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  • 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 go.illinois.edu/MLK2021. 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: jdudek4@illinois.edu. 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 https://go.illinois.edu/SOCWadvisingappointment, 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: https://osfa.illinois.edu/process/satisfactory-academic-progress/.

    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 https://registrar.illinois.edu/registration-process/credit-no-credit or on the MyIllini student dashboard https://student.myillini.illinois.edu.

    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 https://forms.gle/BiqUYaiaS8ttKwkNA. 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 https://forms.gle/BiqUYaiaS8ttKwkNA. We will contact you within 1 week of your application. If you have any questions, please contact Jose at jzavala3@illinois.edu.

  • COVID-19 Research at Bradley University

    Dear college students,

    Hello, my name is Henry Keller. I am currently attending Bradley University in Peoria Illinois as an undergraduate Social Work major. I am hopeful that you may assist in my independent research. Under the guidance of my sponsor and Co-PI, Dr. Patricia Saleeby, I am exploring mental health needs of undergraduate students during COVID-19 pandemic and remote learning through an anonymous online survey. This study has received IRB approval from Bradley University. I am requesting that you complete the survey using the link below if you are a college student and 18 or older. Your participation is voluntary but there is no compensation for completing this survey. Your participation will help universities across the country better adapt to the current situation of remote learning and provide a better college experience for future semesters. If you have any questions, please contact me or Dr. Saleeby. Please click the link below to access the survey and the full informed consent. http://bradley.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6WJTxbGKxE8qHGJ

    Thank you very much for your time,

    Henry Keller
    Bradley University
    HKeller@mail.bradley.edu

  • Join the Community Learning Lab Team!

    Dear BSW and MSW students,

    The CLL is hiring! If you are interested in working in a position that gives you the opportunity to learn more about local community partners while helping to meet the needs of the community, please consider applying to this part-time position. Send application materials to ssw-cll@illinois.edu. Deadline is Friday, December 11.

    Thank you!

    Katie

  • Seeking Applicants for Illinois Undergraduate Research Ambassadors Program

    The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is looking for motivated and personable first- and second-year undergraduates who are excited to introduce and support peers through the Illinois research experience. If you have participated in a research project, be it through coursework, assisting faculty, research staff, or graduate students, or conducting a project of your own, you can become an Illinois Undergraduate Research Ambassador and help other students along their research journeys.  Ideal candidates should demonstrate at least one semester (or 1 full summer semester) of engagement in research/creative inquiry and exhibit excellent communication skills. Such candidates should be reliable, organized, personable, and respectful.

     How do you know if you have research experience? You probably have experience if you have:  

    Conducted research as part of laboratory or team Participated in a research-based course (e.g., research methods)  Participated in a research program (e.g., URAP, IPRH Bio-Humanities, Ethnography of the University Initiative)  Are currently pursuing a thesis, capstone project, or independent study  Under the supervision of a graduate student, faculty, or research staff member:   Conducted lab work Conducted literature reviews  Conducted textual analysis of different literature  Analyzed primary sources   Conducted interviews, surveys, focus groups  Wrote or produced a story based on some of the previous steps   

    Apply now!

    If you are interested but unsure that you have research/creative inquiry experience, reach out to us! The actual practice of research/creative inquiry varies across disciplines. We can help you figure it out if the IURA Program is right for you!

    Link to application: https://go.illinois.edu/IURA_ApplyThe deadline to apply is December 20, 2020 at 11:59pm.

  • Writers Workshop Upcoming Events

    As we head into the last few weeks of the semester and final paper season, the Writers Workshop will offer several activities to support students.

    We have upcoming interactive presentations that may benefit students as they prepare their final course projects and professional materials. Students can learn about "Avoiding  Plagiarism," gain "Revision Strategies for Structure and Argument," or learn how to "Write an Effective Literature Review." All events are held via Zoom. Please visit our calendar to register in advance and learn about more upcoming events. 

  • New Drop Deadline and Credit/No-Credit Deadlines

    There are two new academic deadlines that I want to share with you.

    First, the deadline to drop a course is now, Friday, December 18th. If you want to drop a course (you will have a "W" on your transcript, you can do so until the 18th.

    The Credit/No-Credit Deadline is now January 5th. There will be a different form to utilize for this option, though it has not been created by the Registrar's Office yet. You can elect credit/no-credit for major (now CSWE approved!), minor, or general education credit, though you will still need to earn a C- or higher to earn this credit. 

