The UIC Institute for Research on Race & Public Policy’s
Race, Sexuality and Violence Series
and the Gender and Sexuality Center present

A Community Forum to Celebrate, Educate, and Create Alliances

Wed April 9, 3-5pm
Student Center East, Room 613
750 S. Halsted Street

A forum to discuss gender identity, race and the right to medical
access, and why the new trans* inclusive health policy at UIC matters to
all of us. Ask questions, learn something new, build bridges and
celebrate the new policy. We will screen the new GSC video about
bringing trans* health coverage to UIC, roll out a Frequently Asked
Questions sheet about coverage and more, hear from our panel and answer
your questions. Don’t miss it!

-Aja Blalark, UIC student, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs;
community advisory board member of Chicago House and their Trans Life
Center Program.
-Abbas Hyderi, MD, MPH, Associate Dean for Curriculum, Associate
Professor of Clinical Family Medicine, UIC College of Medicine.
-Jae Szeszycki-Truesdell, MA, MPH, Health Promotion Specialist,
Transgender Services, API Wellness Center, San Francisco, CA; UIC alum
and leader of the UIC trans* health initiative.

Refreshments will be served. RSVP to Ryan Viloria at or Find us on Facebook too.

GEO stands in support of the 3000 members of SEIU Local 73 who have gone without a contract or raise for over a year and are currently bargaining with the University. According to Fight Back News, the members will take a strike vote next week. You can read more here:

Graduate Assistant Positions are available in Student Leadership Development and Volunteer Services and the Commuter Student Resource Center for 2014-2015

All positions are 50% and include a tuition waiver and stipend. Attached are descriptions for the open positions and contact information. Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis. The final deadline for materials is Wednesday, March 19, 2014.


Title: CSRC GRADUATE ASSISTANT (contingent on funding)

FTE: 0.5 (20 hours weekly, during regular business hours)

Calendar: I: Summer 2014 July 16, 2014 – August 15, 2014

II: Fall 2014 August 16, 2014 – December 15, 2014

III: Spring 2015 January 5, 2015 – May 15, 2015

Position Description

The Graduate Assistant, under the direction of the Associate Director of Student Development Services, will serve

the Commuter Student Resource Center. The Graduate Assistant will focus on collaboratively planning and

facilitating site services and events and have important impact on the Commuter Assistant program. Specifically,

the Graduate Assistant will:

• Coordinate and implement the programming and event production initiates of the Commuter Student

Resource Center (CSRC).

• Provide outreach to UIC student groups, colleges, and offices through presentations and consultations to

promote programs, resources, and services.

• Research current issues, literature, and resources in commuter and non-traditional student education.

• Assist the Associate Director with long- and short-term projects and initiatives.

• Assist with management of the Commuter Student Resource Center facility and daily supervision of

student staff members.

• Assist with recruiting, selecting, training, monitoring and evaluating student workers serving as office

assistants and/or peer advocates.

• Update website related to Commuter Student Resource Center programs and events.

• Provide appropriate resource referrals to students on a walk-in basis.

• Initiate and maintain contact with student organizations and university departments.

• Attend Commuter Student Resource Center events and meetings as negotiated.

• Provide office coverage as scheduled, and other duties as assigned.

Special Skills Required:

• Working knowledge (or familiarity with) of issues facing commuter students

• Event planning experience

• Experience in an administrative office setting a plus

• Strong oral and written communications skills a must

• Proven organizational skills (attention to details and manage multiple tasks)

• Ability to work independently and as a team member is expected

• Good at multitasking and with follow-through

• Comfortable speaking to groups and giving presentations

• Capable of working with a wide spectrum of diverse students

• Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, specifically Word, Excel, and Publisher

To apply, submit résumé, cover letter, and list of 3 references to the CSRC, c/o Elizabeth Kubik

(, by 12pm on Wednesday, March 19.

Graduate Assistant Positions are available in Student Leadership Development and Volunteer Services for 2014-2015

All positions are 50% and include a tuition waiver and stipend. Attached are descriptions for the open positions and contact information. Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis. The final deadline for materials is Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

See below for a position description and how to apply.


Title: SLDVS Graduate Assistant (multiple program-specific appointments possible)

FTE: 0.5 (20 hours weekly, during regular business hours)

Calendar: I: Summer 2014 July 16, 2014 – August 15, 2014

III: Spring 2015 January 5, 2015 – May 15, 2015

II: Fall 2014 August 16, 2014 – December 15, 2014

Position Description

The mission of SLDVS is to help students learn and serve through co-curricular opportunities designed to

cultivate awareness of community needs and inspire advocacy for social justice. This is done through the

development of personal and professional leadership skills rooted in academic foundations and unique

intellectual perspectives. The goals of the department are to work with students in co-curricular learning

experiences that will:

• Develop competencies for leadership on campus and in surrounding communities;

• Inspire growth in civic engagement from personal and professional perspectives; and

• Encourage understanding issues of social justice and advocacy for social concerns.

Graduate assistantships may be available in the department for the 2014-2015 academic year, contingent on

funding. The specific program foci of all assistantships complement each other; while there are multiple separate

positions, cross-program and cross-topic collaboration is expected, and work will overlap.

