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Archive for November, 2012

Spring 2013 Schedule – Policy, Ethnicity, & Race Group (PERG)

Updated 1/24/13


Policy, Ethnicity, & Race Group (PERG)
Spring 2013

PERG is hosted by UIC’s Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy
(IRRPP) and meets for under an hour at 330 CUPPA Hall on 412 South Peoria
Street in Chicago.

Light refreshments are provided, and please feel free to bring your lunch.

Presentations typically last from fifteen to twenty minutes and are followed
by thirty to thirty-five minutes of supportive questions and open
discussion. Please mark your calendars for attending our PERG presentations
from 2 to 2:50 pm on the following Tuesdays: 2/5, 3/5, 3/12, & 4/23.
Students at any stage of graduate education and from any academic discipline
at any university are welcome to present at and attend PERG. Please contact
Melissa Abad at & Jenny Korn at if you have
any questions.

Would you like to join our Policy, Ethnicity, & Race Group (PERG) email list
for future notifications & discussion of issues involving race and policy
pertinent to graduate students? Please send an email to, leave the subject blank, and put in the body of
the email “signup PERG”

Check out our website at:

Tuesday, February 5, 2-2:50 pm

Ivis Garcia

Contemporary Issues, Policy Recommendations and the Puerto Rican Community

This presentation will summarize the most relevant findings of a
multidisciplinary research study that seek to capture the socio-economic
conditions (i.e., housing tenure, educational attainment, poverty levels,
etc.) of the Puerto Rican community after the Census 2010 was released. The
report compares Puerto Ricans in the Chicago Area Metro with Puerto Ricans
in other metro areas; in addition it compares Puerto Ricans, within the city
boundaries, to Mexicans, African Americans, and Whites. Because about 50% of
Puerto Ricans in the City of Chicago live in a concentrated geography, we
will also zoomed-into this geography to discuss various aspects that affect
community building: housing, economic development, education, health and

Tuesday, March 5, 2-2:50 pm

Deana Lewis & Stephanie Hicks

Caught Up: Black Girls and the School to Prison Pipeline from Community
Stakeholders’ POV

Discussions of the school to prison pipeline have constructed young black
men as the primary targets of harsh school disciplinary practices that
funnel low-income youth from schools to prisons.  However, young women are
entering jails and prisons at an alarming rate, and for many, their point of
entry is through school. In this study, activist scholars and practitioners
are asked to construct their conceptualizations of the school-to-prison
pipeline and detail how that conceptualization is informed by gender.
Instead of a containing apparatus that routes young women directly from
schools to prisons, the findings suggest an image of the pipeline in which
institutions such as schools, families/communities and the legal system work
in complex ways to either help young people resist interaction with the
legal system or prepare them for a growing prison state.

Tuesday, March 12, 2-2:50 pm

Brett Coleman

Being mixed and Black: The socialization of mixed race identity

This study examined the relationship between parental racial-ethnic
socialization and racial-ethnic identity development from the perspective of
biracial young adults. Despite the recent advances in theory regarding
mixed-race identity development, few studies have examined how parents’
attitudes about race and ethnicity influence the identities of mixed-race
youth. Similarly, racial-ethnic socialization theory is largely based on the
assumption that individuals identify with single racial-ethnic groups that
are discrete and mutually exclusive. Participants were eight biracial young
adults with one Black and one White parent. Through semi-structured, in-
depth interviews, participants revealed that the socialization of their
racial-ethnic identities involved balancing discrete and overlapping, mixed
and Black identities. The relationship between socialization and identity
development was subject to various ecological influences associated with
living in a racialized society in which races are historically thought to be
discrete groups with impermeable boundaries. Results are discussed in
relation to ecological models of mixed-race identity development.

Tuesday, April 23, 2-2:50 pm

Kelly Vaughan

Accommodationists, Progressives, and African American Education From the
1860s – 1930s

In my dissertation, I seek to illuminate some of the contradictions within
the progressive movement through a historical study of the relationship
between progressive and accommodationist curriculum workers and funders from
the 1860s through the 1930s. Within a context of scientific racism,
regionalism, changing economic and political realities, and theoretic and
practical ambiguity within the progressive movement, many progressive
educators supported the creation of accommodationist schooling in African
American communities in the American South.  Using a combination of primary
sources, secondary sources, and archival data, I will examine the “embodied”
contradictions exhibited by three curriculum workers/funders: John Dewey,
Booker T. Washington and Julius Rosenwald. I believe this study is
significant because it illustrates the deep entanglement between the roots
of progressive education and accommodationist ideology in ways that continue
to impact our schools today.  By interrogating our past and understanding
the profound impact of racism on the development of the progressive
education movement, I hope to contribute to the creation of a new, expanded
progressive movement today.



