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ILT February 2021 Update
 Greetings ILAC Fam!
February was jam-packed with ILAC activities! First off, a special thank you to  Rachel Alvarado, Glorie Borsay, Ana Collazo Martinez, Alfredo Colina, Taha Gesalla, Gwendolynn Fine, Myra James, Andrés Mora Mata, Queenster Nartey, and Raissa Souza for participating in the 2020-'21 IINSPIRE LSAMP Annual Conference! Alumni were actively involved in this year's conference more than ever before. Alumni:
  • Conference Planning Committee Members *Queenster & Myra
  • Wrote the Conference welcome letter *Myra
  • Judged student posters *Taha
  • Presented at Student Opportunities Fair * Rachel, Glorie, Andrés, Queenster, & Raissa
  • Led a student session *All
  • Shared ILAC Announcements *Raissa 
  • Gave Afternoon Keynote *Gwendolynn
  • Presented 2021 ILAC Awards *Queenster
  • Gave ILAC Remarks *Andrés
I truly appreciate these alumni taking time out of their weekend to connect with current IINSPIRE Scholars, you are truly making a difference!

Help me congratulate the 2021 Outstanding Alumni, Andrés Mora Mata! And Congratulations to all of YOU! ILAC received the Stokes Award for Outstanding Service! We are so honored!!

Looking for a way to get involved? ILAC's reinvented Mentoring Program, developed by Raissa VP, is launching in a few days! Make sure to sign up and help spread the word.

If you are an alum who hasn't officially signed up to be an ILAC member OR a graduating senior, please click the "Join ILAC" button below.

I hope everyone had a wonderful February and celebrated Black History Month! Follow ILAC on Social media and share how you celebrated Black History Month.

ILAC President
February 19 & 20, 2021

Conference Archives
ILAC Photos link
2021 ILAC Award Recipients!
The purpose of the 2021 ILAC Awards is to help alleviate financial hardships exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic that IINSPIRE scholars are facing. This year, we were so moved by the vulnerability and transparency of the applicants’ responses that we decided to increase the award amount from $150 per student to $200!!! We could not have done this without the help of ILAC alumni, friends, family, and IINSPIRE campus directors. It's not too late to be an ILAC Sponsor to continue supporting our mission!

Traffic lights, refrigerated trucks, & home security system.
What do these have a common?

They were invented by Black men & women!

Home Security System, Co-Invented by Mary Van Brittan Brown in 1966

"Before security systems became a fixture in homes, an African American nurse Mary Van Brittan Brown, devised an early security unit for her own home. She spent many nights at home alone in Queens, New York while her husband was away, and felt unsafe with high rates of crime in her neighborhood. On top of that, police were unreliable and unresponsive. So she created a device that would help put her mind at ease."

Follow ILAC on social media to view our posts celebrating Black History Month!

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Be a part of ILAC's Reimagined
Mentoring Program!

Matching Day is March 8!!
Sign up Now!


ILAC Mentor Program organized by:
Raissa Souza
Vice President

WELCOME our 2021 ILAC Intern: Briyana Carter!
Senior at University of Northern Iowa
Chemistry major w/ Criminology minor

ILAC Intern is our newest initiative that offers IINSPIRE seniors professional work experiences to bolster independence, teamwork, creativity, and problem-solving skills.
ILAC Intern Program developed by:
Queenster Nartey

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The ILAC Blog is in full swing! Check out Raissa's feature titled "No One Can Take it From You", and Paul's blog feature titled "Resilience".

ILAC Blog managed by:
Rachel Alvarado
Alumni are invited to participate in a virtual interview about their experiences in the IINSPIRE-LSAMP program,  participation in IINSPIRE-LSAMP projects, and how it supported their professional/academic goals. Interviews will take no more than 1 hour and will take place at a day and time that is convenient for you.

To participate in this study, please email IINSPIRE LSAMP Research Team,
Dr. Erin Doran.
We want to use our platform to introduce you to other Alumni, celebrate success, and make meaningful connections via social media. "Meet an Alumni" will appear on LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter, and our Website. Follow us to be tagged!
Managed by:
Andrés Mora Mata
Social Media Chair
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We want to feature you on the official ILAC Website! 
Managed by:
Raissa Souza
Vice President
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Become a monthly ILAC Sponsor! Your donation will directly fund ILAC initiatives like the ILL, Mentoring Program, and more. Thank you in advance for believing in our mission to pay it forward! It truly makes a world of a difference for the students. 
Managed by:
Queenster Nartey
Sponsor ILAC
Become a writer for the ILAC Blog!
ILAC Blog managed by:
Rachel Alvarado
Writer Interest Form
Support current IINSPIRE scholars by meeting the growing need for STEM textbooks and graduate and professional school preparation books. Consider contributing any textbooks or test-preparation books for the GRE, MCAT, DAT, etc.
Managed by:
Glorie Borsay
Contribute to ILL
The LSAMP Alumni Group (LAG) launched in October 2020 as an expansion of ILAC on a national level! Find out ways to be involved on the LAG website. 
The IINSPIRE-LSAMP Alumni Committee (ILAC) unites IINSPIRE alumni to facilitate a successful undergraduate career for current Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) undergraduate students in STEM by providing academic, financial, and professional assistance.

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ILAC President 2020-21

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