U and I Care Facts is an initiative from the Office of the Dean of Students that is focused on providing you with weekly information on many topics including, exercise, healthy eating, self-compassion, stress and resilience, social connection, time management and more. Care Facts will be updated weekly and will contain tips and resources you can access to promote your success at UIC!
Fall 2022 Care Facts Heading link
Check out all the upcoming Care Facts for this semester! Will be updated monthly.
Undergraduate Internships Heading link
Navigating internships as an undergraduate can be confusing. One may ask themselves; is it more important that I do research or that I start getting work experience as an intern in my field of work? All students want to be ready to translate to their career after college but many students are unsure of what it takes to get there and be competitive candidates. Here are some tips to keep in mind: Reach out to a professor or teaching assistant who may be able to act as a mentor for the career field or get you in contact with someone who can. Reach out to UIC Career Services and make an appointment to talk with an advisor about career options and networking opportunities. They will be able to discuss whether an internship is appropriate for you. You can find more information about undergraduate internship opportunities and research opportunities through their UIC Career Services.
Utility Assistance Heading link
With Fall right around the corner, the weather is getting colder and the days are getting shorter. It can be difficult to keep up with rising gas and electric bills, especially when we find ourselves using it more often. How do we keep up with these payments while also budgeting for other necessities? The Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, Inc. (CEDA) is one of the largest private, nonprofit Community Action Agencies in the country, serving residents throughout Cook County, Illinois. CEDA offers a utility assistance program that can assist you with paying gas, electric, and water bills, as well as repairing or replacing your heating system. CEDA’s LIHEAP programs offer heat and electricity assistance through the DVP and PIPP programs. DVP issues a one-time benefit applied directly to your utility accounts. PIPP enrolls you in a budget bill program that provides a monthly benefit toward your bill and offers the opportunity for past-due balance forgiveness. For more information and to see if you meet the qualifications, check out this link https://www.cedaorg.net/find-services/gas-and-electric/
Indigenous People's Month Heading link
At UIC, we believe that it is important to recognize and celebrate the impact Indigenous people have in our community in the past, present, and future. The recognition and celebration of indigenous people’s month is also a time to recognize the history of our city and institutions, and the harm that their growth has had on indigenous communities. The Native American Support Program (NASP) at UIC is devoted to supporting and celebrating the success of students of Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Native Pacific Islander ethnicity, culture, community, and heritage. Throughout the month of November, NASP will host events to promote discussion, inclusion, and celebration of the indigenous communities on our campus.
We would like to acknowledge that the University of Illinois at Chicago resides on the traditional Territories of the Three Fire Peoples – the Ojibwe, Odawa and Bodewadmi, purchased after two-and-a-half years of open warfare, decades of violent encroachment, and the defeat of a pan-Indian movement to keep settlers out of the Great Lakes region at the Treaty of Chicago in 1821, receiving their final payment before moving westward in 1835. The area was also a site of trade, gathering, and healing for more than a dozen other Native tribes.
Cultural Appropriation Heading link
Cultural appropriation is the adoption of an element or elements of one culture or identity by members of another culture or identity. This can be controversial when members of a dominant culture appropriate from minority cultures. In popular culture through celebrity “trends,” Halloween costumes, and shifts in style or fashion, we have seen numerous examples of this appropriation. When a dominant group chooses to exotify specific cultural traditions of a minority culture, it can be done carelessly or mockingly in a way that is hurtful and promotes prejudices and biases. Although we want to embrace and respect the many cultures and diversity of our school, we must recognize that cultural appropriation is different than cultural appreciation. Supporting and celebrating the cultures around us must include agency and voice for those who practice a given tradition for this to truly be cultural appreciation. The Office of the Provost for Diversity at UIC hosts regular campus conversations to cover topics such as racial politics, diversity at UIC, and cultural appropriation. To better understand this topic, the UIC office of Diversity Education provides resources for students who want to educate themselves and learn how to best ally with and appreciate the diverse cultures at UIC.
Food Insecurity Heading link
College can be a time of financial instability for many students. Across the United States, many college students struggle with Food Insecurity. Although we often joke about the college “struggle meal” having access to healthy foods is no laughing matter. More than 25% of all college students face food insecurity at some point in their college careers. If you or someone you know is having trouble accessing food due to barriers of cost or otherwise, you are not alone. UIC aims to provide the resources students need to access food during their time at UIC, to help all students have a healthy college experience. U&I Cares provides resources and assistance for students facing food insecurity at UIC. The UIC Wellness Center also provides a Pop-Up Food Pantry where students can access healthy foods at no cost during the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.