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LARES Student Testimonials

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Gerardo Salinas

I came to UIC in 2016 and faced many challenges as a student- including the barriers that came with being legally blind. Through the support of the LARES program, I was able to face these challenges and can now celebrate my degree. I really encourage anyone facing challenges to come to LARES to get the help that they need. When we have programs like LARES, everything is possible to achieve!

Bachelors of Latin American and Latino Studies

Minor in Political Sciences and Disability Human Development, Class of 2017

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Bachelors of Science Nursing, Class of 2017

LARES has assisted me in achieving my goals by welcoming me into their family and offering me financial assistance and mentorship.

Bachelors of Science Nursing, Class of 2017

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LARES wants me to be successful! For over 40 years, they have been dedicated to advancing the needs of our community. Knowing that there are people at UIC that care about me is truly inspirational.

Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry, Class of 2018