Shake It Up! Today at 3pm + Celebrating Black Histories & Black Futures
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In this issue:

  • WLRC News & Upcoming Events
  • CAN News & Upcoming Events
  • 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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Celebrating Black Histories and Black Futures

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Black History Month Keynote Lecture
Thursday, February 25, 2021
3-5pm CST

In her digital humanities project, “Singing the Nation into Being,” Dr. Sonya Donaldson, Associate Professor of English at New Jersey City University, has created an archive of performances, remixes, and mashups of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Building on this research, Dr. Donaldson will lecture about the ways that Black women's voices have been used in public performances, including this song, to promote a sense of "we-ness" at different moments in U.S. history.
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Speaking/Writing/Being: Centering Black Women's Intellectual Production
Friday, February 26, 2021
12-1:30pm CST

Join us as we create a supportive space for Black women graduate students to share their ideas and projects, engage in interdisciplinary conversations, and build relationships with other Black women students and faculty across UIC. In this first iteration, we'll feature presentations by UIC PhD students Sekordri Ojo (History), Krystal Madden (Learning Sciences), and Priscila Pereira (Mathematics & Science Education), followed by a discussion moderated by Dr. Jaira Harrington (Black Studies) about what it is like to be a Black woman graduate student in their respective fields during these unexpected times.

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Call for Submissions: "Let Our Rejoicing Rise"
Submissions due Tuesday, March 30, 2021

In recognition of how Black women's voice and performance have been important to Black struggle and resistance, we lift up the Black National Anthem "Lift Every Voice and Sing." We invite UIC students to submit a video of themselves performing the song or sharing their earliest memories of it and what it means to them. Videos will be featured on WLRC's website and as part of the "Singing the Nation" digital humanities project led by our Black History Month featured speaker, Dr. Sonya Donaldson of New Jersey City University. 

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Revolutionary Mothering: Laboring for a Just and Loving World
Monday, March 8, 2021
4-6pm CST

Join the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy and partners including WLRC for an event featuring Paula X. Rojas, co-founder of Mama Sana Vibrant Woman, community-organizer, mother, midwife, and social justice trainer at Embody Transformation. Paula will speak about the significance of mothering and care-work to social movements striving to dismantle state violence and build a just and loving world. The event will also honor the often invisible mothering and caretaking labor that has underpinned Chicago-based movements over the last several decades. Honorees will include people who have been mothering within Chicago’s struggles for prison abolition; Palestinian and Arab self-determination; immigrant justice; and American Indian sovereignty.

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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.


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Call for Presenters: Feminisms Lunch Lectures
Proposals due Monday, February 22, 2021

WLRC's Feminisms Lunch Lecture series offers faculty, graduate students, visiting scholars, and activists an opportunity to present their projects, ideas, and works-in-progress on a wide range of topics and engage participants in lively and provocative discussion. For the Spring 2021 semester, WLRC is partnering with Gender and Women’s Studies to invite proposals from UIC graduate students that feature current research, creative, or community projects that engage feminist movements and scholarship. Black and Indigenous students and other students of color in GWS are especially encouraged to submit proposals.

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Call for Applications: Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Program
Applications due February 28, 2021

WLRC is proud to partner again with Chicago Sister Cities International for the annual Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Summit, which provides a globally-immersive experience for leadership development, cross-cultural awareness, and civic exchange while building relationships to last a lifetime. Participants will engage with each other and business and civic leaders via virtual workshops, discussions, and presentations on advocacy, activism, and leadership. This week-long leadership program is open to teenage girls, ages 14-16, from Chicago and its 29 international sister cities.


CAN News & Upcoming Events

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Shake It Up!: Beyond Compliance: Survivor-Centered Advocacy in Praxis
Wed, Feb 17, 2021 - TODAY!
3-4:30pm CST

Join us for the next event in our Shake It Up! series. This event is open to everyone, particularly student organizations and university offices. We will explore the following questions:

  • What does survivor-centered advocacy/practice mean?
  • What does centering survivors' needs and wants entail?
  • How do we go beyond the model of compliance to actively create survivor-centered spaces?
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Friday, February 19, 2021
12-1pm CST
Join us to watch excerpts from the documentary, The Hunting Ground, and discuss issues related to gender-based violence. The Hunting Ground weaves in two courageous survivors who are shining a spotlight on the alarming trend of universities and colleges to downplay and deny sexual assaults on their campuses. As they strike back using an innovative legal strategy, they gain momentum to inspire justice in the process.

