News from the Office of the Chancellor
UIC announces 3rd site, submits bid for Obama Presidential Library
June 16, 2014
UIC announced a third site at a news conference today for its bid to become the future home of the Obama Presidential Library and Museum.
UIC has partnered with the North Lawndale Presidential Library Committee, a group of individual community stakeholders, to propose a 23-acre site between West 5th Avenue to the north, South Kildare Avenue to the east, West Roosevelt Road to the south, and South Kostner Avenue to the west. The land is just south of the Eisenhower Expressway and the CTA Blue Line.
“The UIC-North Lawndale partnership brings together a major public research university and a community organized for change to further advance the ideals and legacy of President Barack Obama,” said Paula Allen-Meares, UIC chancellor.
“As the North Lawndale Presidential Library Committee engaged UIC in partnership discussions, it became evident to us that not only did this institution of higher learning more than meet the criteria set forth by the Barack Obama Foundation, but that we also shared very similar values and vision for our communities,” said Marcus Betts, North Lawndale Presidential Library Committee spokesman.
“This response really isn’t about an ideal site, city or side of town, but the ideals set forth by the 44th president of the United States of America,” said Betts.
“Many children, such as myself, lack the necessary technology and resources to complete school work. The presidential library would supply scholars with computers, books and research texts to help further their education. There are students that aspire for greatness and look to excel in their studies,” said Teya Boyd, an 8th grade scholar at LEARN Charter School in North Lawndale where the community partnership announcement took place.
Pictured top: Chancellor Allen-Meares and State Senator Patricia Van Pelt. Pictured middle: Dr. Robert Winn, UI Health associate vice president for community-based practice, Chancellor Allean-Meares, and Michael Pagano, dean, UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs. Pictured bottom: Students from Learn Charter School.
May 11, 2014
As our academic year draws to a close, the moment is right to review what makes UIC such an outstanding institution — our faculty, staff, alumni, and you, our students.
Commencement ceremonies will begin soon, and all of us are busy preparing for the end of the semester. As you walk down the aisle in your cap and gown or start planning your next academic year at UIC, you can be enormously proud of your alma mater. Over the past year, new achievements have continued to increase UIC’s prominence and have added to the vibrancy of our community.
Closing the Innovation Deficit
April 24, 2014
UIC and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities explain in this video why the U.S. needs sustained federal investments in research and higher education to "Close the Innovation Deficit." UIC is a national leader in the number of startups spun off from its federally-funded research. For more information on the Innovation Deficit, visit innovationdeficit.org.
Granderson Stadium a big hit
April 23, 2014
UIC’s Curtis Granderson Stadium officially opened Thursday with more than 800 friends and family of UIC baseball on hand for the ribbon-cutting and the series opener against Wright State.
Granderson, a Flames’ Hall-of-Famer and current New York Mets outfielder, was there to throw out the first pitch as his parents and former coach watched.
“It’s neat to have my name on something that’s going to be here for a very long time,” Granderson said before the opening ceremonies.
“It’s been cool to have it on jerseys, but the fact that people are going to get to play at the stadium with my name on it is awesome.”
Granderson’s gift of $5 million to UIC is the largest known one-time donation from a professional athlete to their alma mater, according to Sports Illustrated.
Besides its role as home for Flames baseball, Granderson Stadium will host more than 38 Little League organizations every year, bringing Granderson’s love of the game to Chicago youth.
Pictured top: Curtis Granderson, three-time MLB All-Star. Pictured middle: Curtis Granderson throws the first pitch as his parents look on. Pictured bottom: Curtis Granderson, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Mary Granderson, Curtis Granderson Sr., and Chancellor Allen-Meares.
Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez speaks at the 20th anniversary Pa’Lante Conference
April 7, 2014
U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez visited UIC April 7 for the 20th anniversary Pa’Lante Conference sponsored by the Union for Puerto Rican Students.
Rep. Gutierrez read from his memoir, "Still Dreaming: My Journey from the Barrio to Capitol Hill," and talked with students about the obstacles he has worked to overcome in his personal life and political career.
Pictured top: L-R: Jose Lopez, adjunct in the Department of Latin American and Latino studies; Rep. Luis Gutierrez; Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares; LARES Director Hugo Teruel. Pictured bottom: Rep. Gutierrez addresses the crowd
UIC: Making a Transformative Impact
March 4, 2014
Once a year, each campus is given the opportunity to showcase its achievements to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, and our turn came on January 22. This year we were honored to showcase our work to donors, elected officials, and friends of UIC in our audience.
