Updates About the Initiative & Diversity at UIC

UIC climbs in new Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education ranking

Posted on September 29th, 2017

aerial view of campus and Chicago skylineThe University of Illinois at Chicago has earned a spot among the top two dozen public universities, according to a Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education ranking.

UIC ranked 23rd among public universities,  including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which ranked eighth among public universities and third among the Big 10 schools, according to the ranking.

The ranking is in its second year and looked at 1,054 institutions across the country. This year, UIC climbed to the 111th spot from the 127th overall spot nationally when the ranking first came out in 2016. According to the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education, UIC ranked 21st out of 275 institutions in the Midwest region.

The rankings take into consideration four “pillars” that focus primarily on what the institutions offer students. Officials culled responses from over 200,000 surveys of students across the country to help determine the rankings.

UIC scored highest in the “environment” pillar, which looked at staff and faculty diversity, student inclusion and the proportion of international students. UIC’s score of 81.5 ranked it 40th overall.

UIC also scored highly when students were asked to respond to the surveys for the “engagement” pillar.  UIC scored an 80 in this area after the majority of students said they would recommend UIC to a friend or family member. As part of this category, students responded that they believed that the school supported critical thinking; its teachers directly supported what they were learning and made it applicable to the “real world,” and that UIC fostered an environment that allowed students to interact freely with faculty and teachers.

The survey also looked at outcomes, which took in graduation rates, salaries after graduation, reputation, and the ability to repay student debt after graduation. UIC scored 62.1, putting it at 169th among all of the institutions.

UIC enrolled a record number of students at its campus this fall, continuing a three-year pattern. This is the result of significant increases in new freshmen (23 percent) and transfer students (12 percent), resulting in an overall 8.3 percent increase in the total number of undergraduate students on campus (19,448 from 17,959 in fall 2016).

Total enrollment for fall semester, including graduate and professional students, climbed to 30,539, up nearly 5 percent from last year’s 29,120 students. This is the first time UIC surpasses the 30,000-student mark in its history. The size of the new freshmen class (4,064 from 3,307 in 2016) also surpassed the 4,000-student mark for the first time in UIC’s history.

Solicitudes de becas NEH disponibles para estudios museológicos

Posted on September 5th, 2017

Therese Quinn, directora del programa de estudios de museos y exposiciones, ayudó a obtener una subvención NEH para aumentar la representación de las minorías en los estudios museísticos.

Therese Quinn, directora del programa de estudios de museos y exposiciones, ayudó a obtener una subvención NEH para aumentar la representación de las minorías en los estudios museísticos.

Los estudiantes de color que deseen obtener una maestría en museos y estudios de exposición pueden solicitar una de las dos becas de la Fundación Nacional para las Humanidades (NEH por sus siglas en Ingles).

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El premio es parte de las becas inaugurales de Humanidades de NEH, que proveen programación cultural a grupos desatendidos y se otorga a 34 organizaciones, incluyendo el programa de estudios de museos y exposiciones de la Universidad de Illinois en Chicago, reconocido como MUSE. La subvención requiere que la UIC asigne $50,000 de fondos NEH para estipendios y dispensas de matrícula por un valor total de $100,000.

Therese Quinn, directora de MUSE, dijo que había una necesidad de diversidad y citó estadísticas recientes que muestran que los blancos no hispanos forman la abrumadora cantidad de curadores, conservadores y administradores que ayudan a los museos a realizar sus misiones intelectuales y educativas.

MUSE es un programa interdisciplinario y centrado en la justicia que enfatiza la evolución de los contextos sociales y políticos de las instituciones culturales.

Una investigación de la Fundación Andrew W. Mellon de 2015 muestra que “el personal blanco no hispano domina las categorías de trabajo … asociadas con la misión intelectual y educativa de los museos, incluidos los de curadores, conservadores, educadores y liderazgo”.  En esos puestos, usando las categorías del censo, “el 84 por ciento del personal se identifica como blanco no hispano, con 6 por ciento de asiáticos, 4 por ciento de morenos, 3 por ciento de blancos hispanos y el 3 por ciento de dos o más razas.

La Beca de Acceso a las Humanidades de la NEH se usará para apoyar asistencias de posgrado ofreciendo estipendios y dispensas de matrícula para dos estudiantes graduados de color inscritos en el programa de maestría interdisciplinario de dos años. El primer estudiante que recibió estos fondos comenzó el programa en el otoño de 2017 y el segundo beneficiario será un miembro de la clase entrante 2018.

El ciclo de aplicación de MUSE 2018 se abrió el 1 de septiembre y todos los materiales de solicitud deben recibirse antes del 15 de diciembre.

Para obtener información sobre MUSE, vaya aquí y vaya aquí para obtener información sobre la aplicación.

Applications sought for NEH grants in museum studies

Posted on September 5th, 2017

Therese Quinn, director of the Museum and Exhibition Studies program, helped to get an NEH grant to increase minority representation in museum studies.

Therese Quinn, director of the museum and exhibition studies program, helped to get an NEH grant to increase minority representation in museum studies.

Students of color who would like to seek a master’s degree in museum and exhibition studies may apply for one of two grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The award is part of NEH’s inaugural Humanities Access grants, which provide cultural programming to underserved groups and is awarded to 34 organizations, including the University of Illinois at Chicago’s museum and exhibition studies program, or MUSE. The grant calls for UIC to match $50,000 of NEH funds for stipends and tuition waivers worth a total of $100,000.