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.


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:

African-American Cultural Center

  • Black Table Talk: Works of Nikki Giovanni: Wed, Feb. 17, 12-1pm
  • Arts as Activism: A Conversation with Nikki Giovanni: Tues, Feb. 23, 5-6pm
  • Office Hours: Mon-Thurs, 10am-12pm
  • Open Study Hours: Mon-Thurs, 1-3pm
  • Chill and Spill: Fridays, 10am-12pm
  • AACC Virtual Community

Arab American Cultural Center

  • Yalla Nitkalem (Let's Talk): Wed, Feb. 17, 10-11am
  • Ongoing Support Groups
  • Rooted in Resilience campaign

Asian American Resource and Cultural Center

  • Jackbox Games Hangout: Fri, Feb. 19, 1pm
  • Letters for Black Lives (Japanese): Sat, Feb. 20, 3-4pm
  • Virtual AARCC: Mon-Fri, 10am - 3pm

Disability Cultural Center

  • In Our Own Words: Crip Coffee Break: "Counting as Disabled: It's Complicated": Tues, Feb. 16, 4-5pm
  • Disability Cultural Center Check-Ins: Mon-Fri, 9am - 5pm
  • Study at DCC House: Fridays, 1-3pm

Gender and Sexuality Center

  • ACE Space (Asexual Community Check-in): Thurs, Feb. 18, 1-2pm

Latino Cultural Center

  • RealiTEA Talks: Tips for Working from Home: Tues, Feb. 16, 4:30-5:30pm
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GSC Trans Resource Guide

The Gender and Sexuality Center recently published its Trans Resource Guide to help trans, gender non-conforming, and non-binary folx navigate the UIC campus and surrounding Chicago area resources, both in-person and virtually. Check it out for info on legal and medical services and education, community and wellness, and housing.

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#CountMENAIn Campaign

The Arab American Cultural Center recently launched its #CountMENAIn campaign to create a Middle East and North Africa (MENA) racial category in the University of Illinois system. Despite the diverse and unique background of MENA students, they are currently counted as white. This is an incorrect and harmful categorization that erases the identity of MENA students and restricts resources and funding for their community. Learn more at the link above and sign onto their letter of support!

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UIC AANAPISI, AARCC, and GLAS Student Survey

Starting in the early 1990s, UIC students lobbied for almost 20 years for a cultural center, academic program, and academic support to address the needs of Asian American students. If you are a UIC student, please take a moment to fill out this survey to honor the legacy of student activism that built cultural centers like AARCC and academic programs like GLAS. Your responses will help shape the future of these programs and services and help us advocate for student needs.

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UIC Online Events Accessibility Guide

The Disability Resource Center and the Disability Cultural Center have partnered to create this guide, which offers a consolidated resource for event planners as they facilitate accommodations. It details ways to build accessibility into events of all sizes from the start and covers planning, publicity, responding to access requests, setting up ASL/CART in online platforms, and facilitation.


Campus Opportunities


Black History Month at UIC: Preserve the Culture
Throughout February

UIC welcomes students, faculty, and staff to partake in this year’s virtual recognition of Black History Month, an annual celebration of achievements by Africans and African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of Black people in U.S. history.

Career Launch Initiative (CLI) NEW Career Development and Exploration Program

Tuesdays 2/16-3/16 | 3-4:15 PM CST


This NEW 4 week program is for students and alumni who are undecided about their majors and/or career paths. Participants will complete a YouScience career assessment, learn about their strengths and possible career paths, as well as understand how to make an informed career decision as they start their career journeys.

1st Annual Minority Graduate Student Research Symposium
February 16-17, 2021

The Black Graduate Student Association and SACNAS Grad Chapter would like to announce  a multidisciplinary event featuring presentations and panels from underrepresented students, faculty and staff. Join them as they showcase the work of minority scholars and academics whose work touches underrepresented communities.

Society of Women Engineers General Body Meeting with Sargent and Lundy
Thursday, February 18, 2021 | 5pm CST

Join SWE as they host Sargent and Lundy for a talk with an engineer and a UIC alumna on "lessons learned throughout their career as female engineers."

