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In partnership with Chicago Public Schools and other school districts the UIC CHANCE Program works collaboratively to host college readiness workshops and professional development seminars aimed to prepare students for the "world of college".


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Meet Your CHANCE Staff


Assistant Director


Kendal Parker Director

As lead Administrator of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s CHANCE Program I continue to be impressed and inspired by the academic performance and leadership demonstrated by CHANCE Scholars. This past year over twenty CHANCE scholars were featured on the Dean’s list, three scholars received the Chancellor’s Student Service and Leadership award, and one scholar attended the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. It is because of these types of achievements that I feel my work is both rewarding and justified.

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Yuji Toefield Assistant Director

It is indeed an honor to serve as the Assistant Director of Educational Outreach for the CHANCE Program. In my (over 10 years) of working in higher education, my expertise lies in the field of College Recruitment and Admissions. I find it a very rewarding experience to tell potential students, “Yes, you have been admitted.” As a product of a “non-traditional” College Admissions Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Campus, I firmly believe that numbers and test scores should not be the sole factors in determining accessibility to college for students.

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Phyllis P. Hayes, PHD Founder

Dr. Phyllis P. Hayes founded the UIC CHANCE Program in 2004. An educator in the Chicagoland area her entire career, Dr. Hayes prides herself with having individuals such as her mentors, Dr. Frances G. Carroll (Former University of Illinois Trustee), and Senator Emil Jones, Jr. (Former President of the Illinois Senate), as the reason for her existence on the UIC Campus. Besides securing funding for the UIC CHANCE Program, in 2004, Dr. Hayes also secured the initial funding for the UIC Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement in 2008. Dr. Phyllis P. Hayes began her teaching career with Chicago Public Schools in 1978 at the age of twenty-one years old.

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Every Student Deserves A CHANCE

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 CHANCE Mission

The Mission of the UIC CHANCE Program is to recruit and retain

academically qualified underrepresented candidates from Chicago and

Suburban communities in need of enrichment and learning skills for

admission to UIC and facilitate access to the necessary activities and

professional services that will enable them to persist and graduate as

well as prepare professionals for the 21st century global economy

Mailing Address:


The CHANCE Program

University of Illinois at Chicago

1200 West Harrison – MC113

Suite #2080

Chicago, IL 60607

Contact Information:


Phone: (312) 355-5025

Fax: (312) 413-4000

Email: chance@uic.edu

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