History and Mission


Through the history of the UIC campus there has been a need for Latinos to voice areas of concern.
In 1978 the Association of Latino Workers was one of the several groups meeting to address issues of importance to Latinos. In 1982 the vice chancellor for academic affairs appointed several members of these groups along with concerned faculty and staff to a short-lived task force, the Committee on Hispanic Education (CHE). Seeing a need for continued representation, CHE and other Latino organizations eventually united to form the Latino Committee on University Affairs, a volunteer organization that continues today.


In the fall of 1987 the chancellor officially appointed a campus committee to assess the status of Latinos at the University. This committee became known as the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Latinos.

The Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Latinos (CCSL) is an advisory body dedicated to promoting the academic, professional, cultural and social welfare of the Latino community as well as providing leadership on the history, needs and resources of said population at the University of Illinois at Chicago. To do this, the various subcommittees of the CCSL focus on a variety of facets of UIC life such as representation, climate, policies, services, and practices that affect Latino faculty, staff and students. The CCSL makes recommendations to the chancellor addressing these issues as well as developing, initiating and managing programs that further address the comprehensive concerns of the Latino community. The CCSL is enthusiastic about working collaboratively with diverse communities on campus and building relationships with off-campus Latino community organizations in order to help develop and maintain a supportive environment for all members of the university’s diverse population.