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  • 01/25/2018 12:58 PM | Sandy Lopez (Administrator)

    El taller para renovar DACA es para el público en general no solo para estudiantes!

    DREAM Action NIU will be hosting a DACA renewal workshop. They have an immigration lawyer who is waiving his fees. At this moment they can fund 7 new renewal applications. Please share with your networks especially those in the suburbs. Saturday, Jan. 27th - 10-2pm

    More information about the workshop 


  • 01/25/2018 12:33 PM | Sandy Lopez (Administrator)

    Who are the so-called Dreamers? The Chicago Tribune’s Abel Uribe photographed more than 40 of these young immigrants from 12 countries to better understand who they are.

    What he discovered is that recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, consider themselves American in every way. They are engineers, parents, lawyers, chefs, social workers, technology specialists and students.

    Illinois has the nation's third-largest population of immigrants covered by DACA, an Obama-era program that the Trump administration wants to "wind down." Congress is divided over whether to create new protections for these young people who, through no fault of their own, arrived in this country as minors. 

  • 11/15/2017 12:00 PM | Sandy Lopez (Administrator)

    Register today at

    Friday, December 1, 2017
    10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Northeastern Illinois University
    Alumni Hall
    5500 St. Louis Ave
    Chicago, IL 60625

    Sessions include the following topics:

    • Immigration
    • Education
    • Health and Human Services
    • Economic Development

  • 11/02/2017 10:27 PM | Sandy Lopez (Administrator)

    Deadline: Letters must be emailed to Adrian Calderon at by January 5, 2018.

     Applicant must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time student, in an accredited four-year or two-year institution in the U.S. or U.S. territories, and demonstrate a verifiable need for financial support. At least one parent must be of Hispanic ancestry. Non-US citizens are eligible to apply (DACA or Undocumented). Recipients must also be available to attend the 36th National USHLI Conference in Chicago, IL, February 15-18, 2018.

    For more information about how to apply visit:

  • 11/02/2017 10:25 PM | Sandy Lopez (Administrator)

    The Illinois Latino Council on Higher Education (ILACHE) is pleased to offer two $1,000 scholarships to Latinx students in Illinois who exhibit outstanding commitment to learning, community service, and leadership. The winners will be recognized at our 26th Annual Conference at Illinois State University on Friday, April 20, 2018. To register for the conference, please visit
    ILACHE Scholarship Application or

    Complete online applications with all required supporting documents must be submitted no later than midnight (Central Standard Time) on Friday, December 1, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. The timestamp of the online application and emails will be used to determine the submission time.

  • 10/05/2017 3:30 PM | Sandy Lopez (Administrator)

    10/6 - Latinx Heritage Month Film after the Latinos Unidos meeting @ 1:30 PM
    in A-1061. Refreshments will be served.

  • 10/05/2017 3:28 PM | Sandy Lopez (Administrator)

    Elgin Community College undocumented students and allies event. #AdvocacyInAction

  • 10/05/2017 3:26 PM | Sandy Lopez (Administrator)

    #NIU undocumented students have three more events this semester! Make sure to share your upcoming events! #StrongerTogether

  • 10/05/2017 3:23 PM | Sandy Lopez (Administrator)

    ILACHE congratulates all of the students especially the two members of the Illinois State University inaugural cohort in Leadership, Equity, and Inquiry Latin@ cohort, the Illinois Latino Council on Higher Education,

  • 09/28/2017 9:46 AM | Sandy Lopez (Administrator)

    Nationally, the largest ethnic group and locally the 2nd largest racial/ethnic group in Chicago, the Latinx community continues to grow exponentially and experiences huge disparities economically, medically and socially. If social workers are to be adequately prepared to service this large community, there is a need for a more prominent Latinx presence within departments of social work in higher learning that understands how to be culturally responsive to the current state of affairs in terms of practices and policies that are threatening the livelihood and wellbeing of this already vulnerable and marginalized population.

    At the University of Illinois at Chicago, Jane Addams College of Social Work (UIC JACSW) the College’s own reports there are currently only 1 African American/Latino faculty, and Latinx enrollment has been stagnant for the last 3 years in the range of 17-19%, lowest among all human-serving degrees at UIC. After receiving much feedback from students, alumni, and faculty there is a need for:

    * More curriculum relevant to Latinx social issues;

    * A welcoming environment with no microaggressions;

    * Senior-level Latinx faculty and faculty researching Latinx issues that are ready to mentor and serve as ambassadors for Latinx students and the community;

    * Increased recruitment/retention of Latinx students to at least one-third, reflecting the local demographics; and

    * Internships where the client-base is at least 50% with flexible schedules that include evenings and weekends.

    In these trying times it is important that a Latinx Task Force is created to collaborate with the College to have this social work program truly follow its intended mission of advocacy for racial, social and economic justice. Join us in a press conference to express our discontent with Dean Hairston’s refusal to support collaborative efforts for addressing these needs.

    #UIC #JACSW #SocialWork #SocialJustice #SocialWorkers #DiversityMeansLatinxToo


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