  • The College Tour TV Series

    We are excited to announce that UIUC is partnering with the producers of Survivor to create an episode of their new TV series for Amazon Prime: The College Tour. We’re looking for undergraduate students to share their stories and showcase the Power of I to a national audience. Are you someone with an outgoing personality who enjoys being in front of a camera? Do you have an inspiring story to share about your time at UIUC? If so, apply (deadline: December 7)

  • Entrepreneurship Minor Survey

    Illinois Business Consulting (IBC) and Gies College of Business are developing an entrepreneurship minor to broaden the definition of entrepreneurship and particularly serve the needs of students outside of engineering and business. It is therefore extremely important to us that we understand the needs and wants of Social Work students, to create an offering for you. Please take only 7 minutes to fill out this short survey and enter a lottery to win up to $100 in Amazon gift cards: https://ibc.sjc1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7Um4c2nPZTgvnnv. Thank you in advance – your perspectives are essential to create a lasting program. Contact: Aman Khinvasara, amantk2@illinois.edu

  • Inner Voices Social Issues Theatre

    Spring 2021 Courses 

    Intro to Social Issues Theatre (Theatre/Gender and Women’s Studies 218) 

    3 credit hours Meets Mondays & Wednesdays 1-2:50 p.m. Hybrid/Allen Hall Room 40 

    An introductory exploration/survey of the rich histories, theories, and practices of community-based and social issues theatre. Lively connection of social issues in today’s world through discussion, participation, lecture, and performance! 

    Devising Social Issues Theatre (Theatre/Gender and Women’s Studies 418) 

    3 credit hours undergrad/1unit graduate Meets Mondays & Wednesdays 11:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m. Hybrid/Armory Free Theatre (Armory 160) 

    Focus on writing and devising theatre explicitly concerned with social issues in the context of community. Works created in this course often go on to be performed by the ensemble. 

    Leading Post-Performance Dialog (Theatre/Gender and Women’s Studies 417) 

    4 credit hours undergraduate/1 unit graduate Meets Tuesdays & Thursdays 4-5:50 p.m. with additional times scheduled for fieldwork. 

    Arts engagement exploration and the dramaturge in social issues theatre. Includes hands-on experience of animateur (facilitation) work with INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre. Great class for those who want to use theatre in their work (social workers, educators, and other community-focused practitioners). 

    INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre Ensemble (Theatre 400M) 

    2 credit hours Rehearses Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays 5-7 p.m. Hybrid/Armory Free Theatre (Armory 160) 

    The focus of the ensemble is public performances. Open to all students. While past experience is useful, it is not necessary. Students may choose to receive credit for their participation in the ensemble. 

    INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre takes on subject matter that is timely and sometimes difficult to address. This requires a willingness to be open-minded and curious about social issues and social justice. Past topics have included sexual assault, socioeconomic status, gender identity and transphobia, racism, and suicide. INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre instructors are practitioners in their fields.

    For questions, please contact Lisa Fay at lfay@illinois.edu or 217-244-0212. 

  • BSWA Events and NASW Information Session

    If you've missed any of our BSW events over the past few weeks, we have recorded them and you can watch them. 

    BSW Alumni Panel: https://youtu.be/1N-uci5TTxc
    BSW Job Fair: https://youtu.be/zxz9l-Hn8Ew
    NASW Informational Session: https://youtu.be/TRxc0ms8DRI

    On November 30th we'll have an event: 

    Adapting To Online Learning, 11/30/20, 12-1 PM
    Join Zoom Meeting:https://illinois.zoom.us/j/89201221967?pwd=TzdwWHRGOTQ4L0hUL1JnN0RHT0RBdz09
    Meeting ID: 892 0122 1967
    Password: 526084

    If you attended the BSW Alumni Panel and/or the Job Fair, please provide us with feedback using the following link https://surveys.illinois.edu/sec/562707565

  • Colors of Faith Spring Recruitment

    If you are interested in diversity and inclusion, dancing for fun, and learning about other faiths, then we hope to have you on Colors of Faith!

    Colors of Faith is an interfaith dance team that aims to celebrate religious diversity, and to promote unity and mutual understanding through our art. We dance to devotional and cultural songs of various religions, and having danced to Jewish, Sikh, Christian, and Hindu songs in the past hope to continue our celebration of these faiths as well as expand. Students and community members of all identities are welcome. No prior dance experience is required to join.

    If this resonates with you or others in your community, please distribute and fill out this interest form: bit.ly/cof2021. We will keep you updated on the dates of our clinics and auditions (likely in January/February 2021) and are looking forward to collaborating with you! 

  • Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World Program

    Thinking of which classes you should register for this summer? Look no further!