UIC, Making a Transformative Impact -- a fast-paced presentation by standout faculty, alumni, and students -- allowed five remarkable individuals to tell their own stories through artful imagery and narration.
The links below will take you to the video of each of presenter:
Alumnus John Edel is executive director of The Plant, the nation’s first vertical farm.
Alumnus Alfred Tatum, interim dean of the College of Education and director of the UIC Reading Clinic
Janet Lin, an alumna with both an MD and MPH, is associate professor of emergency medicine and of community health sciences in the School of Public Health, and the director of health systems development in the Center of Global Health
Claudia Hernandez, assistant professor of dermatology in the UIC College of Medicine, is designing public health strategies to reduce skin cancer disparities in minority populations.
Alumnus Harish Patel is a founding board member of Chicago Votes, a youth-led civic engagement organization that trains and mobilizes young political leaders.
The final video is a compilation of outstanding student researchers representing each of our colleges.
Pictured top: the "UIC, Making a Transformative Impact presentation" begins; Pictured bottom: Chancellor Allen-Meares addresses the crowd
Chancellor Receives Award at PUSH Excel event
February 7, 2014
On January 20, 2014, I was honored with the Dr. King/President Johnson Faith in Politics: Game Changer Award at the PUSH Excel Martin Luther King, Jr. 24th Annual Scholarship Celebration.
It was a privilege to be recognized along with Chairman of the Board of the University of Illinois Christopher Kennedy, and State Representative Jacqueline Collins.
A Message from the Chancellor
January 29, 2014
One of the guiding values of the University of Illinois is our commitment to each other. This commitment begins with simple respect, and is manifest in civil discourse.
If you have been following the media, you may be aware that a small number of students at the Urbana campus, upset that classes had not been canceled due to the cold weather on Monday, sank far below any minimal standard of decency when they took to social media to post vitriol aimed at Urbana Chancellor Phyllis Wise. Racist, sexist comments that were sometimes vulgar or even violent quickly went viral and have brought national attention and disgrace to the University of Illinois.
UI Health’s new Mile Square Health Center celebrates at ribbon-cutting event
January 23, 2014
UI Health’s newest Mile Square Health Center is officially opened at a ribbon-cutting ceremony that took place Tuesday, Jan. 21 in the five-story, 122,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility. The new center is the first federally qualified health center in Chicago to offer urgent care as well as an exceptionally broad array of specialty medical services. U.S. Congressman Danny Davis, who attended the event, said that the new community health center is “unlike any neighborhood clinic I’ve ever visited.”
Dr. Robert Winn, associate vice president for community based practice at UI Health, expects that the new Mile Square Health Center will see many newly insured patients thanks to the Affordable Care Act. “But they are going to get a lot more than what they may be used to at a typical community clinic,” he said. “Here we specialize in primary care plus, meaning you can get your prescription filled, get labs taken, see a specialist, and we can even help enroll you in insurance if you walk in the door without it.” Mile Square will accept all patients, regardless of ability to pay or insurance status.
Top photo, pictured L-R: Dr. Robert Winn, associate vice president for community based practice at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System; Jerry Bauman, interim vice president of health affairs at UI Health; LaShawn Ford, representative, district 8 (yellow tie); Robert Easter, president, University of Illinois; Paula Allen-Meares, Chancellor, University of Illinois at Chicago; Reverend Randall Harris, Chairman, Board of Directors, Mile Square Health Center (cutting ribbon); Edna Pearce, board member, Mile Square Health Center; Henry Taylor, Executive Director, Mile Square Health Center; Carl J. Malone, vice president of the board of directors, Mile Square Health Center; Congressman Danny Davis; Jason Ervin, Alderman, 28th Ward;
Bottom photo, pictured L-R: Henry Taylor, Executive Director, Mile Square Health Center; Dr. Robert Winn, associate vice president for community based practice, UI Health; LaShawn Ford, Representative, District 8; Jerry Bauman, interim vice president of health affairs at UI Health; Robert Easter, president, University of Illinois; Chris Kennedy, University of Illinois Board of Trustees Chairman; Paula Allen-Meares, Chancellor, University of Illinois at Chicago; Reverend Randall Harris, Chairman, Board of Directors, Mile Square Health Center; Edna Pearce, board member, Mile Square Health Center; Carl J. Malone, Vice President, board of directors, Mile Square Health Center (behind Danny Davis); Congressman Danny Davis; Jason Ervin, Alderman, 28th; Derrick Smith, State Representative, District 10; Camille Y. Lilly, State Representative, District 78
Focusing on Urban Excellence
I am delighted to present"Focusing 0n Urban Excellence: A Vision for Achieving Excellence at Chicago’s Public Research University,” a new report that synthesizes UIC’s ongoing strategic thinking and planning processes and describes the campus’s planning cycle. (Read more about the report.)
