Faculty, students and alumni making good on the promise of urban public education

Ramon Gutierrez stands in front of a bookcase in a classroom in the College of Education building.

Culturally Relevant Science Focus of Research

Ramon Gutierrez is the College's newest 100 Hour Undergraduate Research Initiative awardee, studying strategies to build culturally relevant science instruction.

Girls sit in a circle on a sandy beach beside a lake surrounded by mountains as part of a Project Exploration trip.

STEM Education Access Focus of Non-Profit

Alumna Gabrielle Lyon created a non-profit providing access to STEM education for Black and Latino teens, including searching for dinosaur fossils in Montana and investigating the wonders of Yellowstone.

Animated characters in the Health Heroes comic series engage in a series of poses showing health and strength, including lifting weights, running and eating healthy.

Youth Health Focus of New Comics Series

Youth Development student Eric Meredith is publishing a new comic book series promoting positive youth health messages to combat childhood obesity.

Daniel Rocha stands in front of a bookcase in a room in the College of Education building.

Culturally Relevant Writing Focus of Research

College student Daniel Rocha is using an undergraduate research award to build skills teaching culturally relevant writing, just as an inspirational teacher did for him.

At Wells Community Academy High School, students sit along a row of computers, each working on a coding task during the Hour of Code event. One student is looking at the screen of the student sitting to his left.

Hour of Code Day Creates Career Access

College student Rita Raichoudhuri led a national Hour of Code event at Wells High School to introduce her students to careers as computer scientists.

Kids on the Jackie Robinson little league team from Chicago pose with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in the Oval Office.

Little League Controversy: Professor Responds

The College's Marisha Humphries was featured on Chicago Tonight breaking down the emotional effects on Jackie Robinson West's youth players amidst the little league controversy.

A volunteer reads a book to a young girl at the Center for Literacy's MLK Service Day.

Literacy the Focus at MLK Service Day

The UIC Center for Literacy commemorated the MLK holiday by collecting toiletries and winter attire for Chicago families in need and engaging homeless families in literacy activities at city shelters.

Evan Taylor teaches a math class, pointing to numbers and figures written on a whiteboard.  Students in his classroom are sitting at desks and listening to the lesson.

Math and the Connection to Students' Backgrounds

Is stealing ever acceptable? To student-teacher Evan Taylor, this is not just a question of morality but a question of the intersection of math and students' lived experiences.

A teacher sits on the floor and talks with two Latino students who are working on an activity together, writing down responses on a clipboard.

Bilingual Education Needs Wider Acceptance

Professor Aria Razfar and doctoral student Joe Rumenapp's new book advocates teachers building bilingual education to honor students' native languages.