    The Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW) is an annual intensive language program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We invite students to join the 9% of Americans who choose the unique and meaningful experience of learning a Less Commonly Taught Language (LCTL).  We believe that learning these languages will allow students to gain new global perspectives and set them apart as highly qualified individuals for international work and engagement.  Many of these languages can assist students in securing international positions in governmental, development, and academic sectors.    

    This summer SILMW will take place from June 14 to August 7, 2021, and we will be offering Arabic, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, and Wolof.  The program is 8 weeks and is divided into two, 4-week semesters. This is an immersive experience, complete with instruction, cultural activities, opportunities for language practice, conversation tables, cooking classes, movie nights, and more!  

    When you complete the program, not only will you be able to hold a conversation in a new language and have earned up to 10 credits, you will have had fun!   

    We invite you to check out our website for more details about the program in general and for the application requirements in particular. The following selected web pages might be of interest to you, should you want to learn more about the program: 

    Prospective Students
    Frequently Asked Questions
    Summer 2021 General Schedule
    Summer 2021 Activities Schedule

    For more general information, visit our website at https://linguistics.illinois.edu/languages/summer-institute-languages-muslim-world.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at silmw@illinois.edu.  We hope to see you this summer!

  • Journal of Undergraduate Social Work Research - Two New Issues

    The Journal of Undergraduate Social Work Research published two issues this fall – Volume 4, No. 1 and No 2.

    These two volumes feature a variety of pieces, including creative expression pieces, literature reviews, research poster presentations, and scholarly research papers. The issues were edited by Senior Editor, Rebecca Hawley, the Advisory board (Rachel Garthe & Jan Carter-Black), and 7 undergraduate editors (6 BSW students and 1 Psychology student). A huge thank you to everyone who promoted the journal and mentored these students! And congratulations to the students on becoming published authors!

    https://ugresearchjournals.illinois.edu/index.php/juswr/issue/view/43
    https://ugresearchjournals.illinois.edu/index.php/juswr/issue/view/44

    If you are interested in submitting pieces for future volumes or becoming an undergraduate student editor, please contact Dr. Garthe at rcgarthe@illinois.edu.

  • Spring 2021 Registration Resources

    As registration continues today, I wanted to put a couple resources out for your use. 

    First, how to utilize Enhanced Registration.

    Second, how to use the Schedule Generator.

    Finally, how to use Plan Ahead.

  • FRED S. BAILEY SCHOLARSHIP FOR CAUSE DRIVEN LEADERS

    The Bailey Undergraduate awards are $3000 awards ($1500/semester) given each year to undergraduate students at the University of Illinois who have demonstrated positive impact and commitment as a result of service, community involvement, leadership, and action. Financial need and academic achievement will also be considered. University of Illinois - Urbana campus undergraduate students in all programs are eligible to apply. 

    For more information or to apply online, visit: www.universityymca.org/bailey 

    Application deadline: February 28
    Contact: Kasey Umland

  • Community-Academic Scholars Info Session Wed., Nov. 11

    The Community-Academic Scholars Initiative empowers undergraduates to address critical issues in our community related to health, poverty, and social inequity with training, support, and a $3500 stipend. Scholars from disciplines across campus contribute to research projects that have an impact in Champaign-Urbana. Join us Wed., Nov. 11, 6 – 6:45 p.m. to learn about the program and application process, hear about past projects, and find out how scholars are matched to projects. Register for Zoom details.

  • SKY Happiness Retreat

    SKY Happiness Retreat is a 9-hour total well-being training offered to thousands of university students, faculty, and staff across the country. Participants gain foundational stress-management skills, develop a personal evidence-based breathing and meditation practice, learn a short personal yoga practice, and increase social connection and leadership skills. The SKY Happiness Retreat introduces SKY Meditation, an evidence-based meditation practice integrated with breath work that can significantly increase one's well-being and calmness, and significantly reduces anxiety and stress markers. The course features interactive group processes, experiential learning, emotional intelligence training, breath-work, yoga, and evidence-based meditation. It's one of the coolest places to connect with yourself, make awesome friends, and, most importantly, have fun!

    We're happy to share that the SKY Happiness Retreat is offered with a full scholarship for students, staff, and faculty members. There are limited spots available for this retreat. Availability is first-come-first-serve, by registration only and requires attendance to all sessions. Please contact skyatuiuc@gmail.com for any questions.

