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The Graduate Student Council and UIC Dialogue Initiative

Dear Graduate Students,


After some great feedback following a presentation given by Dr. Tyrone Forman, Vice Provost/Associate Chancellor for the Office of Diversity at February’s meeting of the Graduate Student Council, there is a clear window open for further talk about the challenges we face regarding diversity here at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


The Graduate Student Council and UIC Dialogue Initiative – a partnership between the Office of Diversity and the Student Development & Leadership Services –  have been collaborating since last year to help bring discussions of diversity directly to graduate students. Please join us for our very first event THIS THURSDAY to engage in this discussion!


When: Thursday, February 25th

Time: 5:30pm-7pm

Where: Ward Gallery – 750 S. Halsted


RSVP REQUIRED via email – send to Stephanie Hicks at


If you have any questions, feel free to send an e-mail to Joanna Thompson at



– GSC and the Dialogue Initiative


GSC News: Opportunities and Updates


UIC : Student Day at the Capitol

As you are aware University of Illinois is backed up by IL state funds. However, into FY 16 and we still do not have a higher education budget!!Make your voices heard at the capitol on March 2nd. Register by February 23rd for transportation and meals provided by University of Illinois Alumni Association’s legislative advocacy network.

Every voice counts towards the future of UIC!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Inn at 835 & Illinois State Capitol
Springfield, Ill.

Summary of Events:
11:30 a.m.: Registration
Noon: Lunch and advocacy training
1:30 p.m.: Visit with legislators
3:30 p.m.: Debriefing

Participation in this event is free. Meals and transportation will be provided by the University of Illinois Alumni Association’s legislative advocacy network, Illinois Connection.

Help protect the future of the University of Illinois.

Registration deadline: Feb. 23, 2016


Student Leadership Development Services (SLDVS)

7th Annual UIC Day of Service – Student Orgs Needed!


“The UIC Day of Service is the day where the UIC community comes together to give back to Chicago.  It was started in 2009 and has been a staple ever since.  The 7th Annual UIC Day of Service will be on Saturday, April 16th this year”

We have two different levels of involvement you might be interested in.

  1. Need someone as site-lead.  This requires communicating with the site beforehand, helping to spread word of the UIC Day of Service, communicating with your volunteers, being the point person for the day of, making sure everyone signs in and fills out evaluations, and turns them in the week after, all with SLDVS support!  These site lead spots are first come, first served and are a great way to serve the community.
  1. This is a great opportunity for GSC and need reps to volunteer to make up for missed meetings!  This is being offered before general sign-ups open and sites go quickly, so if this sounds like something that interests you, don’t delay!

Below is a table of all of the current sites, information about them, and whether or not they need a site lead.  Please let me know if one strikes your fancy for being a site lead, or group volunteering, or both!

Site Time Site Lead Activities Max Location
Chicago Youth Programs 9a-1p assigned Painting of a mural, community clean up 9 The Loop
Autism Speaks TBD assigned Canvasing neighborhoods, spreading awareness for local community events 23 TBD
Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation 10a-2p assigned Gardening, mentoring and job training TBD New City
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Illinois Chapter 1p-3p assigned Decorating flower pots, making blankets, and some administrative tasks 12 Near West Side
Cornerstone Community Outreach Lunch 10:30a-1:30p assigned Preparation of food, service to our residents, and clean up. 14 Uptown
Alliance for the Great Lakes 10a-12p assigned Beach cleanup 115 Near North Side
American Red Cross 8a-2p assigned Smoke alarm install team, volunteer/client registration, canvassing 23 TBD
Breakthrough 11:30a-2:30p assigned Helping make our pantry successful 7 East Garfield Park
Ginkgo Organic Gardens 9:30a-12:30p assigned Amending production beds, composting, planting spring crops, starting seedlings, weeding, watering, capital improvement projects 17 Uptown
Common Pantry 10a-3p assigned Food sorting 7 North Center
Youth Outreach Services 9a-12p assigned Clean-up of the garden, building raised beds, building a sign, and other activities to prepare for planting are a necessities for the successful use of this resource for our kids. 14 Austin
Habitat for Humanity ReStore Chicago 9:45a-3:30p assigned Volunteers will assist ReStore staff in sorting and pricing donated items as well as in organizing the electrical, hardware, and home goods departments. 35 North Park
Cornerstone Community Outreach Free Thrift Store Project 12p-3p assigned Volunteers would assist us in restocking shelves and clothing racks with new items and disposing of recyclables. 35 Uptown
National Runaway Safeline 2p-4p assigned Spread flyers throughout the neighborhood, pack mailing boxes or other office-related activities. 17 Lake View
Chicago Youth Centers Rebecca K. Crown Youth Center 11a-1p assigned Gardening and planting project 12 South Shore
Habitat for Humanity Chicago 8a-3p assigned Painting, framing, site organization, and clean-up 17 West Pullman
Erie House 10a-4p assigned Cleaning, Organizing, Crafting 9 West Town
Hearts in Motion   TBD assigned Organizing donations TBD Munster, IN
Hamdard Center For Health & Human Services 10a-4p assigned 1) Organize filing, 2) organize storage, 3) provide flyer distribution on Devon Ave 15 Rogers Park
360 Youth Services TBD needed Painting/taping 35 Naperville, IL
ChildServ In Action 10a-2p needed Assist our group homes with painting, hew curtains, dressers or everyday repairs 12 Naperville, Downers Grove or Lisle
El Paseo Community Garden 10a-2p needed We would need help opening the garden for the season. General garbage pickup in garden and surrounding areas, clearing beds, repairs, painting, sign making, composting, etc. 12 Lower West Side
Elim Christian Services TBD needed Landscaping around a creek on their campus. 23 Palos Heights
Garfield YMCA 9:30a-12:30p needed Gardening, if weather permits, painting, sanitizing 29 East Garfield Park
Pass It On Thrift Store 10a-2p needed Sorting clothes, cleaning furniture, moving furniture, hanging clothes, etc. 17 Crestwood, IL
Quinn Community Center of St. Eulalia TBD needed Set up daycare space, tutoring center and art studio. 17 Maywood, IL
Seeds of Hope 10a-2p needed Plant a garden, either a fruit and vegetable garden or a flower garden 12 Naperville, Downers Grove or Lisle
Totally Positive Productions 9a-5p needed Provide administrative tasks, social media marketing, marketing, cold calling and public relations. 3 Greater Grand Crossing

