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January 28, 2021

This week's Student Spotlight is...

Genesis Rivera

Freshman Genesis Rivera experienced her formative years at a low-income Black and Brown elementary school in Chicago. From a young age, she noticed her peers lose their passion for education after experiencing the traumas of family and friends falling victim to gun violence and incarceration. Genesis is determined to break this vicious cycle with the best tool she knows — teaching. "I want to be able to tell my students that education and knowledge is powerful." She says, "It’s the key to our liberation and will help us give back to our communities. My students will not be another statistic."

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

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!


Virtual Opportunities


We CU Community Engagement Scholars Program
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 here  for the info meeting, even if you can't attend, to recieve information on how to join!

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
a Virtual Poverty Simulation, and the MLK Creative Writing Contest Awards.
See the calendar of events for the dates and details! 

EDUC 199 — Volunteer Tutor Opportunity
Virtual Course: Thursdays, 3:30-4:50 p.m.
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). 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.

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.


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.

Class of 1914 Memorial Excellence Scholarship
Application Deadline: February 24th, 2021
The Class of 1941 Memorial Excellence Scholarship recognizes at least one man and one woman from the junior class who has excelled academically, and has volunteered as leaders of extracurricular activities sanctioned by the University. Fill out the application form to get started!

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


Student Wellness


Mindful Monday is Back!
February 1, 6-7pm CST
On the first Monday of every month this semester, McKinley Health Center is hosting a Mindful Monday workshop over Zoom. Check in with yourself with guidance from Stress Management Peers to start the week and month off strong. Follow Stress Management Peers on Instagram for more details, and other helpful information to rest and reboot.

COVID Guideline Reminder-Essential Activities Only
For the first several weeks of classes, students should limit their in-person interactions to only the most essential activities. This also means students should avoid travel outside the Champaign-Urbana area. The target date to lift essential activities only is February 8. Please refer to the Spring 2021 Return to Campus for Students website for further guidance and FAQs. Stay safe, Illini!

Women's Resource Center
Open Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Women's Resource Center provides support for students and employees who have experienced sexual misconduct, and their support person(s).
Confidential advising is available virtually, over the phone, and in person. Walk in services are available only to those who cannot meet safely remotely. To schedule a free appointment, call (217) 333-3137 or email womenscenter@illinois.edu from a safe number or email account.


Career + Professional Development


Part-Time Job Fair
February 2, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. CST
The Career Center is hosting a Part-Time Job Fair for local and on-campus jobs on February 2 through Handshake from 11am-1pm. Students can register and sign up for sessions here!

Leadership Center Job Opportunity
The Illinois Leadership Center (ILC) is hiring for the 2021-2022 academic year! The ILC is currently looking to fill 
Communication & Marketing Specialist, Leadership Certificate Program Specialist, Data Analytics Specialist, Graf Intern, Podcast Intern, and Photographer positions. The application closes soon, apply here!

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.



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