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Upcoming Events

CAS Brown Bag: “Mineral Fertilizer Quality: Implications for Markets and Small Farmers in Tanzania”

SpeakerAnna Fairbairn, Agricultural and Consumer Economics, UIUC
Date Oct 10, 2016
Time 12:00 pm  
Location 101 ISB
Cost Free and open to the public.
Sponsor: Center for African Studies
Co-sponsor: WGGP

Retrofitting Totalitarianism in Putin’s Russia
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
600 South Gregory
Urbana (View Map)

Masha Gessen
Journalist and contributor to numerous publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Harper’s and The New York Review of Books

Hosted by: The Program in Jewish Culture & Society/Krouse Family Visiting Scholars in Judaism and Western Culture Fund and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center

In conjunction with: Center for Global Studies, Cline Center for Democracy, Department of Anthropology, Department of English, Department of Gender & Women’s Studies, Department of History, Department of Journalism, Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, Department of Sociology, Hillel, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trangender Resource Center, Program in Comparative & World Literature, Spurlock Museum, Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program

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

Aida Orgocka
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Alumna
GRID Minor, 2002
PhD in Human and Community Development, 2003

Current Position
Project Manager, Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER)
Centre for Refugee Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada

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

I am the Manager of the Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER) project, an initiative of Canadian and Kenyan universities and one Kenyan non-governmental organization to bring university education to refugees and local communities in Dadaab, Kenya. The primary focus of the project is to build/strengthen teaching capacities in the camps through onsite and online university certificate, diploma and degree programs. This is a five year project that started its implementation in 2013 and is funded by Global Affairs Canada. More than 100 students of whom 25% women have graduated with a certificate or diploma in teacher education and many of them start their degree studies this year. All programs are free to refugee and local students who enroll in programs offered by universities in the BHER Consortium: Kenyatta University, Moi University, University of British Columbia and York University.     

In addition, I engage in the evaluation of various development projects and initiatives that focus on gender equality and women’s empowerment with a particular emphasis on gender budgeting, violence against women and women in politics. I have reviewed countries’ compliance to CEDAW and implementation of commitments resulting from the 1995 Beijing Platform of Action. Other recent research has focused on aid, partnerships and civil society.

How has your GRID minor helped you in your career?

I am an alumna of the GRID certificate. The courses I took gave me the theoretical grounding that allowed me to approach critically the gender work I had engaged in in Albania prior to studying at UIUC in 1995. The learnings provided the necessary lens to understand the achievement and challenges associated with applying gender equality both in policy making and implementation. The program brought together peers with a wealth of international experience from whom I learnt a great deal. My interest to work internationally developed partly through the experience of learning and camaraderie that the program offered.

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

What you learn in the GRID courses should be a stepping stone to work in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment. Strive to link to practice what you learn even as you study. Cherish your classmates and the experience they bring – it will make you proud to recollect in the future that you knew each other when you were making sense of it all.  

How can we learn more about your work through social media? (include website or social media if applicable)

BHER project website:

This video describes how the BHER project came into being

This video gives an update on the BHER project

This recent posting on World University News describes our current work and challenges


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.


Graduate Seminar 2nd 8 weeks

Youth and Family Acculturation (HDFS 529), 2nd 8 weeks of Fall 2016
Professor: Gail M. Ferguson, 2015 Christopher Hall,, 217-300-0365
Purpose: More than ever before, 21st Century youth and families are on the move across land and sea. And so are cultural products and ideas, even in the absence of permanent migration, as modern globalization facilitates culturesharing, especially among youth. These new cultural realities mean that acculturation – the processes that follow intercultural contact – is arguably more common and more diversified than ever before, affecting both migrant and non-migrant youth and families. Acculturation involves changes in behaviors, values, and identities, all of which have implications for youth development, family interactions, and parenting, including the negotiation of parent-child acculturation gaps. The purpose of this advanced seminar is to use the published literature to examine the phenomenon of acculturation (with emphasis on the psychological perspective) in youth and families who come about intercultural contact through immigration and through modern globalization avenues. We will also explore the adaptation/well-being of acculturating youth and families globally, including known risk and protective factors.

The editors of Curriculum Inquiry, in collaboration with the guest editors, Brenda N. Sanya, Karishma Desai, Durell M. Callier, and Cameron McCarthy, are seeking manuscripts for a special issue that is scheduled for publication in the Fall of 2017.  “Educative Practices and the Making of (Non) Citizens,” aims to feature the work of established and emerging scholars from a variety of academic fields and disciplines that explore critical approaches to understanding citizenship using a diverse range of methodological and theoretical frameworks. Particularly, we are interested in bringing together critical scholarship on citizenship and education that expands the discourse of citizenship beyond civic participation to examine the interrelationships of categories of difference, questions of the human, educative practices, law and legal definitions, and the performativity of citizenship. For more information, please visit:  

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




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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