U of I Latino Age study opens conversation for better resources

URBANA – A recent University of Illinois study that asks what positive aging means to Latino elders has opened a discussion on how to cater to their needs. Positive aging consists of having a healthy lifestyle going into older age, according to U of I Social Work Professor Lissette Piedra. More than 100 Latino residents, […]

U of I Autism Program encourages high school students to go to college

Foellinger Auditorium

URBANA – The Autism Program at the University of Illinois continues to provide an online summer camp for prospective students on the autism spectrum. The I-Ready Summer Camp is a weeklong online experience that encourages and promotes college readiness for students on the autism spectrum. This is the second year that high school students can […]

Illinois Theatre premieres a modern take on ‘Peter Pan’

URBANA — The University of Illinois’s Krannert Center for the Performing Arts is showing “The Neverland” through Saturday. It’s an adaptation of the original “Peter Pan” play that’s more inclusive to minority groups. ​​Although there are some changes from the original version of “Peter Pan,” “The Neverland” includes some of the original characters, such as […]

Champaign Refugee Center welcomes Afghan families and individuals

CHAMPAIGN – ​​The Refugee Center helped more than 50 people from Kabul settle in the Champaign-Urbana area after the Taliban took over that area in August of 2021.  They continue to help their clients settle in their new homes in different ways. One of which includes obtaining a job at Guardian West manufacturing. Lisa Wilson […]

Annual film festival attempts to lighten stigma of insects

URBANA – The 39th Insect Fear Film Festival at the University of Illinois continues to try to change people’s perspectives on insects. The online festival will include insect films, a virtual petting zoo, and much more. One graduate student has volunteered to be stung live while explaining his reaction in real-time. Entomology Graduate Student Association […]

Superintendent survey details statewide teacher shortage in Illinois

URBANA – A study by the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools finds that 88 percent of schools say they have a teacher shortage. Seventy-seven percent report the problem is getting worse. And more than 90 percent of Illinois districts expect it to get worse for the next two years. Champaign and Ford County […]

UI study explains positive impacts from child tax credit program to vulnerable families

A University of Illinois research team has published a study on the impact of assistance programs on vulnerable families. According to a new report from the Project for Middle Class Renewal at U of I, extending the child tax credit program beyond 2021 could promote financial stability in low-and-moderate-income families. Dylan Bellisle is a postdoctoral […]

New joint resource program helps Champaign families

Champaign Unit 4 School District and the City of Champaign have launched the Leading Individuals and Families to Transformation program, also known as LIFT. LIFT will focus on African American students and families who are experiencing academic and personal challenges. The program provides trauma-informed care through intensive support from both school-based and community resources. Anthony […]

University dorm tradition continues while dealing with pandemic

A University of Illinois’ dorm tradition of singing through the phone still continues after dealing with the pandemic. After the absence of singing live to callers last year, Dial-A-Carol at Snyder Hall is back with on-air performances. Dial-A-Carol is the longest-running tradition in University Housing, which has been hosted by Snyder Hall since 1960. Groups […]

U of I community comes together for Las Posadas celebration

URBANA – A traditional celebration over the weekend gave the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign community an opportunity to join together for the holiday season. The Latino Student Association hosted its annual Las Posadas at the U of I. Many Latin American countries and people in the United States celebrate Las Posadas, which commemorates Mary and […]

C-U homeless shelter seeks funds for new project

CHAMPAIGN — With the help of the Champaign County Board, C-U at Home is looking to create new shelters for the homeless. C-U at Home is seeking funds to build two, low-barrier shelters for the homeless. The agency’s current year-round shelter for the homeless reopened in August as a sober shelter after a several-month closure […]

Day of the Dead Event Unifies C-U Community

URBANA – This week, the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign community joined together to celebrate past loved ones for the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) at the University YMCA. Day of the Dead is celebrated from November 1-2. Celebrations typically involve creating shrines to remember those who have passed away. Chabeli Duran, a […]

Illinois Theater comedy exemplifies more diversity on stage

URBANA – A theater production with Latinx representative characters premiered last weekend at the University of Illinois’ Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. It is part of a co-director’s effort to see more people of color on stage. Native Gardens, a play written by Karen Zacarias, is a comedy that discusses race, class and privilege, between […]

UI Student Organizations Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

URBANA – Fraternities and campus organizations at the University of Illinois are hoping to educate the public about Hispanic history and culture during Hispanic Heritage Month. Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc. are two Latino fraternities that have been working on events this month. Jorge Vasquez is […]

UI Freshmen Class Breaks Record Despite Decrease In Minority Student Enrollment

URBANA – With a total of 8,303 students enrolled this fall, the freshmen class of 2025 is the largest ever at the University of Illinois Urbana campus. Yet, a recent university report shows a decrease in minority students enrollment. Director of Undergraduate Admissions Andy Borst said there was an increase this fall of students coming […]