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The Native American Support Program (NASP) cultivates an environment supportive of positive experiences for Native American and Indigenous students at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Learn about NASP initiatives and programming, and get updates on upcoming events and resources both on the UIC campus and within the greater community.
1. NASP & NAISO Updates

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  • 2020 NATIONAL NOVEMBER NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH

    The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) National November Native American Heritage Month (NAHM) activities are an integral part of the UIC cultural experience in celebration of the diversity of Native America. Each year, the UIC Native American and Indigenous Student Organization select a theme. The 2020 theme is Black and Indigenous Communities: Fellowship and Mutual Support. Please join us in celebrating National Native American Heritage Month. EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

    Virtual Events Include:

    11/06 from 12:00 - 5:00 PM: Powwow 101: Understanding and Enjoying a Powwow

    11/11 from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Keynote Lecture and Discussion - Kyle T. Mays, a scholar of Indigenous and Afro-Indigenous studies

    11/17 from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Land Acknowledgement Workshop 

    11/23 from 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM: Creating Change, Black and Indigenous Community Discussion Panel 

     

    RSVP HERE: https://go.uic.edu/NAHM2020

     

  • NAISO MOVIE NIGHT (ALL ARE WELCOME)

    • WHO: ALL ARE WELCOME!
    • WHAT: BLOOD QUANTUM (CLICK HERE)
    • WHEN: OCT 19TH, STARTING AT 6:30 PM
    • WHERE: ZOOM (RSVP HERE)
    • WHY: A NIGHT TO SOCIALIZE OVER AN INDIGENOUS- BASED HORROR FILM

    ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT MCKELTI GOODRICH, NAISOPRESIDENT @ MGOODR2@UIC.EDU

  • Upcoming Career Events

     

    In a collaboration with the Gender and Sexuality Center, Engineering Career Center, Engineering 100, oSTEM, and Career Services, the Out in Engineering event will take place next week on Tuesday, October 13, from 6-7:30pm.  This will be an engaging discussion with LGBTQ+ engineering professionals who will share how they navigated their careers, their journeys in college, and provide perspectives for student success.  Registration link:  https://forms.uofi.uic.edu/sec/1153376935.

     

    The Graduate Student Panel (Wednesday, 10/14, @ 3:30-4:30pm) allows interested attendees to hear from current graduate students as they share their experiences and answer  questions regarding their academic and career journeys.  October is Graduate School Month, and this event is part of a program series coordinated by Career Services and LAS Career Development.  Registration link:  https://uic.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZErd-CuqjspHtMtgVQLkyjdMAJ0VoLq9Tkx.

     

    The Impact of Covid-19 in Healthcare and Public Health Forum (Thursday, 10/15, @ 3:00-4:15pm) is the first part of the Health Professions Forum (HPF).  A collaboration with Liberal Arts and Sciences, Applied Health Sciences, and Career Services, HPF is a collection of healthcare-focused programs designed to help students explore careers and connect with professionals working in hospitals, labs, education, non-profits, and other healthcare settings. During this first event, attendees can learn about the various career roles that focus on addressing a wide range of health topics that impact communities and populations, especially during this pandemic. Panelists will share how their work impacts various populations through their lens in hospital and non-profit settings.  Registration link:  https://uic.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYldO2vpj0tGtYh97dOIi3si7RyOGvzNZ0v.

  • AASHE Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education - registration information

    Dear UIC Community,

    We are excited to unlimited registrations for our campus for this year’s  Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education, a virtual conference taking place October 20-22.  GCSHE offers 3 full days of live content and networking, plus thirty days of on-demand access (through November 22). Sign up using the instructions below to gain free access to this great event:

    Click HERE to register. If you are a Presenter or Student Presenter, use the Presenter link provided in your acceptance email and add the Discount Code to receive a free registration. Fill out all the relevant fields. Use your institutional email address only. The Discount Code is linked to your institution’s email domain (@uic.edu).  Other email addresses (such as Gmail, Outlook, or Yahoo) will not work with the Discount Code. On the Submit Payment page, enter the following Discount Code: UICEDU100220 This will drop your total to $0.00.  Complete your registration.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Cynthia Klein-Banai at cindy@uic.edu

    We hope you will be able to join us as we explore, reexamine and re-envision sustainability in higher education.