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Therese Quinn, director of MUSE, said there was a need for diversity and cited recent statistics that show non-Hispanic whites make up the overwhelming number of curators, conservators and administrators helping museums pursue their intellectual and educational missions.

MUSE is an interdisciplinary and justice-centered program that emphasizes the evolving social and political contexts of cultural institutions.

A 2015 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation research shows that “Non-Hispanic white staff dominate the job categories…associated with the intellectual and educational mission of museums, including those of curators, conservators, educators, and leadership.” In those positions, using census categories, “84 percent of staff identify as non-Hispanic white, with 6 percent Asian, 4 percent black, 3 percent Hispanic white, and 3 percent two or more races.”

The Humanities Access Grant from the NEH will be used to support graduate assistantships offering stipends and tuition waivers for two graduate students of color enrolled in the two-year, interdisciplinary master’s program. The first student to receive these funds began the program in fall 2017 and the second recipient will be a member of the 2018 incoming class.

The MUSE 2018 application cycle opened on Sept. 1 and all application materials must be received by Dec. 15.

For information on MUSE click here and go here for application information.

Exhibits highlight African-influenced art, movements

Posted on August 30th, 2017

Jacqueline Y. Smith holding a book on the American Negro Exposition

“Cavalcade of the American Negro” by Jacqueline Yvonne Smith, an UIC museum and exhibition studies alumna, will be exhibited this fall.

The University of Illinois at Chicago’s African American Cultural Center is kicking off its 2017-18 program themed, “Afro-Geographies,” by hosting two exhibits that will be on display and open to the public through the fall semester.


Sept. 6

Open House 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Opening reception 3:30 to 5 p.m.


UIC African American Cultural Center

Addams Hall, Rooms 200 and 209 2nd floor

830 S. Halsted St.


The center’s exhibits include a premiere of “Polymathic” by Chicago-based artist Damon Lamar Reed and will include a reprise of “Cavalcade of the American Negro” by Jacqueline Yvonne Smith, an UIC museum and exhibition studies alumna. Both exhibits are part of the center’s 2017-18 program theme, “Afro-Geographies.” The theme focuses on the intersections that people of African descent must navigate toward self-identity within past, present and future histories and experiences.

“Polymathic” meditates on human versatility and Reed uses diverse media including print, mosaic, poetry and music to create various artistic styles to help the onlooker discover themselves and their potential. Reed, a public arts artist and rapper, became the first artist in 2013 to receive the “Gem of the Community” award from Archi-treasures, an arts-based community development organization, and honored in 2016 at the Voice of the People annual gala for his commitment to excellence.

“Cavalcade of the American Negro” uses objects, images and historical narrative to explore the legacy of the Chicago’s 1940 American Negro Exposition. The exposition in the Chicago Coliseum marked 75 years of African-American freedom from slavery. The exposition featured accomplishments of black Americans to public audiences.

Smith, who received her master of arts degree from the College of Art, Design and Architecture in 2015, first curated the exhibit at the center in Spring 2015. Smith, an emerging art history expert whose research focuses on the black arts movement, has worked on a number of projects for UIC special collections.

The exhibits and program admissions are free and open to the public. More information is available at (312) 996-9549 or online.

UIC’s CHANCE program honored

Posted on August 17th, 2017

UIC CHANCE Summer Program

Students involved in UIC’s CHANCE summer program meet with members of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago where the program was honored.

Cook County officials recently honored the University of Illinois at Chicago’s CHANCE program’s efforts to assist UIC in the recruitment and retention of students from underrepresented groups.

CHANCE, which stands for Counseling Help and Assistance Necessary for a 21st century College Education, was formed in 2004 to help UIC reach students from underrepresented populations and provide them with support through counseling and workshops. The program has graduated 660 students, including 596 bachelor’s degree recipients, 53 master’s degree recipients, and 11 doctoral degree recipients.

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago honored the program by passing a resolution on Aug. 3 applauding its efforts.

The proclamation, sponsored by Commissioner Kari Steele, also applauded the Chicago Housing Authority, or CHA, and the Ameresco Corporation for joining UIC in 2011 to create the CHANCE for CHAnge Summer Youth STEM camp. The summer program seeks to introduce 25 high school sophomores and juniors to STEM, science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

“Over a six-week period these students came to the UIC campus daily and were exposed not only to our college setting and our rigorous curricula but of most importance, a safe-zone environment,” says Kendal Parker, director of the CHANCE program.

The students involved in the summer program were part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s One-Summer Chicago Youth Employment Program. The students had the opportunity to live in a dorm for a week and received a monetary stipend.

As part of the summer program, the students toured the Stickney Water Reclamation Plant, considered the largest wastewater treatment facility in the world. The plant serves 2.3 million people in a 260-square-mile area. During the tour, Commissioner Steele and staff encouraged the students to consider STEM careers.

This summer, CHANCE officials also hosted the National Summer Transportation Institute, or NSTI, and the Exelon-ComEd STEM Academy.

Three current UIC students, Taahira Muhammad, Clarke Eaddy and Aimme Muro, who participated in the Exelon-ComEd STEM Academy each received a merit-based scholarship of $16,650 for up to four years from the United Negro College Fund, its newest partner, said Parker.

The group is planning to partner with The Network, a group of black communication professionals at AT&T, to hold a citywide STEM conference in October.

Click here for more information about the CHANCE program.