Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models

The mission of the Call Me MISTER (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) Initiative is to increase the pool of available teachers from a broader, more diverse background, particularly among the lowest performing elementary schools. Student participants are largely selected from among under-served and educationally at-risk communities.

The Call Me MISTER program is contributing to the talent pool of excellent teachers by identifying and supporting students who are literally "touching the future" by teaching children.

The Call Me MISTER initiative at UIC provides:

  • Tuition and book support for admitted students pursuing a Bachelor's in Urban Elementary Education
  • An academic support system to help assure MISTERs' success
  • A cohort system for social and cultural support
  • Assistance with job placement

The first Call Me MISTER cohort began at the UIC College of Education in Fall 2018.