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Emilia Chico

Clinical Assistant Professor

Educational Psychology


Building & Room:

3507 ETMSW

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Emilia Chico is a clinical assistant professor in the department of educational psychology. She has worked in collaboration with non-profit organizations, schools, and youth serving institutions for over 15 years. Emilia is committed to supporting local organizations aimed at creating equitable and inclusive environments for young people and the adults who support their development. She is especially skilled at small and large group facilitation and has developed curriculum and trainings on intergroup dialogue, racial justice, gender expansiveness, implicit bias and social justice education.

Emilia’s research explores strength-based sexuality development among adolescents and emerging adults. She has worked on multiple research projects that highlight the lived experiences of young people, educators, and youth workers who are engaged in improving relationships, program quality and organizational climate. She has partnered with schools & organizations to prioritize long term diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) needs, culture and climate assessments, and data informed decision making.

Emilia is a Chicago native, a proud alumnus of Chicago Public Schools and UIC.

Courses Taught:

  • Gender in Everyday Life
  • Stories and Struggles of Social Justice
  • Theories and Practices of Social Justice
  • Advanced Professional Practice in Youth Development
  • Introduction to Professional Practice in Youth Development
  • Youth Development Colloquium
  • Fieldwork in Youth Development
  • Intergroup Dialogue
  • Adolescence in Schools
  • Seminar in Youth Development


PhD Educational Psychology
Human Development focus area, with concentration in Gender and Women’s Studies
University of Illinois at Chicago

MEd Youth Development
University of Illinois at Chicago

BA Sociology
BA Speech Communications
Syracuse University, Syracuse NY