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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-prepared professionals for the 21st century global economy.


Meet Your CHANCE Staff



Assistant Director

Phyllis P. Hayes, EdD 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 ....

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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.

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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 .......

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Academic Coordinator

Education Retention Specialist

Academic Skills Specialist

Academic Advisor

Khalilah Young

As Academic Coordinator for the CHANCE Program, I have the opportunity to engage with each and every CHANCE Student who participates in our program. It is indeed an honor to meet and greet each student as I assist them with their personal goals.

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Alicia Sanchez

I serve as the Education Retention Specialist for the CHANCE Program. I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and I simply love the city where I reside. I am a proud “Red Bird” who attended Illinois State University where I received both my Baccalaureate and Masters degrees in Social Work.

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Reina M. Salcedo, M.Ed.

Reina Salcedo serves as the Academic Skills Specialist and works directly with our UIC students in assisting them in achieving their personal, academic, and professional goals....

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Marisol Campos

I serve as the Academic Advisor for the UIC CHANCE Program. I am a proud alumna of the University of Illinois at Chicago where I received my Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Communication...

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Mailing Address:


The CHANCE Program

University of Illinois at Chicago

1200 West Harrison – MC113

Suite #2560

Chicago, IL 60607

Contact Information:


Phone: (312) 355-5025

Fax: (312) 413-4000

Email: chance@uic.edu

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