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March 22 ♦ Spring 2021 ♦ View Past Newsletters


WGGP Upcoming Events

Panel on Partner-Seeking, Relationships and Wellbeing Poster 
Panel on Partner-Seeking, Relationships, and Wellbeing

March 24, 2021 12:00pm CST

Panel discussion on partner-seeking, relationships, and wellbeing. Panelists include Professor Ryan Wade (School of Social Work) and Professor Brian Ogolsky (Human Development and Family Studies).

Click here to register for the Panel on Partner-Seeking, Relationships, and Wellbeing
Panel on Gender and Health Poster 
Panel on Gender and Health

April 2, 2021 12:00pm CST

Panel discussion on Gender and Health. Panelists include Rachel Garthe (Assistant Professor, School of Social Work) and Nic Flores (Assistant Professor, Latina/Latino Studies).

Click here to register for the Panel on Gender and Health
Lual Mayen 
Lual Mayen 
Migration and Game Design Keynote Lecture: Lual Mayen

April 8, 2021 4:00pm CST

"From Refugee to Game Developer: Peacemaking through the Art of Gaming"

Lual Mayen is the founder of Junub Games. He has a rich story from growing up as a refugee to becoming a game developer. For 22 of his 24 years of life, Mayen lived in a refugee camp in northern Uganda. A few years back, Mayen saw a laptop computer at a registration station for the refugee camp. He told his mother he wanted one. She saved money for three years to get the $300 to buy it for him. He discovered Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and the joy of playing at an internet cafe. He regularly walked three-hours to get to the internet cafe to charge his computer and play games.

Click here to register for the Migration and Game Design Keynote Lecture
Women at the Frontlines Poster 

Women at the Frontlines Against COVID-19: Leadership from Informal Settlements in South Africa, Iran and Argentina
April 16, 2021 10:00am CST

Representatives from Hoda House & EDF (Iran), La Poderosa (Argentina), and House Assembly (South Africa) will share their experience in times of COVID-19 and how their organizations showed resiliency in dealing with the hardships caused by COVID-19 and supported their community.

Language live interpretation available in Spanish and Farsi

Cosponsored by: Center for African Studies; Center for Global Studies; Center for Latin American and Carribean Studies; Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; Gender and Women's Studies; Illinois Global Institute; Iranian Cultural Association (ICA); Urban and Regional Planning; Women's Resources Center

Click here to register for the Women at the Frontlines Panel
Panel Discussion - "President Biden: First 100 Days" Banner
Panel Discussion - "President Biden: First 100 Days"

April 23, 2021 12:00pm CST via Zoom

The Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program and The Center for Social and Behavioral Science at the University of Illinois, are hosting a panel presentation on “President Biden: First 100 Days”, with a focus on how social issues, particularly those related to women and gender, are developing/progressing.

Click here to register for the Panel Discussion on the President's First 100 Days


Click here for complete list of WGGP Spring 2021 events



WGGP Co-sponsored Events

YMCA Technology and Data for Positive Social Impact Poster. Speaker Dr.Virginia Byrne. 

YMCA Friday Forum Series:
The Digital Mis(shaping) of the World –
Spring 2021
Exploring Equity and Power in Online Learning Environments

Friday, March 26 @ 12:00pm
Online via Zoom

Speaker: Virginia Byrne, Morgan State University

Description: In the midst of an unprecedented pandemic, many of us are using technology more than ever before. The world of technology opens many doors for global connection, but does it also come with consequences? With growing digital interactions, there is a greater need to more deeply understand the intersections between technology and race, class, privacy, education, faith and public health. How these intersections impact our everyday experiences, as well as what might happen within these intersections looking forward, are critical for us to consider. Join us as we take a look into how technology is not only shaping but also misshaping our world.

Co-sponsored by WGGP and others. Click to view upcoming Friday Forum events.

Click to register for YMCA Friday Forum

Webinar ID: 832 8923 8007    |   Passcode: friday

Finding Yingying Film Screening Poster 
Finding Yingying (Virtual Screening + Online Filmmaker Discussion)

Virtual Screening: April 2 - April 9, 2021
Online Filmaker Discussion - April 6, 2021 5:00pm CST

An award winning documentary debut by Chicago-based filmmaker Jiayan Shi, Finding Yingying presents the tragic story of Yingying Zhang, the 26-year-old Chinese student who disappeared from the University of Illinois campus in 2017. In deftly balancing one of the most tragic events to befall Urbana Champaign, this film humanizes Yingying through her own diary reflections and the perspectives of her family and friends. With exclusive access gained by trust, Shi closely follows the family’s journey as they search to unravel the mystery of Yingying’s disappearance and seek justice for their daughter while navigating a strange, foreign country. As an international student, Shi knowingly conveys the universal hopes, dreams and fears of families with loved ones studying abroad.

