From freelance writing or consulting, to starting your own organization, or launching an innovation in the tech industry, entrepreneurship is an opportunity available to all UChicago students regardless of status, background, or identity, and is at the core of critical inquiry and innovation.
Organized by SSS in collaboration with UChicago Careers in Entrepreneurship, UCGrad, the Polsky Center, and the Rustandy Center.
In this workshop Iliana Perez will provide an overview of how to embark on an entrepreneurship journey and how to turn the ideas and ambitions that may start as theoretical concepts in the classroom into profitable opportunities. Iliana will be available to meet with students individually throughout February 27.
Iliana G. Perez was born in Hidalgo, Mexico and immigrated alongside her mother, father and younger brother to the U.S. at the age of eight. Iliana grew up in Turlock, CA and navigated the educational system as an undocumented student for 18 years until she became a DACA recipient in 2013. Iliana recently finished a M.A. in Economics from Claremont Graduate University and is completing a Ph.D. in Education Policy, Evaluation and Reform. Her research focuses on immigrant entrepreneurs, the occupational and educational attainment of immigrant students, the effects of deportation on the lives of young adults, and economics of immigration.
In her role as Entrepreneurship Ambassador with E4FC, Iliana launched Immigrants Rising, a project that encourages all immigrants regardless of legal status to create their own opportunities, earn a living, and thrive through entrepreneurship. Iliana currently works as a Research Analyst with the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative housed within Stanford Graduate School of Business, researching the state of Latino entrepreneurs in the U.S.