Chancellor Message 4/13/12

Message to Campus
RE Diversity and the Chancellor Committees

UIC is among the nation's most diverse universities. Diversity is a strength that contributes to the success of our campus in fulfilling its teaching and research missions.

The Chancellor's Status Committees were established to support our diversity and promote an open and inclusive community. You are encouraged to participate! Every year, new individuals from our community are nominated by committee members and appointed by the Chancellor. Your participation reflects service to the university and the importance of the diversity to our campus. Participation in Status Committee meetings and events is open to all faculty, staff and students and is approved for employee participation.

I encourage you to call upon the Status Committees to seek their assistance or to take part in their efforts. You can also consult their websites for greater detail on activities, events and subcommittees. I have provided information on each of the committees and their co-chairs below.

Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Asian Americans (CCSAA)

Anna Guevarra,, (312) 413-0004
Mark Martell,, (312) 413-2428

CCSAA is dedicated to promoting the academic, social, cultural and professional welfare of UIC's Asian Americans. CCSAA addresses issues related to employment practices, climate, representation, recruitment, and retention that are of concern to the Asian American campus community. The committee is dedicated to working collaboratively with diverse communities on campus and building relationships with off-campus community organizations.

Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Blacks (CCSB)

Carl Bell,, (312) 355-9471
Stephanie Whitaker,, (312) 996-6853

CCSB advises on matters pertaining to African and African American life at UIC. CCSB addresses issues relating to campus governance, employment practices, public relations, student affairs and other issues that affect the well being of Blacks on campus. The committee works collaboratively with UIC's diverse community.

Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Latinos (CCSL)

Jorge Girotti,, (312) 996-4493
P. Melissa Hernandez,, (312) 355-2605

CCSL was established to promote the development of educational, professional and career opportunities among UIC Latinos. The committee addresses issues of general concern to Latinos at UIC.

Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues (CCSLGBTI)

Alicia Matthews,, (312) 996-7885
Laura Stempel,, (312) 355-2499

The mission of CCSLGBTI is to provide leadership on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues in UIC communities. The goal is to enhance a supportive environment that will foster full participation by all members of the university's communities in teaching, public service, and research.

Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Persons with Disabilities (CCSPD)

Lisa Cushing,, (312) 355-1794
Janis Hayden,, (312) 996-2669

The mission of CCSPD is to promote empowerment and inclusion of people with disabilities at UIC. People with disabilities are a diverse group, including individuals with visible and non-visible disabilities. This mission is motivated by the belief that people with disabilities are assets to the university.

Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Women (CCSW)

Jacquelyn Jancius,, (312) 996-4070
He (Connie) Ping,, (312) 996-3973

CCSW works to improve the status of women at UIC with a primary objective to advise regarding campus attitudes, policies, and procedures.

I know any of these groups will welcome and benefit from your involvement. Each of them has much to offer, and together they play a major role in keeping UIC a diverse and thriving academic environment.


Paula Allen-Meares
John Corbally Presidential Professor