Staff Advocacy

The Staff Advocacy subommittee addresses issues of interest to female staff members at UIC, including opportunities for professional growth and career advancement and discussion of common concerns across the campus.

2016-17 Co-Chairs
Heather Cohen cohenh@uic.edu, 413-4927
Carolyn Feller, cfeller@uic.edu, 312-996-2873

Meeting Schedule
Please note that the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women will be on hiatus June-August 2017. We look forward to resuming activities in the Fall 2017 semester.

2016-17 Meeting Minutes
09/15/2016
10/16/2016
11/10/2016
12/08/2016

Membership and leadership opportunities: Do you want to make a difference at UIC, ensure UIC is a place for Women Staff to grow professionally, build your resume, and develop your leadership skills? If you can answer yes to the above questions, become a member of the CCSW Staff Advocacy subcommittee. We are always accepting new members. Membership in the Staff Advocacy subcommittee is simple. First, email or call a chairperson, or fill out a membership form. Then provide assistance with developing ideas, planning, and staffing our various events. You are also encouraged to attend monthly subcommittee meetings as often as your schedule allows.

Congratulations to the 2016-17 Professional Development Microgrant Awardees!

  • Lora Barcliff Baptista, to travel for the 2017 convening of scholars working on the theory, history, and practice of African Diasporic expressive cultures.
  • Yesenia Garcia, to attend the NASPA 4-E Women in Student Affair’s Drive-In Conference.
  • Mary Hemby, to help pay for membership fees for the Illinois Academic Advising Association.
  • Jaime Klaus, to help pay for membership fees for Step Up.
  • Kim Kull, to attend the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership Connections National Conference.
  • Patricia Pac,  to purchase a book, CARTOGRAPHICS: Designing the Modern Map.
  • Janet Peters, to purchase a professional development book, Technology and Innovation in Adult Learning.
  • Daunn Rounds, to attend a pre-conference session led by the CFTA Campus Facilities Management Technology Association.
  • Annmarie Vecchione, to help pay for membership fees to the Government College Relations Council.
  • Kristine Zimmermann, to attend a statistical analysis course about multilevel  modeling in public health.

Events We Sponsored or Co-sponsored in 2016-17

  • Networking Night
  • Wellness Workshop: Chair Yoga & Mindful Eating
  • Fall 2016 Pop-Up Pantry Collection Drive
  • Women Climbing Up the Career Ladder at UIC: Discussion Panel
  • Social Media for Your Department or Organization Presentation
  • Understanding Diverse Work Styles
  • The Power of Improv

Past Events and Activities We Sponsored or Co-sponsored
In previous years, the Staff Advocacy Subcommittee (formerly the Staff Concerns and the Academic Professionals Subcommittee) focused on professional development events and workshops, service and volunteer events,  lunch & learn sessions based on interests and requests,  wellness and self-defense workshops, and networking events.

  • Professional development events and workshops
    • LinkedIn Lab
    • Resume Workshop
    • Techniques for Effective Presentations Workshop
    • Mini Professional Development Grants
    • Professional Head Shots
    • Professional and Personal Skill Building
    • Conflict Resolution & Workplace ManagementWomen in Leadership & Management
    • True Colors Workshop
    • Navigating Negotiations
    • Social Media in the Workplace Workshop
    • Lunch & learn sessions (FMLA; Women as Breadwinners)
  • Service and volunteer  events
    • Food Drive to benefit UIC’s Pop-Up Pantry
    • Gift Giving on a Budget, Crafting for the Community Event
    • Spring Cleaning Clothing Drive to benefit Goldie’s Place
  • Wellness events
    • Chair yoga and mindful eating
    • Meditation, mindfulness, and self-compassion
    • Yoga for office workers
    • Self-Defense Workshop & Discussion Panel
  • Networking opportunities
  • Action committee to address lactation spaces on campus
  • UIC Minority Health Symposium
  • Benefits Fair
  • Distinguished UIC Women in Supervision and Management

Academic Professional Survey 2010
CCSW Staff Advocacy subcommittee (formerly the Academic Professionals Subcommittee) co-sponsored the Academic Professional Survey that is being led by the Academic Professional Advisory Committee (APAC). The AP Status Task Force of the CCSW Staff Concerns subcommittee began exploring the idea of a survey for APs in 2006 and learned that APAC was working on a similar project. The task force considered APAC to be the most appropriate group to spearhead this project. The task force continued to work in collaboration with APAC to develop the survey and support APAC’s efforts to bring the project to fruition. The survey link has been distributed to APs on campus by Survey Research Laboratory on July 15 2010. All of the responses will be kept strictly confidential and reported only in aggregate form. The summarized data can be found at: http://uicapac.blogspot.com/2011_08_01_archive.html

Staff Leadership Mentor Program
In spring 2006, the CCSW subcommittee Staff Advocacy (formerly the Academic Professionals (AP) subcommittee) task force on mentorship held a mentoring panel workshop to gauge APs’ interest in mentorship programs. The consensus was that APs were VERY interested both to be mentored and to be mentors. Since then the CCSW, in conjunction with the Academic Professional Advisory Committee (APAC), has worked to develop a mentoring program, finding it a home, and implementing the program at UIC community. In Spring 2010, a  the Academic Professional Mentoring Program (APMP) was launched as a pilot program. Currently, the mentorship program operates as the Staff Leadership Mentor Program (SLMP). The SLMP is a structured mentorship program that matches mentors and mentees and provides guidance and support over the course of a year. This program develops the UIC careers of individual employees and strengthens UIC’s organizational continuity through knowledge-sharing and employee engagement. Academic Professional and Civil Service employees are welcome to participate in the mentoring program as a mentor or mentee, or both.

If you would like more information, please visit the SLMP website http://go.uic.edu/slmp.