Friday: 30th Anniversary Event: Centering Students in WLRC's History
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In this issue:

  • WLRC News & Upcoming Events
  • CAN News & Upcoming Events
  • WLRC Spotlight: Sounds of Feminism
  • Staying Connected: Updates about COVID-19 and WLRC/CAN
  • CCUSC Events & Resources
  • Campus Opportunities
  • Community Opportunities
  • Connect with us!

WLRC News & Upcoming Events


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Centering Students in WLRC’s History of Care, Community, and Resistance 

Centering Students in WLRC’s History of Care, Community, and Resistance
Celebrating WLRC's 30th Anniversary
Friday, April 9th, 2021 | 1-2:30pm CDT

Since its founding, UIC students have played critical roles in making the Women's Leadership and Resource Center a home for students and survivors, and in advocating for gender equity at UIC and beyond.

We invite you to a virtual panel to hear from graduate students who have worked at the center. They will share their experiences of working, learning, and building community at UIC while advancing the center’s mission.


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Coffee Connect with artOut
Saturday, April 10, 2021 | 12-2pm CDT

Are you interested in coffee art-making or poetry workshops? Why not both?

Come join Coffee Connect, a space where you can create erasure poetry and/or workshop your poem, create coffee watercolors, and connect with other students. Come and chill with your peers while exploring poetry and art through a feminist lens.

Hosted by artOut in partnership with WLRC, the Red Shoes Review, and AsianInk.

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Building Self-Determination: Growing Gardens of Resistance
Saturday, April 10, 2021 | 12-1:30pm CDT

Self determination is an evolving subject matter that involves every community and is grounded in our built and natural environments. Join the UIC Heritage Garden in a conversation around fostering multiple paths to learning, creating, and defining our own narratives of resistance through horticulture, creativity, and activism.

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Write @ WLRC 
Fridays, 10am - 12pm CST
Through April 30, 2021

Can’t find the time or motivation to write? Working on your dissertation/conference paper/creative project? Need some structure, support, and accountability? Join our drop-in virtual write onsite space for graduate students, faculty, and staff! Every Friday through April 30, 2021.



CAN News & Upcoming Events


Alpha Phi Gamma's 6th Annual 'A Sky Full of Stars'
Friday, April 9, 2021 I 7pm CST

The ladies of Alpha Phi Gamma National Sorority, Inc. invite you to our annual philanthropic event to raise awareness of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, how we can help prevent it, and honor those who have been affected.

The evening will consist of a variety of talented performers who support and highlight this cause, as well as two guest speakers, Dr. Ada Cheng from UIC's Women's Leadership and Resource Center, and our sister, Brenda Duong, from Michigan State University.

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Picture A Scientist: Screening & Discussion
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 I 5-6pm CST

Picture a Scientist is a powerful documentary that sheds light on the institutional gender discrimination experienced by women in STEM. Join us for this critical dialogue on gender-based harassment and gender inequity in the sciences.

Please watch the documentary in advance via the UIC library.


Call for Submissions: This is Me! This is Us!

CAN is calling for video submissions to showcase the personal side of UIC's campus. Anyone at UIC can participate! Your video will be posted on the CAN Facebook page and WLRC website and be used to maintain connections with campus partners as well as to show the human side of staff, students, and faculty at UIC. Please record yourself responding to one of the following prompts and briefly introduce yourself (ex: My name is... One mistake I made in college is...)

  • One thing I have learned in life
  • One mistake I made when I was a freshman
  • Something I overcame in college
  • What one or two things have helped me navigate adversity?
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Don't Cancel Your Class! 

Are you thinking about cancelling class or assigning “busy work” because you can’t teach due to personal, family, or work obligations? Don't Cancel Your Class!

Request a presentation from us instead! DCYC! Is for any instructor--tenure-track, adjunct/contingent, graduate teaching assistants--who wants to make alternative arrangements for a class. We offer a variety of topics, including rape culture, consent, dating violence, harassment/stalking, and toxic masculinity. Visit our page for full details and to contact our team.


WLRC Spotlight: Sounds of Feminism


Want to learn more about the kinds of feminist ideas that inspire WLRC's programs?  Every week on WLRC's Instagram and Facebook, we'll be sharing critical feminist conversations and insights on key concepts, ideas, and debates that shape our everyday lives.

Words and ideas matter. So does form. WLRC’s “Sounds of Feminism” is intended to educate, engage, and inspire our UIC community and beyond. How? By featuring critical feminist conversations about history, politics, media, culture and beyond. Whether you are new to feminist struggles and debates, or have weathered all the ups and downs and are still waving your flag, you will find “Sounds of Feminism” useful, provocative, and always loudly pushing for justice.

