Alumni Memories

“The Urban Health Program has been a big source of help for me. When I first started in the College of Nursing , an older student was assigned to me as a “sibling” to help me adjust. Now I’m a “big sib,” helping other nursing students get adjusted. I tell my little sibs that to be successful, you have to be relentless. You have to understand that you have power, that you have resources available to you that most people in the rest of the world can’t even imagine. I plan to go on to get an MS in Microbiology or perhaps become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. And with the Urban Health Program ands my relentless attitude, I know I’ll do it.”
Taqi Salaam, Nursing Student

“The UHP gave me the opportunity to learn about options in the health professions and to meet Latino health professionals that served as role models and helped motivate me to pursue a career in public health.”
     -Fabiola Barajas, Public Health alumna

“T he highlight of my career has been the contributions I made to the UIC Urban Health Program. Our work together has made it possible for many underrepresented and disadvantaged students to enter the health professions educational programs who, otherwise, would not have had access or support to obtain professional degrees.”
     – Earl Langdon Neal

“What makes current times so exciting is that I have witnessed a renewed dedication to this very important mission. The conditions that prompted Illinois lawmakers to initiate the Urban Health Program in 1978 still exist today, despite the outstanding efforts and accomplishments of the UHP since that time. There is still much work to be done, and people here at UIC, and specifically in the UHP offices across the Health Professions Colleges, are clearly focused on getting that work done.”
     -Dr. Michael Toney

“This program, the Urban Health Program, is an invaluable resource to minority students across the country. The UHP has given me the support necessary to be an effective resource for many of my classmates, and in turn, provides me with a resource that I can utilize when needed. I am very proud to be a part of the UHP.”
     -Wade Ivy, Third Year Doctoral Candidate, School of Public Health

“By helping students like me to succeed, the Urban Health Program is increasing the number of leaders in the African American and Latino communities. UHP’s Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) has given me, and several other students like me, an opportunity to do advanced research, work closely with research professors and do high-level research presentations. Opportunities like this have already made me a better student and helped to prepare me for graduate school.”
     -Gryssel Montagner, Biochemistry Graduate

“I am proud to be a part of UHP and the College of Pharmacy , so much so that I have started going on UHP recruitment visits. I love being able to give something back, and helping UHP recruit students is a very rewarding way to do that. I can tell our Black and Brown little brothers and sisters that if I can do it, so can they. And, most importantly, I tell them that with programs like UHP here to support us, we are all sure to succeed.”
     – Euchuria Igwe Second-year Pharm.D. Candidate College of Pharmacy