FOR YOUR INFORMATION: U and I Care Program from the Office of the Dean of Students

The Office of the Dean of Students is proud to announce the creation of a new initiative, the U and I Care program. The U and I Care program is designed to provide a network of care for UIC students and centralize campus information and resources related to student advocacy efforts. The program consists of three components: a website containing resource and referral information, educational outreach activities and services, and U and I Care Partners.

A website has been developed that contains information for students to help themselves or other students, and for staff and faculty to assist students experiencing personal challenges and crises. Students can use the site to identify resources and assistance to address a variety of concerns such as homelessness, illness, food insecurities, financial issues, depression, or personal safety. Faculty and staff will find useful information on how and where to refer students in need and how to respond to students in distress.

In collaboration with several campus partners, the U and I Care program offers a variety of educational outreach activities and services: emergency loans, Pop Up Pantry, presentations for university departments related to helping distressed/disruptive students, sexual violence prevention programs, and consultation services for faculty and staff.

The U and I Care Partners is a newly created group of university departments that often assist us with our student advocacy work. It is our intention to use this group to help us identify trends, research best practices, and make recommendations for enhancements or changes to student advocacy at UIC. Membership in this group is fluid and additional campus partners are welcomed to join the network of care. Together we can make UIC a better place for all students.

Please take a moment to review the new website: http://go.uic.edu/uicare

We encourage your comments and feedback about the program. If you have questions about the U and I Care program, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students at (312) 996-4857.