a positive environment that is inclusive, addresses issues of diversity and develops Leadership and Self Agency while, simultaneously, meeting learning outcomes, increasing growth mindset and critical thinking.” Dr. Collins’ approach to inclusivity shines through her interactions with students. If you are looking for a place to advocate for social justice, create some sort of publishable piece and meet a variety of individuals from all walks of life, HMV is the place for you!

On April 9, in the Illini Union’s Courtyard Café, HMV will be holding a Unity Concert open to the general public. There will be empowering, positive, and uplifting performances of music, dance, and spoken word pieces. Be sure to check it out!

To read HMV’s work, visit


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