Click here to register for the Finding Yingying Screening
From Here Poster 
From Here Events - The Global and Its Worlds

April 12-14, 2021

Illinois Global Institute and Humanities Research Institute are proud to sponsor a screening of the documentary film From Here, a hopeful story of four young artists and activists from immigrant families redefining belonging in an era of rising nationalism globally.

Set in Berlin and New York, From Here interweaves the stories of Tania, Miman, Sonny, and Akim—artists and activists raised in the Global North to parents from the Global South. The film accompanies them as they move from their 20’s into their 30’s, facing major turning points: fighting for citizenship, creating a family, surviving violence, and finding creative expression. Beautifully shot over the course of ten years, the film captures their struggle to define belonging for themselves in societies increasingly hostile to their existence.

Click here to for full information on the From Here events

Part of The Global and Its Worlds series, by Illinois Global Institute and Humanities Research Institute. Co-sponsored by Women and Gender in Global Perspectives.


Upcoming Campus Events

Women's Resource Center's Women's History Month Banner
Click to see the full schedule for Women's History Month
Group of people with linked arms. 
Building More Effective Community Partnerships: A Panel Discussion

March 22, 2021, 10:00am CST

Join the Interdiscplinary Health Sciences Institute, the Outreach and Engagement Professionals Network, and others for an informative panel on developing relationships for engaged scholarship and fieldwork. This panel of dynamic community partners, educators, and researchers will discuss how they build mutually beneficial partnerships based on trust and equity. Zoom registration is required.

Click here to register for the Community Engagement Panel
All-Big-Ten International Student Global Film Series Poster 
All-Big-Ten International Student Global Film Series

March 25, 2021 6:00pm CST

The Big Ten Academic Alliance is hosting a free Global Film series starting Thursday, March 25th at 6pm (Champaign-Urbana time). International students and others from the 14 research universities of the Big Ten will watch and discuss He Named Me Malala in celebration of Women’s History Month. 

Click here to register for the International Student Global Film Screening
Spurlock Movie Club Poster 
Graphic by Beth Watkins. Movie stills from 'First They Killed My Father,' 'Kalushi,' and 'Milada' 
Spurlock Movie Club - International Activism in Film: A Thousand Cuts

March 25, 2021, 7:00-8:00pm CST

The Spurlock Movie Club will be hosting a discussion on the film, A Thousand Cuts, as part of our new series, International Activism in Film. The event is held in partnership with the Asian American Cultural Center and will feature Professor Leland Tabares from the Department of Asian American Studies at UIUC. 

A Thousand Cuts potrays an escalating war between the government of the Phillipines and the Phillipini press. The documentary follows Maria Ressa, a renowned journalist, who becomes a top target of President Rodrigo Duterte's crackdown on the news media. The event will take place over Zoom.

Click here to learn more about the Spurlock Movie Club Event

Zoom ID:884 5066 7992 | Passcode: 149538

New Life: New Room Event Poster 
New Life: New Room - Making Homemade Space For/With Black Girls

April 7, 2021 2:30-4:00pm CST

During this talk, Blair Ebony Smith will interactively engage her current exhibition on view at the Krannert Art Museum, Homemade With Love: More Living Room, a multimedia publicly engaged installation exploring Black girls, women and femmes everyday interior life and creativity and what it means to make space for it, specifically in a museum context.

Click here to register for the New Life: New Room Event

#GlobalAndItsWorlds Video Challenge

#GlobalAndItsWorld Video Challenge Poster 
The Global and Its Worlds Video Challenge

In keeping with the 2020–2021 research theme “The Global and Its Worlds,” the Humanities Research Institute (HRI) and Illinois Global Institute (IGI) are inviting students, faculty, and staff to submit short, inspirational videos reflecting on our theme: #GlobalAndItsWorlds. Show us your global world, whether you are currently in Urbana-Champaign, or you are in a place called home. We want to see how our community sees and celebrates our Global Worlds.

Videos can be in several formats—TikTok, YouTube, or directly uploaded to the Illinois Mediaspace. Please watch the informational video announcement here.  You must log on to Illinois Mediaspace once before subscribing to this channel.

Click here for information about The Global and Its Worlds Challenge

Women In History Wednesday

Marianna Tax Choldin 
Marianna Tax Choldin 

Marianna Tax Choldin
began as a professor of Library Administration at the University of Illinois in 1969 and remains an adjunct professor for the School of Information Sciences today. In 1991, she became the founding director of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs. In her time at Illinois, she also served as head of the Slavic and East European Library from 1982-89 and director of the Russian and East European Center from 1987-1989. She was elected president of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS) in 1995 and active in founding the Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE) within the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). In 2009, she won the Pushkin Medal, a prestigious Russian award, for achievements in Russia culture and education. In 2011, Marianna was the recipient of the Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award.