  • Indigenous Peoples Day, The Native American Support Program

    Native American History 101

    10/12/2020 from 12-1 PM

    Native American Support Program (NASP) - The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and UIC History Department are partnering to host a Lunch and Learn for Indigenous Peoples Day. This event is open to UIC staff, faculty, students, and community members interested in learning more about historical and modern Native American and Indigenous topics. Native American 101 is one of the four Lunch and Learns NASP offers throughout the year.

    IPD Aloha Center Chicago 

    12/12/2020 from 1 - 2 PM

    Join the Native American Support Program - The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and the Aloha Center Chicago in celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day 2020. This event is open to all UIC staff, faculty, students, and community members. The Aloha Center Chicago is a unique, and, innovative multi-media resource cultural center dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Island traditions.

    CLICK HERE TO RSVP

  • UIC Updates

    SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Health Professions Forum Series

    SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Rehabilitation Sciences ICT Info Sessions

    SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Orientation Leader Recruitment

    SHARE WITH STUDENTS: "Graduate School: Should I Wait or Should I Go?" Event

     

  • Whose Lives Matter?: Gender-Based Violence in the Era of the Pandemic and the Uprisings (First Event for the Shake It Up Series)

    Shake It Up! Series Description: 

    Campus Advocacy Network (CAN), a program of WLRC, will continue its Shake It Up Series and initiate a yearlong series of events to critically examine issues central to gender-based violence (GBV). We are excited to work with our campus partners, including Asian American Resource and Cultural Center (AARCC), Disability Cultural Center (DCC), Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL), Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC), and Undergraduate Student Government (USG), for our first interactive workshop. Please join us for this important dialogue. 

    Event Title: Whose Lives Matter?: Gender-Based Violence in the Era of the Pandemic and the UprisingsDetails: 

    Audience: Open to all

    Date: Wednesday, October 7

    Time: 3-4:30pm CST

    Please RSVP for Zoom link: go.uic.edu/ShakeItUp01

  • Sovereignty and Indigeneity in the Big Ten

    Monday, October 12, 20203:00 to 4:30 pm Central Time / 4:00 to 5:30 pm Eastern Time

    Sponsored by the Big Ten Native Alliance

    Please register by Friday, October 9 to receive the Zoom link.

    Join us this Indigenous Peoples’ Day for a collaborative panel discussion led by Native researchers and practitioners in the Big Ten. The panel will focus on Native experiences in academia, Indigenous-led research and pedagogy, and how these are reflected in the national political and social climates.

    CLICK HERE TO RSVP

  • Upcoming CHANCE Events

    As we get close to ending this week, I wanted share with you all the upcoming programs that the CHANCE Program has for students to join in on. We have our:

    Refresher: Time Management/Study Skills workshop next week 

    ThinkChicago + UIC CHANCE Seminar on Sept. 23rd

     

  • Native American Support Program Open House

    Join us for a virtual Open House with the staff and students of NASP.

    • Learn about NASP
    • Meet students and staff
    • Win door prizes
    • Play some games
  • UIC Study Abroad

    Study Abroad Discovery Week: Sept. 14-18

    In place of our annual study abroad fair, we’ll be hosting a full week’s worth of events for our Virtual Study Abroad Discovery Week.  Each day of the week we’ll be focusing on a different topic related to study abroad such as how to choose the right program and funding study abroad.  The week will culminate on September 18th with our virtual study abroad fair where we will have virtual meeting rooms for students and advisors to meet our study abroad program partners as well as our very own UIC faculty members leading programs. A full media kit with more details is forthcoming, but for now, please make a note on your calendar for the week of September 14th-18th and share with your students.

    Study Abroad Scholarship Workshops

    We know that funding study abroad is among students’ chief concerns, however, there are a host of scholarship opportunities available.  We’ll be hosting a series of workshops promoting scholarship opportunities. Please see the details below and share with your students:

    September 8th 12:00 to 1:00 PM - General Study Abroad Scholarship Workshop (Registration Link)September 9th 4:00 to 5:00 PM - Gilman International Scholarship Workshop (for Pell-eligible students; Registration Link)September 22nd 4:00 to 5:00 PM – General Study Abroad Scholarship Workshop (Registration Link)September 23rd 12:00 to 1:00 PM - Gilman International Scholarship Workshop (for Pell-eligible students; Registration Link)

    Study Abroad Virtual Trivia for UIC Advisors

    It’s been one strange and difficult year. The Study Abroad Office would like to take some time to unwind and engage with you and is excited to invite all UIC advisors to a virtual trivia event. We’ll plan to share brief updates and then our very own trivia expert, Maggie Miller (Study Abroad Advisor), will host us in some internationally-focused trivia!  We’ll send an official invite/RSVP out soon, but for now, please hold the date & time of September 10th from 4:00 to 5:00 PM.

