June Alumni Newsletter
Alumni on the Front Lines
We would like to invite you to participate in our IMSA Alumni Photo Series where we plan to highlight and feature our alumni who are serving on the front lines during this COVID-19 global health crisis. Simply
submit a photo of yourself or another alum serving on the front lines to alumni@imsa.edu . We would like to highlight you and share your story with the IMSA community and beyond.

Be sure to include your graduation year and current occupation.
Alumni Spotlight - Michael Damian Thomas '92
If you would like to be featured in our Alumni Spotlight, please fill out this form .
Faculty Spotlight - Paavo Husen
We had the opportunity to catch up with Paavo Husen, soon to be retired Russian Faculty member at IMSA.

Alumni News and Announcements
We invite all alumni to submit any news and announcements such as baby births, engagements, weddings, graduation, or events you would like us to share to alumni@imsa.edu.
High Achieving African American Students and the College Choice Process: Applying Critical Race Theory

Dr. Thandeka Chapman '89, Associate Professor in the Department of Education Studies at the University of California, San Diego, released her new book. The authors' royalties go to the United Negro College Fund.


" This book is my love song to Black families and communities about who we are and how we do the dang thang- yesterday, today, tomorrow ."
Ankur Shah '94
Thank you to Ankur Shah '94 for his work on the front lines in leading the development of the Panther Fusion SARS-CoV-2 assay for Hologic, Inc. with over a million assays already out.
Courageous Conversation: The Impact of COVID-19 on Black and Latinx Communities

Thank you to Dr. Twyla Blackmond Larnell '02 (Assistant Professor, American Politics at Loyola University), Dr. Ayoldele Gomih '03 (Epidemiologist, Multi-passionate Artist/Activist), and Itzel Lopez '13 (Medical Student, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine) for giving back and serving as expert panelists for our students to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on Black and Latinx communities. IMSA partnered with RUSH and MATTER to put on the program, bringing together over 45 participants, including current IMSA and CPS students, for this relevant conversation. Participating students were also presented with an Equity Health Challenge to come up with innovative solutions to the problems discussed.
Casa de Alma
Thank you to Louise Lima '19 and Rafael Gonzalez '11 for helping make Casa de Alma a special show. With the help of ISP and their advisor, Kevin Broy, our students were able to put on a memorable cultural show from a distance. Bravo and well done! If you did not have an opportunity to catch the show, you can view it here.
Regional Meet and Greet
Alumni from the California and New York regions each participated in a virtual Meet and Greet. They had an opportunity to connect with each other and reflect on their IMSA experience. Special guest, Levi Raskin '20 joined both groups to discuss his current efforts during this COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you to Sangeeth Peruri '93 for hosting the California event. In addition, thank you to Matt Unterman '93 for hosting the New York event.
STEP Program
Thank you to Kanika Leang '19, Jason Barraza '17, Andrew Adams '16, Eden Maxey '19, and Britney Scott '15 for giving back and serving on our STEP program alumni panel. Our young alumni provided insight into the overall college experience for our current IMSA seniors to reduce any uncertainties related to college.
Kendell Byrd '13
Thank you to Kendell Byrd '13 for visiting Ms. Shirley’s '00 CSI class through Zoom to discuss her journey at IMSA and where she is today in her career. Having worked at Facebook, BuzzFeed, and now Dreamworks, Kendell has utilized her experiences at IMSA along with her education in CS to accomplish many things. One of Kendall's takeaways from her IMSA experience included:

“The struggles I experienced do not define me but the way I respond to them does.” 
“I’m always forever grateful for IMSA.” 


IMSA LEAD Facilitator Alumni

This summer's Student Leadership Development (SLD) week will be from Sunday, July 19 until Friday, July 24. It is still unclear if this event will be held on campus or virtually. However, there will be a night where the team would like to invite any past facilitators to meet the team, learn where the program is headed, and hear about your past LEAD experience. If you are interested in more details, please contact the program advisor, Andrea Stuiber at astuiber@imsa.edu .
IMSA Internship Program

Would you or your business be interested in hosting an IMSA student or team of remote/virtual internships this summer? The IMSA Internship Program is seeking opportunities for our talented students to continue their learning and growth around a variety of projects during summer 2020. Your business can offer a meaningful opportunity. As a Business Mentor, you are providing youth empowerment during a difficult and uncertain period.

Our program requires no financial obligation from your business. Our summer cohort begins in June - August and our students are eager to enhance and grow their skills in the following areas:

  • Content Management & Digital Marketing
  • Data Analytics
  • Software Development
  • UX/UI and graphic design
  • Miscellaneous (finance/research, etc).

If you or your company has a short term opportunity, perhaps a low hanging fruit that can be managed by one or more of our gifted and talented future innovators and entrepreneurs, please register your opportunity.

Global Talent Mentoring
IMSA Emergency Student Relief Fund
A major gift from alumni couple, Sam Yagan ’95 and Jessica Droste Yagan ’95, has pushed the Student Emergency Relief Fund closer to its $110,000 goal.  In all, 34 alumni have made a gift to the emergency relief fund.  The IMSA Alumni Association announced that it will donate $2,500 if the number reaches 50 and another $2,500 if the number of alumni who give to the relief fund tops 100.  To learn more about how to help IMSA student families who are struggling with essential expenses, as well as access to technology for remote learning during this unprecedented pandemic, click  here.

With this fund, we hope to provide financial assistance to our community’s low income students for essential expenses, as well as access to technology for remote learning. Our goal is to ensure that every student in our community can continue to experience IMSA’s robust educational program from home, regardless of their financial situation.

Please join us by visiting IMSA’s Emergency Student Relief Fund to learn more and to make your donation now. You can also send a check payable to the “IMSA Fund for Advancement of Education” and indicate "Emergency Relief Fund" in the memo line.

If you would like to discuss how you can help IMSA students during this difficult time, please reach out to me directly at mhaney@imsa.edu .
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