PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Seventh Annual Advisor Week (March 25th – 29th)- save the dates!

The OAD Advisor Week Planning Team is excited to about our plans for this year’s Seventh Annual UIC Advisor Week during spring break (March 25th – 29th)!

Don’t miss the 14+ events we’re planning for you! Here’s some highlights of some of our events and activities:

Advisor Conference – watch for the call for proposals for this set of advisor-to-advisor presentation sessions!

Poster without the Poster – now the kickoff event of Advisor Conference, start thinking about what you would like to present at this discussion table event – it’s essentially a conference poster session…without the posters!

UIC Hits it Out of the Park Baseball Game and Networking Event – yes, the men’s baseball team has a game and this will be our kickoff networking event! We’re so excited about this fun time at Curtis Granderson Stadium!

Pottery Painting with Creativita – an annual favorite, we’ll be doing pottery painting again!

West Side Amazing Race – we’re bringing back this fun event that provides a really exciting and interesting way to learn about our west campus. Many thanks to our west side colleges for all of their efforts here!

Student Success Research Lecture with an Advising Workshop – we’re looking forward to bringing you a Student Success Research Lecture as the first part of a two-part event. An advisor-based workshop/discussion about the impact of the research within advising practice will directly follow the Student Success Research Lecture, which are always informative and though provoking!

Please begin thinking about what you would like to propose for a conference proposal or a table discussion! You will see the call for proposals for both out within the next few weeks!

Happy Spring 2019!

For questions, contact the OAD Advisor Week Planning Team – Joey will let them know what questions you have if you email her at

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: This week’s U and I Care Fact – Welcome Back!

Welcome Back

We hope you enjoyed a wonderful, restful break! Check this space every week for a U and I Care Fact that will give you tips about health, wellness, relationships, studying, and life at UIC. Care Facts are brough to you by the Office of the Dean of Students.

Remember, UIC is a campus that cares about you!

Check out the U and I Care and Dean of Students web pages:


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: Spring 2019 GLAS courses still open! Share with your students!

Global Asian Studies has courses open to students for Spring 2019! Please share this course information with your students (including the linked flyers):

GLAS 250: Critical Issues in Community Engagement

CRN 39132; Tu/Th 9:30-10:45 am

Prof. Steve Moon, Organizing Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Chicago

For more information, please contact Dr. Anna Guevarra, Director, Global Asian Studies Program at

This course is for students who consider themselves leaders, or have always wanted to be a leader but never felt comfortable or confident enough to take on a leadership role. This course is for those who believe that there are more humane, loving, and equitable ways to build our communities here in Chicago. For those who sign-up for this course,  you will have a classroom experience that combines theory, practice, culture, and your own personal  history. You will be challenged to connect your own experiences to what’s happening locally & nationally, including issues like immigration enforcement, police accountability, language access, and gentrification. Finally, you will be asked to go out and engage with the communities in Chicago, learning through action and reflection.


GLAS 290: Introduction to Arab American Studies

CRN 39134; Wed 3:00-5:45 pm

Prof. Nina Shoman-Dajani

UIC students! It is not too late to sign up for this fantastic, life-changing class taught by the brilliant Dr. Nina Shoman-Dajani. Dr. Shomani-Dajani completed her PhD in Arab American Studies with a focus on Arab American racial identity. She will be joining us at UIC as a guest instructor only this semester. There are still some seats remaining–register while you can.

Course Description: What is the difference between anti-Arab racism and Islamophobia? How does the Palestinian struggle impact Arab Americans? What happened to civil rights after September 11? Do Hollywood’s Arabs and Muslims have anything to do with real life? Does the War on Terror have anything to do with domestic United States policies? What does Arab-Black solidarity mean? How does hip-hop matter to Muslim Americans? Are Arab American comedians stereotyping themselves? Are Arab Americans considered “white,” “people of color,” “Asian American”? What does freedom of speech mean to Arab Americans? This course engages these and other issues in order to provide an overview of these themes in the field of Arab American Studies: immigration and racism; family, gender, and sexuality; socio-economic class; religious affiliations; arts and cultures; and politics and political activism. This is an interactive thought-provoking course including groups discussions and creative projects. Students will engage with interdisciplinary materials from social media and film to anthropological, historical, sociological, cultural and literary texts.


