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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016, 11:30am-1:00pm

"Still Too Slow: The Advancement of Women" (a brownbag with Virginia Valian)

Dr. Virginia Valian
Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Hunter College

Location: Illini Union Room 314A
Sponsor: Gender Equity Council

Women in academia earn less than men and are promoted more slowly. Women are also underrepresented among invited speakers at conferences and among award winners. Join at a brownbag luncheon as she explains why this happens and suggest remedies.



September 12, 2016, 3pm

Larry Neal Prize for Excellence in EU Scholarship Lecture“From Single Markets to Transatlantic Markets: Lessons from the United States for Europe”

Speaker: Michelle Egan
Professor, School of International Service at American University

Location:  Illini Union, Ballroom on 2nd Floor

Sponsor: European Union Center

Co-sponsors: WGGP and others


September 14, 2016, 4-5pm

WGGP Fall Reception

Location:  101 International Studies Building

Sponsor: WGGP

RSVP Appreciated by September 8, 2016 at or email


September 23, 2016, 4pm

“Feminist Politics to Family Politics?: Childcare Policy Debates in South Korea”

Speaker: Seung-kyung Kim
Professor and Director of Institute for Korean Studies, Indiana University Bloomington

Location:  101 International Studies Building

Sponsor: Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies
Co-sponsor: WGGP


September 26-27, 2016

Conference on “Immigration, Migration, Refugees, and the 2016 Election”

Location:  ACES Library, Heritage Room, 1101 S. Goodwin

Sponsors: WGGP, Department of Sociology, and School of Social Work

Co-sponsors: Center for Business and Public Policy; Center for Global Studies; College of Law; College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Department of Economics; Department of Latina/o Studies ; Department of Political Science; Program in Law and Philosophy; Program in Modern Greek Studies; Division of Student Affairs; Asian American Cultural Center; African American Cultural Center; La Casa Cultural Latina; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center; Native American House; Diversity Education and Social Justice Program; Women’s Resources Center; and Illiniois Inequality Initiative

Complete conference schedule available at



September 26, 2016, 5:30pm

Dying to Get In!
A Discussion about immigration, its paradigms, and how the political environment shifts the dynamic of the conversation.

Film Screening followed by panel discussion

Moderator, Dr. Gioconda Guerra Perez, Director of La Casa Cultural Latina

Cristina Lucio, Senior, Anthropology, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
Melissa Roman, Graduate Student, School of Social Work- University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
Anacecilia Luna, Alum, Undocu/DACA Ally Training Leader- University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

Location:  1000 Lincoln Hall

Sponsors: WGGP, Department of Sociology, and School of Social Work

Co-sponsors: Center for Business and Public Policy; Center for Global Studies; College of Law; College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Department of Economics; Department of Latina/o Studies ; Department of Political Science; Program in Law and Philosophy; Program in Modern Greek Studies; Division of Student Affairs; Asian American Cultural Center; African American Cultural Center; La Casa Cultural Latina; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center; Native American House; Diversity Education and Social Justice Program; Women’s Resources Center; and Illiniois Inequality Initiative

WGGP is happy to co-sponsor the following events hosted by the University YMCA.

"On The Issues: Analyzing the 2016 Elections." This semester's free, public lectures will feature expert views on vital policy questions and shed light on local, state, and national races as they unfold.

Join us for the first Friday Forum of the semester on September 9! View the full schedule on the Y's Friday Forum page at:

All Friday Forums are on Fridays at 12 Noon in Latzer Hall of the University YMCA during the fall and spring semesters unless otherwise noted. 

WGGP Alumni Spotlight Series

Laura Ripani
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Alumna
GRID Minor, 2003
PhD in Economics, 2004

What is the focus of your current work and/or subject of your current research?

I am currently a Lead Economist at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), in Washington DC.  With a history dating back to 1959, today the IDB is the leading source of development financing for Latin America and the Caribbean. We provide loans, grants, and technical assistance; and we conduct extensive research. I specialize in the area of labor markets, with special interest in improving labor markets opportunities for youth and studying the link between social protection programs and labor market outcomes.

How has your GRID minor helped you in your career?

My GRID minor was fundamental to have an expertise on gender issues that I found valuable in several ways. The first one was that my first job, after finishing my PhD in Economics at the University of Illinois, was at the World Bank in the Poverty and Gender Group of Latin America and the Caribbean Region. This particular group was very interested in someone that could combine knowledge about poverty and labor markets with expertise on  gender. Later on in my career, the minor was an excellent base to mainstream gender issues in all the projects that I have worked on, in countries as different as Argentina, Nicaragua, Honduras, Brazil, the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic, among others.

Do you have any advice or suggestions for current GRID Students?

I would say that they should take advantage of the GRID minor to work with sensitivity to gender issues, during their whole career. They should also use the minor as an excellent selling point to potential employers interested in personnel who understand gender issues.

How can we learn more about your work through social media?

IDB website:,2967.html

Video about one of the projects I worked with for ten years:,2173.html?videoID=9427&videoTitle=Youth-and-Employment#.V8CLsPkrLGg

One of the projects that I worked on in the last two years:


WGGP Gender Relations in International Development Graduate Minor

WGGP offers a graduate minor in Gender Relations in International Development (GRID). The GRID interdisciplinary minor is designed to give students the analytical and empirical skills needed to address global human security and gender equity issues in research and policy analysis, as well as daily life. In this age of global economic transformation, it is especially necessary for researchers and practitioners to examine who gains and who loses from new policies, to assess the disparities in the impacts of reforms on women, men, and children, and to study the successful strategies and policies that appear.

To learn more about the GRID minor, please contact Anita Kaiser at or by phone at 333-6221.