UIC joins opposition to boycott of Israeli universities
December 27, 2013
The University of Illinois president, the chancellors of the U of I campuses, and the chair and vice chair of the executive committee of the University Senates Conferences have issued the statement below:
The University of Illinois leadership strongly endorses the Association of American Universities (AAU) statement opposing a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. The AAU statement, issued on Dec. 20, 2013, and signed by the organization’s executive committee, says that:
“Any such boycott of academic institutions directly violates academic freedom, which is a fundamental principle of AAU universities and of American higher education in general. Academic freedom is the freedom of university faculty responsibly to produce and disseminate knowledge through research, teaching, and service, without undue constraint. It is a principle that should not be abridged by political considerations. American colleges and universities, as well as like institutions elsewhere, must stand as the first line of defense against attacks on academic freedom.”
We are in agreement with the AAU statement, which has been endorsed by numerous higher education leaders.
Robert A. Easter, President, University of Illinois
Phyllis M. Wise, Chancellor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Paula Allen-Meares, University of Illinois at Chicago
Susan J. Koch, University of Illinois at Springfield
Jorge Villegas, Chair, University Senates Conference
Don Chambers, Vice Chair, University Senates Conference
Top officials, business leaders focus on metropolitan resilience strategies at UIC Urban Forum
December 6, 2013
Top federal, state and municipal officials, alongside private-sector and community leaders, gather today for the 2012 Urban Forum at the University of Illinois at Chicago to discuss the issues metropolitan areas have been experiencing during these tough economic times, their responses and strategies to address those challenges and improve quality of life.
Entitled, “Metropolitan Resilience in a Time of Economic Turmoil,” the 2012 UIC Urban Forum will foster dialogues on coping with economic challenges in the Chicago metropolitan region and the other urban regions of the nation, improving government cooperation, collaboration and efficiency, spurring economic growth and development, strengthening social safety nets, and addressing the cities’ infrastructure and pension systems.
“It is with great pride that UIC is once again hosting the Urban Forum and its esteemed participants,” said Paula Allen-Meares, Chancellor of UIC. “UIC has a commitment to improving the quality of urban areas in Chicago, nationwide and around the globe, especially in these tough financial times, and we look forward to the collaborative and innovative ideas to come out of today’s forum.”
Pictured: Chancellor Allen-Meares gives the Welcoming Remarks at the UIC Forum.
Cheering on the Flames
November 26, 2013
Chancellor Allen-Meares at the UIC-Northwestern pre-game reception in the Dragon's Den VIP Lounge at the Community Leader and Elected Official Leader night.
Pictured L-R: Lester McKeever, Jr. (U of I Board of Trustees), Ernest Sawyer (ERS Enterprises), Chancellor Allen-Meares, Theresa Sawyer, President Robert Easter.
Community leaders from Chinatown and the Chancellor cheer on the Flames in the Chancellor's courtside seats at the UIC-Northwestern game on November 20.
Pictured L-R: Chancellor Allen-Meares, Bernarda Wong (Chinese American Service League), Ernie Wong, Tony Shu, David Shu
A Message from the Chancellor
November 19, 2013
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:
On November 8, a powerful typhoon struck the Philippine Islands and proceeded to surrounding areas. The storm caused massive devastation and thousands of deaths.
UIC has close ties to the Philippines through academic and research partnerships, as well as personal and professional connections.
We join the Asian American Resource and Cultural Center, the Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Asian Americans, the Office of Diversity, and the student organization Filipinos in Alliance in expressing our thoughts and support for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
We will keep everyone affected by this tragedy in our thoughts and we hope recovery happens quickly and efficiently.
If you would like to contribute, Filipinos in Alliance is holding a clothing and nonperishable food drive on campus. To donate, leave items in the designated box outside 101 Taft Hall during business hours. Information on donating to UIC partner organizations or the Philippine Red Cross is available on the FIA website.
