PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT/SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Commuter Student Resource Center – Staff Undercover Program!

Greetings Campus Partners – I hope this message finds you well.

As we speed toward the start of the semester, I wanted to take a moment and share a new initiative for UIC staff to connect with commuting students. This is a unique opportunity for UIC staff to connect with commuter students in an informal capacity and highlight key programs and services. Please read on for more details.

Staff Undercover

Staff Undercover is an opportunity for UIC staff to attend one of our regular community-building events (referred to as “Connect” events) and take part in the activity alongside commuter students. Our Connect events occur every two weeks in our space and are centered on a specific activity, game, or craft. Each Connect event is planned by members of our Commuter Ambassador team and are meant to foster community among students while sharing key information. This is a great way to connect with students who may not be compelled to visit an informational table or attend an event independently. Forging a personal connection in an informal capacity can make all the difference in helping students take the step to be involved and connect with vital engagement resources. Past events have included: UNO Tournament, Mario Kart on Nintendo Switch, Board Game Free-Play, TV Trivia, and more.

Want to be “Undercover”?

The key part of this initiative is to encourage UIC staff to identify an upcoming event on our calendar that fits their interests and or availability. Staff are encouraged to view our schedule, select an event, share their intention to attend, and join us! Staff who go “undercover” can:

  • Make personal connections with students outside of their regular responsibilities
  • Informally promote upcoming deadlines, events, or programs

Our Upcoming Calendar

We are currently in the process of finalizing our Connect activities for Fall 2018. We have dates confirmed but will be confirming the times and topics/activities for each event during our Commuter Ambassador training slated for next week. In the meantime, please feel free to view our “placeholder” spreadsheet which highlights our working dates, here:

Once our schedule is set, I will send a follow-up e-mail notifying you that the schedule has been updated and invite you to sign up for the dates that fit your interests and availability.

Should you have any questions regarding Staff Undercover, please do not hesitate to let me know.


Kristina Garcia

Associate Director, Commuter Student Advocacy and Student Engagement Student Affairs | Commuter Student Resource Center (CSRC) University of Illinois at Chicago
750 S. Halsted Street, Suite 245
Student Center East
Chicago, IL 60607
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