Center for Equity in Professional Development at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield will work with business and industry leaders in the region to expand existing equity and diversity professional development opportunities, assess gaps in local industries and create new pathways to establish a more diverse and equitable workforce for the future. 

The Center will bring together employers and industry leaders in Central Illinois to plan, develop, coordinate and implement new education and training for learners in the region. The goal will be to establish more equitable and diverse professional development pipelines. The Center will also focus on research related to equity and diversity in the workplace and identify opportunities to address gaps in education and workforce development programs for the region.