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February 11, 2023 Heading link

In Solidarity and Strength

The Global Asian Studies Program at the University of Illinois Chicago stands in solidarity with the people affected by the devastating earthquakes that hit Turkey and Syria on February 5.


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January 25, 2023 Heading link

In Remembrance and Solidarity

The UIC Global Asian Studies Program collectively mourns the recent lives lost from gun violence in California and their impact on our communities. We affirm our support to all communities impacted by this violence either directly or indirectly, and especially communities of color who are disproportionately impacted by racial, gendered, and patriarchal violence. Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay have been home to both Asian and Latinx communities. We send our love, strength, and support to all those impacted by this senseless violence.

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November 23, 2022 Heading link

In Remembrance and Solidarity

The Global Asian Studies collectively mourns the lives lost from gun violence at Club Q in Colorado Springs. We affirm our support of LGBTQIA+ communities everywhere and condemn violence stemming from homophobia and transphobia. We especially send our love, strength, and support to the LGBTQIA+ communities at UIC.


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November 7, 2022 Heading link

Affirmative Action is Racial Justice: A Statement of Solidarity from Asian/Asian American Communities at the University of Illinois Chicago

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GLAS Launches the B.A. in Global Asian Studies Heading link

We are delighted to share with all of you the exciting news that the B.A. in Global Asian Studies has been approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education and is now a Major program at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Welcome from the Director, Dr. Anna Guevarra Heading link

Welcome to the Global Asian Studies Program (GLAS) at the University of Illinois at Chicago! We are a vibrant community of award-winning scholars, beloved teachers and mentors, and fearless leaders and activists who seek to advance a critical understanding of contemporary issues through the interdisciplinary study of Asia and transnational Asian diasporas.  Anchored by a social justice framework, the intellectual and curricular vision of GLAS emphasizes:

  • Interdisciplinary and intersectional study of Asian and Asian American histories, culture, and politics, while focusing on Asian diasporas, transnationalism, and globalization.
  • Immigration patterns and historical shifts in U.S. racial formations, including Islamaphobia, new Orientalisms, and anti-Arab/South Asian/Muslim racisms.
  • Transformative, innovative, and critical pedagogies that offer students opportunities to experience learning that takes place in multiple spaces and engages with communities in Chicago and beyond.

GLAS is a proud recipient and beneficiary of four five-year grants totaling $7.1 million dollars (that will span 2010 – 2026) from the Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) program of the U.S. Department of Education. These grants federally designate UIC as a Minority Serving Institution by supporting the recruitment, retention, and graduation of Asian American, Pacific Islander, and English language learner students. The grants have provided a number of curricular and co-curricular initiatives in GLAS including supplemental tutoring, academically integrated mentorship, internship opportunities, and community-engaged curriculum.

The GLAS Spark!

UIC student giving glas testimonial

“Though I might have believed I was investing my time and efforts in the program, as it turned out, the faculty of the program invested manifold more in me. I believe that here at UIC, every department has its gems, but the experiences of those who have come through the program, myself included, have led me to realize that in the GLAS program, UIC has amassed a collection of them. And if this is true for a program in its founding, experimental years, I can scarcely imagine the extent of community-building, achievement, and innovation that the staff and faculty of GLAS will help foster at UIC when it reaches full bloom.”

Elizabeth Chang, 2018 UIC alumna, BS Biological Sciences and GLAS Minor



testimonial by an Asian American uic student

“GLAS cultivates diverse and intergenerational learning spaces that advocate student-led dialogues. GLAS courses challenged my perceptions of myself and society, and the professors advocated for me to be an agent of social change by helping me develop the skills of storytelling, coalition building, engaged listening and reading, and organizing. I feel comfortable sharing my story and identities with others. I am able to connect multiple organizations, artists, faculty, and activists together for a common cause. I have pitched ideas in ways of organizing the Dyke March in Argyle and creating campaigns against Monsanto. With these tools, I am empowered to realize my dreams of cultivating safe and enriching spaces, reflective of the classroom spaces I shared with professors and peers.”

G. Christian Alfaro, 2014 UIC alumna, BA Gender & Women’s Studies and GLAS Minor

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