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Global Career Opportunity: Careers at UN and International Organizations

3:00pm - 6:00pm
School of Information Sciences Building Room 126 and 131

We welcome any student who is interested in careers in United Nations organizations or other intergovernmental organizations. Panelists who currently work or previously worked in this field are invited.


Part 1 3:00-5:00pm: Presentations and Panel (@Room 126)
- John Ericson (Chief of Outreach Unit, Office of Human Resource Management at United Nations): Employment Opportunities at UN
- Peride Blind (Governance and Public Administration Officer, Department of Economics and Social Affairs at United Nations): Career Experiences in International Organizations
- Panelists
o Mac Steele (People & Culture Partner at Rotary International)
o Alexandra Lively (UN Delegate at OSMTH)
o Tamar Frolichstein-Appel (Sr. Employment Services Associate at Upwardly Global)
o Ping Li (Former UN Department of Management Intern/ Ph.D student in HRD)
o Lenore Matthew (Consultant at ILO Headquarters /Ph.D student in Social Work )

Part 2 5:00-6:00pm: Resource Tables and Informal Networking with Guests (@Room 131)
- United Nations
- Rotary International
- Upwardly Global
- Peace Corps
- University of Illinois Area Studies Centers


Jamie Tworkowski
One Book One Campus Speaker
November 3, 2016 7pm
I-Rooms, Illini Union

The lecture is free and open to the public
A Reception and book signing will immediately follow the event

In 2006, Jamie Tworkowski wrote "To Write Love On Her Arms," a short story about his friend who was struggling with addiction, depression, and self-harming. The narrative struck a chord with audiences due to its important subject matter and the piece's beauty. In no time, it went viral. That March, he founded the non-profit group of the same name, dedicated to helping those who suffer from the same afflictions. The organization was named "Must-Follow Non-Profit" by Mashable and also was awarded one million from the American Giving Awards. 

Mr. Tworkowski has been featured on NBC Nightly News, CNN, MTV, and by Spin Magazine. To Write Love On Her Arms has the largest non-profit online presence on Facebook and MySpace and has donated more than one million to treatment and recovery organizations.


University YMCA Friday Forum
ON THE ISSUES: Analyzing The 2016 Elections

November 4th 12:00pm
Location: University YMCA in Latzer Hall
Justice Scalia’s Death and What the 2016 Presidential Campaign Means for the Supreme Court
Colleen Connell, Executive Director of ACLU, Illinois

Colleen Connell will discuss the impact of an eight member court and how the court was evenly divided on cases in the 2015-2016 term. Colleen will also talk about SCOTUS decisions on a range of issues including affirmative action, repro rights, rights of public employee unions and voting rights.

Sponsor: University YMCA
Co-sponsors: WGGP and others

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.

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.


The European Union Center at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign is launching its first online journal and will be accepting submissions from faculty and graduate students across disciplines. The EUC Paper Series is an online publication which delves into contemporary and historical European topics from global, transatlantic, and intra-European perspectives. With the purpose of facilitating a dynamic conversation regarding current affairs in Europe and the European Union, this series makes relevant material available and accessible, and concurrently gives scholars and students the opportunity to contribute their research to a receptive and engaged audience.

The EUC Paper Series offers two publication opportunities for scholars of all professional stages. The first initiative, MAEUS Talk, encompasses concise analytical graduate papers reflecting on student research, field experience, policy insights, and current events. The second initiative, Policy Insights, aims to provide academics, practitioners, decision-makers, and general audiences with thought-provoking essays reflecting on ongoing research, policies, and current events.

The MAEUS Talk Paper Series is open to graduate students of all disciplines whose interests ally with current or past policy development, history, theories, etc. in Europe and the European Union.

The Policy Insights Paper Series is soliciting submissions from advanced Ph.D. students and faculty whose research addresses topics including but not limited to:

  •  Policy development, negotiation, revision, or retraction among EU member states
  • Exploration of the relationship between policies at state and national levels
  • Evaluations and critical analyses of current or past European or EU policies

 Papers for consideration should be sent to: by January 9th, 2017.

Information about submission guidelines can be found on the European Union Center’s website:

SPRING 2017 WGGP Courses

WGGP 581 Gender Relations & International Development (64395) credit: 4 hours.

Interdisciplinary seminar examining theoretical and empirical research on gender and the transformation of social and economic structures. Students will develop a comparative perspective on issues of women and public policy by contrasting and comparing such policies in North and South America, Eastern and Western Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Same as GWS 512 and SOCW 581.

Course will be held Thursdays 2:00-4:50pm

For more information about the GRID Course or the GRID Minor, please contact Anita Kaiser at



GLBL 340 Global Health: Policy & Governance credit: 3 hours.
Identifies central and emerging global health issues and analyzes them through the lenses of governance, policy and gender. Focuses on structural, policy, and institutional perspectives on global health, with emphasis on how decisions are influenced and made. Prerequisite: GLBL 240 or consent of instructor.

63807 Lecture-Discussion
A 11:00 AM- 12:15 PM   Tuesday/Thursday                 145 - Armory               Sugrue, N

In this course, we use a set of interdisciplinary readings and discussions to identify central and emerging issues in the study of global health and analyze them through the lenses of governance, policy and gender. We focus on structural, policy, and institutional perspectives on global health, with emphasis on how decisions are influenced and made. Pre-req: GLBL 240 or consent of instructor.

Spring Courses of Interest


Certificate in

Global Health

Joint with WGGP and LAS Global Studies

Certificate Description

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.

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)** Offered Spring 2017

GLBL 440 Global Health Intervention and Evaluation (3)

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