15 Feb Veronica I. ArreolaDirector
Veronica I. Arreola is the assistant director of the Center for Research on Women and Gender and the director of their Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where she also earned both her degrees. WISE works to increase retention and graduation of women majoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at UIC through a variety of programming which includes peer mentoring, a residence hall initiative, student organization and monthly seminars and workshops. In 2011, WISE was recognized with a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.
Arreola is a respected member of the local and national feminist community having worked with the Chicago Abortion Fund, Women In Media & News, and many others. Her writing has been featured in outlets such as the Christian Science Monitor, Women’s Review of Books, Alternet, and Ms. Magazine. She is a frequent speaker on all things feminist, especially education equity, reproductive justice, feminist parenting and social media. Media appearances include being highlighted in Ms. magazine, WGN-TV, MSNBC, NBC Nightly News, and the Chicago Tribune.
Arreola’s honors include being named UIC Woman of the Year, member of the Chicago Foundation for Women’s Founders Award class, a graduate of the Women’s Media Center’s Progressive Women’s Voices program, a Chicago Foundation for Women’s Impact Award, Latinos in Social Media (LATiSM) Top Bloguera, Leadership Illinois and New Leaders Council 40 under 40 Leadership Award. A die-hard Chicago Cubs fan, Arreola lives on the north side of Chicago with her husband, daughter, and their two dogs. She holds a bachelors degree in Biological Sciences and a masters in Public Administration, both with concentrations in Gender and Women’s Studies.She is working on her Ph.D. in Public Administration with concentrations in public management and gender.