    Location: Online via Zoom :)

    Timing:  November 14 & 15th (Sat & Sun): 2 pm - 5 pm cst

    November 16th (Mon): 6 pm - 9 pm cst  

  • Upcoming DCFS webinars

    DCFS is hosting webinars for students and alumni that are interested in learning more about employment with DCFS. We are hosting several lunchtime informational sessions, on Tuesday’s from 11am-12pm and Thursday’s from 12pm-1pm, starting 11/5 through 12/17. We will briefly discuss the application process and then have Child Protection Specialist and Child Welfare Specialist discuss their positions and what to expect. There will be time for Q&A at the end. We are hosting these through the virtual platform Webex and the attached flyer has links to each session. Feel free to share the flyer with students, alumni and faculty.

    We are also bringing on 60 Children and Family Service Interns (trainee). We currently have postings at www.work.illinois.gov until 5pm on 11/20/2020. These are full time, paid positions that include state benefits. The trainee titles are for applicants that meet the education requirement for Child Protection Specialist and Child Welfare Specialist (bachelor in social work, or a related human service field (psychology, sociology, early childhood/child & family service, rehabilitation services, etc., or a related criminal justice/law enforcement) but don’t have the required experience to be eligible for Child Protection Specialist or Child Welfare Specialist titles. Once they have the required experience, they can apply for promotions to CPS or CWS.

  • BSW Alumni Career Panel Discussion and Job Fair

    BSW CAREERS: GETTING YOUR SOCIAL WORK CAREER STARTED -- NO MSW REQUIRED

    11/9 - BSW Alumni Career Panel 5-6 PM
    Hear from alumni about their careers as BSW level professionals

    11/16 - BSW Job Fair 5-6:30 PM
    Field organizations will share information about current BSW level job offerings

    Register at https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/306032396

    Questions? Contact Sharva Hampton-Campbell at shamcamp@illinois.edu

  • Why Should I Join NASW?

    Presented by UIUC GSWA

    An NASW enrollment informational session featuring the Executive Director of the Illinoi Chapter, Joel Rubin

    November 13, 12-1 PM

    https://illinois.zoom.us/j/99029210587?pwd=T3FFOU9IQW53eEZoejNMWjRNZ09mUT09
    Password: 745518

  • Become a FY-CARE Facilitator

    At the Women’s Resources Center, we are a dedicated group who are hopeful that through our educational initiatives and confidential advising, we will be able to put a stop to sexual misconduct at Illinois. The Women’s Resources Center prides itself on 4 peer-facilitated workshops, those being FYCARE, ICARE, I Heart Healthy Relationships, and GUARD. Each year we are able to conduct these workshops for over 9,000 students, but we are only able to operate because we are so heavily student based. Not only would you have the opportunity to actively engage with their campus community, but you will also be paid if they choose to become a peer facilitator. Attached you will find all of the information necessary for your students to join our cause. 

  • Submission Request for Counseling Center Solidarity Garden Project

    My name is Allie Wyland and I am a Counseling Center Paraprofessional at the UIUC Counseling Center. I am part of the International Student Outreach (ISO) and Asian Pacific American and Asian International Outreach (API Roots) teams. This semester we are requesting story submissions for our Solidarity Garden Instagram page. 

    The purpose of this project is to collect and share stories of people from different identity groups allying with each other. Collected stories will be posted on the Solidarity Garden Instagram page. This project is initiated by the API Roots and ISO teams at the UIUC Counseling Center to promote the well-being of students through psycho-educational programming and outreach activities. 

    You can share your Solidarity Story via (forms.gle/Wf3ZzxJHUjVcY5no8).

  • Illinois Student Government Executive Assistant Applications

    This year, the Illinois Student Government seeks Executive Assistants within our Cabinet and Legislative Branch to help fulfill weekly tasks and begin their journey in ISG with direct guidance from our current student leaders. This unique role teaches new members of ISG through genuine hands-on experiences and prepares students for how to be productive members of the organization with weekly training sessions!  

    We look forward to seeing the outstanding leaders! Apply Now!

    For questions or concerns regarding ISG or the application process, please contact Chief of Staff Katrina Rbeiz at isg-chiefofstaff@illinois.edu.  

  • Illinois Student Government Campus Committee Applications

    ISG is devoted, especially in these virtual times, to campus connections between students and administrators. With that said, it’s that time of year again for students to apply to Campus Committees. Campus Committees are committees run by the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs, which touch all areas of campus life, including cultural centers, student fees, and much more! Being involved in a Campus Committee allows students an unparalleled opportunity to shape the Illinois experience, represent the student body, and have their ideas heard. Even for students who may have no interest in student governance per se, Campus Committees are a fantastic way to impact their experience at the University of Illinois directly.   