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Environmental Justice

“The people who are feeling the impact of climate change, first and foremost, are the people who least contribute to climate change. Ninety-nine percent of the time that is either the poorest folks in our world and/or people of color in our world.”

Kim Wasserman, grassroots activist and director of the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization in Chicago, speaks about the importance of social justice movements centering the experiences and needs of those who are most oppressed and offers solutions based on self determination.


Staying Connected: Updates about COVID-19 and WLRC/CAN

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WLRC will be working remotely for the Spring 2021 semester. We can be reached at and will continue to stay connected with you through email and social media.

The Campus Advocacy Network will continue to serve UIC students, faculty, and staff. Our confidential advocate is available for virtual appointments via phone, video conference, online chat, or email. To schedule a meeting or request more information, please email You can also call (312) 413-8206 and leave a voicemail.

More info & resources


CCUSC Events & Resources

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UIC's Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change will all be open and available virtually this semester! Click each center's name below for this week's events, services, and resources (all times CST):

  • African-American Cultural Center
    • Black Table Talk: Wed, Apr 14, 12-1pm
    • Office Hours: Mon-Thu, 10am-12pm
    • Open Study Hours: Mon-Thu, 1-3pm
    • Chill and Spill: Fridays, 10am-12pm
  • Arab American Cultural Center
    • Quarantine Comedy: Fri, Apr 9, 5:30-7pm
    • Yalla Nitkalem (Let's Talk): Wed, Apr 14, 10-11pm
  • Asian American Resource and Cultural Center
    • Study Abroad Pop-up Advising: Fri, Apr 9, 9:30-11:30am
    • Virtual AARCC: Mon-Fri, 10am - 3pm
  • Disability Cultural Center
    • In Our Own Words: Crip Coffee Break: "Doing Doctor's Visits: More to Say": Tues, Apr 13, 4-5pm
    • UIC Disabled Latinx Creative Workshops and Zine: Tues, Apr 13, 5-7pm
    • Disability Cultural Center Check-Ins: Mon-Fri, 9am - 5pm
    • Study at DCC House: Fridays, 1-3pm
  • Gender and Sexuality Center
    • One on One with CAN and GSC: Thurs, Apr 8, 12:30-1pm
    • ACE Space Community Check-in: Thu, Apr 8, 1-2pm
  • Latino Cultural Center
    • Building Self-Determination: Growing Gardens of Resistance: Sat, Apr 10, 12-1:30pm
    • Zona Abierta: Tales from the Barrio and Beyond: Thurs, Apr 15, 3-4pm
Hate has no home here.  Our rich identities would not exist without diverse voices and perspectives. We condemn racism and xenophobia in all forms, including the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes in recent weeks and since the COVID-19 pandemic began.  We stand in solidarity with the Asian and Asian American communities, as well as Pacific Islanders impacted by anti-Asian hate and violence, now and always.  For more resources visit #StopAAPIHate #StopAsianHate 

Hate Has No Home Here

WLRC and CAN condemn the recent racist and xenophobic attacks on Asian Americans, and the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

We know that hate-driven violence against any minoritized group affects all of us, in big and small ways. We want to also name that gender-based violence and targeting of women and LGBT folks is one way that hate crimes manifest.

We stand in solidarity with Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities now and always, and will not allow these or any similar incidents to pit any of our UIC communities against others, whether on campus or in the larger city, state or country.

For more resources, visit


Campus Opportunities



Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Awareness Month Events:

- APIDAAM Kick-off
Thursday, April 8, 2021 | 6-9 PM CDT

- Race in the Time of COVID-19: RJI & APALSA
Friday, April 9, 2021 | 12-2 PM CDT

- Film Screenings: Minari
Friday, April 9 - Sunday, April 11

- Anti-Asian American Bias: What are the issues and how can we work to resolve them
Tuesday, April 13 | 4-5:30 PM CDT

Career Services: Internship Readiness Series:

- Interviewing for Internships
Thursday, April 8 | 4-5 PM CDT

- Graduate School: Should I Wait or Should I Go
Friday, April 9 | 12-1 PM CDT

Career Services: Class of 2021: Career Readiness Series
Tuesdays, 3:00-4:15 PM

- Job Search During a Pandemic and Recession, April 13
- Evaluating a Job Offer, April 20
- Budgeting for Financial Health, April 27

UIC Day of Service
Saturday, April 17, 2021

Student Leadership and Civic Engagement invites UIC students, staff, and faculty to end the semester by giving back to the community, in-person or virtually. Family and friends are welcome to join! Projects are first-come, first-serve, so sign-up now, especially if you have a preference on location.