The UIC Counseling Center offers resources for those emotionally affected by the disaster. Contact the center at 312-996-3490 or counseling.uic.edu. Students and others may also benefit from resources on managing traumatic stress after a hurricane.Paula Allen-Meares
John Corbally Presidential Professor
Trustees extend UIC chancellor's term
November 14, 2013
The University of Illinois Board of Trustees approved an agreement Thursday to extend the term of University of Illinois at Chicago Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares by a year, through Jan. 15, 2015.
The extension follows a review launched in August by President Robert Easter, customary when top administrators are completing a term of service, and included input from students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as community leaders.
“I am pleased that Chancellor Allen-Meares has agreed to serve for another year. Under her leadership, UIC has continued its remarkable growth – in enrollment, in academic and research achievement and in respect as one of the world’s great urban universities,” Easter said.
Allen-Meares said she looks forward to building on UIC’s efforts to meet the needs of the 21st century.
“I am honored to serve this outstanding university at a time when the role of our institutions of higher learning continue to evolve rapidly – a time when our academic and research missions have created dual opportunities to provide the workforce development and innovation that will advance the common good,” she said.
Under the agreement, Allen-Meares will be eligible for compensation at the end of her extension under a new performance-based incentive compensation plan. The board established the program earlier this year, moving away from longevity based incentives for senior administrators and instead linking compensation to progress toward specific goals that advance the University’s educational, research and public service missions.
Allen-Meares’ base salary is $422,458.
During her nearly five years as chancellor, UIC’s enrollment has increased by about 2,200 students, up 8 percent to more than 28,000, and research funding has grown by nearly 14 percent to more than $388 million. UIC ranked 52nd among U.S. universities for federal research funding in the latest government rankings.
This year, UIC moved up 14 spots to 63rd among public universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings of the nation’s top colleges, and the Chicago campus ranked 128th overall, up 19 spots from last year.
Allen-Meares has overseen the creation of new programs, such as the bioengineering partnership between the College of Engineering and the College of Medicine. She created the Faculty Discovery Fund-Chancellor’s Innovation Fund to support UIC research discoveries and seed investments in startups; the Graduate Research Fellowship Program to support interdisciplinary graduate research; and expanded the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. She refocused the campus from the mantra “access to excellence” to “access to excellence and success,” which focuses on persistence and graduation rates.
Several initiatives under Allen-Meares have strengthened the diversity of UIC students and faculty. The Chancellors’ Cluster Initiative to Increase Diversity and the Interdisciplinary Culture at UIC provides funding to recruit underrepresented minority faculty who conduct research on topics related to diversity.
Allen-Meares also led the “Brilliant Futures” fundraising campaign for UIC, which at its conclusion in 2012 had raised $678 million, the most ever raised by the campus, exceeding its goal of $650 million.
During Allen-Meares’ term as chancellor, UIC also received $64 million in state funding for a new, $104 million Advanced Chemical Technical Building, a collaborative research facility that will house faculty from chemistry, biology and physics to foster innovation in critical fields such as health care and environmental science.
Along with serving as chancellor, she is also a vice president of the University and John Corbally Presidential Professor, with appointments on both the Chicago and Urbana-Champaign campuses.
Allen-Meares is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, the Royal Academy of Medicine and is a trustee of the New York Academy of Medicine. She also serves on the Chicago Civic Consulting Alliance, the American Council on Education’s Commission on Inclusion, and the Executive Committee of the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities.
She has written more than 160 scholarly publications and several books, including the recently released “The School Services Sourcebook: A Guide for School-based Professionals.”
Recently, Allen-Meares received grants from the Illinois Board of Higher Education for $833,000 and the National Institutes of Health for the Integrated Behavioral Health Project, which delivered $1.4 million in support of a project to strengthen the workforce pipeline in the critical STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Today’s Chicago Woman named Allen-Meares one of its “100 Women of Influence” in its July 2013 issue. She was also named a 2013 Business Leader of Color by Chicago United.
UIC has a nearly $2 billion budget, 12,000 faculty and staff, and 15 colleges, including the nation’s largest college of medicine. UIC also operates the state’s largest public medical center and regional health sciences campuses in Peoria, Rockford and Urbana-Champaign.
