New Student Breakfast

Welcome to UIC

The New Student Breakfast is sponsored by the UIC African American Recruitment, Enrollment, and Retention Initiative (AARERI); a campus committee composed of staff and faculty who are committed to the goal of increasing enrollment, retention and graduation rates of African American students at the University of Illinois at Chicago. We are committed to helping newly admitted students connect to and engage with the campus, and our annual new student breakfast is one such opportunity.

This program provides admitted students and their families opportunity to hear from our faculty and students, and to learn about the many support programs and opportunities available at UIC. Additionally, families will have the option to attend sessions on financial aid, the student experience, academic success and tours of campus and residence halls.

Join us on February 25, 2017, on campus, for a candid conversation about the work we do, the courses we offer, and the services we provide and what you and your student can expect as part of the UIC class of 2021. For more detailed information and to register for the event please visit the application status portal. If you have questions about the event, please call the admissions office at 312.996.4350 or email

Ask a question about your Financial Aid Award Letter

Students who have received their Financial Aid Award Letters are asked to bring a hardcopy of it to the New Student Breakfast. This is asked as a means to make the most of our program by giving insight on what the letter means for each student. For students who have not received their Award Letters, a sample award letter will be presented during the session. In addition, those with general questions regarding affordability and financial aid, which would be later addressed during the event, please forward them to Joe Fields, Co-Chair of AARERI, at

Featured Speakers

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Jeremiah T. Abiade

Jeremiah T. Abiade is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He spent three years as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Virginia Tech. He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida in 2004 and his Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Southern University & A&M College in 1999. During his time at Southern University, Dr. Abiade was also a scholar of the Timbuktu Academy. Generally, his interests are in various areas of thin film deposition, processing, and characterization along with outreach and mentoring the next generation of scientists and engineers. Recently, his research has focused on developing novel hydrophobic materials and understanding magnetism in gold nanoparticles.

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Ashley Y. Stone

A Chicago native, Ashley Yvonne Stone has shaped her life’s work from her experiences living in the city. Growing up in the Bronzeville community, she had a childhood immersed in art and education. In addition, her religious community took her beyond the borders of Bronzeville, and allowed her to develop a global and inclusive perspective.

After graduating from Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, Ms. Stone attended the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). After receiving her BA in Communication, she enrolled into DePaul University’s Master of Arts program for Sociology. In 2011, she graduated from DePaul with Honor’s Distinction for her research on the development of identity in African American fraternities, with a focus on race, hazing, and homophobia. Her unique educational background provided a solid foundation for her future career path.

Ms. Stone’s professional experiences have centered on the empowerment of individuals. Further, she has made it her life’s mission to educate others on the tool necessary to engage in humanism and create a peaceful society. Her background includes designing and facilitating curricula teaching the principles of nonviolence through the arts and spoke word performance. She continues her work of teaching nonviolence, presenting at campuses and community organizations around Chicago.

Today, Ms. Stone serves as an Academic Counselor in the African American Academic Network (AAAN) at UIC. In her role, she advises more than 400 students in the college of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts. In addition to advising, she is the coordinator of the Woman 2 Woman Initiative, coordinator of the AAAN Student Ambassador Initiative, and the Advisor to Students for African American Sisterhood. She serves on various committees, enhancing her professional capacity to effectively serve students as they navigate higher education. As an alumna of UIC, Ms. Stone is honored to be in a place where she can “pay it forward” the next generation of leaders.

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