Nov 28 – UIC Graduate Student Coffee Hour (East Campus)

Grad Student Coffee Hour #2

Hello Grad Students,

The holidays are upon us and it is a great time for a hot cup of coffee!  There
will be free coffee, hot tea, and hot chocolate for graduate students next
Thursday morning at the second* UIC Graduate Student Coffee Hour.*

The Graduate College invites you to come by the sixth floor of University
Hall next Wednesday November 28,2012  between 9:30 -10:30 AM.  Find out
about upcoming events and mingle with other graduate students and
GraduateCollege staff.  There will be
coffee, hot tea, hot chocolate and tasty breakfast goodies.  Whether you
have five minutes or fifty minutes, come on by.

*What:  Graduate Student Coffee Hour*

* When:  Wednesday November 28, 2012*

* Where:  650 University Hall *

* When:  9:30 – 10:30 AM*

* *

*RSVP:  Not required but please reply to this email to RSVP to ensure we
have enough drinks and breakfast items for everyone.*

* *

University Hall is located at 601 South Morgan Street. Here is a map of
East Campus:

**The first 10 graduate students to attend will receive a prize!

Questions:  If you have any questions or require special accommodations
contact Theresa at


Dec 3 – Clean Energy Challenge!

THE CLEAN ENERGY CHALLENGE is a two level competition that allows clean energy entreprenures with companies in different points of development to compete for funding opportunities.

The Clean Energy Challenge, a business contest for student and early stage cleantech start-ups that is organized by my company, Clean Energy Trust. This year, we are awarding over $300,000 in cash, plus the opportunity to compete at the US Department of Energy’s National Clean Energy Business Competition. See attached 1-pager on the program for more info.

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For more information, please contact:

Ben Brown
c. 773.965.7707

Nov 28-29: Wellness Center Item Handout!!

The Wellness Center has organized two dates to distribute free items for health professional students.  The dates will be Wed Nov. 28th and Thurs. Nov. 29th.  Items will be passed out in Student Center West, next to the UIC Bookstore between the hours of 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Please bring a valid I-card! See the flyer for additional information.
Thank you!
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Social Entrepreneurship Course offered in Spring 2013

UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business presents: Social Entrepreneurship
course in Spring 2013

Please see attached information on a social entrepreneurship class offered
by the LGSB in Spring 2013 on Tuesdays 6.00-8.30pm. 

For more information, contact the Liautaud Program Office (312-996-4573) or
Professor Maija Renko ( 

Register today to learn how to leverage your skills to create positive

Deadline Nov 26 – Apps for Winter Trips with Alternative Spring Break

Hey Grad Student!

Are you passionate about social justice? Interested in working with like-minded persons to provide service and learn more about a particular issue? Looking for a unique travel and learning opportunity??  Well…you might want to consider applying for a WINTER service trip with Alternative Spring Break!  


Applications are now open!!  This winter, ASB participants will focus on issues such as poverty, homelessness, youth, empowerment, the environment, and Hurricane Katrina relief by traveling across the nation to various sites that need your help!  To find out more information about particular trips, click here.

**PS. Applicants aged 21 years and older that are willing to serve as drivers during the ASB Winter trips will be given preference in the selection process for site placement.**
Don’t miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime!!  Apply by November 26, 2012!!

Winter 2012 Service-Trip Participant Application

Application DEADLINE: Monday, November 26 at 12:00 PM

  1. Print the completed application and drop it off in the envelope outside of the ASB office located at 380E, SCE.
  2. Sign up for an interview (during November 26 to November 29) outside of the ASB office.

To get to the ASB office, please go to the first floor of SCE by the Halsted St. entrance. By the bowling alley, there will be an elevator to your left. Take the elevator to the 3rd floor. Our office is room number 380E


Apply Online

Click Here



Apply for Winter 2012 Trips

Start: Nov 18 2012 12:00 am
End: Nov 26 2012 12:00 pm


Apply for Winter 2012 Trips 


Nov 30 – UIC GSC Bowling Social Event

Hi Grad Students!

We hope you are having a nice semester. To relieve your stress a little we are organizing a bowling party with Graduate College on Nov 30th between 5-8 pm. It will take place in Student Center East Bowling Center. All the lanes will be reserved and the entrance will be free! There will also be free pizza and drinks!

We hope to see you there,

Have a nice Thanksgiving,

GSC Executive Board