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March 5, 2020

Student Spotlight: Claire Follis

Fighting Education Inequality

Learning & Education Studies major Claire Follis is passionate about education inequality.
She believes that a child's quality of education should not be dependant on the zip code they live in.
That defining principle is what motivates her in both her research and professional work. 

"I'm very thankful for the willingness to make students uncomfortable by acknowledging the privilege
they carry and how the education system in America has perpetuated injustice."

Read more about Claire's story here.
Do you want to be featured in the Student Spotlight? Submit your story!


Important Announcement

Stay Informed: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
With the continued uncertainty caused by the rapidly changing COVID-19 (novel coronavirus disease) situation globally and nationally, campus has launched a central website with several important updates and answers to FAQ that affect our entire university community. An email address is also available for general questions about the outbreak.

This page is intended to be a central starting point for information and updates about the impact of the COVID-19 virus on our university. We hope these resources and links will answer questions you might have and connect you to the departments and units where you will find more detailed information about any specific concerns you might have.

Events + Opportunities

Volunteer with Champaign Unit 4
Champaign Unit 4 Schools are looking for volunteer tutors at two locations:

Novak Academy alternative high school, Algebra 1, MWF 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. or MWF from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Garden Hills Elementary, homework and reading for grades 3 - 5, Mondays from 3 - 4 p.m.

Interested volunteers for either school can contact Lauren Smith at 217-351-3722 or smithla@u4sd.org.

Take Advantage of FREE Tutoring with the Office of Minority Student Affairs
The Office of Minority Student Affairs (OMSA) Academic Services Center offers matched and drop-in tutoring free to University of Illinois undergraduate students. Sign up and find out more here. OMSA also offers other resources such as mentoring, workshops, and supplemental instruction. Visit omsa.illinois.edu to learn more.

Set Up a Mock Interview
Practice interviewing and receive feedback to prepare for actual interviews with a 60 minute session tailored to your career interests. Appointments are available at The Career Center, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Schedule an appointment here.

Attend Workshop Wednesdays with the Illinois Leadership Center
The ILC offers a series known as "Workshop Wednesdays." These are offered to all University of Illinois students and are held at the Illinois Leadership Center located in room 290 in the Illini Union. There are a variety of workshops offered for students to attend. Some of the topics for the spring semester are: conflict management, empowerment, and how to lead. Find the full list of workshops and how to register here

Attend an Undergraduate Research Workshop 
The Office of Undergraduate Research hosts various workshops designated to help undergraduate students with their research projects. The spring workshops are: The Value of Undergraduate Research, Getting Started in Undergraduate Research, and Proposal Writing for Undergraduate Research. Learn more and find workshop dates here.

Attend a Spring i-Program
Registration has opened for the Illinois Leadership Center's spring i-Programs. Programs include: Intersect, Imprint, Integrity, Inclusion, and Ignite. Learn more and register here.

Questions? Ask International Teachers!
March 9; 5 - 6 p.m.

Education Building, Room 162
Learn about teaching abroad from former international teachers and ask questions you've always wanted answered!

Learn Strategies for Self-Care and Sustainability in Teaching
March 24; 4 - 5:30 p.m.

Lucy Ellis Lounge 1080 FLB
In this presentation, Professor Courtney Dorroll will share strategies to help teachers at all levels and student teachers create a supportive space for them to discuss challenges in the classroom as well as to develop goals and identify strategies for productive student dialogue around difficult topics. Learn more and RSVP here.

Save the Date: Social Hack
Application Deadline: April 1

National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
Social Hack is a conference hosted by Design for America at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that focuses on how we can approach climate change from a human centered perspective. Teams will learn the design process to tackle specific areas of climate change that affect our community. By the end of the conference, students will present their prototypes to stakeholders, local companies, and nationally recognized design firms. Winners will receive the resources to implement their ideas with guidance from DFA mentors and community partners. Learn more and apply here.

Network with D.I.N.E.
April 1; 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Illini Union, Room B

Attend the Diversity and Inclusion Networking Exchange (D.I.N.E.) to connect with employers that value diversity and inclusion, practice networking in a casual setting, hear what employers look for in new hires, and learn what questions you can ask to determine if an organization meets your needs. Register here.

Check Out the 22nd Annual Ebertfest
April 15 - 18
Virginia Theatre, Champaign

Roger Ebert’s Film Festival is held every April in Champaign, Illinois, and organized by the College of Media at the University of Illinois. Roger Ebert, the TV and Chicago Sun-Times film critic, was a native of the adjoining town of Urbana, Illinois an alumnus of the University, and founded the festival in 1999. Learn more about the Fest here.

Scholarships + Awards

Apply for Research Support Grant (RSG)
Application deadline: March 12
The RSG grant provides students from all disciplines with the funds necessary to conduct research or creative projects during the academic year both on and off campus (including summer terms). Awards will be up to $2,000 and are meant to cover research travel costs, living expenses incurred during academic breaks (i.e., winter break and summer terms, NOT regular semester living expenses), and materials or other ancillary costs. Apply here


Career + Professional Development

Attend AUSL Education Job Fair
March 21; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
National Teachers Academy, Chicago
Not only is AUSL a vast network of Chicago Public Schools creating transformational outcomes for some of Chicago's highest-needs students, but they are also one of the leading education innovation zones in the country. At this job fair, explore current school opening such as: primary and elementary teachers, diverse learner teachers, ESL, behavior specialists, and many more. Learn more and register here.

Work with the Office of Undergraduate Research
Application Deadline: March 27
The Office of Undergraduate Research is hiring undergraduate interns to fill two positions starting early-April 2020.

Social Media and Communications Intern: The Illinois Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is seeking a motivated, experienced, and creative undergraduate social media and communications intern. This intern will manage OUR's presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The ideal candidate will work to develop an innovative and robust social media strategy that bolsters the online presence and awareness of OUR. Learn more and apply here.

Graphic Design Intern: The Illinois Office of Undergraduate Research is seeking a motivated, experienced, and creative undergraduate graphic design intern to assist with creating innovative and visually impactful graphics for the office (workstation and required software will be provided). Learn more and appy here.

Work with iPALS
The Illinois Physical Activity and Life Skills (iPALS) Wellness Program is seeking qualified undergraduate and graduate students for both hourly-paid and for college course credit positions for this summer. iPALS is a summer learning and enrichment program for children attending elementary schools in Champaign Unit 4 Schools, specifically targeting youth who experience poverty and are enrolled in the free and reduced school lunch program. The Program will focus on (a) social and emotional learning, (b) physical activity, (c) academic enrichment, (d) nutrition education, and (e) lifestyle enrichment. Learn more and apply here.

Work for Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy This Summer
Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy is looking for students to join their Summer@ISMA program which focuses on teaching STEM to elementary and middle school aged students. SITE interns co-teach or solo teach students, while Summer Camp Assistants provide a supportive role similar to a teaching assistant. The deadline for SITE intern applications is March 20; Summer Camp Assistant applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more and apply here.


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