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Sep 13 2023

Health Sciences Welcome and DEI Center Launch

September 13, 2023

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM America/Chicago


Southeast corner of W. Polk Street and S. Wood Street


Chicago, IL 60612

the garden on a sunny day, showing the fountain in the center and a variety of plants and benches around

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and the Office of Diversity, Equity & Engagement are pleased to invite students, faculty and staff to a fall welcome event as we begin another academic year and and launch the Odehmenan Health Equity Center (Odeh Center), a new hub for diversity, equity and inclusion efforts on UIC's west campus. This event aims to bring together our health sciences community for a festive celebration for the new year.

  • 11:00 am: Food, Activities and Giveaways
    Join us in the Atkins Medicinal Plant Garden and adjacent areas for a variety of food vendors and activities. Sample among Chicago neighborhood snacks: Pilsen Tamales, Chinatown Bao, Greektown Salads, Chicago Popcorn, Little Italy Italian Beefs, Agua de Sandía and Mycha Boba Tea. Visit with Sparky D. Dragon and campus exhibitors. Come early for giveaways and to enter our raffle for premium merch! Explore the Medicinal Plant Gardens with College of Pharmacy researchers throughout the afternoon, including the work of Bridge to Faculty (B2F) Scholar, Tristesse Burton, PhD at 11:30 am and 1:00 pm.
  • 12:00 noon: Odeh Center Dedication Program
    The program will take place in the Atkins Medicinal Plant Garden featuring remarks from UIC leaders, Potawatomi linguist Donald Perrot and Zoë Harris, a UIC public health PhD student who is a citizen of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe.
  • 12:30 pm: Ceremonial Launch of the Odeh Center
    A ribbon cutting ceremony for the center and presentation of the center's beautiful new mural on the 2nd floor of the Library of the Health Sciences (LHS).
  • 1:00 pm: Conversation With the Muralist and Linguist
    Engage in dialogue with the Chicago artist who created the original mural for the Odeh Center and with the Potawatomi linguist who informed the naming of the center, also on the 2nd floor of LHS in the Odeh Center.

The rain date for this event will be Thursday, September 14, 2023.

RSVP below, and learn more about about Health Affairs Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.



Office of the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs

Date posted

Jun 7, 2023

Date updated

Sep 6, 2023