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UIC Asian American Resource and Cultural Center Names New Associate Director

Julian Ignacio

The UIC Asian American Resource and Cultural Center (AARCC) welcomes Julian Ignacio (he/any pronouns) as their new associate director for student development and evaluation.

Recently, Ignacio worked as a high school social studies teacher in a predominantly Latine and Black school within Chicago Public Schools (CPS). His classes included U.S. history and a seminar course for freshman and seniors that focuses on identity and career and college development.

Ignacio is an educator and community organizer who focuses on strong community development through robust relationship-building, comprehensive curriculum planning and execution and using data to drive initiatives.

Additionally, Ignacio volunteers for the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) by providing workshops on Filipino culture and history and consulting on accounting. Prior to becoming a teacher, Ignacio worked as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and served on the board of the University of Illinois Asian American Alumni Network and the diversity, equity and inclusion committees for Workiva and Crowe Horwath.

At AARCC, Ignacio will be responsible for spearheading the Asian American Mentor Program (AAMP) and its credit-bearing course GLAS 105: “Asian American Identities, Cultures, and Communities.”