Message from the Dean  

Dean Astrida Orle Tantillo

Dear students, faculty, and staff,

LAS is committed to providing our students with a strong liberal arts and sciences education from one of the top research universities in the country and from one of the most diverse campus communities in the nation. At LAS, we celebrate our diverse communities and support diversity in the subjects we teach and the work we pioneer.

I would like to call your attention to UI President Timothy Killeen’s words in reaction to President Trump’s recent Executive Order instituting changes in immigration policy:

"The University of Illinois System is a leader in teaching, discovery and outreach in our state, the nation and the world. Our doors are open and welcoming to talented individuals from around the globe and we pledge to ensure that this openness continues into the future. It is at the heart of our commitment to global access and extraordinary impact...

"We stress that our international community is a vital part of our excellence and reflects our steadfast commitment to diversity, inclusion, global engagement and impact in today’s society."

You may read President Killeen’s full statement at:

I would like to echo President Killeen’s words and reiterate our commitment to an open and diverse academic community. At LAS, we are proud to encourage and champion the individual success stories of our students, faculty, and staff, and we strongly value everyone’s contributions to our community.  

Finally, UIC is home to a wide variety of services to help support our students, and I encourage you to reach out in times of need to the network of resources and support that we provide.   

U and I Care: Providing a network of care for UIC Students! Office of the Dean of Students (312) 996-4857
U and I Care Partners: Listing of cultural, academic, wellness, and other campus programs
Office of International Services (312) 996-3121
Counseling Center (312) 996-3490
Student Legal Services (312) 996-4857
LAS Academic Advising (312) 996-3366  
UIC Student Resources Guide (pdf)

Each day I see how a strong liberal arts education prepares our students to successfully navigate challenges and opportunities and thrive in an ever-changing world. LAS looks forward to continuing to serve our diverse community and advancing our role as a vibrant center of intellectual inquiry and cutting-edge research.

Warm regards,

Astrida Orle Tantillo


In addition to serving as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Astrida Orle Tantillo has served for 15 years as a professor of Germanic studies and history. She previously served as the director of the College’s School of Literatures, Cultural Studies and Linguistics before filling the role of interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Dean Tantillo is an internationally renowned Goethe scholar and former president of the Goethe Society of North America.