World Class Visitors Too!

Hello UIC!

The school year is over, grades are up and now we can look forward to a fulfilling summer and fall semester! I hope you school year ended well. This week we had the privilege of hosting the Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis.


This is one of those opportunities that are only afforded to you when you come to a World Class University like UIC. A large amount of the students there had the opportunity to introduce themselves to her and give her some background on who they are. After introductions, Ms. Solis went on to introduce herself and talk about her family, her youth, her previous experience, and her road to the White House. She also told to us about a new initiative to maintain the loan interest rate at a fixed rate.


Students were then encouraged to ask her questions about the new loan initiative, the Youth Build Program, and other issues relating to the department of labor.  She was direct and the students appreciated the time she took to speak with us.  She did give us a lot of useful information. She referred us to useful websites like: and


After the question and answer session we presented her with a plaque and everyone took a group picture with her.  She stayed around to meet with more students and even took pictures with them individually. She is an extremely humble person we are very lucky to have a person of her caliber in such an important national office.


This upcoming weekend there are a lot of things to look forward to, the MERRP/SHPE/NSBE End of Year Banquet, a family (SHPE) outing to Griffin Lounge, and graduation/birthday parties.

‘Till Next 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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