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Meet the CCSB Leadership

Johara Hassan

Johara Hassan, MD
CCSB Chair
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Sickle Cell Attending
Department of Medicine, Section of Hematology/Oncology

I have been a faculty member in the department of medicine working as an attending in UIC Sickle Cell Center, Section of Hematology/Oncology, since July 2009. Although the majority of my history is elsewhere, my time here at the University has instilled in me a distinct enthusiasm and incentive to serve the CCSB.

As a foreign graduate originating from Sudan, I can recall the negative experience of many of my female colleagues based on prejudices we face. This firsthand experience of being disadvantaged motivated me to empower the disadvantaged, particularly when I came to the US to pursue my medical career.

When I was doing my medical residency at St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago, I frequently witnessed my fellow foreign graduates struggling through the daily life in the US. Recalling how difficult it was for myself to find my place in a country so different from my own, I was immediately compelled to help aid them in their adjustment and ensure that their experience went as smoothly and comfortably as possible. The sense of leadership and advocacy I possessed was recognized, and I was appointed a Chief of Residents as a result.

One of the major eye openers to me here in the US is our disadvantage as Blacks, in all walks of life. This charged me to continue to strengthen my leadership abilities, and try to seek the path for this change to a better us. I am determined by the hope that excellence and success may be readily obtainable for all who seek it. Thusly, I am honored to be a member of the CCSB, so that I may make a profoundly positive impact on our community.


Tarri Strickland
Tarri_StricklandCCSB Co-Chair
Program Director for Javon’s Gift Foundation (JGF)
Urban Health Program
Academic Skills Specialist

CCSB would like to extend a warm welcome to new Co-Chair Tarri Strickland and to thank her for generously taking on this leadership role. Co-Chair Strickland’s 10-years with the University of Illinois and her current Academic Skills Specialist position has helped her to recruit, train, and educate hundreds of underrepresented racial/ethnic minority students, specifically African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans in the health professions and to expand educational opportunities for these populations at the pre-college (K-12), undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels.

Co-Chair Strickland serves as Leadership Partner Representative for the UIC Urban Health Program. She is also co-founder and Program Director for Javon’s Gift Foundation (JGF). JGF is a non-profit advocacy organization, based in Lake County, Illinois with the mission to improve the quality of life for people with Sickle Cell Anemia. The JGF accomplishes its mission by advocating for improved access to care and by educating the community about the importance of diagnosis, early and innovative medical intervention, long-term lifestyle improvement, and therapeutic compliance.



Faculty Subcommittee

Promotes and supports Black faculty and post docs creating mentoring, networking, and creating a climate of scholarly camaraderie. Through workshops and roundtable discussions providing information regarding, promotion and tenure, research and publishing, and career opportunity.

Staff Concerns Subcommittee

Monitors conditions and services that affect the recruitment, employment, and retention trends of career academic professional and civil service staff. Reviews and makes recommendations regarding development and succession goals of staff personnel by under taking projects and workshops that are aimed at improving the quality of life on campus for employees. Helps establish mechanisms to foster mentee-mentor relationships, provide information and foster equitable treatment of Black staff on campus.

Strategic Planning Subcommittee

Compiles CCSB program plan, relevant data on the population of Blacks at UIC, and advises and makes recommendations regarding pratices, policies, and procedures affectung this constituency.

Student Subcommittee

Focuses on recruitment, admission, retention, and graduation trends, evaluates condition and services that affect the attainment of the educational and leadership development goals, undertakes projects, improving quality of student life on campus.