Civic Engagment

This project examines the ways in which immigrant-origin youth are contributing to their communities. Utilizing a Participatory Action Research framework, we are gathering data regarding how institutional, local, state and national government can become more responsive to the needs of immigrant-origin students in Illinois. To get involved please contact us!

research Team

Rachel Ongbueco, is an Undergraduate Student at the College of Education, a senior in the Human Development and Learning Program. Her passion is working with youth with a goal is to serve in the Peace Corps and become a primary teacher or youth development worker in the Philippines.

Jose Muratalla is a recent graduate of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. Currently majoring in Biochemistry on the Pre-Med track, with a special interest in social equity and hopes to one day be able to serve his underrepresented community as a culturally competent physician.

Nour Ghalyoun is an English major and a pre-med student. In a past life, Nour could've been an anthropologist, but in this life she hopes to be a part of Doctors Without Borders. She loves going to protests and could spend the rest of her life reading books.

Magda Collazo is an advanced junior in the undergraduate Applied Psychology Program with a minor in Sociology. She is involved in many organizations on campus including the Union for Puerto Rican Students, LARES Leaders, the LAS Dean’s Student Advisory Board, the International Honor Society in Psychology, and the student board for this research project.

Clemencia Garnica-Palao is a senior pursuing a Biological Sciences degree with a minor in Public Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a proud Chicagoan, from the vibrant Pilsen neighborhood. Garnica-Palao’s research interests include the accessibility of Latinos to culturally competent medical care/ primary-care services, and the role that faith-based institutions play as the point of convergence.

Karen Celeste Cruz, is a Mexican American undergraduate student double majoring in Sociology and Latin American and Latino Studies and minoring in Spanish. She is an aspiring poet who engages civically through student ethnic and religious organizations on campus, research collaborations, and her parish. She is devoted to being an advocate for the immigrant community.

Eduardo S. Ruiz is an economics major with a long term goal to obtain a masters degree in economics and to give back to my community. He enjoys photography and film making.