October 15, 2012


Those interested in becoming a member of the CCSL should
CCSL Aims to Help Latino Employees at UIC

By Lucia Gonzalez

THE CHANCELLOR’S Committee on the Status of Latinos (CCSL) was established to aid the UIC community by promoting educational, professional, and career opportunities among Latinos. The committee addresses issues and concerns that are specific to Latinos at UIC through the Office of the Chancellor. The goal is to advise the Chancellor on these issues and to develop, initiate, and manage programs that address the concerns of the Latino community.

THE CCSL has many programs that help UIC employees. For example, the Latina Network Subcommittee and Employment Subcommittee serve as resources in professional and leadership development. One can go to the network and find opportunities to meet with other professionals and even find ways to achieve a healthy lifestyle while at work.

THIS ACADEMIC YEAR, the CCSL would like to develop and implement a Latino Graduate Student Organization and a Latino Alumni Association. The CCSL also decided to focus on Latino faculty representation and on Academic Professionals who have administrative leadership positions on campus by engaging them and seeing what their needs are. The CCSL also created a survey to see what the current needs are of the Latino employees at UIC.

“THE EMPLOYMENT committee has addressed the lack of Latino employees at UIC at the faculty, civil service, and academic professional levels,” explained Melissa Hernandez, Co-Chair of the CCSL. “We want to bridge the employment gap concerning our current employed Latinos on campus, and how this relates to our Latino students and community.”

TO CONTACT the CCSL you can go to http://www.uic.edu/depts/lcc/CCSL. This site lists the current executive board members, whom anyone can contact at any time. There also will be an Open House on Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Latino Cultural Center, Lecture Center B2 on the East Campus, 803 S. Morgan St., which will focus on unity, pride, and empowerment of Latinos on campus.

MEMBERSHIP IS voluntary and open to all employee sectors at UIC.

FOR MORE information, contact Hernandez at pmhern@uic.edu.

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