    For more information about Campus Committees, please visit here. Students can find the application on the Illinois Student Government website or by clicking here. Please note that all application submissions are due on October 23rd. In the meantime, however, please feel free to contact Chief of Staff Katrina Rbeiz at isg-chiefofstaff@illinois.edu with any questions, comments, or concerns!  

    Best Regards,  

    Tyler Gadbury Deputy Chief of Staff

  • Survey about undergraduate and graduate minors in Game Studies & Design

    Several departments of the University of Illinois are considering a proposal to create an undergraduate minor in Game Studies & Design.  This program would require 18 credit hours of coursework, including 9 credit hours of elective courses in a wide variety of fields including media, fine arts, humanities, information science, education, computer science, and more.  We would like to know about your interest in such a minor. You will have a chance to win one of 25 $20 Amazon gift cards by responding to the following survey.

    https://go.illinois.edu/GAME

    thank you!

    Lisa Bievenue, Director
    Informatics Programs, School of Information Sciences

  • School of Social Work Blood Drive

    Thursday, November 5: 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

    All donors must have a scheduled appointment time and wear a mask to ensure social distancing. To schedule your time to donate go online at www.bloodcenter.org and use code # 70865A.

    Questions, please contact Sharva Hampton-Campbell (shamcamp@illinois.edu). 

    All donors are encouraged to do their questions on the blood drive date on 11/5 by texting EarlyQ to 999-777 or see www.bloodcenter.org/earlyq.

    SSW swag for all donors and a gift card or retro inspired t-shirt.

  • Inclusion, Equity & Intersectionality

    Join Senior Social Work Students: Hannah GOodman, Sabrina O'Connor, and Natalia Villa as they present:

    Inclusion, Equity & Intersectionality

    Please join us on November 12, 2020, from 6 PM- 7:30 PM for our webinar, “Inclusion, Equity, and Intersectionality,” where we will be exploring different topics regarding racial justice. Our project is a step towards the Grand Challenge Initiative to eradicate racism in collaboration with the Champaign Mental Health Board. We will be presenting this webinar to the Champaign/ Urbana community and we will be using this session as a guide for feedback. 

    https://www.psychcongress.com/article/new-grand-challenges-initiative-aims-eradicate-racism 

  • Peace Corps Events--Illinois Abroad Week (October 19-23)!

    In celebration of Illinois Abroad Week next week, we will hosting several Peace Corps events! Attached is a flyer in several forms and the event details are below as well. Please note, they are all virtual events. All members of the campus community are welcome!

    Peace Corps Information Session 
    Monday, October 19th at 2pm (CST)
    Zoom link: https://illinois.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwodOmurDgoH9dCz6X5GD2t6_j90Gd1f6zc

    Returned Volunteer Panel 
    Thursday, October 22nd at 4pm (CST) 
    Zoom link: https://illinois.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIvdeyrpz8iH9eO0XG3nAL-5wGgD8vv8xoA

    Peace Corps Application Workshop: Resumes 
    Friday, October 23rd at 1pm (CST) 
    Zoom link: https://illinois.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYtf-quqzkoHtXeX2_Q0rYW36WMgkh8e6SM

    Additionally, I have drop-in hours every week on Wednesdays from 12-2pm and Thursdays from 2-4pm. You can access these hours by visiting the UIUC Career Center website (https://www.careercenter.illinois.edu) and clicking on ‘access the virtual desk’, so if students have questions, please feel free to direct them here.

  • New American Welcome Center Internships

    My name is Griselda Escobedo and I work with the University YMCA's New American Welcome Center. I am emailing you in hopes that you would consider sharing the following opportunities to any and all of your students whom you think might be interested in joining our team next semester.

    The New American Welcome Center has opened its applications for our 2021 spring internships. We are looking for interested and passionate students to apply to our four available internship programs: Immigrant Outreach, Legal Services, Immigrant Helpline and Development/Grants. As a past intern myself I can say that these internships are very rewarding and they are also a great way for students to get professional development with a nonprofit organization and become better advocates for the community.

    For descriptions of each internship available, students can be directed to the New American Welcome Center's page here, and the portal where students can submit their application and resume is here.

  • Virtual Study Abroad Week

    The study abroad units across campus are hosting Virtual Illinois Abroad Week from Monday, October 19 – Friday, October 23. This event is for all students, especially first years and sophomores, who might be interested in pursuing both immediate virtual study abroad experiences and future in-person international opportunities. The event website can be found at go.illinois.edu/illinoisabroadweek and we are encouraging students to RSVP to sessions they want to attend.

