We here on Team QuanTâm are work hard, play hard professionals who are "gritty" and have a true zest for life. We have lots of love for family, friends, our community, and homemade phở— Oh, and foosball too!

“Quan tâm,” in Vietnamese (the roots of founder, Lan Nguyen Chaplin), means to do something with heart and to pay attention to small details.

Pronounced like “Quantum,” the team is also high energy.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by members of QuanTâm do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of UIC or UIC Business. 

Team QuanTâm 2019—Alumni (blue shirts) and Current Students (white shirts) ”Friendship Refreshes the Soul”

Team QuanTâm 2019—Alumni (blue shirts) and Current Students (white shirts)
”Friendship Refreshes the Soul”

OUR STORY (by Tyler Benavides)

WHAT we do: Develop professional skills | Serve our community | Show kindness “just cuz” | Laugh | Love | BBQ | Eat phở | Play Foosball | Roast S’mores (in Professor Chaplin’s fake fireplace at her house)

FOUNDER:  Lan Nguyen Chaplin, Ph.D.

Director of Operations: Dovile Guzauskaite
Chief People Officer: Kim Lazzara
Marketing Crew:
Marketing Manager and Graphic Designer: Stefano Quaranta
   Social Media Manager: Safaa Sarefian
Fundraising Crew: 
   Fundraising Manager: Damon Horn
   Fundraising Specialist: Basil Kawash

MEMBERS:  *Dustin DeMumbrum, *Hubert Deng, *Matt Espinola, *Bobby Grilli, *Saara Hassan, Damon Horn, *Gladstone Hukporti, Karolina Godlewski, *Alan Gomez, Kayla Hyatt, Noemi Ibarra, *Donald LaCombe, *Mel Ladowski, *Jaime Manriquez, *Laura Nicolescu Julian Northcross, *Esteban Paredes, *Samantha Payne, *Allan Rodriguez, *Sierra Saulsberry, *Aasumi Shah, *Katie Sharp, *Crystal Valdovinos, *Brady Zabala | *alumni

Selection Criteria: Authentic | Get Shit Done attitude | Respectful | Professionalism | Resilience | Strong work ethic | Creativity | Time management | Teamwork | Effective communication | Self-motivation | Willingness to embrace failure | Ability to act on feedback | Committed to civic engagement | Competitive | Kind | Fun | Gritty | Spunky | Spunky | and Spunky

Professor Chaplin calls an "Operation" and sends the team on a specific mission: e.g., help the community, self reflection. Here are some operations:
#OperationDunkinDonuts (buy a meal or drink from DD for someone in need)
#OperationSnowAngels (be a kid again and enjoy the simple things in life)
#OperationGratitude (show your gratitude)
#OperationToeWarmers (help someone be a little warmer on a frigid Chicago winter day)
#OperationRAK (random act of kindness)
#OperationIntrospection (Stop and reflect on what makes you happy and what you can do to be even happier)
#OperationGSD (Get Shit Done-be productive!)
#OperationBetterHealth (It’s what it sounds like)

A note from Lan Nguyen Chaplin, Ph.D.:  

WHY QuanTâm

We began our journey together as Team Chaplin. The team was born out of a need to mentor high-performing students who might otherwise not realize their potential if not pushed by a someone to aim higher, think bolder, dare to make mistakes and creatively fix them. I have taught ~ 700 students since arriving at UIC in 2013. I quickly realized that I had some students who didn't see that they weren't being true to themselves and not reaching their potential. I began to host extra office hours with one or two students to discuss professional development and to learn about their interests outside of the classroom. My office hours soon grew into small informal workshops, which then grew into more structured workshops for 20 students at a time. We have raw discussions about how we can grow from our mistakes, how we feel empty when we aren’t doing enough to help others, and how we need help from each other to make it through the day sometimes. Now, I mentor a group of changemakers who are committed to bettering themselves and supporting their team members so that together, they can make the world a better place. Laughing and crying together—that’s just part of being on this team.

I encourage my team to care deeply about self discovery, personal growth, and professional development so they can make the world a better place. In doing so, I present them with various opportunities to step out of their comfort zone--professional development workshops, team building activities, and most importantly, civic engagement. Each time they step out of their comfort zone, I am prepared to work and learn alongside them. My team likes a good challenge and embraces failure. We're a pretty "gritty" bunch!

In May 2018, I decided to rebrand Team Chaplin to give my students ownership over the team. They have developed their own credibility so why stand behind my name? The rebranding was led by Laura Nicolescu (class of 2018) and Stefano Quaranta (class of 2019) Today, we are QuanTâm. Quan tâm in Vietnamese means to do things with heart and to pay attention to small details. We have 13 current students (who have completed a course with me) and 14 alumni on the team, representing a diverse group of thinkers and do-ers, with a lot of spunk and a lot of passion. We have a lot of fun challenging ourselves and supporting each other on this changemaking journey.

I assembled this team to help young individuals grow, but it is they who have helped me grow. I am a better person today because of these young changemakers.