Category: Share with Students

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: This week’s U and I Care Fact – Depression


Remember, getting help is a sign of strength, not weakness.

  • Similar to national trends in recent years, one of the most common concerns self-reported by students presenting at UIC’s Counseling Center is depression.
  • You may be experiencing irritability, difficulty concentrating, sleep and appetite changes, and feelings of hopelessness.
  • You are not alone. Treatment exists in the form of therapy and medication. You can start with a brief screening to determine if you should seek help.
  • If you can, try to exercise and find someone to talk to.
  • UIC Counseling Center can be a great place to start.

Brief screenings:
Counseling Center:


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: America Needs You (ANY) Open House on Financial Planning for prospective ANY Students!

Please share with your eligible first-generation first-year students:

Interested in learning more about the America Needs You (ANY) Fellows Program? If your answer is yes, I am writing with an exciting announcement!

You are invited to an Open House Workshop! Experience a Saturday Workshop with ANY-IL on Saturday, November 17th at DePaul’s Schmitt Academic Center

Topic: Financial Planning

Time: 10 AM – 2:30 PM

ANY will provide breakfast and lunch to all participants

RSVP here by 11/14 (limited spots available!):

As an ANY Fellow, you receive the following benefits:

  • A Mentor Coach to provide individualized advice and guidance
  • Support finding and securing two internships
  • Networking opportunities with successful industry professionals
  • 28 career development workshopsto learn and practice essential professional skills
  • Up to $2,000 in professional development grants
  • A supportive community of like-minded peers

Applicants must meet the following four criteria to be eligible for the Fellows Program:

  • Neither of my parents/guardians have a bachelor’s degree (from a college in any country)
  • I am a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • I am a freshman student with 30 credits or less
  • I am available to attend regular Saturday workshops in Chicago (workshops occur bi-weekly in Year 1     starting in June 2019; monthly in Year 2)

Fellows Program Admissions Timeline
September 1, 2018 – Fellows Application Opens
January 15, 2019 – Early Application Deadline
March 1, 2019 – Application and Recommendations Due

You can find the application here.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the ANY-IL Program Coordinator, Aleya Jones, as you complete your application.

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: November Commuter and Off-Campus Programs Happenings

Please read on for more information on key updates within our department as well as a look at our November calendar of events.  We are still in the process of securing the final versions of our promotional materials but will be sure to share those via this thread as they become available.

TODAY! Connect and Create: Indigenous Art Activity (Wed. Nov. 7 11AM-1PM)

  • In celebration of Native American Month, come to the Commuter Student Resource Center to participate in a hands-on activity creating an item representative of Indigenous Art and learn the stories behind it.
  • Hosted in collaboration with the Native American Support Program.
  • Commuter Student Resource Center Multipurpose Room

Commuter Appreciation Day (Tues. Nov. 13)
One day each month, we have a designated day of activities to celebrate commuter students’ commitment to UIC.

Commuter Living Room – Weekly
Every Wednesday
Commuter Student Resource Center, Main Lounge

  • Commuter Living Room is a great space for students to wind down midweek.
  • We dim the lighting, bring out blankets, pillows, and candles, and even have Mario Kart available on the Nintendo Switch.

#Adulting Bingo
Thurs. November 15, 2018

Commuter Student Resource Center Main Lounge, SCE Suite 245

  • Bingo for better living.
  • Play bingo and win apartment essentials centered on the dimensions of wellness!
  • Connect with other off-campus students.
  • Co-sponsored by the UIC Wellness Center.

Friendsgiving Canned Food Drive (Tues. Nov. 13-Tues. Nov. 27)
Tuesday, November 13th to Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

  • Hosted in collaboration with UIC’s Wellness Center.
  • Donate select canned and non-perishable food items for donation to UIC’s Food Pantry.
  • Drop off items to donation stations within the Commuter Student Resource Center (SCE Suite 245) Main Lounge during hours of operation: Mon.-Thurs. 7:30AM-6:00PM, Fri. 7:30AM-5:00PM.
  • All items will be donated to the UIC Wellness Center Food Pantry.

Commuter Meet-Ups:
Native American Veterans Day Pow Wow (Hosted by the Native American Support Program)

  • Friday, November 16
  • 5PM-10PM, SCE Illinois Room
  • Commuters meet in the Commuter Student Resource Center (Suite 245) at 4:45PM and walk over together.

UIC Flames Mens Basketball vs. Loyola Chicago Ramblers Mens Basketball

  • Saturday, December 1
  • Commuters meet in UIC Pavilion Lobby at 2:30PM (game begins at 3:12PM) (Look for the “Commuter Meet-Up Sign”)
  • Special gift for the first 20 students to arrive.
  • Tickets free for UIC students.

