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  • Job Opportunity with Immigrant Services of Champaign-Urbana

    Job Title: Pandemic Health Navigator                                    Department:

    Reports to: PHN Supervisor                                                  Effective Date:

    Job Summary: The Pandemic Health Navigator (PHN) will work to decrease the spread of COVID-19 through specialized and individualistic work with clients. PHNs will work with clients who do not often fit well within the standard medical model. The PHN will work closely with medical providers, primary care teams, and other agencies to improve patient outcomes and care. PHNs will complete an intake interview for their clients, provide regular follow-up care and documentation and provide referrals to other services, as necessary. This position will work to decrease the disparities in health due to COVID-19 and will help advocate for social and environmental needs as they arise. The PHN will work closely with PCPs, Local Health Departments, and Community Based Organizations to provide wrap-around services to encourage clients to remain in their homes while positive with COVID-19. The PHN will create a foundation of trust for continued care of socially vulnerable populations.

  • New Minor - Child Health and Well-being

    Understanding child development and well-being are integral to keeping a child healthy. Similarly, knowing how to interact with children, how to ask family members questions to assess development, and knowing typical milestones in development by age group are all a part of good medical and allied health practices. The child health and well-being minor combines theoretical and practical approaches to understanding child development and well-being. Coursework in this minor examines child development biologically, psychologically, and socially from birth through age 18. Development is looked at in the context of the child’s daily experience, with additional coursework focused on medical settings, special needs challenges, and grief.

    The minor requires a minimum of 19 hours; ten hours of courses on child development and nine hours of courses examining health and well-being. 6 hours of advanced course credit must be distinct from credit earned for a student's major or another minor.

  • 2020-21 NASW-Illinois Chapter Student Liaisons still needed

    Student liaisons still needed

    Our Chapter student liaisons met earlier this and plan on meeting monthly.  We would like to have all schools represented,  Any students still interested should complete the following liaison form online at

    Join the NASW Illinois Chapter Board of Directors

    The Chapter is now accepting nominations for its volunteer leadership team.  Students (BSW representative and MSW representatives) and faculty (all other open positions) are encourage to consider the following opportunities:

  • We CU Information Session on Jan. 28

    Make a positive impact in the community while building your resume and receiving recognition for your community-based work. The We CU Community Engaged Scholars program provides training, connection to like-minded peers, access to service opportunities with partner organizations, and support from We CU program leaders. Learn more during an information session at 4 p.m. on Thursday, January 28. Register for the info session even if you can’t attend so that you will receive a link to the recording and instructions for joining the program.

  • Volunteers Needed: Stress Management Peer Leaders

    McKinley Health Center’s Health Education Unit is seeking volunteers to become Stress Management Peer (SMP) Leaders. SMP is dedicated to providing education & awareness to UI students on stress-related topics and concerns. We facilitate stress-related workshops; participate in campus-wide program planning and other organized events while embracing the diversity of our campus. This is a great opportunity to enhance leadership skills and meet new and interesting people. Strong communication skills desired. This hands-on experience is a great volunteer opportunity! 

    Learn to Stress Less! Limited time to join! 
    Interest session will be via Zoom on Wednesday, February 3rd@ 5:30pm. For Zoom link please contact Morgan Savage: 

    For more information please contact Alejandra

  • Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Events

    The annual celebration of the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. every January is a reminder of the fervent belief in a dream that who we can and should be as a nation depends upon recognizing the full humanity of each person, a dream rooted in honest examination of history and the work for racial justice when inequity exists.

    It is our community’s commitment to the dream of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that we will celebrate this month with a series of events, beginning with the MLK Advocacy for Justice Virtual Celebration on Sunday, January 17 at 3 pm Central.

    This year's keynote speaker will be the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, one of the leading voices for equality and social justice in our nation today, who will speak live from North Carolina.

    More information about this virtual event is at A link to watch the Sunday, January 17 celebration will be posted on this page and is open to the public.

    The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II is the President & Senior Lecturer of Repairers of the Breach and Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival. Rev. Dr. Barber is also the architect of the Moral Movement, which began with weekly Moral Monday protests at the North Carolina General Assembly in 2013 and recently relaunched again online in August 2020 under the banner of the Poor People's Campaign, which was begun by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968.

    This year’s University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign celebration will also feature nearly three weeks of presentations, activities, and discussions reflecting on what it means to speak from a position of conscience. Due to current COVID-19 social distancing requirements, this year’s events will be virtual and open to all through online platforms. A full calendar of events is available online. Pre-registration may be required to receive links to some events.

    During a year defined by COVID-19, the pandemic has directed a new light on the persistent and insidious twin crisis of systemic racism and generationally embedded racial disparities afflicting our society. This year’s celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is a common and shared call to action for everyone in the community to commit to the hard work necessary to end racism and social injustice.

  • Kevin T. Early Memorial Scholarship

    The Creative Writing Program would like to announce the 2020-2021 academic year's Kevin T. Early Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is made possible from an endowment by William and Donna Early in memory of their son, a poet, Kevin T. Early. It awards $2000 to a student with freshman standing at UIUC for the 2020-2021 school year. The deadline for application is January 28, 2021.

