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Welcome to L@S GANAS!

L@s GANAS logo - 3/4 circle with images of gears, neurons, DNA, and sugar molecule with letters LAS GANAS

The word “ganas” in Spanish means “motivation sufficient to act.” Here at L@S GANAS, we strive to support Latinx students in STEM with a great amount of “ganas”, desire, will and effort no matter where the student comes from or where they are going. Because we want the experience of students at UIC to be empowering and rewarding from day one, we offer specific services at different moments of students’ college career. Check out how you can be part of L@S GANAS:

Summer 2022 Heading link

L@s GANAS is operating in a hybrid model for the Summer. We are currently scheduling meetings both virtually and in person, we want to be accommodating to your needs.

Please see the instructions below on how to meet with us:

Transition Coach

Sophia Silva

Mentoring con GANAS and Research Fellows

  • You can schedule a zoom call or in-person meeting with Liz Ramirez via Iadvise or by e-mailing her at


Connecting STEM & Cultural Heritage Dialogue Guide Now Available Heading link

Use this guide to create your own dialogue program and train staff to facilitate and so much more.