This week was AWESOME! In between a tough work week in a really hot office, I was able to make some time with my nephews. We went to the Shedd Aquarium, we did not expect the long lines at the aquarium but it was well worth it.  Once inside the kids were so excited. My youngest nephew, Fabian, was so happy he would run ahead and call his mom to go see fish and marine wildlife. Of course, seeing the clownfish (“Nemo) was one of the highlights of the tanks. Another highlight was the dolphins’ show my nephew, Fred, came out of the show very excited and describing every single aspect of the show. It was a really fun day I love spending time with my nephews; they are the funniest kids I know.

They didn’t even want to take a picture

After a lot of preparation, the CHANCE Program hosted the Third Annual CHANCE for CHAnge STEM Camp Orientation. The event was held at the Charles A. Hayes Center. As soon as you walk into the Hayes Center you are welcomed by the rich history of the Hayes Family. There are a lot of historical photographs of Mr. Hayes and other historical figures like Harold Washington and Martin Luther King.

After taking in the history of the center I walked into the events center. I was surprised to see so many influential University staff and company representatives. I was also happy to see that the amount of students in the camp grew. The attendants enjoyed a delicious dinner and inspirational speech by Algenoy Alexander, who was able to inspire many in the room to strive for greatness.  I am very excited for the STEM Camp, it is always a highlight of my summer.

After the Orientation

Thanks for reading this week!

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About Leticia Diaz, Chemistry

Hello UIC-Familia! I am a 5th Year Senior Majoring in Chemistry. I am graduating in May 2012, and plan to come back to UIC to receive a Master’s Degree in Energy Engineering. I grew up in “La Villita” in South Lawndale. I have two AMAZING parents, three exemplary siblings, and three precious nephews. I am a CHANCE Ambassador; I mentor and assist students that are in majors similar to mine and ultimately help them go through some of the same struggles that I have gone through. I am a proud board member of SHPE-UIC, a national organization that promotes the advancement of Latinos through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Awareness. Our UIC chapter is recognized as being the Most Valuable Large Chapter in the Nation.

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