Graduate Assistants will accomplish the following tasks within the office of Student Leadership Development and

Volunteer Services (SLDVS):

• Plan, implement, assess, and evaluate large-scale leadership-oriented programs for students, including: an

annual campus leadership institute for individual students; a student organization skill-building

conference; and potential large-scale leadership conferences;

• Plan, implement, assess, and evaluate large-scale service-oriented programs for students, including:

keynote speakers and panel presentations; campus institutes and service conferences; and off-campus

service days;

• Coordinate, assess, and evaluate small-scale, weekly learning opportunities for individual students,

including: speakers series; service and civic-engagement workshops; and a calendar of regular volunteer


• Assist with the planning of other office- and department-wide annual events, as needed;

• Co-coordinate the University’s annual Chancellor’s Student Service and Leadership Awards (CSSLA),

from setting an annual planning calendar, coordinating the event’s advisory board, and planning for

actual event-day needs;

• Develop the University Student Ambassadors program, including research on peer institutions’

best practices, team member recruitment/selection, training, and development, and overall

branding/marketing and facilitation of the team’s involvement across the University.

II: Fall 2014 August 16, 2014 – December 15, 2014

390 Student Center East (MC 330) | 750 South Halsted Street | Chicago, Illinois 60607

(312) 996-4500 | Fax (312) 413-9365 | |

• Recruit, train, advise, develop, and evaluate UIC ServiceCorps (student community-service team);

• Co-advise “Dance Marathon at UIC,” a student-designed and student-run national philanthropy program;

• Assist with recruitment, selection, training/development, and supervision of student staff within SLDVS;

• Assume responsibility for the office’s presence in social media, including its website and online-
calendar updates, Facebook and Twitter presence, and in any other forum, as appropriate;

• Serve as an expert resource, consultant, or liaison for leadership programs for professional peers, colleague

departments, and partner agencies on- and off-campus, providing outreach and collaboration, as needed;

• Lead office and program-related outreach efforts among neighboring offices/departments within Student

Affairs, at UIC, with alumni, and externally with partnering service agencies throughout Chicagoland;

• Represent SLDVS and SDS on departmental, divisional, and University committees, as assigned;

• Maintain database records, files, and historical data relevant to SLDVS programs;

• Attend SLDVS, SDS, Student Affairs, and other University programs and events, as requested; and

• Provide office coverage as scheduled, and perform other duties, as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications/Competencies

• Active, demonstrable knowledge of theoretical/practical foundations and theory related to college student

identity and leadership development, social justice awareness, and civic engagement;

• Personal experience of involvement with organizational leadership or community-service roles, especially

in a college/university campus-life setting;

• Significant practical experience with college student advising (individual and group), campus event

planning, and administrative/office management; and

• Creativity and willingness to contribute to program design, explore innovative teaching methods, and

assess student learning through short- and long-term educational interventions.


• Graduate tuition waiver and stipend (as negotiated by the current GEO contract).

Application Process

• Potential candidates must be enrolled as a graduate student at UIC for the 2014-2015 academic year and

must be authorized to work in the United States.

• Submit a letter of interest, a current professional résumé, and contact information for at least two

(2) professional references (via U.S. Mail, campus mail, or e-mail) to:

Student Leadership Development & Volunteer Services (SLDVS)

c/o Haroun Dada (

University of Illinois at Chicago

750 South Halsted Street (MC 330; SCE 390)

Chicago, Illinois 60607


• Deadline for receipt of materials is Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at 12pm.

Tuition Differentials: Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Tuition Differential (TD)?

Tuition differentials are not tuition at all; they are a fee charged to undergraduate and graduate students in addition to the base tuition rate. TDs are implemented according to degree program. TDs are not covered by tuition waivers.

Why do only some departments have tuition differentials?

A TD can be proposed by a College Dean, Department Chair or Director of Graduate Studies, and is approved by the College Dean and Board of Trustees. In the proposal, the department must justify the TD with examples of why it costs more to deliver the program and how the funds will be used.

How do departments justify implementing TDs?

The main argument for TDs is to supplement high-cost programs, such as programs that require expensive lab equipment.

So then why do students in non-lab programs like Art History or Business pay a TD?

The TDs implemented in several degree programs where no apparent special costs are associated with the implementation of the program. Often TDs are simply used to pay faculty and fill-in budget gaps for day-to-day operations. Increasing fees to sustain basic operating budgets creates a disproportionate burden on graduate students.

What are these TDs used for?

The university does not provide information as to how the TDs are used. Some departments, such as CUPPA and Business, have disclosed that they use the money for their regular instructional budgets and general operating expenses.

Do TDs increase?

Yes. The average increase in TDs from the 2012-13 to the 2013-14 school year was $500.

Are continuing students subject to increases in TDs?

Yes. Students have to pay the TD that is charged that year even if they initially enrolled when the TD was lower.

Isn’t it a bad time to abolish TDs during a state budget crisis?

The State of Illinois is in the middle of a long budget crisis and has withheld promised funds to many state agencies including UIC. Budget cuts are a reality and need to be addressed by the state legislature. We need to demand that UIC gets the funding it needs to operate from the state instead of from its students. Additionally, UIC has around $300 million in unrestricted funds that could be used to address budget shortfalls in certain departments. Public institutions like UIC were established to provide affordable education to all. Students today are graduating with more than twice the debt that students 20 years ago had, and with fewer job opportunities available. Earning an advanced degree is not a guarantee for future success, making it harder to justify taking on substantial debt.

Is there a venue to address our concerns about TDs?

Unlike all other fees, concerns about TDs do not go before the Campus Fee Committee. TDs are unique because only the Board of Trustees have the authority to approve or revoke them.

How do I get involved with the GEO to address this issue?

The GEO is continually organizing around this issue. You can get involved by contacting the GEO ( and addressing the existence of Tuition Differentials within your own department, or, if your home department has not yet implemented a TD, help to organize in departments where one currently exists.