Meet the CCSB Leadership
Johara Hassan, MD
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.
Stephanie J. Whitaker, M.P.A.
CCSB Immediate Past Co-Chair
UIC Department of Political Science
Coordinator of Undergraduate & Development Programs
I am twice an alumna of UIC and have been an Academic Professional employee on this campus since 1993. I consider it an honor to serve in the membership of the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Blacks (CCSB) at UIC. I look forward to working with our new Chair, Dr. Hassan who is passionate about practices that result in disparate conditions.
The CCSB collective effort and advocacy continues to work towards providing information and programming that will help increase empowerment and growth for our constituency. Consistent with our mission we seek to improve climate dynamics on this campus for Black students, faculty, and staff.
As an undergraduate at the UICC “commuter campus” I remember the scary, daunting task of trying to navigate this campus. I was finally able to connect to a Black faculty member, Professor Twiley W. Barker, Jr., who helped me to define my purpose for college, and how I fit into the campus community. Making that connection helped me to finish college successfully. Freshmen students may be legal-aged adults, but they still require a lot of hands-on guidance. As a parent I understood that when my sons were ready for college.
To our Black students, faculty, staff, and alumni we encourage you to be “hands-on” involved with CCSB and share your successes, concerns, and talents with us as we advocate for you. Our listserv has over 3,000 names added, yet our meetings do not reflect those numbers. We need your involvement and support.
To our University partners we invite your efforts and ideas to help us make progress in the areas of: student recruitment, enrollment, and retention, diversifying faculty, and promotion and career development for our staff. To that end, please browse our website, attend our meetings (come prepared to work), continue to collaborate, and promote CCSB throughout the UIC community.
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.
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.