    The SAO is committed to providing all UIC students with meaningful international experiences and we know we can’t do this work without your support. Thanks for all that you do; we look forward to connecting!

    Kyle Rausch, EdD(pronouns: he/him/his)Executive DirectorStudy Abroad Office

    Office of Global EngagementUniversity of Illinois Chicago

    E: kcrausch@uic.edustudyabroad.uic.edu

  • UHP-Promoting Academics for Scholarly Success (PASS)

    We invite you to join the UHP-PASS program, which is open to freshmen and new UHP transfer students who are interested in the health sciences or the research health sciences.  A virtual, structured program designed to prepare participants to develop their interests and skills, to apply for any of the UIC Health Science Professions or Graduate Health Science programs. PASS participants will receive pre-health advising on the health sciences, mentoring, and career exploration seminars through monthly opportunities.

  • UHP Health Exploration

    The HES is intended to be a professional development program for UIC students with the intent of having participants pursue health professions careers.  This program will be structured to expose participates to students, staff, and faculty in the health sciences. All UHP units will be included in the programming schedule.

  • The Beginning of a New Journey

    September Storytelling Events (open to all students):

    The Beginning of A New Journey: A Storytelling Circle

    Weds (9/9, 9/16, 9/23): 3-4pm

    Registration: go.uic.edu/CANUndergradOrientation

     

    Description:

    Welcome! The Beginning of A New Journey: A Storytelling Circle, a collaboration between Campus Advocacy Network and Undergraduate Student Government, is open to all UIC students. Please join us for any of these storytelling circles to meet fellow students, share stories, and learn about CAN and USG services and programming. 

  • Call Into Our August Coaches Hotline NEXT WEEK!

    Are you ready for the new VIRTUAL semester? Bring your questions and needs to our student success team for the Summer Coaches Hotline on AUG 13th, from 3:00-4:00pm MDT. Mark your calendars are join us on Zoom HERE, or call into the hotline at (253) 215-8782 (meeting ID 939 8055 7902)

  • Two-Day Virtual Event, Gathering of Native American Students (GONAS) 2020

    Dear Prospective and Current Students and Community Members,

     

    We are excited to host our annual Gathering of Native American Students (GONAS) 2020. This year’s theme is “cultural sustainability through community involvement.” GONAS is for Indigenous high school juniors, seniors, and college undergraduate and graduate students in the Chicago area. However, all are welcome. 

    This two-day virtual event will focus on building collaborative relationships among students who are interested in higher education and community organizations that support their academic endeavors. Through online activities, students will share their perspectives on higher education and explore resources and opportunities to get involved with the greater Chicago Indigenous community.

    GONAS is free to attend! Registration required. Given our current health climate, we have decided to host GONAS virtually over two days.

    • Thursday, August 20th, 2020 from 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM CDT: Keynote Speaker & Community Resource Panel
    • Friday, August 21st, 2020 from 12:00 - 2:00 PM CDT: Tipi Demonstration, Cultural Sustainability

    REGISTER FOR GONAS 2020: https://go.illinois.edu/GONAS2020

     

  • Campus Advocacy Network Orientation Activities

    CAN has planned some orientation activities!

  • Fall 2020 Courses!!!

    Available UIC Courses. Check them out!

  • UIC to hold virtual graduation celebration

    Graduates will have an opportunity to return to campus for a face-to-face graduation ceremony once it is safe to do so.

  • Experienced Bias on Campus? Let us know.

    Experienced Bias on Campus? Let us know. You can report instances of bias on campus using the Bias Reporting Tool. This will help UIC support you, collaborate with units from across the University to address what occurred, and better understand the complex needs and challenges facing our community.

    Questions? Want to learn more? 

    Visit our website here: https://dos.uic.edu/diversity-education/

    UIC Office of the Dean of Students

  • Excel Center Game Night!