GLAS 290: Performing Asian Diasporas, Forging Acts of Resistance

CRN 39135; MW 6:00-7:15 pm

Prof. Luis Pascasio, Artistic Director, CIRCA-Pintig Community Theatre

In this course, you will study the theory, practice and analysis of live performance as a means of creative expression and a forum of public engagement. It locates theater performance as a storytelling device that dramatizes the Asian diasporic experience. It will explore acting, scene improvisations, character analysis and playwriting in portraying Asian diasporic themes as well as contemporary global issues. The course privileges the study of particular Asian theatre traditions and Asian American plays and how they reimagine home, history, migration, identity and resistance. The course also attends to diasporic performance as an embodied practice of everyday life that produces cultural, historical and political meanings. Students are expected to produce their own short scripts and improvisational scenes to be performed in a public presentation at the end of the course.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Would you like to join OAD in planning advisor professional development activities? Join one of OAD’s subcommittees for Spring 2019!

Have you had a chance to attend some of our events this past fall? Have you been looking to get involved on campus and to help shape professional development for our advising community?

If so, we want you to contribute! The OAD Steering Committee plans a range of professional development activities for advisors and much of our work is centered in our subcommittees. We’re open for volunteers at any time throughout the year so there is still time to join us for Spring 2019.

OAD’s Subcommittees are:

Advising Research Group
Advisor Week Planning
Brown Bags and Coffee Talks
Advising Summit Planning Team
External Conference Participation and Presentations

For descriptions of each subcommittee including the scope of work, please review our Getting Involved page. Included there is also the 2018 – 2019 Expectations, Policies and Descriptions outlined by the OAD Steering Committee.

To indicate interest, please email Joey Volpe ( Although you can join at any time, ideally we would like to know of your interest in joining us by Friday, January 18th.

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative Research Fellows Program – deadline is 2/28!

Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative

Take the next step in your healthcare and research career journey…

The ChicagoCHEC Research Fellows Program is a comprehensive summer & academic year learning experience for oustanding undergraduate and postbaccalaureate students interested in health who possess the commitment to apply to graduate or medical school and can bring diverse perspectives and experiences to advance cancer health equity. Learn more about eligibility and the application process at

Application deadline: February 28th, 2019
2019 Chicago CHEC Summer Fellowship Application Timeline

  • December 2018 – Application Launch
  • February 28, 2019 – Application Deadline
  • March 2019 – Selection of finalists
  • March 2019– Interviews of finalists
  • April 2019– Selection and notification
  • June 17, 2019 – Start of summer program
  • August 9, 2019 – End of summer program

The Chicago CHEC Mission

  • Establish transdisciplinary cancer disparities research programs in behavioral & social science, biomedical, and translational science
  • Mobilize researchers, educators, community leaders, students, organizations, and patients in innovative cancer education and community engagement programs to improve health outcomes among Chicago’s low-income, minority, and disability communities
  • Provide training, mentoring, and learning opportunities to recruit and retain minority and underrepresented students in health and cancer research careers
  • Support the career development and advancement of minority and underrepresented faculty and scientists

Questions? Email

Download the flyer to share with your students!

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Spring 2019 GIS and Data Visualization Courses – share with your students!

Urban Planning and Policy in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs wants you to share the Spring 2019 GIS and Data Visualization Courses with your students. Download the flyer.

Why Learn Geo-Spatial Analysis and Visualization?
UDVL courses train students from across the UIC campus in the application of geospatial technologies. Students learn to analyze complex and interrelated data sources and create relevant and appealing visual representations that communicate meaningful information for decision-making.

For more information, visit the Urban Data Visualization Laboratory at or email at

Happy Holidays from the Office for Advising Development!

The Office for Advising Development wishes you the happiest of holidays. Advisors, thank you for your work on behalf of our students. Your contribution to our university community is so very important.

We hope the season brings you the warmth of family and friends, cherished memories, and peace and renewal for the new year. Happy Holidays and we’ll see you again next year!

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Spring 2019 ENGL 107 “Introduction to Shakespeare” seats available!

Please share the downloadable flyer with your students!

Shakespearean Controversies: 

Introduction to Shakespeare (ENGL 107)

The summer of 2017 saw William Shakespeare at the center of public controversy with Shakespeare in the Park’s production of Julius Caesar, in which the actor playing the Roman leader – who is assassinated in the middle of the story — was dressed to resemble President Donald Trump.  Subtitled “Shakespearean Controversies,” this course investigates how Shakespeare confronts issues that persist and re-emerge in our own world today.  The shipwrecked Viola in Twelfth Night, for instance, finds herself a refugee in a dangerous, foreign land where identities of gender, class, and sexuality are anything but certain.  Internet surveillance and parental stalking provide contexts for understanding Hamlet’s network of spies, and both the #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo movements offer contexts for approaching Othello.  Leading us through these issues will be Shakespeare’s plays:  written texts, videos of stage reproductions, Hollywood remakes, and a (possible) class trip to the Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s 2019 production of Hamlet.  For many of us, the opportunity to see the plays we are reading can help make Shakespeare’s works “come alive.”  In our conversations this spring, we’ll see that they already were.

Spring 2019

Instructor: Jeffrey Gore (

MWF 8-8:50 AM (25569 / 25568)

General Education Categories:  Understanding the Past & Understanding Creative Arts

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: OAD Spring 2019 – Save the Dates for Summit, Advisor Week, TT Common Readings, and more!

As we break for the winter holidays and some time for rest and relaxation, we want you to keep in mind all of the exciting, informative, and fun things OAD Steering Committee is planning for you!

Save these dates in your calendar for Spring 2019:

  • January 29th – Tuesday/Thursday Topics Common Readings at 12:00 – 12:50 p.m. LIB I-470
  • February 22nd – Spring 2019 Advising Summit being held 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Location TBD
  • *We’re going back to the morning for this spring folks! But don’t fret, we’re still networking that evening!
  • February 22nd – Winter Warm-Up Post-Summit Networking Event, 5:00 p.m. – A local establishment around UIC…
  • March 26th – 29th – ADVISOR WEEK – 14+ events that you won’t want to miss – if you’ve never been, ask your fellow advisors and make sure to keep your calendars open if you can!

We’ll be getting you more information as we begin the Spring 2019 term and we’re looking forward to developing and learning together with you this spring!

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: GEAR UP student positions available!

GEAR UP is hiring college students to work on college transition! Please download the flyer to share with your students.

Jobs for College Students

  • Are you looking for part-time employment? ($12 per hr.)
  • Are you interested in working with first generation, first-year college students?
  • Are you passionate about making a difference in your community?
  • Are you presently a college student enrolled in 6 credit hours or more?

If yes, the Chicago GEAR UP Alliance program is looking for a few good young people to work with select colleges as part of the GEAR UP College Transition Team.

  • Locations are on the North, West and South sides of Chicago.
  • Position requires a background check.

Attend our next Orientation Sessions
Thursday, January 10, 2019
11:30 am – 12:30 pm or 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Monday, Janurary 14, 2019
11:30 am – 12:30 pm or 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Tuesday, January 22, 2019
11:30 am – 12:30 pm or 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Send Your Resume to:
Jeanne Barnas

Specify “College Transition” in the subject line.

Center for College Access and Success
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770 N. Halsted St. 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60642
(Enter on Chicago Ave.)