IMPACT

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Mission Statement

IMPACT facilitates the academic and cultural transition of incoming international Ph.D. students by providing a framework for positive relationships within the University community. Through this one year program, mentors provide comprehensive support in order to ease the adjustment period and improve students' experiences in the US and at the University.

IMPACT provides a structure that assists students in the five stages of their experience as an international student: pre-arrival, arrival, continued attendance, pre-departure, and post-departure. IMPACT will focus on the first three stages of their experience.

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For Mentors

For Mentees

2015-2016 Events

Welcome Event

Fall fun with IMPACT! Mentors and Mentees meet in the McCormick Tribune Lounge to enjoy fall treats, play games, and mingle with fellow IMPACT members. Activities include bingo and decorating pumpkins.  IMPACT mentors and mentees are asked to purchase a free ticket through EventBrite.  Please email oiaimpact@uchicago.edu if you have troubles ordering a ticket.

  • Date: Thu, Oct 29
  • Time: 6-8 PM

Mentor Meet-Up

This is an opportunity for IMPACT mentors to meet. In this casual meeting we plan for mentors to discuss how his/her mentee relationships, share positive and/or challenging stories, exchange resources, preparing for the holidays and breaks, the next IMPACT event, and simply just meet and greet!
Light refreshments will be served.

  • Date:  November/December

Mid-Year Event

IMPACT Scavenger Hunt! Mentors and mentees will roam the city of Chicago to complete a Scavenger Hunt. The Hunt will end at Gino’s East Pizzeria for Chicago’s famous deep dish pizza. The winner of the Scavenger Hunt will recieve a good prize!

  • Date: March 2016

End of Year Appreciation Event

An evening to recap the year’s activities, to appreciate the dedication of the each mentor, and to congratulate each mentee to a successful start at UChicago.

  •  Date: May 2016

2014-2015 Events

Welcome Event

IMPACT Scavenger Hunt! Mentors and mentees will roam the city of Chicago to complete a Scavenger Hunt. The Hunt will end at Gino’s East Pizzeria for Chicago’s famous deep dish pizza. The winner of the Scavenger Hunt will recieve a good prize!

  • Date: Thu, Sep 25
  • Time: 4 PM
  • Meeting Location: Main Entrance of Gleacher Center

Mentor Meet-Up

This is an opportunity for IMPACT mentors to meet. In this casual meeting we plan for mentors to discuss how his/her mentee relationships, share positive and/or challenging stories, exchange resources, preparing for the holidays and breaks, the next IMPACT event, and simply just meet and greet!
Light refreshments will be served.

  • Date: Wed, Nov 19
  • Time: 5 PM
  • Location: 5710 S. Woodlawn Avenue,  Amandla Lounge (third floor)

Mid-Year Event

The Mid-Year Event is usually a social event, depending on the preferences of mentors and mentees. Last year we went to the Adler Planetarium.

  • Date: Thu, Feb 19
  • Time: 5 PM
  • Location:  Dave and Busters (downtown Chicago)

End of Year Appreciation Event

An evening to recap the year’s activities, to appreciate the dedication of the each mentor, and to congratulate each mentee to a successful start at UChicago.

  • Save the date! Thu, May 14, 5 PM
  • Location: Ida Noyes Hall, Library/ Lounge

Past Events