    • Date: 3/12/2020
    • Time: 5 PM-8 PM
    • Location: MRH Pano Room (Marie Robinson Hall Located at 811 Maxwell Street/Halsted Street)

    Please stop by for board games, video games, free food, and to support the Peer Success Coaches and students. Hope to see you there J

  • "Cooked: Survival by Zip Code" Screening & Panel Discussion

    Panelists and audience members will have an opportunity to discuss how the social determinants of health - our local contexts where we live, grow, work, and play - impacted the intensity and after math of the heat wave, and how our communities can address health inequities in Chicago moving forward.

  • UIC's Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change all have amazing opportunities for you every week! Coming up:

    African-American Cultural Center

    Wellness Wednesday: Wed, March 4Exhibit: Quilting: Telling Our Stories through Patterns and PurposeExhibit: She Did Language: Remembering Toni Morrison

    Arab American Cultural Center & Latino Cultural Center

    Noche de Poetas: Women, Gender, and Sexuality: Thu, March 12

    Disability Cultural Center

    Know Your Rights to Fair Housing: Wed, March 4Check-in Hours: Thu, March 5Food Access: When Food and Accessibility Come Together: Mon, March 9Balancing Act: Reimagining the Bodymind: Thu, March 12

    Gender and Sexuality Center

    Therapy Group for LGBQ+ Students: Tuesdays, 3-4:30pmTherapy Group for TGNC Students: Tuesdays, 5-6:30pm

  • Class of 2020 Achievement Celebration

    • Date: 6/13/2020
    • Time: 12-3 PM
    • Location: Mexican Museum of Fine Arts
  • Zona Abierta: Apsáalooke Women and Warriors

    Zona Abierta: Apsáalooke Women and Warriors

     

    Presented by the UIC Latino Cultural Center, the Native American Support Program, and the Women's Leadership and Resource Center

    As part of UIC's Women's History Month Celebration, join us for a conversation with four women from the great Apsáalooke Crow Nation – as they share their Native perspectives – and talk about Apsáalooke ways, people, and their work. Apsáalooke Women and Warriors exhibition is jointly organized by the Field Museum and the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society at the University of Chicago, opening at both sites in March 2020.

    • When: Thurs. March 12, 2020
    • Time: 1pm to 2:30pm
    • Where: LCC – Lecture Center B2
  • ARTS AND CULTURE CAREER FAIR: Friday February 21 at UIC!

    Arts + Culture Career Fair

    • Date: Friday February 21, 2020
    • Time: Noon – 3pm
    • Location: Student Center East (SCE), Illinois Room

    Hosted by UIC Career Services, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois Springfield

  • Native American & Indigenous Student Organization Open House

    Learn about the Native American & Indigenous Student Organization and meet the members. All UIC students are encouraged to attend who identify as Indigenous or want to learn more about respective cultures. Friendly environment. NAISO events are free of charge. Food and drink provided!

    • Date: 2/18/2020
    • Time: 5 PM – 7 PM
    • Location: Native American Support Program Student Lounge, SSB 2700

    RSVP HERE via UIC Connections

    WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

    About us: NAISO is open to all University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) community members, regardless of race, ethnicity or heritage. We focus on Indigenous cultures from both North and South America, supporting students and hosting cultural activities and events on and off-campus.

  • 4th Annual Urban Native Education Conference @ UIC

    The Chicago American Indian Community Collaborative’s Education Committee invites you to attend the 4th annual Urban Native Education Conference. The theme of the 4th annual Urban Native Education Conference is Indigenous Futures 2020. The organizers of this conference are situated in Native Chicago, by which they mean that their focus, research, teaching, and service is working for and with American Indian people and communities in the Chicago area. With more than 70% of the Indigenous population of the U.S. living primarily in urban settings, it is clear that urban Indian education is a significant issue.

    We invite proposals for sessions that address the conference theme. The audience for this conference includes Indigenous educators, scholars, youth, elders, and community members. Please submit proposals by Friday, February 28, 2020. Accept/decline notifications will be sent to the email used in the proposal process by Friday, March 20, 2020.

    Submit a Proposal

    Schedule:

    Friday, May 1, 2020, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM: Indigenous Networking Social

    Saturday, May 2, 2020, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Main Conference

    *schedule subject to slight changes while confirming sessions

    Registration is now open. The cost to register is free. Space is limited so please register in advance to secure your spot!