  • Free Desk Yoga on October 15th

    Are you feeling overwhelmed and tense during your Zoom classes and meetings? Join the McKinley Fitness and Stress Management Peers for a virtual desk yoga workshop! This free workshop will go over beginner yoga techniques to release tension and help with Zoom fatigue. Join us for some self-care time to de-stress.

    Date/Time: October 15th at 7-7:30 p.m.

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://illinois.zoom.us/j/85093781731?pwd=WUpKYmZ0MXl3VWxLeWV5UUVNUUgvdz0
    Meeting ID: 850 9378 1731
    Password: 685264

    For questions, please feel free to contact:
    Liz Guenther (SMP Outreach Coordinator)
    meg5@illinois.edu

  • Final Exam Listings are Live

    Just a quick note that final exam listings have gone live in Course Explorer and myillini.

    Students will be able to access their own personal schedules in myillini or by logging into Course Explorer. 

    All final exams are to be given online.  Exams are only listed if they are given in a fixed time block time block in accordance to the Student Code.  Exams with a window of time for the student to complete the exam are not included here.  It is up to the instructor to give conflict exam times when students have a competing exam(s). If an exam is not listed on Course Explorer, the message reads:

    “No final exam schedule information currently available for this course.  Contact instructor for details.”

  • Virtual Graduate, Law, and Professional School Fair Oct 15

    Graduate, Law, and Professional School Fair

    Thursday October 15, 9am-6pm

    Register here: https://go.illinois.edu/2020GLPFair

    What are your plans after graduation? If you are considering graduate, law, or professional school please join us on October 15th! This is your opportunity to speak with admission representatives from a variety of programs including business, science, engineering, law, social sciences, health professions and many more. Get your questions answered and learn about the admissions process. And this year The Career Center is partnering with the Pre-Law Advising Services Office to offer the Law Fair during the GLP Fair (details below.) Register now to view programs attending and their scheduled chat times. You can find a tutorial on the CareerEco virtual fair platform here.

    Law Fair:  The Law Fair is open for all students whether considering law school next year, following a gap year, or in the future. The Fair is a fantastic opportunity for students to meet admissions representatives from across the country to learn more about law school programs, learn about the admissions process, and ask individual questions of deans and admissions representatives! There will be designated Law Fair hours from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm during the upcoming Grad, Law, and Professional School Fair. Students should also check individual schedules for extended times as well! For more information about the Law Fair portion, please visit the Pre-Law Advising website and our blog for the Law Fair Countdown and Highlights!

  • Part-time Student Roles (Undergrad/Grad) with Siebel Center for Design!

    Siebel Center for Design is currently hiring for two part-time student positions (open to both undergraduate + graduate students). If you are looking for a (1) virtual position and (2) meet the criteria, please apply!

    Innovation at UIUC Mural team: Augmented Reality Experience Developer (Mural Project)
    Playful by Design group: Game Engine Programmer (Playful by Design)

  • Counseling Center Programming

    The Counseling Center is providing a variety of programming for students, including: 

    Sit with Sankofa every Thursday at 4 and chat with Counseling Center Staff to learn more about mental health, wellness, and options for services.

    Feeling Overwelmed and Looking to Get “Unstuck?”Attend the Counseling Center’s RIO Online!

    These times are not easy. Feeling isolated and lonely is very common, and life is very different than it was before the pandemic. Many people are having strong reactions to these changes. RIO, which stands for recognition, insight, and openness, is led by Counseling Center clinicians and provides an interactive experience that helps you:

    •Learn mindfulness skills to identify why you’re feeling the emotions you are and accept them.
    •Manage stress, anxiety, and other emotions productively.
    •Identify what’s most important to you and prioritize accordingly.

    and finall

    In Focus is a five-week online series that offers education and support for students who commonly experience difficulties associated with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). You do not need to have an official diagnosis to get involved.This series is interactive, and is designed to give participants techniques that can improve focus in the classroom, careers, and relationships.For Fall 2020, this series will meet Thursdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. beginning October 15. It is open to all Illinois students. We encourage you to attend all sessions in the series. To register, please go to http://counselingcenter.illinois.edu/InFocus.

     

  • Provost's Undergraduate Student Advisory Board

    Dear Students,

    We hope that you are well, and the semester has been off to a smooth start. Last fall, the campus launched the Student Success Initiative. Chancellor Jones noted the Student Success Initiative is an effort to better identify the factors that lead to positive and productive experiences for our undergraduate students. Last year we gathered valuable data from faculty, staff, and students! This year, our focus will be on using the data collected and recommendations to implement change on campus.