    For consideration, students must submit 5 poems via email to John Dudek, the Associate Director of Creative Writing at: The complete manuscript should not exceed 5 pages (so 1 poem to a page). Submissions should be attached to the email as .docx (Word) files.

    The subject line of the email should read: “EARLY PRIZE SUBMISSION: Last name.”

    The body of the email should include your name, address, phone number, e-mail, UIN, and the titles of your poems. Your name is not to appear on the entry file itself. Complete guidelines are included in the attached document.

  • Guide to Fall 2020 Credit/No Credit Decisions

    Should I elect Credit/No Credit this semester?

    This is a complicated question and there are individual answers. I will try to provide a thorough guide below to help you make decisions. If you want to discuss your situation in a one on one meeting after reading this, please make an appointment via the appointment scheduler, please make sure you do so before January 5th.

    Why consider electing credit/no credit?

    • If you only need the course for elective, Gen Ed, minor, or major credit and you will pass with a C-, C, C+, or B- but don’t want that grade to impact your grade point average.
    • If you are in a course that is preparing you for the next level of a subject (i.e. Chem 101 preparing for Chem 102) and you want to continue to be enrolled and learning in that prep course but don’t want the grade to factor into your GPA.

    Why lean toward keeping the course for a grade (rather than electing C/NC)?

    • If you are going on to a professional school, such as Law, Pharmacy, Medicine, etc. you should be checking with those schools to see how they will interpret a CR/NC grade, particularly a NC grade, before you make a decision.
    • If the course is a requirement of some sort (you need the credit), you never want to re-take the course and/or do not have time to re-take in a future semester before your internship, and it is not preparing you for the next level of a course (i.e. Chem 101 preparing for Chem 02) and you will pass the course with a D-, D or D+.
    • If you will pass a course with a B+ or higher, I would recommend taking the grade you have earned for the semester.

    When is it tricky?

    If you’ve got a B is probably the trickiest. A “B” is not a bad grade at all and I would probably recommend in most cases you take the grade, but there might be situations where it might be the right decision.

    You also need to take into consideration any requirements related to your Financial Aid award. Information about that can be found here:

    How do I elect CR/NC?

    The Registrar’s Office is creating a form for students to elect Credit/No Credit. Beginning Saturday, you can go to or on the MyIllini student dashboard

    If you have ANY questions, please reach out to me and we can e-mail or set up an appointment to discuss your situation.

    Happy Holidays and Enjoy your break!

  • Credit/No Credit Policy Changes for Fall 2020

    The deadline to elect the Credit/No Credit grade mode has been extended to 11:59 p.m. CST Jan. 5, 2021.

    A link to the Fall 2020 Credit/No Credit form will be located HERE starting Dec. 19th

    You can find more information about the Credit/No Credit Policy Modification on the Provost web page.

    Just a few highlights we want you to be aware of:

    There is no limit to the number of courses for Fall 2020 that can be taken CR/NC.
    Courses taken for CR/NC in Fall 2020 will count toward completion of major, minor, and general education requirements.
    Grades of C- or above are required to earn credit.
    If CR/NC is elected, grades of D+, D, D-, and F for courses do not earn credit.
    CR/NC does not impact cumulative Illinois GPA.
    Social Work students do not need to meet with an advisor to elect CR/NC. 
    Students must complete the Registrar’s form and submit themselves.
    Students cannot do Grade Replacement for courses taken for CR/NC. 
    Electing CR/NC will rescind previous grade replacement requests. 
    For example, if a student has failed Math 220 last semester, is retaking the course this semester for GR...if they elect CR/NC, the GR is rescinded.
    Students on academic probation may elect CR/NC for any course.
    Students may elect CR/NC for POT A courses.
    Although NC grades will not impact GPA, they may impact academic standing.  For instance, students earning multiple NC grades may be placed on academic probation after Fall 2020 or considered for dismissal.
    Earning CR for courses will most likely NOT remove a student from academic probation.

  • Spring 2021 Hourly Job Opportunity

    We are looking for undergraduate students to annotate emotions in text. This is currently a remote position. Anyone who is hired will be compensated approximately $15/hour.To apply, please complete this survey We will contact you within 1 week of your application.

    Capturing and Understanding Emotions in Text

    Analyzing data to capture various emotions is very important for a wide number of applications, such as consumer engagement, experience in healthcare, advertising, etc. Also important is exposure to, or strong motivation to learn about emotions in text communication. This undergraduate opportunity will be part of a larger project in our lab that investigates new and better ways for people to interact with machines as well as with one another.

    The selected candidate will:
    -Not be expected to have previous experience
    -Work with a faculty mentor and/or graduate students with experience in Language and Emotion.
    -Annotate/code textual data to capture important affective information;
    -Learn about the challenges and opportunities of processing user-generated data (i.e., social media) and learn about the role of emotions in human-computer and human-human interaction.

    To apply, please complete this survey We will contact you within 1 week of your application. If you have any questions, please contact Jose at