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Archive for April, 2015

GSC Salsa Party

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Dear Graduate Students,
This is a friendly reminder that we have our last GSC meeting for the year 2014-2015. Below are the details of the same:
When: Thursday, April 30th, 5-7pm
Where: 1200 W Harrison St, Student Services Building, Conference Rooms B-C
You are also invited to the GSC’s end of the semester, much awaited event on campus “GSC Salsa Party”.
We have a Salsa instructor coming in to teach us some salsa dance steps during the meeting to make this more fun and memorable.
During the meeting, GSC board will be recognizing graduate students and reps for their service towards GSC and its activities.

As mentioned in the flyer for the GSC Salsa party we have free dinner and below is the menu:
  • Chef’s Garden salad with ranch and balsamic vinaigrette
  • Chicken fajita and Vegetable fajita with beans
  • Mexican Rice
  • Sour and Cream
  • Cookies
  • Starbucks Coffee
Looking forward to seeing you all!

Diversity Advisory Committee Meeting Notes 04/07


  • Task Force on Faculty Gender Equity
  • Reconvened this past December, an evaluative body
    • Stemmed from an NSF – Women in Science grant
  • Goal when first started was to analyze data from climate surveys
  • Various contracts have been implemented to help faculty and their duties, balancing work with other priorities (family, children, etc.)
  • There was no task force between 2011-2014 due to contract negotiations, wanted to wait until those were completed
  • Have been trying to assess workplace conditions, improve gender equity of faculty, and make recommendations for data and needs of faculty
    • Report due July 1st
    • Another climate survey and two other surveys are currently being analyzed
      • Time and rank for associate professors is a data point that has stood out
      • Extreme differences based on gender
    • Have only met once so far this semester, but group has agreed a better analysis and gathering of data is needed
      • Will try and add in race/ethnicity variables as well


  • Leadership Searches and Budget Updates
  • Chancellor continuing to meet with everyone on campus
  • Vice Chancellor of Health Affairs Search: Search completely underway
  • A new committee was created to ease dealing with new medical school in Urbana
    • Around 2017-1028, the entire footprint of UIC will be gone from the Urbana medical school and in 10 years, there will be a clear distinction between the medical school in Urbana and the one here, in Rockford, and Peoria
  • Provost Search: Going through last version of job description to be sent out
  • Hopefully these searches will finish by August, October at the latest
  • State budget still unknown and won’t know any time before July; could be done by September (worst case scenario)
    • Chancellor is supporting that faculty and student experience (admissions, student services, etc.) not get as large cuts, compared to administrators
    • Planning exercises have been done across the campus to help departments prepare
      • These are done with a 20% cut, which is about 9.1% cut per department
      • Deans are in charge of cuts per department after state budget goes through – can use reserves to make up for any lost funding and then create benchmarks for the future
      • There could be a hiring freeze in the future, but that has yet to be determined
    • There was a Diversity Symposium at the Forum about a week ago, which Rauner attended
      • Rauner believes there is a concern with the status of administration and that there needs to be more focus on faculty research and student engagement


  • Committee Activities
  • Best Strategies for DREAM Act Students
  • HB 3528 has passed the Higher Education Committee (10-5, bipartisan vote) and is trying to get on the floor
    • Had two lobby days already and will continue to lobby for it
    • Volunteers are preparing for House and Senator sponsorship


  • Health Equity and Community Engagement
  • Trying to create a Bench Science to Community Model
  • Mile Square – 3rd FQHC in United States, other two are in Massachusetts and Mississippi
    • UIC Has full ownership of Mile Square
    • Bench/Bedside Model + Community Health Care = Bench/CHC à A New Model
  • Importance of accessibility of healthcare
    • Make sure healthcare revolves around the people, not the other way around
  • There needs to be an interdisciplinary conversation regarding making a community health
  • Cancer incident and mortality rates in Chicago are 3-5 greater than national and state rates, and are even more biased when factoring in race and ethnicity
  • This new model emphasizes working with other community hospitals and truly collaborating together
  • It is important to understand the community better so that even with an increase in accessibility, it actually makes people seek out healthcare


  • Enrollment Updates (Undergraduate)
  • All numbers are up
    • Enrollment has increased from last year and has been the largest enrollment ever
    • The only enrollment numbers that are down are those of White students and applicants to CADA (College of Architecture and Design), which is not unusual due to serious competition with Columbia and the Art Institute when it comes to Architecture and Design
    • U of I – Urbana has admitted 400-500 students, minorities and LAS majors, whom they would normally not have to help amp up their enrollment, which could impact UIC enrollment, but no by a lot
    • UIC is the only state school not affected by low enrollment; SIU is even giving out of state students in-state tuition to help deal with low enrollment numbers
  • IGNITE event at Pavilion on March 28th
    • Reception afterward for African-American and Latino students
    • Chancellor attended IGNITE and the reception and everyone loved his friendliness and energy
  • Despite high enrollment, work still needs to be done to help yield these new applicants and have them actually attend in the fall
    • UIC’s biggest competition is Missouri, especially when it comes to recruiting Black students





Graduate Students,


Join us for an exciting panel and discussion where current UIC Professors and PhD Students from a variety of fields share their journey through Parenthood and Academia. The panelists will engage in an open and honest discussion about their experiences, as well as provide advice for current graduate students who are considering or are currently negotiating academic life while having families.

Parenthood and Academia Flyer-page-001

What:      Parenthood and Academia? A Panel and Discussion

When:     Thursday April 9, 2015

Where:    Lecture Center C1

Time:      4:00-5:30 PM


Refreshments will be provided and there will be prizes for the first 15 students in attendance!

Please take a look at the flyer:

Parenthood and Academia Flyer



Theresa Christenson-Caballero

Assistant Director of Graduate Student Outreach and Career Development

Graduate College (m/c 192)

University of Illinois at Chicago

616 University Hall

601 South Morgan Street

Chicago, IL 60607-7106

T (312) 355-2137  |  F (312) 413-0185  |


Pop-Up Benefit: A Call to Action volunteers/ flyers

Below is the message from USG regarding volunteers; needed for the Pop-Up pantry event. Please spread the information to as many peers as possible. Thank you


Hi Everyone,

First, I want to say a huge thank you to everyone for their hard work putting together the benefit. I have attached the room setup for the evening so you all can visualize everything.

Misc updates:

1) 100 gold and black balloons have been ordered for the event.0104_0010

2) Catering has been purchased

3) Timothy will be the photographer  for the evening

4) programs for the event have been ordered.

5) gift bags will be given to volunteers, performers/speakers, and to VIP’s

6) art showcase- proceeding well

7) silent auction- proceeding well

8) pledge board- proceeding well

Volunteers: We will need between 10-12 volunteers for the event. Alea Thompson ( from SLDVS is in charge of volunteers for the event. If you have any members interested in volunteering at the event please direct them to her. We will need the most volunteers at 4:00pm to setup for the event and also the end to clean up. If we call could contribute one or two volunteers then we can easily hit the 10-12 volunteer target.

Attached also if the flyer for the event. The Wellness Center has offered to post the flyer around campus, but lets all do our part to share the flyer.

PDF: 0104_001

Thank you all again for your help and support with the benefit.

Best Regards,

Brandon Gaskew

Student | Political Science | University of Illinois at Chicago | Vice President | Undergraduate Student Government Student |Student Center East | Suite No. 397 | Meet through appointment| (773) 294-6166 (cell) | (312) 996-7877 (USG Office) | | |