    We are seeking a diverse group of students to serve on our Provost Undergraduate Student Advisory Board. We hope you will consider applying to be involved in providing additional feedback and helping us to operationalize the recommendations provided through their lens. Student voice is a critical part of student success; thus, we need your valuable input to continue improving our campus community. 

    The application can be found here, and a set of frequently asked questions can be found by clicking the link above. If selected to participate as a Board member, appointments will be for one full academic year. All applications will be due by Friday, October 9, 2020 at 11:59pm CDT.

    We genuinely appreciate your consideration!

    Sincerely,

    Colvin Georges, Jr.
    Strategic Initiatives Coordinator for Student Success
    Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost

     

    Kathy Martensen
    Assistant Provost for Educational Programs
    Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost

  • Illinois Board of Higher Education Strategic Plan Survey

    The Illinois Board of Higher Education, in cooperation with the Illinois Community College Board and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, is developing a new Strategic Plan for higher education. As a stakeholder of Illinois's higher education system, they would like to hear what issues are most important to you through this brief survey. Please provide your responses by Friday, October 9th. 

    They will be providing more information soon on the strategic planning process.  Please watch their website at www.ibhe.org for updates.

    They look forward to hearing from you!

  • We RISE: Fall Series on Abolition

    The Women's Resource Center is excited to announce the We RISE Fall Series, created in partnership between the Women’s Resources Center, La Casa Cultural Latina, Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, and the LGBT Resource Center, with support from the Student Cultural Programming Fee and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. This collaborative 4-part series will allow participants to focus on the historical and current dialogue about and praxis of abolition, and is open to students, staff, and faculty. We invite you to attend, and to share within your networks. The sessions will be hosted every Tuesday in October, at 1:00pm, beginning this coming Tuesday, October 6th. 

  • YWCA-Sexual Violence Support Services

    SVSS will be hosting an upcoming Virtual Volunteer Fairs for Crisis Intervention and Medical Advocacy!

    Tue. October 20, 2020 (Evening Fair)

    All interested applicants must register to attend the fair.

    Here’s the registration link for Virtual Volunteer Fair.

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfs_nFxuRydPWww39r9DueqRHCEw_LthKUqjNA824fbWQ5LRQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

  • Mindful Monday

    Take a break! Sit back and relax. Enjoy a relaxation technique facilitated by the McKinley Health stress management peers. 

    Topic: Mindful Monday - October 5 @ 7:00PM  
    Time: Oct 5, 2020 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)  
    https://illinois.zoom.us/j/92140937843?pwd=TFAzUnJZWXRVZkU5T2J3UTZsRDVmdz09  
    Meeting ID: 921 4093 7843  
    Password: 644808  

    Topic: Mindful Monday - October 5 @ 7:15PM  
    Time: Oct 5, 2020 07:15 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
    https://illinois.zoom.us/j/91283731362?pwd=RytwdnB3M3cralA3T3dwRldHS25CUT09  
    Meeting ID: 912 8373 1362  
    Password: 183953  

    Topic: Mindful Monday - October 5 @ 7:30PM  
    Time: Oct 5, 2020 07:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)  
    https://illinois.zoom.us/j/96078283281?pwd=eXZnR0VKeFhRTEU1K1pjdCsyOWV1dz09  
    Meeting ID: 960 7828 3281  
    Password: 444471  

    Topic: Mindful Monday - October 5 @ 7:45PM
    Time: Oct 5, 2020 07:45 PM Central Time (US and Canada)  
    Join Zoom Meeting  
    https://illinois.zoom.us/j/95490312691?pwd=ZU9HcnJvS3pHbHBIUUg3OTJvMnFrQT09  
    Meeting ID: 954 9031 2691  
    Password: 377909  

  • Truman Scholarship Informational Events 10/8-10/9

    Are you concerned about issues facing your community, campus or country, and are you actively working to make change?  The prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship program is looking for the academically strong student who has a passion for public service. 

    Evaluators look for leadership ability, potential for influencing public policies, community service and extracurricular involvement, strong academic performance, and potential to perform well in a graduate school program. It awards $30,000 merit-based scholarships to U.S. citizen college students who wish to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in public service.  Public service includes a wide array of career possibilities, such as public health; local, state, or federal government; educational policy; international relations; conservation; and environmental protection. Candidates should be able to demonstrate leadership experiences in campus and community service activities.

    Truman Scholars have pursued many fields of study, such as agriculture, engineering, economics, education, government, history, international relations, law, political science, public administration, and public health. Scholars are required to work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of a Foundation funded graduate degree program as a condition of receiving funding. 

