Monthly archives: November, 2018

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: ARABAMCC Events on Mental Health Stigma (11/27) and Community Discussion of Surveillance and Racial Profiling (11/29)!

The ARABAMCC is hosting two events next week. Please share with your students:

Mental Health Stigma in Arab & Muslim Communities

How do we deal with mental health stigma in Arab and Muslim Communities and seek help?

While mental health stigma exists in most socities and cultures including the U.S. culture, Arab and Muslim communities might face unique challenges with regard to seeking mental health services. The stereotypes, prejudice, public stigma, and discrimination that target Arab and Muslim Communities could create barriers to seeking help. Through coming together, sharing ideas, and engaging in activities we hope to break the silence and talk about mental health issues and stigma in Arab and Muslim Communities. We will discuss culturally specific presentations of mental health problems in Arab and Muslim Communities and ways to find help.

Arab American Cultural Center
November 27, 2018
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
111 Stevenson Hall

Download the flyer to share with your students.

A community discussion on racial profiling of Arab & Muslim communities

Have you ever wondered if you are under surveillance?

Join us in an interactive event with the Arab American Action Network’s youth program where youth leaders will discuss how surveillance impacts our communities. This is an educational event about how anti-Arab and anti-Muslim racism operates through rhetoric and state and local policies related to “national security” and how Arabs & Muslims in schools and on college campuses navigate the realities of racial profiling and surveillance in Chicagoland. This event will provide students with the opportunity to share experiences and ideas and to learn about important constitutional protections, including the First and Fourth Amendment rights as well as how these rights are currently under threat and waht civil rights advocates are doing about it.

The event is free and geared towards people impacted by anti-Arab/anti-Muslim racism and surveillance.
Food will be provided. Accessible by wheelchair. For more accessibility, email

November 29, 2018
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Arab American Cultural Center
111 Stevenson Hall
701 S. Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60607

Download the flyer to share with your students.

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Upcoming Campus Housing RA/PM Info Sessions to share with your students!

Please share with your students and download the poster to display:

Interested in being an RA or PM?

Applications to become a Resident Assistant (RA) and a Peer mentor (PM) are out now!

Campus Housing is looking to recruit a talented and diverse group of student leaders to join our housing team! Do you want to have a hand in making UIC your home away from home? Want to learn more about what it takes to apply and #JoinTheFamily?

Come learn more about the position and Campus Housing by attending one of our remaining information sessions*

New RA/PM Information Sessions
Date Location Time
Monday, November 19th JST Event Center 7PM
Thursday, November 29th SCE Atrium Seminar Room 7PM
Wednesday, December 5th SCW Thompson Room AB 7PM
Wednesday, January 16th JST Event Center 7PM
Wednesday, January 16th SRH 325 7PM
Thursday, January 17th SCE Cardinal Room 7PM
Friday, January 18th SCE Cardinal Room 7PM
Friday, January 18th JST Event Center 7PM

*Attendance to one information session is REQUIRED as part of your RA/PM Application.  You do not have to attend an information session before you start your application.

For further information or to fill out an application, please visit our website at:


Campus Housing

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Banner 9 Graduation Processing Trainings provided by OSSS – open for sign up!

OSSS is offering training classes specifically for Banner 9 Graduation Processing.  Training will be held:

November 27 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
November 27 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
November 28 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
November 28 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
December 3 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
December 3 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

You can sign up for the classes in the portal (  Click on the Advisors tab.  In the OSSS application portlet, there is a link to sign up for the classes.

Warmest wishes for Thanksgiving! We are thankful for you and all you have done.

On behalf of the Office for Advising Development Steering Committee and our campus colleagues, we thank you for all that you do. Our students are lucky to have you in their corner. We appreciate your dedication, hard work, and teamwork.

In this time of reflection and giving thanks, our thoughts are with you and yours this Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving Advisors!

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Fall 2018 U and I Care Facts

U and I Care Facts is a new initiative started this Fall 2018 from the Office of the Dean of Students, that is focused on providing you with weekly information on many topics including, exercise, healthy eating, self-compassion, stress and resilience, social connection, time management and more. Care Facts will be updated weekly and will contain tips and resources.

In case you missed any of the facts provided, here’s are links to the past facts:

Week 1: Suicide – Please do not suffer alone.