UIC African American Advisory Council Town Hall
February 20, 2021 | 11am CST

The UIC African American Advisory Council is convening a Town Hall to address continued concerns of Black (African American) UIC students, faculty, and staff. Chancellor Michael Amiridis will open the forum and provide an overview of the efforts that UIC is making to address concerns pertaining to access, equity, and inclusion. Questions must be submitted prior by Feb. 29 to

Black Lives Matter vs. Far Right Extremism: Protests, Movements, and Riots
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 | 5-6:30pm CST

This panel, co-sponsored by Division on People of Color and Crime of the American Society of Criminology and the UIC Jane Addams College of Social Work, will include a discussion with scholars and activists who study, organize, and participate in protests and movements. 

Chicago’s Racial Wealth Gap: Legacies of Racism
February 24, 2021 | 6- 7:30pm CST

Join CUPPA for a presentation and panel discussion of a new IRRPP report Chicago's Racial Wealth Gap: Legacies of the Past, Challenges in the Present, Uncertain Futures documenting how local patterns in racial wealth gaps shape the lives of Chicagoans/

Hilda López-Arce Scholarship For Latinx Undergraduate Students
Submit by February 26, 2021

Each year the Hilda López-Arce Scholarship Selection Committee, in conjunction with the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Latinos and the Latina Network, awards two $500 scholarships to Latinx students who exhibit leadership qualities and who have made contributions to the Latinx community.

Visit UIC's Social Justice Initiative for a virtual tour of celebrated Chicago photographer and conceptual artist Tonika Johnson's exhibit "Belonging: Power, Place, and (Im)Possibilities" at SJI's Chicago Justice Gallery.

Have you experienced sexual misconduct while attending a U.S. college or university? Have you had contact with a Title IX office as a result of this misconduct? If so, we want to hear about your experience in a research interview. Research participation is confidential. 

Research Study: Latina Women and Body Image

Latinxs are a fast-growing ethoracial group in the United States, and Latinas make up a major portion of Latinxs in higher education. Bianca Perez, an MA student in Latin American and Latino Studies, is looking for people who are willing to speak on their thoughts and experiences about topics related to body image, their gender identity, and Latinidad. If you are interested or want more details, please contact Bianca Perez, MA student in Latin American and Latino Studies at


Community Opportunities


The Haves & Have Nots: The Rainbow Coalition & Fred Hampton's Dream
Wed, Feb 17, 2021 | 6:30-9:30pm CST

Join the El Griot & Areito Project for an interactive conversation about what the story of the Young Lords can teach us, with author Johanna Fernández.

Translegal Fireside Chat
Mon, Feb 22, 2021 | 5:30pm CST

Join the Chicago House Associate Board and national legal experts for a conversation on legal issues and challenges facing transgender communities.

Mother Tongue: The Philosophy of Malcolm X
Mon, Feb 22, 2021 | 5:30-7pm CST

Join the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture to explore the influence of Malcolm X's mother's lessons of liberation and resistance and examine his philosophical system with Anna Malaika Tubbs, author of The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation.

We Do This 'Til We Free Us
Tues, Feb 23, 2021 | 5-7pm CST

Join Haymarket Books to celebrate the publication of We Do This 'Til We Free Us with a discussion about prison industrial complex (PIC) abolition, seeking justice beyond the criminal punishment system, and finding hope in collective struggle for abolition, featuring contributors and organizers from the book.

Abolishing Caste: Immigrant Justice, Intersectionality, and Solidarity
Wed, Feb 24, 2021 | 5:30-7:30pm CST

Join NAPAWF-NYC to learn about the caste system, caste oppression, and why caste abolition is important for intersectional AANHPI organizing and solidarity through resources created by Dalit-Bahujan and Muslim activists and creatives.

Southside Summit on Transportation & Environmental Justice
Feb 23-25, 2021

Join the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization for a summit on transportation and environmental justice, including the recent expansion of Trucking, Distribution, and Logistics (TDL) facilities on the Southside.
Abolitionist Social Work: Possibilities, Paradox, and Praxis
Thu, Feb 25, 2021 | 6-7:30pm CST

As demands to defund the police often look to social work as an alternative, panelists Tanisha "Wakumi" Douglas, Mimi Kim, Kirk "Jae" James, and Cameron Rasmussen join Haymarket Books to discuss the cautions of and possibilities for abolitionist social work.


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