    The University of Illinois may nominate up to four students for the Truman Scholarship.  If you are interested in applying, please plan to attend our informational sessions: 

    Truman Scholarship Information Session
    Oct 8, 2020 03:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://illinois.zoom.us/j/94164435841?pwd=Q0hZaWQ2V2NvbzNrd3JTcjJOVldkQT09
    Meeting ID: 941 6443 5841
    Password: Truman

    Truman Scholarship Writing Workshop
    Oct 9, 2020 03:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://illinois.zoom.us/j/94598805025?pwd=SVZxWkZ3a0plcEM0K2tMSWF0S3B2dz09
    Meeting ID: 945 980 5025
    Password: Truman

    For more information, contact the scholarships office at topscholars@illinois.edu or visit our website at www.topscholars.illinois.edu  

  •  We CU community-engaged scholars program 

    You are invited to participate in the Fall 2020 We CU Community Engaged Scholars program. We CU honors students for their community-based work and provides them with training, connection to like-minded peers, and support from We CU program leaders. Students completing 20 hours of service each semester will be honored at a spring awards ceremony, with distinct recognition given to those who complete 300 hours of service over the course of four years.   

    Information Sessions

    Tuesday, September 29, 4 - 5 p.m.
    Wednesday, September 30, 6 - 7 p.m.
    Thursday, October 1, noon - 1 p.m.

    This opportunity will be particularly attractive to the following groups of students:  

    Students enrolled in academic programs that have built-in service requirements. These service hours can count toward We CU scholar recognition.  

    Studentsparticipatinginservicelearningcoursesor groups. We CU matches projects from community organizations with service learning courses and groups. These service hours can count toward We CU scholar recognition.  

    Students motivated to enrich their university experience, build their resume/CV, and make a positive impact in the community. We CU allows to students to view and sign up for open service opportunities. Students may also gain recognition for self-identified service  

    The fall scholars program follows an incredibly successful summer pilot empowering University of Illinois students to (remotely) respond to community needs and challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier this month, 232 scholars representing 12 colleges across campus were recognized for their program participation and service over the 10-week summer program. Collectively, these students worked with more than 30 organizations, logging 4500 hours of community-based service.  

    Please refer to the one-page program summary, including frequently asked questions, and contact we-cu@illinois.edu with additional questions.  

    Students may submit their interest in joining the program at go.illinois.edu/WeCUfall2020.  

  • Critical Language Scholarship Information Session 10/2

    The Critical Language Scholarship, provided by the U.S. Department of State, is a fully-funded, intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for undergraduate and graduate students.  A list of eligible languages is available here.

    The CLS institutes cover one academic year of university-level language coursework in 8 to 10 weeks over the summer, and include cultural programming, local language partners, and excursions. Participants receive academic credit at their U.S. institutions.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens at least 18 years of age and enrolled in a degree-granting program at the undergraduate or graduate level.  For more information, please visit: http://www.clscholarship.org/.  

    Time: Oct 2, 2020 03:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
    Join Zoom Meeting https://illinois.zoom.us/j/92174217157?pwd=K2dDMElWNXBCSXY2U2xSOVAxeUNTZz09
    Meeting ID: 921 7421 7157
    Password: CLS

    For more information, contact the National and International Scholarships Program at topscholars@illinois.edu or visit our website at www.topscholars.illinois.edu.

  • University Y Bailey Global Scholars

    Beginning October 5, we will launch Bailey Global Scholars, a 7-month scholarship program designed to help University of Illinois students grow as responsible and engaged global citizens by supporting critical reflection, dialogue, and action across differences of culture and power. Bailey Global Scholars will participate in an online "Education through Global Engagement" program during the Spring 2021 semester culminating in a volunteer immersion (virtual or in person) capstone experience during Summer 2021. Participants will also receive a $1000 academic scholarship for the Spring 2021 semester. Applications are due November 8, 2020. Learn more at universityymca.org/bailey/global

  • Let's Vote 2020

    A quick reminder that election day is November 3rd. 

    Please see this wonderful PowerPoint created by Marie Caldwell about voting in this fall's election.

    Remember:

    Check if you're registered to vote
    Register to vote
    Vote by mail OR
    Vote in person

    Own your vote!

  • Free Flu Shots with Student Insurance

    FREE flu shots are now available to all U of I students who have paid the Health Service Fee. A University of Illinois ID card must be presented at the time of service. McKinley Health Center encourages all students to get their flu shot. Shots are available M-F from 9 am to 3:00 pm at CRCE (1102 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana). Note: McKinley Health Center is NOT a location for flu shots this year.