Chancellor's Message

Results of the Chancellor's Cluster Initiative to Increase Diversity

We are pleased to announce the results from the Chancellor's Cluster Initiative to Increase Diversity and the Interdisciplinary Culture at UIC, Year 1, Phase 2.

Six proposals were submitted in response to the RFP. Each one showed creative and collaborative thinking. The proposal selected for funding is entitled Health Promotion for Racially and Ethnically Diverse Older Adults; with principal investigators Dr. Susan Hughes, School of Public Health and Dr. Tamar Heller, College of Applied Health Sciences. The proposal calls for the hiring of five faculty in five academic departments within the two colleges, and will serve to strengthen both the Center for Research on Health and Aging and the Institute for Health Research and Policy.

This cluster will bring together outstanding interdisciplinary faculty who share the common goal of improving health promotion for older adults, our most rapidly growing population. The faculty will focus particularly on the fastest growing segment of the elderly population, namely African American and Latino adults. The selection committee envisioned this proposal as one that would increase the diversity of our faculty while also growing translational and engaged research at UIC.

We thank the many individuals who collaborated to submit proposals for this initiative. Their efforts are the source of UIC's unique strength. Finally, we are especially grateful to the members of the review panel, listed below.


Paula Allen-Meares
John Corbally Presidential Professor

Lon S. Kaufman
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost

Review Panel

Michael D. Brown, Professor, Kinesiology and Nutrition, College of Applied Health Sciences

Teresa Cordova, Professor, Urban Planning and Policy; Director, Great Cities Institute; College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs

Stacie Geller, Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology, College of Medicine; Director, Center for Research on Women and Gender

Sharon Haar, Associate Dean for Research and Student Success; Professor, Architecture; College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts

Lewis Hsu, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Pediatrics, College of Medicine

Cedric Johnson, Associate Professor, African American Studies/Political Science, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Cheryl Nakata, Head and Professor, Managerial Studies, College of Business Administration

Nick Popovich, Associate Dean for Professional Development and Professor, Pharmacy Systems Outcomes and Policy, College of Pharmacy

Barbara Ransby, Director, Gender & Women's Studies; Professor, African American Studies/History, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (co-chair)

Saul Weiner, Vice Provost for Planning and Programs and Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics and Medical Education, College of Medicine (co-chair)