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  • 04/06/2016 11:07 PM | Sandy Lopez (Administrator)

  • 04/02/2016 11:37 AM | Sandy Lopez (Administrator)

    BREAKING NEWS: The online form to fill out a witness slip is up and running!

    Please sign up in favor of the bill! It takes less than 2 minutes. This is a perfect way to show support for the Student ACCESS Bill for those who cannot lobby in person on April 5th in Springfield. Sign up and then share the link with your networks! The goal is to flood the committee with witness slips of support for the IL Student ACCESS Bill!


    Here is how in less than 2 minutes:


    2.) I. Fill out your personal information 
    (for Firm/Business or Agency AND Title you can write NA)
    3.) II. myself or organization/business/school
    4.) III. Click - Proponent
    5.) IV. Click - Record of Appearance Only

  • 03/02/2016 12:44 PM | Sandy Lopez (Administrator)

    The MINDS in AG program proposes a strategy to train the next generation of scientists to integrate data science and agricultural and biological sciences to address complex societal challenges.  Fellowships in the amount of $18,500 per year are awarded for the 2 years of the duration of the master's program. Faculty mentors are committed to supplement the fellowship to the level of 50% R.A.


    Deadlines: Applications will be considered on a continuous basis until all fellowships are awarded. 

    Eligibility: Applicants must meet the following criteria:

    • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or national.
    • Fellowships are conditional on applicants being admitted into the master's graduate program within the department(s) of Crop Sciences or Animal Sciences.
    • Applicant must have fewer than 2 semesters completed in graduate coursework.
    • Identify at least 1 faculty mentor and a thesis research project relevant to the MINDS in AG areas of study.


    Students from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

    Please prepare to submit the following documents during your application:

    • Resume
    • Personal statement of goals, research, educational accomplishments, and career objectives relevant to the MINDS in AG Program
    • Names and contact information of two references
    • Academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts are accepted)
    • Summary of proposed research and name of proposed faculty mentor(s). Can be submitted at a later date.


    Application Link:


  • 01/10/2016 5:09 PM | Sandy Lopez (Administrator)
    Free FAFSA Completion Workshop

    Are you looking for scholarships, grants, student loans or on-campus job opportunities? The Free Application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA) is the first step in the financial aid process. Join us for a hands-on FAFSA completion workshop.

    * Bring a copy of your family’s most recent tax forms.

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

    10 a.m. –12 p.m.

    La Casa Resource Center

    1815S. Paulina Street

    Chicago, IL 60608

    Free parking available behind the church

    COST:  $0, Nada

    MOREMaríaBucio, Director of La Casa


    Ph (312) 880-1889

  • 01/07/2016 12:27 PM | Sandy Lopez (Administrator)

    Deadline February 19, 2016

    2016 Conference Call for Posters

    We would like to extend an invitation to students from Illinois colleges and universities to participate in the 2016 Illinois Latino Council on Higher Education (ILACHE) Emerging Scholars Poster presentation.  This cross-disciplinary forum was created to showcase the scholarly work of undergraduate and graduate Latino students from Illinois colleges and universities.  We welcome presentations across disciplines.  Proposals should address this year's conference theme in any of the three conference tracks mentioned below. However, you can and are encouraged to submit other proposals outside the scope of these tracks as long as it addresses the conference theme: Reshaping Latino Access to Higher Education: Realities, Challenges, and Opportunities.  

    2016 Conference Call for Presentations

    We would like to extend an invitation to ILACHE members and non-members from Illinois colleges and universities to participate in the ILACHE 24th Annual Professional and Student Development Conference.  We welcome presentations across disciplines.  Proposals should address this year's conference theme in any of the three conference tracks mentioned below. However, you can and are encouraged to submit other proposals outside the scope of these tracks as long as it addresses the conference theme: Reshaping Latino Access to Higher Education: Realities, Challenges, and Opportunities.

  • 11/05/2015 1:56 PM | Sandy Lopez (Administrator)
    You are on your way to earning a Ph.D. from a major research university. Your professors work at a major research university. Your placement director works at a major research university. But when the time comes for you to enter the job market, many of the available positions will not be at major research universities. Among the various other institutions of higher learning where you might be applying for jobs are selective liberal arts colleges, or SLACs. Here's what you should know.

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  • 10/13/2015 5:38 PM | Sandy Lopez (Administrator)

    ILACHE Leadership Award


    Nomination Deadline - Friday, November 20, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.


    The ILACHE Board of Directors invites nominations from our membership for our 2016 ILACHE Leadership Awards.  

    Each winning nominee and a guest will receive a complimentary ILACHE Conference registration and must be present to accept the award on Friday, April 29, 2016 at the 24th Annual ILACHE Conference to be held at Northern Illinois University.

    Eligibility:  Who can be nominated?

    A Latina/o who has made significant contributions to the Latino higher education community through service and leadership. 

    Award Categories

    Lifetime Achievement Award - Honors a leader whose lifetime body of work and commitment serves as a model for other educators. This award is reserved for a person whose contributions to Latinos in higher education are inspiring and whose trajectory we want others to emulate.

    Leadership Award - Acknowledges important contributions that improve access and equity for Latinos in higher education. The award was created in 2001 to recognize an individual who has demonstrated years of exemplary service, commitment and leadership to Latinos in Higher Education in the state of Illinois.    

    Emerging Leader Award - Recognizes the contributions of a student leader. This award category was created in 2011.

    Nomination Process

    The completed nomination packet consists of a "Nomination Form" and an "Essay" demonstrating the persons’ achievement(s). The essay must include the individuals’ contribution(s) to the Latino community, involvement above and beyond their work contributions.

    Nomination Due Date

    The Nomination Form and Nomination Statement must be completed and submitted no later than 5 PM on  Friday, November 20, 2016.

    Please note:  Incomplete and late nomination entries will not be considered. 

  • 10/08/2015 5:00 PM | Sandy Lopez (Administrator)

    Diversity Scholarship Foundation (DSF) Scholarship

    DSF 2015 Scholarship App.pdf

    All applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on November 1, 2015 

    All application materials must be submitted in PDF format by email to

    Individuals who have previously received a scholarship from DSF may not be eligible 

    For questions please contact 

    Individuals who receive scholarships must be able to attend the 2015 Unity Award Dinner on December 1, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Failure to attend through award presentation at the conclusion of the program may result in forfeiture of the scholarship

  • 10/06/2015 12:00 PM | Sandy Lopez (Administrator)

    The immigrants who have recently come to the United States are the most highly educated in history. A new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data shows that 41% of immigrants arriving here in the past five years had completed at least a bachelor’s degree. By comparison, only 20% of newly arrived immigrants in 1970 were similarly educated.

    Click the link below to read more:

  • 10/02/2015 12:30 PM | Sandy Lopez (Administrator)

    There’s no formula to guarantee admission. Having the grades and scores is necessary to be competitive, one counselor says. "But it’s not sufficient."

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