This series is displayed every Wednesday on our website, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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Faculty Affiliate News

Rachel Garthe 
Rachel Garthe 
Faculty Affiliate: Rachel Garthe

WGGP Faculty Affiliate, Rachel Garthe is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work.  She will be presenting on April 2nd on “Victimization, Mental Health and Suicidal Ideation among Transgender and Gender Expansive Youth” as part of the WGGP Panel on Gender and Health.

Click register for the WGGP Panel on Gender and Health


To learn more about becoming a WGGP Faculty Affiliate, please contact WGGP Assistant Director, Anita Kaiser, at arkaiser@illinois.edu or (217) 333-6221.

Click to see more Faculty Affiliates
WGGP Faculty Affiliate Elizabeth Powers featured in Illinois Times article

"Pandemic worsens gendered inequalities in workforce" (Madison Angell, March 11, 2021)

Working mothers are bearing the brunt of the pandemic. They overrepresent front-line workers and are taking on more responsibilities at home. “This could be a ticking time bomb for women in the workforce,” says Elizabeth Powers, a professor of economics at Illinois. “There’s a core of women who have all these home responsibilities that actually keep them out of the labor market.”

Click here to read the Pandemic Worsens Gendered Inequalities in Workforce Article

GRID Student News

Atyeh Ashtari. See Atyeh's GRID Student Profile. 
Atyeh Ashtari 
GRID Student: Atyeh Ashtari

Atyeh Ashtari
is Doctoral Student in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and a GRID Student.  She has co-organized a panel on “Women at the Frontlines against COVID-19: Leadership from Informal Settlements in South Africa, Iran, and Argentina” which will take place on April 16th.

Click here to learn more about the Women at the Frontlines Panel

GRID Alumni Spotlight

Saket Sarraf 
Saket Sarraf 
Alumni Spotlight: Saket Sarraf

Saket Sarraf, GRID Alumni, is the founder and Principal at ps Collective- a platform for research, policy analysis, advocacy and consultancy.  He recently presented at the WGGP Symposium as part of the panel on Gender and the Built Infrastructure.  His talk, “Gender dimensions in climate-related adaptation policies” is available now on Media Space.

Click here and go to 1:00:00 mark in the recording to watch Saket's lecture


Now Available on YouTube: Women@NCSA Let's Talk About Pronouns

Women@NCSA hosted an event in March called Let's Talk About Pronouns featuring a panel discussion that provides insight into the use of pronouns outside of he/him/his and she/her/hers to create a more inclusive environment for transgender and gender-nonconforming students and colleagues. 

For those who were unable to attend or would like to watch it again, the recording of the event is now available for viewing on YouTube.

Click here to watch the Let's Talk About Pronouns Panel
National & International Scholarships Program March Information Sessions

In late March and early April, the National and International Scholarships Program will be hosting information sessions for undergraduate students across colleges and fields to learn about some nationally competitive scholarship opportunities.  We hope you will share this with your students!

Information Sessions for juniors and seniors (students graduating before August 2022) will be held the week of March 22nd.  Information sessions will focus on how to apply for June priority application deadlines, including many scholarships for study or research beginning in the fall of 2022.

Click here to see the National & International Scholarships Calendar
Jennifer Doudna 
Jennifer Doudna 
When You Picture a Scientist, Who Do You See? - A Panel Conversation

Wednesday, March 24 at 3:00pm ET

During this live event, Nobel Prize-winning Dr. Jennifer Doudna (featured in the film Human Nature) and other world-renowned scientists welcome your questions following a candid conversation on advancing diversity and inclusion in STEM.

Inspired by the award-winning documentary Picture a Scientist, our discussion will focus on the experience of each panelist as leaders in their field and what they identify as positive solutions that will allow for continued equity and inclusion within the scientific community and beyond

There will also be discussion on the valuable role that documentary films play, films like Picture a Scientist and Human Nature, in sparking important conversations in education.

Click here to register for the Picture a Scientist Panel Conversation
iSEE Sustainability Internships

Are you an Illinois student interested in promoting sustainability? iSEE has several internships opening up for 2021-22, including one to help develop the next generation of a sustainability training video for the campus (graduate student preferred); multiple positions to support iSEE programs and the campus sustainability mission; and on the Communications team (sophomore or junior preferred).

Applications are due within the next several weeks. 

Click here to view iSEE Internship listings

WGGP Programs

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 and critically evaluate human development issues in research and policy analysis, as well as in daily life. As of 2020, GRID Alumni have come from 35 departments across campus and 50 different countries.

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

Click for more information on the GRID Minor


Poster for Certificate in Global Health. See information page. 
Certificate in Global Health 
Undergraduate Certificate in Global Health
Joint with WGGP and LAS Global Studies

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

Click for more information on Undergraduate Certificate



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