    Register to Attend the Conference!

     

  • NASP Connect & Create (OPEN TO ALL STAFF, FACULTY, COMMUNITY MEMBERS and STUDENTS)

    Come and Participate in Creativity. In this Connect & Create, each person will have the opportunity to make a medicine bag and learn about their cultural significance to Native American and Indigenous communities.  

    Native American Medicine Bags:

    • Date: Thursday, March 19
    • Time: 12:00PM - 3:00PM
    • Location: Commuter Student Resource Center, Student Center East

    RSVP by emailing the Native American Support Program at nasp@uic.edu

  • NASP Lunch & Learn (OPEN TO ALL STAFF, FACULTY, COMMUNITY MEMBERS and STUDENTS)

    Native American DNA and Genealogy:

    This workshop is OPEN TO ALL that want to learn about the relationship between DNA Tests and Native American culture. We will explore pathways for one to develop a deeper understanding of their cultural identity through genealogy research.

    • Date: Thursday, February 13
    • Time: 12:00-1:30PM
    • Location: NASP Student Lounge, SSB Suite 2700

    Creating Visibility & A Healthy Learning Environment for Native Americans In Higher Education

    This workshop is OPEN TO ALL and we will discuss ways for higher education institutions to provide a healthy and supportive learning environment for Native American students

    • Date: Thursday, April 16
    • Time: 12:00-1:30PM
    • Location: NASP Student Lounge, SSB Suite 2700

    RSVP by emailing the Native American Support Program at nasp@uic.edu

  • Film Screening: Freedom Writers

    Please join us on Monday, February 24th for the screening of Freedom Riders, a film that commemorates Black History Month. The viewing will take place in room 1-470 of the Richard J. Daley Library at 1 p.m. There will be light refreshments and snacks.

    “‘Freedom Writers’ is the powerful, harrowing and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever. From May until November 1961, more than 400 Black and white Americans risked their lives—and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment—for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South.”This screening is brought to you by the University Library Undergraduate Engagement Program.

     

  • Avisos from the LCC (02/03/2020)

    There is a saying in Spanish, con el corazón en mano (with the heart in hand), which implies that someone is coming to you or welcoming you with honest and peaceful intentions. The Rafael Cintrón Ortiz Latino Cultural Center at UIC does just that for Latinxs and anyone who wishes to expand their knowledge about the cultural heritage of Latinx communities and advocate for social and environmental justice.

  • Chicago American Indian Community Collaborative Education Conference

    Date: May 2, 2020

    Location: UIC Halsted

  • New UIC report on racial inequity for Native Americans in Chicago

    Their new report, “Adversity and Resiliency for Chicago’s First: The State of Racial Justice for American Indian Chicagoans,” documents the historical and ongoing contributions of Native Americans in Chicago and examines how racial inequity impacts members of this community today.

  • Indigenous lecture, writing series aims to make voices visible

    With funding support by the Spencer Foundation, this joint effort by the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Native American Support Program and Learning Sciences Research Institute and Northwestern University’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, the Indigenous Lecture & Writing Series (ILWS) seeks to increase the visibility and dissemination of a diversity of stories and knowledge that is embedded in the urban Indigenous community.

  • UIC to offer in-state tuition to students from any of the 573 tribal nations in US

    American Indian and Alaska Native students have the lowest representation of any group on college and university campuses across the nation, according to U.S. Department of Education statistics.

    The University of Illinois at Chicago is trying to remedy this by beginning to offer in-state tuition this fall to students who are members of any of the 573 tribal nations recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

  • Live on Campus Again Next Year

    Applications are live! Campus Housing's reapplication process for current residents interested in returning to Campus Housing for the future academic year. DETAILS

  • Are you Career Ready?

  • In Case You Missed It! Native American Powwow

    Take a look back at the 27th annual Native American Month Traditional Powwow. The community came together to take part in and celebrate a one-day, inter-tribal, traditional powwow on November 8, 2019.

  • Urban Native Education Conference

    Save the Date: Saturday May 2, 2020

  • Indigenous Lecture & Writing Series Workshop

    • Date: January 30, 2020
    • Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Location: Rebecca Crown Center - West Tower, Hardin Hall 633 Clark Street Evanston, IL