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Check Out This Months Installment of “Civic Coffee Chats”!

We are so excited for this months installment of our video series Civic Coffee Chats! This series highlights IPCE staff, researchers, and civic friends’ latest thoughts on policy passions, social trends in civic engagement and public policy, learned lessons, best practices, and hobbies. And, of course, how they take their coffee.

This months Civic Coffee Chat features our UPPF Program Coordinator, Gabriela Avila.

Gabriela joined IPCE in February 2019 and is the Program Coordinator for the institute’s leadership development program, the Urban Public Policy Fellowship (UPPF) program. The UPPF program is a leadership development program designed to expose historically underrepresented minority undergraduate students at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) to key public policy issues. The program provides Fellows with seminars covering the areas of public policy-making, advocacy, community development, and service provision, and a valuable internship experience.

Gabriela worked at the Survey Research Laboratory at UIC, where her responsibilities focused on coordinating field data research for both phone and face-to-face studies. She oversaw the data collection and management of field staff in the fields of health, education, and social policy.

Gabriela has a bachelor’s degree in Hispanic Linguistics and a M.Ed. in Urban Higher Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, traveling and spending time with her husband and two young children.

Follow the link below to watch and learn more about our team here at IPCE!