Disability as Disposability: AIDS, COVID, and the Manufacturing of a Viral Underclass
Wed, April 21, 2021 I 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

When virologists first began looking at SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus, it bore little resemblance to HIV. The two viruses act very differently, transmit differently, and live on different timelines. Yet despite this, in many ways, both affected similar populations. Presenting a chapter from his forthcoming book The Viral Underclass, Northwestern University professor and author Steven W. Thrasher will explore how the two viruses are connected because they affect populations considered disabled and disposable by capital.

Health Ethics Book Club Meeting
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 | 12-1:30pm CT

The final texts of this year's Health Ethics Book club include CN Lester’s Trans Like Me: Conversations for All of Us (2017), with two podcast episodes and an article. While book clubs do not make the change needed, folx attending these sessions have reported making substantive, meaningful changes in their teaching, policymaking, clinical practice, community engagement, and interpersonal relationships.


Chancellor’s FirstGen Flames Abroad Scholarship
Applications Due April 15, 2021

The Chancellor’s FirstGen Flames Abroad Scholarship is designed to award first-year students with high potential, whose parent(s) did not complete a bachelor’s degree, with a scholarship to study abroad.

UIC's Social Justice Initiative’s Pipeline to Justice Scholarship and Mentoring Program
Applications Due April 15, 2021

Apply today for UIC's Social Justice Initiative’s Pipeline to Justice Scholarship and Mentoring Program for UIC Undergraduates and prospective undergraduates. The Pipeline to Justice (P2J) scholarship and mentoring program is designed to support community organizers and activists in completing undergraduate degrees at UIC.


Community Opportunities



Surviving the Mic: Speaking Poetry to Power
Thursday, April 8, 2021 7-9 PM CDT

In honor and recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation and the Guild Literary Complex present a night of poetry and dialogue, centering the voices and lived experiences of survivors of sexual harm. Featuring Anjana Kirti, Cherlnell Lane, Nikki Patin, Jackson Santy, Mojdeh Stoakley, Saunte Harden-Tate, and Ona Wang.

GCWS Graduate Student Conference : Radical Love across Difference
April 9-11, 2021 

Graduate students from the Boston-area Consortium for Graduate Studies in Gender, Culture, Women, and Sexuality (GCWS) present this biannual interdisciplinary conference. This conference seeks to explore the role radical love plays in health crises, climate change, racial justice, migration, economic justice and further social justice movements through community and belonging, pedagogy and literacy, creative expression and storytelling, virtual life and presence, and further fields 

Celebrating Resilience Speaker Series: Brenda Tracy
Thursday, April 15, 2021 | 12pm CDT

Join Resilience for a thought-provoking conversation with survivor, activist, advocate, lobbyist, nurse, and mother Brenda Tracy. Brenda travels the country speaking to university students, athletes and various organizations to raise awareness regarding sexual violence and to share her story of courage, hope, and resilience.

Africa Uprising: Activism and Resistance on the Continent
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 | 2- 3:30pm CDT

Join Haymarket Books for a live conversation with organizers from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Nigeria and Sudan on lessons from their movements and building international solidarity. Across the continent, social movements are rising up and taking to the streets. Organizing against police brutality, militarism, budget and subsidy cuts and for democracy, human rights and liberation, activists are building on a long tradition of struggle to demand change.

Seeing Familiy in Latinx Art: A Conversation with Diana Solís, Nicole Marroquin, and Deanna Ledezma
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 | 6pm CDT

DePaul Art Museum hosts a conversation with Chicago-based artists and arts educators, Diana Solís and Nicole Marroquin, and Deanna Ledezma, a photography studies scholar and writer. Building upon the nonbinary, gender-inclusive term used in the exhibition title, the panel will discuss how Latinx art expands notions of family and kinship.


Asian Ink Creative Collective Summer Mentorship Program
Deadline: Sunday, April 25, 2021

This mentorship is intended to build a stronger network for AAPI creatives in Chicago. Mentees will have an opportunity to work with mentors that are professionals in their field to bridge the gap between students and professionals. Mentees will be paired with a mentor relevant to their career practice. 

Jane Addams Senior Caucus Internship
Deadline: May 1, 2021

This position will be focused on our Healthcare & Economic Justice Campaigns and working with our leaders to build political power for our members, especially in communities of color; specifically working with the Care Collective campaign that is organizing with seniors to fight for a systematic shift away from institutional care towards community centered care.


Connect with us!

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Have you checked out our websites (WLRC and CAN)? We add lots of useful content throughout the year, so be sure to bookmark both!

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We post regularly on WLRC's Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter and on CAN's Facebook.


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