Please contact GSC or below for more information:

Olivia Desormeaux — she/her

Master of Social Work & Master of Public Health Student 2016

Graduate Assistant for Service



UIC Campus Advocacy Network (CAN)

Title IX Training Graduate Students 2/15-3/15

All graduate level and professional students (including medical residents and graduate assistants) enrolled in courses at all campuses (UIC, UIS, and UIUC) are expected to complete the Preventing Discrimination and Sexual Violence

February 15, 2016 – March 15, 2016 until 5:00 PM CT

Graduate and professional level students will receive an email at their official university account, prompting them to complete their training.  It will also include detailed instructions and the login/password necessary to access the Preventing Discrimination and Sexual Violence


– Complete training between February 15th – 29th to be entered in a drawing for a $75 Amazon gift card
– Complete training between March 1st – 15th to be entered in a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card

Training Lab Days:

– Complete the Training in a campus computer lab on one of the following days and receive a free $5 gift card from Dunkin Donuts!

East Campus:

– February 19th and 25th, March 4th and 11th
– 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  (Except from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
– Student Center East, Room 408

West Campus: 

– February 19th and 25th, March 4th and 11th
– 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
– School of Public Heath Psychiatric Institute, Room B34

For more information or accommodations please contact the The Campus Advocacy Network (CAN). The Campus Advocacy Network is available as a confidential resource for anyone needing services or further questions about the online training.

You can contact CAN at 312-413-1025 or email

*Note: you do not have to attend lab times to take the training. You can do this on your own time.*


UIC Graduate College

Graduate Student Appreciation Week (March 14th – March 18th)

Calling all Super Graduate Students! The week of March 14th-18th we will be celebrating our favorite SUPERHERO’s​ . . .​You!!
Please save the dates 3/14-3/18 for daily doses of superpower.  It is ​a week packed with informative workshops, interactive sessions, free food, free massages, professional headshots and more!

Your mission should you choose to accept it is to celebrate your Super Hero Status on campus! More details will be coming soon.

Connect With Us to Follow and Keep Yourself Updated

The Graduate Student Council (GSC) at the University of Illinois at Chicago is the governing graduate student body consisting of representatives from all degree-granting programs in the Graduate College. Check out the GSC blog or join the GSC facebook page for real time announcements! Check out upcoming GSC meeting dates on the GSC Calendar!

Need GSC Reps for UIC Senate 2016-2017!


We need GSC reps to sit on the UIC Senate for the 2016-2017 school year! There are ten student senate seats allocated to the Graduate Student Council, which we need to fill. In addition, there are student seats to be filled on the following UIC Senate Standing Committees:

* Senate Executive Committee: two open seats
* Budget, Planning and Priorities Committee: two open seats
* Senate Committee on Educational Policy: one open seat
* Research Committee: two open seats
* Student Recruitment, Admissions and Retention Committee: two open seats
* Student Affairs Committee: four open seats
* Student Academic Services Committee: two open seats
* External Relations and Public Service Committee: two open seats
* Support Services Committee: two open seats

Descriptions of the duties of each of the Senate Standing Committees is attached to the petition available at:

The Senate Bylaws and Constitution can been reviewed on the Senate web-site at:

We need at least 10 GSC reps to be a senator. If you are interested, please send me, Joanna Thompson at your name, college, email address, and committee you are interested in serving on by April 15th. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Elizabeth Dooley, Coordinator of the UIC Senate, at or call at 312-996-2926.

Hello UIC Grads!

Welcome back from holidays and Happy new year once again!

This is a friendly reminder, we have our first general meeting for Spring 2016 as always the first Thursday of the month! 🙂

When: Thursday, February 4th, 5-7pm

Where: Student Services Building, Conference Rooms B-C

Dinner will be served and look forward to seeing you there to discuss your concerns! Please make time to attend.

Thank you

GSC Executive Board


“Dialogue with Chancellor”

Chancellor Amiridis
Invites students to attend
“Dialogue with the Chancellor”
This is an opportunity to share your thoughts and feelings about recent international, national and local events including campus climate issues.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Student Center East
Room 302
Co-sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor, UIC Student Trustee, Undergraduate Student Government, Graduate Student Council, Health Professions Student Council, Office of the Provost, Office of Diversity and Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs


FALL 2015 GSC General Meeting – November 5th

Hello UIC Grads!

FALL 2015 was lightening fast with many activities going on campus apart from research and coursework. Hope rest of your semester goes great, good luck!

This is a friendly reminder, we have our general meeting tomorrow as always the first Thursday of the month!

When: Thursday, November 5th, 5-7pm

Where: Student Services Building, Conference Rooms B-C

Dinner will be served and look forward to seeing you there to discuss your concerns! Please make time to attend.

Thank you

GSC Executive Board

University of Illinois System Strategic Plan

Interested in getting more information about what the Strategic Plan for the University of Illinois system includes? The site for President Killeen’s plan is now live! Click on the link below to get details about the upcoming townhall in November where this plan will be discussed on campus as well as access to a form to give your own suggestions for the future of the University of Illinois system. #weareuic