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January 21, 2021

Welcome back, Illini!

Eddie wants to know how you are feeling about The Update.
He's prepared a quick, five question survey to learn what you are enjoying and how
we can improve in the new year!

This semester we want to celebrate YOU in our Student Spotlight! Take this opportunity to fill out the form! First-year students and sophomores, juniors, and seniors please complete this quick survey if you've not yet been featured.

 
 
 

Virtual Opportunities

 
 

Celebrate MLK Day All Month Long!
The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion invites you to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. all month long. While the holiday has passed, a variety of events remain, including 
Meet Us at the Crossroads: Conversations about Healing and Civic Engagement, a presentation on Leading with Empathy, a Virtual Poverty Simulation, and the MLK Creative Writing Contest Event. 
See the calendar of events for the dates and details! 

Community Health 126 — So You Want to Change the World?
Virtual Course: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30-4:50 p.m. CST
Are you passionate about social justice? CHLH 126 (formerly CHLH 199B) is a unique opportunity to learn about supporting survivors and challenging rape culture. This semester-long, 3 credit hour virtual course will allow you to delve into the individual, relationship, community, and societal factors that contribute to the prevalence of sexual violence. CHLH 126 is taught by staff from the Women's Resources Center and is open to students of all genders. If you choose to, you may also apply to become a paid FYCARE (First Year Campus Acquaintance Rape Education) facilitator after completing this course. Email fycare@illinois.edu with questions.

EDUC 199 — Volunteer Tutor Opportunity
Virtual Course: Thursdays, 3:30-4:50 p.m.
 CST
EDUC 199, section LS1, 72448 is looking for college students who want to learn more about education by working with students, teachers, and community leaders. This a 2-credit course, with an additional 2-3 hours per week are spent volunteering online or in-person with elementary students in community center settings. This semester, students will act as tutors and mentors to participants in DREAAM (Driven to Reach Excellence & Academic Achievement for Males). DREAAM works every day to sustain a culture of achievement, engagement and behavioral health for boys and young men. Their Dreaam Big! program cultivates college and career readiness by focusing on literacy, STEM, creativity, and solution thinking. Visit the DREEAM webiste for more information or contact Course Instructor Lisa Fink at lsfink@illinois.edu.

We CU Community Engagement Scholars Program
Information Session: Thursday, January 28, 4 p.m. CST
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. Register for the information session to learn more, even if you can’t attend, so that you will receive a link to the recording and instructions for joining the program.

 
 
 

Scholarships + Awards

 
 

Golden Apple Scholars Applications are Open!
Application Deadline: April 1, 2021
This teacher preparation program provides their scholars up to $23,000 in tuition assistance and mentoring that supports the development and success of new, highly-effective teachers for Illinois schools-of-need. Illinois needs passionate resilient young educators like you! High school seniors and first and second-year Illinois college students are eligible to apply.

For more information on scholarship opportunities, contact the National and International Scholarships Program at topscholars@illinois.edu or visit their website.

 
 
 

Student Wellness

 
 

COVID Questions? We're Here to Help!
As many of you have already returned or are soon returning to campus for the Spring Semester, there are a few things to keep in mind to keep our community safe. The first is to test immediately! In order to participate in on-campus activities beginning Jan. 24, it is required that all students receive two negative on-campus test results, no sooner than three days apart between Jan. 15-24. After receiving two negative tests, please return to your regular testing schedule. Students should limit their in-person interactions to only essential activities through February 8. Please refer to the Spring 2021 Return to Campus for Students website for further guidance and answers. Stay safe, Illini!

 
 
 

Career + Professional Development

 
 

Spring 2021 NCSA and SPIN Internships
Application Deadline: February 15, 2021
The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) has lots of internship opportunities for 2021! Internships are paid, and international students are eligible to apply. To learn more about the individual intern programs and general information, visit the SPIN website.

 

 
 
 

See you next Thursday for another edition of The Update

Visit our COVID-19 site for the latest info & resources.
And GO ILLINI!

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