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  • 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) ...by 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



  • 06/13/2017 1:33 PM | Sandy Lopez (Administrator)

    The Illinois Board of Higher Education undertakes a variety of regular and ad hoc studies to support policy decisions, to illuminate critical issues of importance to the state, and to meet statutory requirements.

    Broadly speaking, these studies examine issues related to students, faculty, academic programs, and access and diversity, as well as a number of regular reports to the Governor and General Assembly.

    Reports may be generated by staff on a regular cycle, such as the Higher Education Annual Report and the Underrepresented Groups Report, or be the product of special Board committees, such as the Committee on Affordability or the Priorities, Productivity, and Accountability Committee.

    In addition, studies or reports that relate to budget and fiscal matters, academic affairs, legislation, or state grant programs may be found elsewhere on this website.

  • 05/19/2017 1:48 PM | Sandy Lopez (Administrator)

    The Organization of Latinos at Exelon (OLE) is an Employee Resource Group within the Exelon family of companies.  The OLE Scholarship was established with specific goals in mind: to help students gain access into post-secondary education, help students stay in their respective institutions, and help students pursue their dreams.

    • Latino Students who are Illinois Residents
    • Must be a college bound high school senior/or freshman in college
    • Minimum 2.5 Grade Point Average in a 4.0 point grade scale
    SUBMISSION DEADLINE   June 2, 2017 @ 5 p.m. CST
    NOTE: In order to receive the scholarship you (or a representative) must be available to attend the Scholarship Ceremony at the OLE Signature Event on October 11, 2017. Location to be announced.
    Specifically, we are looking for students who describe how their field of interest and future goals will make a positive impact on the Latino Community.
    For further details please feel free to send your questions to ole_west@exeloncorp.com

    Application (doc)

  • 02/03/2017 1:43 PM | Sandy Lopez (Administrator)

    The ILACHE Board of Directors invites nominations from our membership for our 2017 ILACHE Leadership Awards. All the nominations will be reviewed by the conference committee and presented to the ILACHE Board for approval. https://form.jotform.com/63155905697164 

    Each winning nominee and a guest will receive a complimentary ILACHE Conference registration and must be present to accept the award on Friday, April 21, 2017 at the 25th Annual ILACHE Conference to be held at Northeastern Illinois University.

    Please note:  You will not be able to save this form and return to it later. We ask that you please read the instructions and have your nomination statement ready to be uploaded.

  • 12/02/2016 12:23 AM | Sandy Lopez (Administrator)

    Save the Date:Wednesday, April 12, 2017

    Illinois African American and Latino Higher Education Alliance (IALHEA)

    Diversity Dialogue and Research Forum

    Conference registration:  IALHEA Diversity Dialogue and Research Forum 2017


    Call for Abstracts for Student Research Poster Presentations

    Abstract information and  submission:  IALHEA Abstract Submission Form 2017

    Hosted by the University of Illinois at Chicago

    New Location:  UIC Forum -  725 W Roosevelt Rd # 126,
                          (Corner of Roosevelt and Halsted) Chicago, IL 60607

    Coordinated by the Illinois African American and  Latino Higher Education Alliance

  • 11/11/2016 12:28 AM | Sandy Lopez (Administrator)

    November 2016


    Initial DACA applications. For those who have not yet applied for DACA, the processing of those applications is taking long enough now that they would likely not be adjudicated until after January 2017, and it is possible the DACA program will not exist by then. Therefore, at this point potential applicants’ efforts to assemble an initial DACA application and pay the filing fees (which go up in December 2016) may result in no benefit and expose them to DHS.

    DACA renewals. It is unknown whether the next Administration will terminate existing DACA grants or instead not allow DACA recipients to renew. Those who have already received DACA are known by the government. Therefore, renewing DACA does not carry a new risk. In fact, renewing DACA may mean a DACA recipient can have a work permit until it expires one to two years into the next Administration. One risk, however, is again that the renewal might not be adjudicated before Trump becomes President, and the effort and money to renew will be for nothing. People who file to renew soon may be successful, as DACA renewals are currently being processed in 8 weeks with USCIS' upgraded system. The cost may be offset by loans and other funding available through Mission Asset Fund, the Mexican Consulate, some DACA collaboratives and/or other programs.

    Advance parole. At this point, advance parole may be a little bit harder to get, because processing time is three months or more, which would put approvals (even if filed today) and subsequent travel in February 2017. Emergency advance parole requests, however, may still be useful in helping people travel and subsequently adjust status under 245(a).

    President-elect Donald Trump pledged to end DACA when he becomes President. Trump will not be President until he is inaugurated on January 20, 2017. Until that time, DACA will remain in place and USCIS will continue to process both initial and renewal DACA requests.

    The risk. Those who receive or apply for DACA will not necessarily be targeted for deportation. Administrative programs like this have never been used for wholesale deportation in the past. It would be extremely costly for the government to try to deport all 700K+ DACA recipients. However, Trump is more unpredictable than past presidents, so we do not really know what to expect.

    What the Future Holds

    We do not expect expanded DACA or DAPA to make it through the courts.

    What Immigrants Can Do Now

    •   The ILRC has a comprehensive client intake form to assist practitioners in screening. It can be found online at https://www.ilrc.org/screening-immigration-relief-client-intake-form-and-notes.

    •   The Immigration Advocates Network maintains a national directory of more than 950 free or low- cost nonprofit immigration legal services providers in all 50 states. It can be found online at https://www.immigrationlawhelp.org.

    •   Community members should be warned of fraudulent service provider schemes and educated about how to seek competent immigration help.


    • People should know their rights when in contact with an immigration agency.

    The ILRC has created Red Cards to help both citizens and noncitizens defend themselves against constitutional violations during ICE raids. These cards provide citizens and noncitizens with information about how to assert their constitution rights and an explanation for ICE agents that the individuals are indeed asserting their constitutional rights. Go https://www.ilrc.org/red-cards for more information and contact us at redcards@ilrc.org to order. The ILRC also has information about raids and immigrants’ rights available online at https://www.ilrc.org/community-resources.

    If filing to renew DACA, applicants need to be aware that the filing fee increases to $495 on December 23, 2016.

     The Mission Asset Fund (http://missionassetfund.org/lending-circles-for-dreamers/), Self-Help Federal Credit Union (http://www.self-helpfcu.org/personal/loans/immigration-loans), the Mexican Consulate or local DACA service providers may have information about loans or grants to help with the filing fees. 

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