A summary of Allen-Meares’ background and achievements is available at http://uofi.uillinois.edu/emailer/newsletter/44111.html
Chancellor's Lecture and Event Series:
"Washington: In or Out? Regional Governance
and Development from Below."
October 17, 2013
Pictured L-R: Michael Mullen, Illinois chair, Tri-State Alliance for Regional Development; Toni Preckwinkle, president, Cook County Board; MarySue Barrett, president, Metropolitan Planning Council; keynote speaker Bruce Katz, vice president and director, Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program; Michael Pagano, dean of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs;
IPCE/CUPPA Civic Engagement
& Democracy Lecture Series
October 16, 2013
Pictured L-R: Joseph Hoereth; Director of the Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement; Emil Jones Jr., president and CEO of Strategic International Group; Chancellor Allen-Meares; Michael Pagano, dean of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
UIC new home for national Latino research consortium
posted October 1, 2013
A national consortium of 25 university-based Latino research centers will make its new headquarters at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
The Inter-University Program for Latino Research, previously based at the University of Notre Dame for 14 years, aims to promote policy-focused research and advance the Latino intellectual presence in the U.S.
Founded in 1983, the group supports research and programs that foster greater understanding of U.S. Latinos in politics, economics, culture, art, history and immigration.
Maria de los Angeles Torres, professor of Latin American and Latino studies, will serve as the group’s new executive director.
Top: Chancellor Allen-Meares and Maria de los Angeles Torres, professor of Latin American and Latino studies; Middle: Professor of African American Studies and History Barbara Ransby, University of Illinois Board of Trustees member Ric Estrada (UI trustee), Professor of African American Studies and Director of IRRPP Beth Richie; Bottom: Chancellor Allen-Meares and Dr. Martha Daviglus, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research
Groundbreaking ceremony: Curtis Granderson Stadium
posted September 18, 2013
Ground was officially broken Tuesday for Curtis Granderson Stadium, thanks to a donation from UIC’s best-known professional athlete.
Granderson is the New York Yankees’ best home run hitter and a 2003 UIC alum.
Pictured L-R: Garfield Park Little League director Frank Brim, UI trustee Ric Estrada, Curtis Granderson Sr. and Mary Granderson, Sparky Dragon, Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares, Flames baseball coach Mike Dee, UIC athletics director Jim Schmidt and Jackie Robinson Little League director Bill Haley. Photo: Roberta Dupuis-Devlin/UIC Photo Services
Improvement in U.S. News ranking
posted September 11, 2013
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,
Congratulations are in order!
U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" ranking, released Tuesday, ranks UIC in a five-way tie at No. 128 among national universities, an improvement of 19 spots from the previous year, when we were in a four-way tie at 147. Among the publics, we jumped from 77 to 63. UIC's climb represents the largest improvement among Chicago-area schools this year, as noted Tuesday in Crain's Chicago Business and the Chicago Sun-Times.
State of the Campus
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,
I invite you to watch via video my second annual address, a yearly update on the progress UIC is making in all aspects of our mission. Please take a few minutes to view the videos listed in the links below, which summarize the campus strategic thinking that is evolving as we continue to position ourselves to meet the needs of the 21st century.
State of the Campus Part 1: Our Goals and Challenges
Starting the new year
August 30, 2013
Volunteers from sports teams, Campus Housing staff and various campus organizations helped students and their families check in, get keys and wheel carts full of belongings down the street and into the elevators. More than 1,250 freshmen are living in campus residence halls this year.
L to R – Mike Landek, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs; Barbara Henley, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs; Susan Teggatz, Director of Campus Housing; Chancellor Allen-Meares.
Chancellor Allen-Meares meets with students at the Chancellor's Block Party after Convocation on August 25.
Photo: Roberta Dupuis-Devlin/UIC Photo Services.
Welcome to UIC
August 26, 2013
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,
Welcome to the 2013-14 academic-year at UIC.
Whether you are a newcomer or a continuing member of the UIC community, you are an integral part of a vibrant institution of learning. This year, the Times Higher Education's worldwide ranking for universities under 50 years old placed UIC as the 19th best young university in the world and 4th best in the United States. UIC is one of the most diverse communities in the nation, and I am very proud of the work we do to assure that everyone's learning, teaching, and research are unique and inspiring.
Allen-Meares makes list of 100 influential Chicago women
posted July 30, 2013
Today’s Chicago Woman named University of Illinois at Chicago Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares one of its “100 Women of Influence” in its July 2013 issue.