Commuter Connect: Holiday Relaxation (Wed. Dec. 5 2PM-5PM)

  • Part of our regular community-building gatherings planned and hosted by our Commuter Ambassador peer leader team.
  • Connect, relax, and get into the festivities.

More details are coming soon!

Apartment Search Support:

New to living in an apartment and need some guidance? Reach out. E-mail us at We can answer questions related to the apartment search process, tenants’ rights, and more. Or, you can visit us during our walk-in hours:

Mondays and Thursdays


Commuter Student Resource Center, SCE Suite 245

Stay Connected:

  • Register to receive text message reminders.
  • Text @UICCommute to the number: 81010
  • You will receive no more than 20 text messages per semester

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: DLG 220 “Intergroup Dialogue” is being offered Spring 2019!

DLG 220 “Intergroup Dialogue” will once again be running in the Spring 2019 semester. Enrollment is open to any undergraduate student, and if students have any issues with registration, they should contact me.

  • Meeting on T/R 12:30-1:45
  • 3-credit, full-semester course
  • Satisfies Gen Ed (Understanding US Society; Understanding Individual & Society)
  • Interdisciplinary in nature, topics center around race and gender while exploring other identity groups.
  • Weekly reading and writing assignments, group project and group paper.

Please share with your students!

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Gen Ed courses for Spring 2019 in the School of Literatures, Cultural Studies and Linguistics

Please share with students relevant information from the Literatures, Cultural Studies, and Linguistics’ Spring 2019 General Education LCSL Flipbook with descriptions of the general education courses that we are offering.

At the end of the flipbook there is contact information about who can be contacted for more information about the courses.

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: What Can I Do with an English Degree?: Ask Alumni Event on 11/13

The Office of Undergraduate Studies in English is excited to bring a few of our alumni back to campus to discuss with students: internships, career paths, job search process, transferable skills, and more!

Meet English alumni with experience in broadcast journalism, digital marketing, and public relations on:

  • Tuesday November 13 at 4 pm in 2028 University Hall

Everyone is welcome! Refreshments served!

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Burnham Hall Tutoring Center has a range of classes!

Students are encouraged to visit the Burnham Hall Tutoring Center for support in a variety of classes!

Tutors are current Honors College students who have received an A or B in the courses in which they tutor. All UIC students are welcome to stop by for walk-in tutoring from 9am-4pm weekdays through the last week of classes, with extended hours until 7pm on Thursdays.

You can find the full schedule of topics and tutors on our website at Common courses are Chemistry, Math, and English (including general review of papers/essays during English tutoring shifts) – but the full offering of course support is pretty broad, including other science classes, languages, and Engineering courses.

It’s a great way for students to get one-on-one assistance, especially during the end of the semester when the Writing Center and MSLC get very full.

Please share the two versions of the flyer with your students!

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: LAS Pop-Up Advising on 11/14 and 11/28 – let your students know!

Please share with your students who may need to see an LAS advisor for short questions that can be taken care of outside the office:

LAS advisors will be doing pop-up advising in the following locations over the next few weeks:

  • November 14th 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the  atrium near the East Area Office
  • November 28th 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Idea Commons in the Library

LAS Pop-Up advising is for students who have quick questions for LAS advisors.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT/SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Office of the Dean of Students-Focus Groups beginning this November! Join us.

The Office of the Dean of Students will be conducting focus groups at various locations around campus
(east and west). We want to hear from you and learn about which resources have been beneficial and
your opinions on what resources should exist to support success at UIC.
When you think about the resources UIC provides to students, what comes to mind? Are they resources about academics, transitioning to college, or accessing mental health services? Or are they about supporting student
growth and care er aspirations? What are your needs within your role at UIC? How can we modify our
outreach efforts in order to make these resources more accessible to the UIC Community?
Whether you are a student, faculty, or staff, we want to know your thoughts and opinions about what
has been a source of support and information.
Lunch will be provided. Limit 5 people per focus groups. Location will be based on which date is chosen.
Please email if you are interested in participating and would like to learn about the
location and dates.

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: This week’s U and I Care Fact – Feeling Overwhelmed in the Classroom

Feeling Overwhelmed in the Classroom –

  • You may feel like you are not able to express yourself properly in the classroom or maybe you are feeling anxious or worried.
  • Ask a trusted friend, family member or professor for some advice on how to handle the situation.
  • The Office of the Dean of Students is here with some suggestions to help support you. For academic support, you can start by visiting


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.