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Office of Diversity and Inclusion


SPH DACA Statement

We in the leadership of the UIC School of Public Health are saddened and outraged by the Federal Government’s move today to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, putting young “Dreamers”, including some of our own valued students, at risk of deportation. DACA has provided 800,000 young people with the opportunity to receive an education, obtain gainful employment and contribute fully to the country they call home. We wish to join  Chancellor Amiridis, President Killeen, and other University leaders in stating our full commitment to support our undocumented students with all the resources at our disposal, including counseling and legal services. Please monitor for updates on resources available to affected students and their allies at UIC. As it is important in a democracy that all voices are heard, all are encouraged to write to elected representatives to express your views on this issue of importance to all in our community.

Wayne Giles

Susan Altfeld
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs

Nadine Peacock
Associate Dean, Diversity and Inclusion

Jackie Finch
Associate Dean, Finance and Resource Planning

Karin Opacich
Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Public Health
Bachelor of Arts in Public Health (BA) Director

John Slavick
Assistant Dean, Student Affairs

Tamara Josserand
Assistant Dean, Advancement


‌Jesus Ramirez-Valles
Community Health Sciences (CHS) Director

Samuel Dorevitch
Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (EOHS) Director

Ronald Hershow
Epidemiology and Biostatistics (EPI-BIO) Director

Lisa Powell
Health Policy and Administration (HPA) Director

Patrick Lenihan
Doctor of Public Health in Leadership (DrPH) Director




Guiding Statement

‘Diversity’ refers to the meaningful inclusion and integration of groups and individuals as part of an active process to enhance the work and educational environment of the School of Public Health and as a step towards equity and social justice.

At the SPH, diversity is the inclusive, welcoming, stimulating climate shared by all members of this community. Students, faculty, staff, and community partners convene from different geographic locations, religious backgrounds, political viewpoints, and social/cultural perspectives. The SPH celebrates these differences as a source of provocative, robust, and respectful discourse and debate and as a pathway to equity.


The UIC School of Public Health is committed to diversity in its many facets. By celebrating the unique contributions of students, faculty, and staff, we support a more enriching learning environment and foster a truly global community.


At the UIC School of Public Health, we strive to build an inclusive community that promotes SPH’s commitment to justice, respect, and humility for the communities served by the public health field.


We are diversity and inclusion, promoting positive community impact through professional education, relevant research, and stewardship.


News and Events



Hurricane Relief Drives

The UI Cancer Center has extended their Hurricane Relief Drives to Cuba and Diaper Drives for another week.

 As you know, many areas of the world have been devastated by powerful hurricanes over the last several weeks. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria caused significant damage throughout areas of the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean. The University of Illinois Cancer Center is seeking to aid affected populations through a hurricane relief drive and are requesting your help procuring vital supplies for the victims. Due our existing global partnership with Cuba, we are currently seeking the following supplies for direct donation to Cuba: 

       · Household cleaning and personal hygiene products (soap, detergent, toothpaste)

       · Linens (towels, sheets, blankets) 

       · First aid products (gauze, band aids, dressings, etc. but NO medications)

       · Disposable diapers and wipes for babies 

       · Clothing for all ages and genders 

We have two drives going on this week. 

·       Hurricane Relief Drive hosted by GAIA

·      Diaper Drive for Gifts from Liam in honor of Diaper Need Awareness Week 

There are drop off boxes for both in the elevator lobby of SRH, across from Subway in Student Center West (818 S. Wolcott) until Monday 10/09


Click here to see the Office of Diversity and Inclusion calendar of events.



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