The list, which the monthly magazine began in 2011 with “100 Women Making a Difference” and continued last year with “100 Women to Watch,” includes “smart, powerful women” at various career stages and from all sectors, including finance, government, philanthropy, arts, education and health care, according to the magazine.
Richard J. Daley Collection opens at UIC
posted July 30, 2013
Documents and artifacts from Richard J. Daley’s six terms as mayor of Chicago are available for review by the public and researchers with the recent opening on July 24 of the Richard J. Daley Collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
The Daley collection contains documents generated and received by Daley during his tenure as mayor of Chicago and his simultaneous terms as chairman of the Cook County Democratic Committee. The material and artifacts are now part of the Special Collections Department of UIC’s Daley Library.
Photo: Roberta Dupuis-Devlin/UIC Photo Services.
Governor signs bill expanding Medicaid
posted July 30, 2013
Governor Pat Quinn signs legislation that enacts a critical part of the Affordable Care Act by making Medicaid coverage available to all low-income adults in Illinois.
The signing ceremony was held Monday, July 22nd in the Outpatient Care Center at UIC.
Photo: Roberta Dupuis-Devlin/UIC Photo Services.
Wood Family Foundation / UIC Scholarship Breakfast Banquet
posted July 16, 2013
“The Sky is the Limit” Scholarship Breakfast, held on the 99th Floor of the Willis Tower on May 23, 2013 to honor Kerry and Sarah Wood Family Foundation Scholarship recipient Ms. Gabriella Santoyo, was a family affair.
Former star Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood and his wife Sarah created the Wood Family Foundation in 2011 to improve the lives of children in four Chicago neighborhoods: Austin, Englewood, Humboldt Park, and Lawndale.
In 2013 they established a four-year, comprehensive scholarship in the UIC Honors College covering full tuition, fees, assessments, books, room and board, and a laptop computer for an incoming freshman from one of those neighborhoods.
Wood Scholar and incoming UIC Honors College first-year student Gaby Santoyo (center) is joined at the breakfast by (left to right): Kerry Wood, Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares, her mother, Ms. Livier Pelayo, her sister, Ms. Sylvia Santoyo, Sarah Wood, and Provost Lon Kaufman. Photo by Kenny Kim Photography.
Community Leaders Breakfast
posted July 11, 2013
May 31, 2013: Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares and President Robert Easter host African American Community and Civic leaders for breakfast and conversation at the UIC African American Cultural Center.
USU conference with Deputy Mayor Steve Koch
posted July 10, 2013
June 17, 2013: Deputy Mayor Steve Koch gives the opening remarks at the Urban Serving Universities Summer Conference, hosted by UIC
Statement by Secretary Arne Duncan on the Anniversary of Title VI
posted July 2, 2013
Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan released the following statement regarding the anniversary of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964:
“The 49th anniversary of the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is an opportunity to reflect on the importance of education in America’s progress toward racial equality.
“Title VI has prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in any program or activity — including all elementary and secondary schools and colleges and universities, public or private — receiving Federal financial assistance.
“The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has used Title VI to promote equal access to college- and career-preparatory courses and programs and to combat school segregation, discriminatory discipline, harassment, and other barriers to equal education for students of different racial, ethnic and linguistic backgrounds.
“We still have a long way to go to achieve racial equity. Last week, in the Fisher case, the Supreme Court preserved the well-established legal principle that colleges and universities have a compelling interest in achieving the educational benefits that flow from a racially and ethnically diverse student body, and can pursue that interest in their admissions programs. Lack of access to college- and career preparatory school programs persist, and racial disparities in discipline deny equal opportunity to too many of our students of color. Many of our nation’s schools are still racially isolated, and racial gaps continue to exist in important measurements of learning.
“Today, we at the Department of Education recommit ourselves to enforcing Title VI to help end illegal discrimination in our country’s schools and promote equitable opportunities for all students. We salute the states, districts, communities and advocates across America that have worked tirelessly to ensure that racial discrimination is eliminated as a barrier to student learning and success.”
Today, July 1, 2013, UIC becomes a Tobacco-Free Campus.
This landmark event follows more than a year of strategy development and consultations with the President of the University of Illinois, UIC Vice Chancellors and Deans, the UIC Faculty Senate, Senate Executive Committee, and all three student government bodies.