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AAAN Program Initiatives

The Parent Network Association at UIC (PNA)

The purpose of the Parent Network Association is to provide a vehicle for parents of AAAN students to meet each other, discuss issues and connect with university administration. The association focuses on providing strategies for parents to aid their students in succeeding at UIC through workshops and presentations conducted by UIC administration.

Meetings are held every third Saturday of every other month in the Learning Resource Center inside the AAAN Office.

Meeting dates and times for Spring 2008 include:
Saturday, January 19, 2007 “Financial Aid, Housing & Other Issues”

All meetings will be held from Noon until 1:30PM. Parents should RSVP with the AAAN office at (312)996-5040 to receive parking instructions per each meeting.

For further information, please contact Ms. Patricia Moore at pmoore@vcsa.uic.edu


Lunch and Learn

Formerly known as Ujima Mentoring, Lunch and Learn is our new pre-professional initiative for UIC students. The purpose of Lunch and Learn is to introduce and engage ambitious underclassmen with graduate students, medical students, judges, lawyers and career professionals to discuss and clarify the process of achieving their goals.

For further information, please contact Mr. Joel Shinault at


Black Association of Parenting Students (BAPS)

In our continuous efforts to support UIC students who also are parents, AAAN has a parental enrichment program called the Black Association of Parenting Students. The mission is to provide parenting students with the opportunity to strive to be lifetime learners in the classroom and in the home. The program objectives are the following:

• Attract, develop, motivate and retain parenting students within a supportive educational environment
• Provide resources for academic and career development
• Understand the needs of each student and foster a caring, supportive environment that provides a realistic view of college life
• Assist students with in becoming outstanding citizens on/off campus through leadership training, nurturing family interaction and community involvement
• Assist students in their academic and social development

For further additional information, please contact Ms. Demetria Gallagher at urbancycle@gmail.com


3 to the 4.0 G.P.A CLUB

The “3 to the 4.0 GPA” Club is dedicated to those students that have made a commitment to academic success and to support them in maintaining their success. The program targets undergraduate students with a G.P.A of 3.0 or better and provide them with an assortment of resources and opportunities.

For further information, please contact Ms. Ashley Smith at asmith53@vcsa.uic.edu


Black Male Initiative

Designed to support the African American male students at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Black Male Initiative works to create a supportive environment on campus. The Black Male Initiative has three main components

• Academic Progress
• Personal Development
• Social Connections
The Black Male Initiative is focused on building upon the academic and social development of African American male students at the University of Illinois at Chicago with the collective goal of successful matriculation and graduation.

For further information, please contact Mr. Vance Pierce at vpierce4@vcsa.uic.edu


Students Pursuing Academic Success (SPAS)

The purpose of this program is to identify and assist African American students at UIC who have been identified as at-risk for academic dismissal. SPAS is designed to help students obtain the necessary services on campus. In addition, the program will assist students build effective relationships with selected faculty and staff members that will enable them to utilize various university support services. As a result, students will become more successful in their academic efforts.

For further information, please contact Mr. Devon Westmoreland at dwest61@vcsa.uic.edu


Talented 25 Program

The Talented 25 Program is a college preparatory program that will serve a cohort of 25 African American male high school freshmen from the Chicago Public School system each year beginning in January 2008, throughout their high school matriculation with the goal of nurturing these young men into successful UIC graduates.

The program seeks to promote academic achievement, positive self esteem and a positive attitude toward learning for African American males throughout their secondary and post-secondary matriculation. Students enrolled in this program will be provided with access to preparation that involves academically rigorous, content-rich educational programs and other social activities/events that emphasize overall character development and personal growth.

For further information, please contact Mr. Joseph Fields at jofields@vcsa.uic.edu


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