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May 1, 2015

Women’s & Gender Studies, Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs, Latino & Latin American Studies, African & African American Studies, Justice Studies, Social Work, Sociology, World Languages & Cultures

Activist Graduation Celebration

3-5 PM SU 003
RSVP required by April 17. Call 773-442-4550 or
come by LWH 2096.


Congratulations, Gabriela Mata!

Congratulations to Latino and Latin American Studies Major, Gabriela Mata! She has been accepted as a Fellow in the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) Undergraduate Fellowship Program (NUFP). As a Fellow, Gabriela will have opportunities for scholarships, on-campus mentorship and to participate in professional development events. 

2015 Cancer Health Disparities Summer Research Program

DATES: JUNE 22 - AUGUST 14, 2015

The Cancer Health Disparities Research Program is an 8-week long summer program offered at Lurie Cancer Center (LCC-NU) of Northwestern University. The program is part of the NU NEIGHBORS Partnership held between LCC-NU and Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU).

The Cancer Health Disparities Research Program will be offered to all NEIU undergraduate students interested in pursuing academic and professional careers in health care. The program will be accepting 4 NEIU undergraduate students to work on a number of research projects addressing topics of cancer health disparities. The research-intensive experience provides students with an overview of health disparities; an opportunity to work with transdisciplinary research teams, an introduction to basic research methods and writing and exposure to community engaged participatory research topics. The program provides students with weekly seminars, journal club, faculty lectures, mentorship and opportunities to become involved with local community health organizations and events. At the end of the summer, each trainee will be required to give a PowerPoint presentation of his/her project to NU and NEIU faculty members and staff, fellow trainees and mentors.

Students will be given a $3,500 stipend.

To be considered for the 2015 program, students must be currently enrolled at NEIU as a college freshmen, sophomore, junior or senior student. Applicants must be interested in pursuing an academic or professional career in healthcare. Priority is given to applications from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, first generation college students, individuals with disabilities, and/or individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Nationally, underrepresented groups in biomedical research careers include but are not limited to African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.

Please fill out the Cancer Health Disparities Research Program Application found at or by April 27 (11:59PM CST) and email to:

Summer Leadership Program

Program Description

Women Employed’s Summer Leadership Program provides a unique opportunity for professional skill building and practical experience by exposing a team of eight interns to social justice organizing, leadership training, and front-line research, as well as a first-hand awareness of the problems facing low-wage workers. The program seeks to introduce students and recent graduates to all areas of non-profit work through workshops, guest speakers, and projects.

The interns’ project work may consist of: designing and implementing public information and awareness campaigns for specific Women Employed issues; conducting research and outreach on issues relevant to low-wage women; and/or assisting with other program work as needed. Over the course of the summer, interns will also become familiar with the history and future of the women’s movement; participate in professional development workshops on effective advocacy, non-profit organizational development, and communications; and explore aspects of social justice work with guest speakers.

Women Employed, with more than four decades of leadership in improving women’s economic status, has the advocacy expertise, innovative programming, and extensive organizational connections to create a rich experience for our interns. Join our Action Network to start making a difference for working women today. 

Program Details

Interns serve two days a week, from mid-June to mid-August, with exact dates and days to be determined. The program includes a $1500 stipend. Interns will be based at Women Employed’s downtown Chicago office. Applications are due by April 1, 2014. Preference will be given to those with junior standing or above. Please do not telephone for more information.

To become a candidate, please fill out this application and submit it along with your resume. 

DREAM Scholarship

Dear Friends and Supporters,

The 2015 Dream Scholarship application is NOW available for undocumented college students to apply. Visit our website at for a complete application. Please find attached a flyer with more information about The Anhelo Project and our scholarship. For questions please email us at

Applicants for the Spring 2015 Dream Scholarship must meet the following criteria: 

* Be an Illinois resident attending a college or university located in the city of Chicago.
* An undergraduate student enrolled full-time for the Spring 2015/Fall 2015 semester at an accredited college or university located in the city of Chicago.
* Have earned a minimum of 12 credit hours at the time the application is submitted. 
***High School Students: College credit earned in high school does apply towards the 12 credit hour requirement.
* Must register as a full-time student for the Fall 2015 semester. 
* Be in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA minimum of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale.
* Should demonstrate leadership through community involvement either on and/or off campus.
* Must demonstrate financial necessity.
* DREAM Scholarship recipients must commit 20 hours of volunteer time to Anhelo Project events during the following academic year.
***Note: Holders of F-1 student visas and international students are not eligible to apply for this scholarship.

Dr. Christina Gomez

Dr. Christina Gomez, NEIU Professor of Sociology and Coordinator of the Latino and Latin American Studies Program, was featured on the radio show Mujeres Sin Censura (750 AM) on November 12, 2014. The program focused on Latina/o students and issues of immigration. Dr. Gomez was named "La Mujer de la Semana" - Woman of the Week.  Congratulations Dr. Gomez!

The Mash

Dr. Frank Gaytan, Social Work and Latino & Latin American Studies Program professor answers prospective college students' questions as part of NEIU's partnership with The Mash, the Chicago Tribune's newspaper for teens.The MASH

CHCI Scholarship Program

The mission of CHCI Scholarship Program is to provide critical financial assistance that will Increase the graduation rates of Latino students in postsecondary education. CHCI's scholarship opportunities are afforded to low- and moderate-income students who have a history of performing public service-oriented activities in their communities and demonstrate a desire to continue their civic engagement in the future. There is no GPA requirement to qualify for a CHCI scholarship.

Scholarship Awards

CHCI scholarships provide recipients with a one-time scholarshlp of:

  • $1,000 to pursue an associate degree
  • $2.500 to pursue an undergraduate degree
  • $5.000 to pursue graduate level study

Scholarship awards are Intended to provide assistance with tuition, room and board, textbooks, and other educational expenses associated with college enrollment.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Full-time enrollment In a United States Department of Education accredited community college. four year university, or graduate/professional program during the period for which scholarship Is requested.
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • ConsIstent and active participation In public and/or community service activities
  • Strong writing skills
  • Applicants must be u.s. citizens, lawful permanent residents, asylees. or individuals. who are lawfully authorized to work full-time without restriction for any U.S. employer.

CHCI Impact

Since 2001, we have Invested $4.8 minion In scholarships for the latino community to over 1,400 students. Of these scholarship recipients, 79% of undergraduates reached their 4th year of college compared with a national 5-year graduation rate of latinos of 45%.

Northeastern Illinois Foundation

The Northeastern Illinois University Foundation offers more than 100 scholarships to students each year. These scholarships are made possible through gifts made to the Foundation by individuals and corporations. These scholarships do not need to be repaid, and the vast majority of them are available to students regardless of their residency status. 

View this year’s NEIU Foundation scholarship opportunities and information about how to apply. You can also find these scholarships listed on AcademicWorks, Northeastern’s online searchable database. 

All students are encouraged to apply for scholarship funding. 

Students who are not U.S. citizens are encouraged to inquire about the Aspire Scholarship. Contact Michelle Morrow at (773) 442-4606 or email for more information.  

Latino and Latin American Studies

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