TRIO Upward Bound

The Upward Bound program at UIC is designed to educate students to use the art of critical thinking, effective expression and a positive attitude so that they are able to negotiate the pursuit of higher education and a more satisfying future.

Summer 2018

In the summer of 2018 TRIO student Jada Paul interned at the African-American Cultural Center. While at the Center, she explored what diversity and inclusion mean though the lens of ethnic foods. Ms. Paul incorporated past director Lori Barcliff Baptista’s exhibit It Ain’t Where You’re From as well as information about the Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change in her research. In her video, Ms. Paul interviewed her peers and teachers about their experiences with different foods.

Summer 2017

The summer of 2017 we had the delight to have Yashaan Johnson as our TRIO intern. He arrived at the center just as we were preparing to set up our fall exhibit, “The American Negro Expo”. In this video, Yashaan explains the steps necessary to prepare and install an exhibition.

Summer 2016

The summer of 2016 we had the pleasure of having Jessica Foster, Elizabeth Gonzaga, Miliyea Greene, Adam Harris, Ariel Evans, Daniel Methene, and Johnae Brown as our TRIO interns. They, like many students on campus, had a difficult time finding the African-American Cultural Center. The interns helped us create a video showing where exactly (or not exactly) our center is.

Summer 2015

The summer of 2015 four Upward Bound students from surrounding Chicago neighborhoods interned at our office and contributed a blog post about their visit to the Jane Addams Hull- House Museum that can be found at:  https://uicaacc.wordpress.com.