2023 ISPP Scholar Patrobas with Illinois Lieutenant Governor, Juliana Stratton

As an ISPP Scholar, Sirabo Patrobas Wafula is appointed with the Illinois Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Juliana Stratton. His work is significant as he focuses on agricultural equity and food insecurity, and educational equity. Patrobas shared some thoughts with me about the ISP program, and his work so far.

Why did you apply for the Illini Science Policy Program?

2023 ISPP Scholar Olwakemi Adeyemi sits at his desk

As an ISPP Scholar, Oluwakemi Adeyemi is appointed with the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus/ Black Caucus Foundation. His work is significant as he investigates reproductive and voting rights for Black communities to help inform policy in these areas. He is also exploring barriers to the health and well being of youth, especially those in underserved and underrepresented Chicago communities, to enhance policy and resources for youth and communities.

2023 ISPP Scholar Liz Gutierrez with Executive Director Alvarez and Lt. Gov Stratton and staff member

As an ISPP Scholar, Elizabeth Gutierrez is appointed with the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus/Latino Caucus Foundation. Her work is significant in helping to build out a new vision for the ILLCF to better meet the needs of Latino communities in Illinois by helping to better understand what are the priority needs of various neighborhoods, and what policies may be best considered by legislators as they relate to underrepresented and underserved communities.

2022 ISPP Scholars stand with President Killeen, College of ACES Admin and PepisCo Director of Gov Affairs, Armando Saleh

If only the days on the calendar slowed to match my to-do list, more blogs would be written, more work would get done. But here we are and it’s December already, and I am just getting back to blogging.

ISP Scholar Monserrat Carrillo-Rodriquez

As an ISP Scholar, Monserrat Carrillo-Rodriguez is appointed with the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus/Latino Caucus Foundation. Her work is significant in targeting food security through access to healthy cultural fruits and vegetables for community wellness through workshops and urban farming and greenhouses in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. Monserrat shared some thoughts with me about the ISP program, and her work so far.

Why did you apply for the Illini Science Policy Program?

Skye Lewis ISP Scholar and Tiffany HighTower Executive Director ILBC

As an ISP Scholar, Skye Lewis is appointed with the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus/Black Caucus Foundation. Her work is significant in looking at culturally responsive healthcare for underserved communities in Illinois and enhancing her own knowledge and expertise so that she is a better steward for Black and Brown communities. Skye shared some thoughts with me about the ISP program, and her work so far.

Why did you apply for the Illini Science Policy Program?

ISP Scholar Susan Ogwal in front of tractor at farm progress show

As an ISP Scholar, Susan Ogwal is appointed with the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Juliana Stratton. Her work is significant in amplifying the voices that are most challenged by food insecurities around our state.. Susan shared some thoughts with me about the ISP program, and her work so far.

ISP Fellow Ruth Adekale

As an ISP Fellow Ruth Adekale works with Rep. Camille Lilly and the Illinois Black Caucus Foundation to look at the way public policies relate to health care issues and their impact on underserved Black communities in the Chicagoland area. Ruth's appointment is funded in part by PepisCo and the Office of Government Relations

Ana Paula with the Senator Omar Aquino, Ivan Gonzales his staff and Dr. Layla Suleiman. Also, the founder of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center in Humboldt Park and his staff. 

Above Photo: Ana Paula with the Senator Omar Aquino, Ivan Gonzales, his staff and Dr. Layla Suleiman. Also, the founder of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center in Humboldt Park and his staff.