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Resources for Diversity, Equity and Engagement in Research

UIC’s diversity is the foundation of our intellectual achievement. The University consistently ranks among the most diverse national research universities according to U.S. News & World Report (see “Campus Ethnic Diversity at National Universities”) and is a national leader among urban, public higher education institutions in providing access to underrepresented students. In addition to creating a research environment that thrives on the creativity conferred by diverse perspectives, our diversity makes UIC eligible for a number of funding opportunities requiring minimum enrollment by underrepresented groups.

Department of Education MSI Designation Letter

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Campus and external resources for data, programming, and networking to promote diversity in research.

The Office of Institutional Research at UIC provides data, analysis, and reporting to guide university policy and decision-making. Data dashboards include information on student, faculty, and staff diversity that can be helpful for demonstrating UIC’s commitment to diversity in grant proposals.

The Office of Diversity provides a wide array of resources to promote diversity and advance and racial equity at UIC.

UIC is a founding member of the HSRU, a voluntary association of the 21 universities that are both Hispanic-Serving Institutions and in the top 5% of universities in the country for research. Launched in 2022, the HSRU has two primary goals: Double the number of Hispanic doctoral students enrolled at our universities and increase by 20% the Hispanic professoriate in our universities by 2030.

The Committee on Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine (CWSEM) collects and disseminates data and information on the education and employment of women scientists, engineers, and health care professionals, and ways to increase the participation and advancement of women in all fields of science, engineering, and medicine.

The mission of the Chicago Women in STEM Initiative is to build an inclusive self-sustaining community composed of Chicago-area students, postdoctoral scholars, and professionals to support gender equity, diversity, and the success of local women in STEM.

Project TitleSponsorFunding AmountSummary
​​A Multidisciplinary Research Center of Excellence - EXtreme EnErgy Density (EXEED)US Army$1,350,000 The University of Illinois Chicago has been awarded a $2.25 million, five-year grant to establish a Research Center of Excellence by the U.S. Army through a program that aims to expand and diversify its research base through partnerships with historically Black colleges and universities and minority-serving institutions, or HBCU/MI.
Institutional Transformation Through Large-Scale Implementation of Departmental Action TeamsNational Science Foundation (NSF)$2,624,177This project aims to establish an institution-wide imperative to improve classroom climate, instructional quality, and degree pathways in all Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics departments at the University of Illinois-Chicago, a broad-access Hispanic-Serving Institution.
Monarchs and Milkweeds: A Partnership to Develop a Integrated and Culturally Relevant Science CurriculumNational Science Foundation (NSF)$2,490,096 The Monarchs and Milkweeds Project seeks to develop a vertically integrated curriculum that spans from high school to lower- and upper-level college courses. The curriculum will focus on the biology, ecology, and chemistry of monarch butterflies and their principal food source, milkweed plants. 
University of Illinois at Chicago's Pipeline for AANAPI Student Success (UIC PASS)US Department of Education$1,482,648This project will provide supplemental tutoring, academically integrated mentorship, and internships to boost academic and social support services for Asian American and Pacific Islander undergraduate students.
University of Illinois at Chicago's AANAPI Citizens who are Culturally Responsive, Engaged, Dynamic, Informed, and Thoughtful (ACCREDIT) ProjectUS Department of Education$1,471,584The initiative supports the recruitment, retention, and graduation of Asian American and Pacific Islander students at UIC by providing culturally responsive academic support, life-skills education, and community-engaged experiential learning,
Increasing Latin@s Access to Networks for Advancement in ScienceUS Department of Education$5,445,211L@s GANAS provides recruitment and retention of Latinx students in STEM fields through financial support, mentoring, professional development and cultural enrichment programming.
These programs were only open to MSIs. If you are aware of an award that should be included here, please contact