Library Services for Fall 2016

Attention Faculty Members:

This is a friendly reminder about the fabulous resources that the University of Illinois Library provides, and about the services I can offer.

I can help with any and all of the following:

*  Orientation to library resources for students in your classes. I can come for 5 minutes to introduce myself; meet with your class during a regular session; create an online guide for the class.  Please feel free to put my contact information in your syllabi   333-7998  100 Main Library

* Consultation to support your research and teaching needs

*  Purchasing resources for the collections

*  Individual assistance to your undergraduate and graduate students

Let me know if you have any questions.

Cindy Ingold
Gender Studies and Multicultural Services Librarian
Social Sciences, Health and Education Library
100 Main Library



Illinois International Conference and Travel Grants Available

Illinois International Programs (IIP) is happy to announce the call for proposals for the IIP International Grants Program.  As you may know, each year Illinois International Programs has a limited amount of money to sponsor international conferences on the Champaign-Urbana campus as well as international research travel by Illinois faculty.  You can find out all the pertinent details and requirements at the websites listed below:

IIP International Conference Grants

IIP International Research Travel Grants

I encourage you to forward this message to any colleagues or departments you think would be interested in pursuing these opportunities.  The deadline for proposals this year is November 4, 2016.  Proposals should be submitted electronically at (travel) and (conference).

Any questions can be directed to Julie Misa at 333-9192 or



Graduate Program Coordinator
Global Institute for Secondary Educators
Graduate Assistantship 25%, 9-months
1 position available

The Global Institute for Secondary Educators, a Department of State Study of the United States Institute at the University of Illinois, is an intensive six-week program that brings 20 secondary teachers from 20 nations for an interdisciplinary examination of American culture, history, and society. The groups engage in lectures and pedagogy workshops, panels, and discussions with educators, government officials, and community residents; go on local site visits; and have sustained engagement with the host community. The Global Institute also goes on study tours to Washington D.C., Texas, and New York to introduce participants to the cultural and geographic diversity of the U.S. For more information on previous Global Institutes please visit:

Global Institute GA:  Fall 2016 semester, with additional Spring 2017 semester possible pending job performance. This position may be extended to the summer as a graduate hourly classification with the actual institute, also depending on job performance.

Hours: 25%, 10 hours per week

Duties:  The Global Institute GA will work under the direction of the Institute Director, and will assist with administrative and logistical planning for the next Institute to be held in the summer of 2017. Tasks include document review and editing, travel planning, assisting in the preparation of option year proposals, speaker recruitment and scheduling, event planning and coordination, making community and cultural site visit preparations, website update and maintenance, and management of social media and publicity.


Above all the ideal candidate works quickly and accurately, always meets deadlines, takes initiative, closely follows instructions, does not require much supervision, and has a keen attention to detail.

•       Doctoral student in good standing
•       The ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
•       Ability to work in a team environment
•       Ability to work quickly and with attention to detail
•       Flexibility and willingness to perform a wide range of tasks
•       Experience working with people from other cultures/countries
•       Demonstrated dependability, initiative, maturity, and professionalism at all times

•       Experience working on a Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Study of the U.S. (SUSI) institute or similar ECA program.(highly preferred)
•       Current enrollment in a CoE or Agriculture Education doctoral program, enrollment in Foreign Language Education Program, research and/or work in global studies, in-service or pre-service teacher, graduate work in Global Studies in Education, Fellow in the graduate level Civic Leadership Program
•       Completion of a student-teaching practicum
•       Experience working with K-12 educators and/or as an educator
•       Familiarity with Word Press (, web site maintenance, Facebook, and other social media.
•       Travel experience (preferably international)
•       Interest in international education, American Studies, social studies, foreign language education, cultural studies, leadership studies, public management, civics education, community organization

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for two professional/academic references by Monday, September 12, 2016 to

Terri Gitler
Center for African Studies
210 International Studies Building
Champaign, IL  61820
217-265- 5016

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis with some interviews conducted before the close date. No hires will be made until after the application period ends and all applications have been reviewed and considered.



Certificate in

Global Health

Joint with WGGP and LAS Global Studies

GLBL 340 (CRN #63807): Global Health Policy and Governance will be offered Spring 2016 (You may take this course out of sequence).

GLBL 240 and GLBL 440 will both be offered Fall 2016

Certificate Description

LAS Global Studies, in conjunction with Women and Gender in Global Perspectives (WGGP) is offering a Certificate in Global Health beginning Fall 2015. This certificate is open to all undergraduate majors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The Certificate in Global Health will prepare students to engage with issues and problems in global health policy, access, and delivery.

Students will gain fundamental knowledge, critical perspectives, and skills from a range of disciplines in order to understand the complex relationships between health and economic development, local, national, and global institutions, social and cultural norms, environmental sustainability, and the needs of marginalized populations.

This course of study emphasizes:

  • Global health theory and practice
  • Interconnections of poverty, human rights, resources, disasters, migration, displacement, gender, barriers to access and other pressing worldwide issues in Global Helath
  • Interdisciplinary course content including core social science disciplines in the liberal arts such as Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, and Sociology among others

The Certificate in Global Health affords students a credential that demonstrates their competency in interdisciplinary approaches to contemporary global health. Such skills are valued by a range of organizations including governmental and non-governmental organizations, consulting firms, philanthropic organizations, social enterprises, private sector firms, and educational institutions. The core sequence of GLBL courses also provides a meaningful avenue for pre-health students to meet medical school application requirements of social science coursework that demonstrates competencies within a single discipline and at the advanced level.

Students must complete 15 hours of course work that includes three Global Studies courses (listed below) focused on Global Health:

GLBL 240 Global Health (3)

GLBL 340 Global Health Policy (3)

GLBL 440 Global Health Intervention and Evaluation (3)

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