Week 2: Coping with Discrimination

Week 3: Interpersonal Violence

Week 4: Tutoring and Academic Support

Week 5: Getting Out the Vote

Week 6: Feeling Overwhelmed in the Classroom

Week 7: Depression

Week 8: Resources for Housing and Food Insecurity

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: This week’s U and I Care Fact – Resources for Housing and Food Insecurity

Resources for Housing and Food Insecurity

  • Did you know that food insecurity affects one in four college students? Food insecurity can mean not having enough to eat, but also not having access to enough variety of food for adequeate nutrition.
  • Over a million youth in the United States may be homeless, either because they have been forced to leave a dangerous situation or asked to leave their homes.
  • If you or someone you know is experiencing food insecurity or is homeless, the Office of the Dean of Students and the Wellness Center can help you find the services you need.
  • By educating ourselves and others we can all create a campus that cares!
  • Helpful links:


U and I Care Facts is an initiative from the Office of the Dean of Students, that is focused on providing you with weekly information on many topics including, exercise, healthy eating, self-compassion, stress and resilience, social connection, time management and more. Care Facts will be updated weekly and will contain tips and resources. 

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: College of Pharmacy Clinical Skills Workshop for pre-health students on 11/27!

UIC COP American Pharmacists Association, APhA, in collaboration with HSPC and the other health profession student counsels is once again sponsoring the Clinical Skills Workshop for pre-health prospective students on Tuesday, November 27th at the College of Pharmacy.

This is a multi-disciplinary, collaborative event between different healthcare programs where volunteers teach direct patient-care clinical skills to undergraduate pre-heath students.

If you can you please share this with any of your undergraduate pre-health students, that would be great.

Clinical Skills Workshop

Tuesday, 11/27 at College of Pharmacy

4:15 pm                Health Profession Program Table Set-up

4:30 – 5 pm          Health Profession Program Expo/Tables & Student Check-in – COP Lobby

5 pm –  8 pm         Clinical Skills Workshop

Please use the flyer to share information with your students!

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: College of Pharmacy Summer Research Program Info!

Program Description
The ASPET-sponsored SURF program is for undergraduate students interested in biomedical research.

Program Dates
The program runs for 10 weeks between June 3 and August 9, 2019.

  • Eligibility
    Sophomores or juniors majoring in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, or related field.
  • GPA of 3.2 or higher on 4.0 scale.
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Applicants interested in a future graduate program in research preferred

Application Deadline:
January 21, 2019
Recipient Notification:
April 1, 2019

Find More Information:
Program Contact:

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SHARE WITH STUDENTS: BDes Graphic/Industrial Design and BA Design Studies Info session on 11/30

The School of Design will be holding an informal information session for students interested in transferring to the BDes Graphic Design, BDes Industrial Design, or the BA Design Studies degree programs on Friday, November 30th, 2018 at 2PM in ADS 1300. For more information and/or to RSVP, please contact Kevin Strickland at

The Bachelor of Design (BDes) program prepares students for professional careers in a variety of disciplines that constitute contemporary practice. Through structured practical and theoretical exercises, the program seeks to develop in its students a broad visual vocabulary and wide range of analytical, organizational, and technical skills that focus on design processes, research, materials and methods for a wide range of design applications. Students experience a unique learning opportunity that takes advantage of the University’s interdisciplinary programs in a dynamic urban center.

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Design teaches skills and methods from graphic design, industrial design, design history and theory, and design research within the context of a research university in order to foster exploration across the sciences and humanities. This BA is ideal for students looking to study widely across the university while earning a foundational education in the material methods and practices of design as well as those looking to earn a second degree that will complement an education in the liberal arts and sciences.

FOR ADVISORS’ INFORMATION: Your feedback is needed on the new Course Evaluation Website by 11/27!

Dear Academic Advisors,

Hope this email finds you well!

Your thoughts and input are needed regarding a new initiative out of the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs (OVPFA).

A few years ago, UIC’s Student Government requested that an official resource be developed that shared results from the Student Evaluation of Teaching Program or Course Evaluations. This resource would serve a similar function as the “Rate My Professor” website yet service only UIC users and include a standardized set of questions.

As a response, OVPFA and ACCC teamed up to develop a website that publishes results for all courses using the same 5 survey items with the exception of the following courses:

  • Due to FERPA laws, no instructors who are also enrolled as students at UIC will be published (e.g. TA’s, adjunct, etc.)
  • Any course with less than 10 respondents

At your earliest convenience, please take a look at the website and let me know your thoughts and suggestions for how to frame this resource to the students. Please provide feedback no later than Tuesday November 27th.  Our aim is to have the website shared with the students on Thursday December 13th (after the Fall 2018 course evaluation period closes).

When accessing the site, you will need to enter your UIC netid and password.

Thank you so much for your time and attention!

Kind regards,


Kimberly Rivas
Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs