SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Spring 2018 GLAS Courses – please share with students!

Please share with your students and you can download the flyer!

Global Asian Studies invites you to encourage students to consider our Spring course line up. For more information, please contact the instructor directly.  In particular, we invite advisors to promote these two courses where seats are still available!

-GLAS 290: Introduction to Arab American Studies where students learn about the ways in which immigration and racism; family, gender, and sexuality; socio-economic class; religious affiliations; arts and cultures; and politics and political activism affect Arab American communities.

– GLAS 494: Gender and the South Asian Diaspora where students will learn about the experiences and imagined worlds of modern South Asians (focusing primarily on migrants from India) who have traveled to various parts of the world at different historical moments beginning with itinerant and colonial labor migrations of the 1800s to the present.


*GenEd courses

GLAS 105: Asian American and Pacific Islander College Student Experiences.
This seminar is a 1-credit course that prepares students to intern with departments at UIC that provide student programming and resources. The course focuses on Asian American and Pacific Islander college student experiences and campus resources in U.S. higher education. The seminar’s topic and focus on career development skills like building resumes, interviewing, and public speaking will be beneficial whether you go onto an internship or not. Internships for academic credit will be offered to interested students who enroll in the course and begin the semester after the seminar. Contact:

Karen Su, T 3:30–4:20, CRN 39126
Karen Su, W 1:00-1:50, CRN 39127
Karen Su, R 12:30–1:20, CRN 39125


*GLAS 123/ENGL 123: Introduction to Asian American Literature
(Creative Arts and US Society)
Mark Chiang, MWF 10:00-10:50, CRN 38904 & CRN 38905; Contact:


*HIST 264/GLAS 264: The Pacific Rim in Modern History
Michael Jin, TR 11:00-12:15, CRN 41190; Contact:


GLAS 290: Hip Hop Dance and Asian American Cultural Politics
Lorenzo Perillo, TR 2:00–3:15, CRN 39133; Contact:


GLAS 290: Introduction to Arab American Studies
Nina Shoman-Dajani, W 3:00–3:45, CRN 39134 contact:


GLAS 300: Global Asia in Chicago
Instructor approval required.
Anna Guevarra, M 3:00-5:45, CRN 39136; Contact:


GLAS 494: Gender and the South Asian Diaspora
Gayatri Reddy, M 3:00–5:50, CRN 39968 (undergraduate) or 39969 (graduate); Contact:

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: UIC 2018 Advisor Conference “Innovate, Explore, Grow” – Call for Proposals – due on February 9th!

UIC 2018 Advisor Conference – “Innovate, Explore, Grow”

As part of Advisor Week, OAD will host our annual Advisor Conference on Wednesday, March 28th on the themes of innovation, exploration, and growth.  The purpose of this conference is to provide a professional development opportunity to advisors across campus by providing a venue to share their knowledge, interests, and experience. Presentation styles can range for each 50 minute session and presenters can draw on their work here at UIC in their current position, previous experience and education, or new exploration they are doing.

We encourage you to submit presentation/workshop proposals to by Friday, February 9th.  Sessions should last 50 minutes.  Proposals should be ½-1 page double-spaced and include the names of the presenters, an abstract of the presentation, and an informal literature review (as applicable). If you don’t yet have a formal proposal, the Advisor Week and Advisor Conference Team can work together with you on your idea, so please submit an idea since we want you to learn from your knowledge and experience!

We look forward to your responses and we can’t wait for this year’s conference!

Best regards,

Advisor Conference Team

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Update on DACA – UIC Student Legal Services services available.

Please share the following message from Student Legal Services:


On January 9, 2018, a federal judge in California temporarily blocked the current White House administration’s decision last September to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  DACA was started by the Obama administration in 2012 to give young undocumented immigrants protection from deportation and the ability to work legally in the U.S.  This most recent order by the Ninth Circuit judge states that the administration must resume accepting DACA renewal applications, although it does not need to accept new ones from first-time applicants.  The latest ruling gives DACA recipients a new window, albeit a temporary one, to renew their status.

UIC Student Legal Services (SLS) is committed to helping ALL current UIC students with legal issues, including those who are personally affected by the ongoing DACA developments.  Since last November, SLS has hired two immigration attorneys to help students with such matters.  Any current student who wants to discuss the ramifications of this latest development should contact SLS to schedule an appointment.

To make an appointment with a SLS attorney, please call 312-996-9214 or email  For more information on SLS, visit

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: The Chicago Network’s Future Leaders Program – apply now until January 22nd!

Please share the opportunity to apply to the Chicago Network’s Future Leaders Program to any of your full and part-time college sophomore and junior women at UIC.

The Future Leaders Program consists of empowering young woman leaders by connecting them to other women in the workforce.

The site visits that students will be participating in this year are with the Chicago Botanic Garden and J.P. Morgan Chase. The applicants will have the opportunity to meet with the company’s employees who will share their personal history, how they progressed through their job, and the importance that their role plays.

Download the flyer for more information on the program and how to apply!


FOR ADVISORS’ INFORMATION/SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Nominations for Chancellor’s Student Service & Leadership Awards (CSSLA) opens January 16th

The Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement will be opening the nomination site for the 2018 Chancellor’s Student Service and Leadership Awards (CSSLA) on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Please consider nominating the outstanding undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who have given their time and talent to campus and community that you would like to nominate.

Following are the awards that are presented as part of CSSLA:

Chancellor’s Student Service Award
(for volunteer service)

The Chancellor’s Student Service Award (CSSA) honors students who have made an outstanding contribution to the University through service to campus and the UIC community.  Student nominees must have dedicated a significant amount of time, effort, and creativity to one or more campus- or community-based service project(s).  Undergraduate, graduate, and professional students must:

  • be enrolled during the academic year in which the award is received;
  • be in good academic standing (with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5);
  • have volunteered in a campus and/or community service organization; and
  • have made significant, unpaid contributions to their organization.

Nominators should list specifics about the student’s contribution to the campus and/or community and highlight any leadership positions/offices held by the nominee. Approximately 400 UIC students receive this award each year.

Eugertha Bates Memorial Award
(for humanitarian commitment)

The Eugertha Bates Memorial Award (EBMA) honors a student whose volunteer activities in a campus or community setting demonstrate an outstanding degree of caring dedication, selfless commitment, and a truly exceptional humanitarian contribution to the needs of others. Nominations for this award must include a detailed description of the uniqueness and significance of the nominee’s humanitarian service and the impact on the campus/community through his/her episodic or ongoing service.

Jane Addams Distinguished Service Award
(for creativity/innovation/length of service)

The Jane Addams Distinguished Service Award honors students whose volunteer activity substantially addresses a distinct need in the community along with inspiring others to engage in volunteer service. Individual recipients must have been involved in the creation of a new project or service to address such a need, and must demonstrate the highest level of dedication and selfless commitment to volunteer service. Nominators should list specifics about the student’s contribution to the campus and/or community.

Activities Honorary Society
The Activities Honorary Society (AHS) honors no more than 15 exemplary students each year for their demonstrated student leadership. Founded in 1950 by student leaders at the University of Illinois Undergraduate Division at Navy Pier, AHS is one of two traditions remaining from the original campus.

The various awards will be presented to invited recipients at the 46th Annual Chancellor’s Student Service and Leadership Awards Ceremony, scheduled for the evening of Thursday, April 19, 2018 in the Illinois Room at Student Center East. Recipients will be recognized individually throughout the program and their nominator will be invited to attend.

For additional information, visit the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement at

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: NACADA Region V Call for Proposals is extended to next Friday, January 12th!

The OAD Steering Committee wants you to consider submitting a proposal for NACADA Region V in Ohio in Spring 2018! See below for the call for proposals, which has been extended to next Friday, January 12th. OAD is hosting open office hours on Wednesday, January 10th from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. for consultation on proposals.

See below for the call from NACADA Region V Conference Chairs:

Dear Region V Members:

Before winter term begins for many of you, we encourage you to submit a proposal for the 2018 NACADA Great lakes Region V conference. The conference will be in Columbus, Ohio, April 11-13, 2018.

This year’s theme, “The Art of Advising”, provides the opportunity for you to present on key advising issues related to creativity, ingenuity, and application at the conference. Potential topics include: student retention, student recruitment, 1st  year programming, probationary students, first generation students, technology, as well as topics of your choice.

Please visit the NACADA Region V Conference website to submit your proposal.

The deadline for Region 5 proposals has been extended to Friday, January 12, 2018.

If you would like to volunteer to read submitted proposals, in January 2018, or be a volunteer at the conference, in April, you can sign up at the Great Lakes Region V, Conference Web site.

We look forward to seeing you April 11-13, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio!

Yours truly,

Melinda McDonald and Amy Treboni

Program Chairs

Peg Steele, and George Steele

Region V 2018 Conference Chairs

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: CORRECTED – Save the date for Spring 2018 OAD Events – NACADA Webinar on Professional Competencies, Advising Summit, Common Readings, Advisor Week, etc.

Welcome to Spring 2018 Advisors! We are looking forward to a packed, exciting semester filled with informative events (and we’ll have some just plain fun along the way, too)! Save the following dates in your calendars:

January 8th: OAD Brown Bag “Immigration under the new administration: how can we prepare?” with Student Legal Services – 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in 2550 UH (RSVP here!)

February 7th: Viewing of NACADA December Webinar – “Building Advisor Competency: Introduction to the NACADA Academic Advising Core Competencies Model” – 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. LOCATION TBD (RSVP forthcoming – watch for our announcement in next week’s Advising Weekly Updates)

February 15th: February TT Advisor Common Readings – 12:00 – 12:50 p.m. in LIB 1-470 (watch for our upcoming announcement and link to the article or join the TT mailing list)  

February 23rd: Spring 2018 Advising Summit and Post-Summit Networking Event – 12:30 – 4:30 with LUNCH for Summit and Networking after Summit ends in SCE 302

March 26th – 30th: ADVISOR WEEK – There’s so much, we’re just saying you should save time during the whole week – especially for Advisor Conference, TT Common Readings lunches, featured workshops, and our networking events! For those of you who haven’t experienced Advisor Week, just wait – it’s not to be missed! A full schedule will be sent out in mid-January.

April 17th: April TT Advisor Common Readings – 12:00 – 12:50 p.m. in LIB 1-470 (watch for our upcoming announcement and link to the article or join the TT mailing list)

There are more events and we’ll update you on the website and on Weekly Updates as we have more info. It’s going to be great!



We know advisors often get questions from students, so we’re pleased to provide you with information on a new LAS Online Pathways program for prospective students:

New Non-Degree Program: LAS Online Pathways

  • The program is currently NOT open to degree-seeking UIC students, but is intended for prospective students who are considering UIC for an online completion program or an on-campus degree program.
  • The program offers General Education classes across the disciplines in a completely online format
  • Courses are offered in 8-week and 16-week session for Fall, Spring and Summer
  • Upcoming Spring courses start on January 17 and March 12
  • Students earn UIC credit and receive a UIC transcript
  • The program is offered by LAS in collaboration with UIC Extended Campus
  • More details at:

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: OAD Brown Bag with Student Legal Services “Immigration under the new administration: How can we prepare?” THIS WEDNESDAY January 10th (Lunch provided)! RSVP

We are very pleased to have our attorneys from UIC’s Student Legal Services presenting this Wednesday, January 10th for our first Spring 2018 OAD Brown Bag.

We know that it’s a busy day due to Spring 2018 Orientation but we’ll be providing lunch for attendees and this is a great way to learn about the services provided related to immigration for our students. Advisors are an essential part of ensuring that students know about services at UIC, so we invite you to join us for this informative brown bag!

“Immigration under the new administration: How can we prepare?”

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
2550 University Hall
RSVP: (Please RSVP by Tuesday, January 9th at 5:00 p.m.)

You can also download the flyer to send along to any colleagues you think would be interested in attending!

In case you missed our announcement from early December, you can check out the information below about the new immigration staff attorneys who have joined Student Legal Services!

December 9, 2017

STUDENT LEGAL SERVICES is pleased to announce our new immigration staff attorneys, Rocio S. Becerril and Bonita Cho.

UIC’s Student Legal Services (SLS) is a full-service law office dedicated to providing legal solutions for currently enrolled students.  SLS can help you in legal matters, including:

  • Landlord-Tenant
  • Expungement of Records
  • Family Law
  • Some Criminal Matters
  • Traffic Issues
  • Orders of Protection
  • Employment Agreements
  • Immigration (new)

Our service is free for currently-registered students, because it is paid for with Student Fees.  If you have a legal concern, make an appointment to come speak with us.  We assure you that your communication with us will be completely confidential.

To make an appointment or to visit Student Legal Services, please call 312-996-9214 or visit us

Download the flyer and post it for your students…


SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Spring 2018 Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards (CURA)!

The Office of Undergraduate Research in the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs and Academic Programs is pleased to announce that a number of Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards (CURA) are available for Spring 2018.

The CURA program supports research collaborations involving undergraduate work-study students. The faculty member applies on behalf of themselves and the student by filling out a simple online application linked to the Undergraduate Research Experience (URE) website

Students may register for research or independent study credit concurrent with the CURA with the approval of their undergraduate advisors and/or directors of undergraduate studies. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and awards will be granted to qualifying applicants through the month of February.

To find a prospective research mentor, students should go to and search by department, faculty name or keyword to find available positions. Note: students can only apply for a spring award if they have already accepted federal work study as part of their AY 17-18 financial aid package. FWS status can be seen on the financial aid page of the student portal. 

Thank you, advisors, for your support of undergraduate research, which is a high-impact experience correlated with student success! If you have questions, feel free to email the Office of Undergraduate Research at