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Why Celebrate?

There is so much that threatens to send us—individually and collectively—off course, to exhaust us, and to make us want to give up, lay down, watch too much Schitt’s Creek or Lovecraft Country or Borgen, and accept that we are powerless to make any of the changes necessary that will make all our lives better. At, least, that’s how I’m feeling right now.

But in the midst of all of the public health and political chaos of the day, there’s actually a lot to celebrate right here at UIC. For one thing, the Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change (CCUSC) have built spaces that offer joy, connection, empathy, and collective care, and are being tended carefully and deliberately. Check out the CCUSC calendar to see how we are making room for all of who you are.

WLRC may not be able to offer our lovely physical space at the Taylor Street Building to drop in, see people from the other side of campus, or engage in discussion. But, like all the Cultural Centers, we have embraced new ways of engaging with the broader UIC community. Our virtual programming and resources provided through the ubiquitous Zoom, our website, and social media platforms give you many opportunities to connect and counter the Zoom fatigue produced by of classes and lectures.

In this moment of social distancing, we continue to use conversation to bring people together to learn and dialogue about how we can create a campus and a world that is not so invested in the silencing, exclusion, erasure, and other forms of structural violence exacted against those marked as Other. Indigenous People’s Day (October 12) was certainly a moment to wrestle with these ideas. During our recent staff meeting, we discussed Thomas Ryan Red Corn’s poem “To The Indigenous Woman,” representations of Native American women in the recent anti-racist uprisings, and the ways in which Native American and Black feminist activists have joined forces over the past several years to name their shared fates and to confront the racism and white supremacy that demands their lives.

This semester’s programs center connection. From storytelling about healthy relationships, to readings and discussions with medical students about the problem of race being considered biological in medicine, to conversations about the Tiger King series or dream hampton’s documentary about R. Kelly, we want to hear what you—students, faculty, staff—think about how feminist ideas matter in your own life, education, and future.

Our programs seek to foster community. Domestic Violence Awareness Month drives much of the Campus Advocacy Network’s (CAN) programming each October and brings together people who are new to the topic of gender-based violence, with those who are affected by violence in their individual lives, engaged in lifelong ways of responding, and resisting such—sometimes all at once. The events allow participants to see and hear each other; to understand the struggles to create safety in their respective families, departments, and workplaces; and to share strategies for self-care and repair. Most of all, we want to remind the UIC community that CAN is here for you.

CAN is the only unit on campus that is entirely dedicated to 1) advocacy, care, and support of survivors of gender-based violence and 2) preventive education to promote safety and a campus free of gender-based violence. As a program, we are especially attentive to the ways that gender-based violence shows up in the lives of women of color, LGBT folks, people with disabilities, and other groups located at the intersections of structures of power and inequality.

That is a very tall order, and CAN does so with limited resources and much creativity and energy. CAN’s work extends from individual support, to education programs tailored to the needs of groups and units, to presentations and consultation with campus units about how to address issues in departments, to long-term collaborations with student groups to develop informed leadership.

Students who are new to UIC—first-year undergraduate and graduate students, transfer students—are an especially important audience. Please share this newsletter with them so that they can subscribe. We hope that many will want to become campus leaders and bring the knowledge they gain from the programs into their classrooms, departments, dorms, apartments, organization, families, and workplaces.

WLRC is invested in supporting students—undergraduate, graduate, professional—and helping them to see the possibilities of contributing to building a feminist anti-racist community through being involved in the work of the Center. We are especially interested in being a space that can help graduate students thrive while at UIC. We invite graduate students, especially gender non-conforming persons and women of color who are studying in departments where they are few in number, to see WLRC as a space to find solace in each other’s presence, to foster professional connections, and to explore new ways to think about their own research projects and career plans. Already, we try to do this work through graduate internships, paid assistantships, and inviting graduate students to lead and co-organize workshops, etc. But we can do more, and we invite your input about how! You can start by attending the joint GWS/WLRC graduate student mixer happening on Thursday, October 15 at noon. Who knows, you might even leave with a GWS concentration!

Speaking of which, we want to hear what YOU have been doing to further gender equity and inclusion at UIC or elsewhere, and how you are working to make things better for women and for all marginalized groups in your departments, disciplines, university, and the communities to which you belong. Tell us about the wins of publications, scholarships, internships, named chairs, etc. Tell us also about your struggles, and how you want WLRC to support your work. We are only an email away!

Last, but not least, WLRC is turning 30 next year! 1991-2021: that’s three whole decades of community-building, activism, advocacy, education, and all sorts of things to create a campus that is less hostile to the women students, faculty, and staff who have been here. We want your help in how to tell the story of WLRC!

Our first planning meeting is on Thursday, October 22, 4 – 5 PM. Email wlrc@uic.edu for more information. However you came into contact with the center, we want to hear from you: worked there in in its former life as “Office of Women’s Affairs” – active in the Chancellor’s Committee for the Status of Women (CCSW) – attended any of WLRC’s events such as the Women’s Leadership Symposium – participated in CAN’s activist campaigns and workshops. Current students are especially welcome as we mark a critical moment in the life of the university. This is your chance to say what a women’s and gender equity center at an urban public university can and should be.

In this issue:
  • WLRC News & Upcoming Events
  • CAN Resources
  • Staying Connected: Updates about COVID-19 and WLRC/CAN
  • CCUSC Events & Resources
  • Campus Opportunities
  • Community Opportunities
  • Connect with us!
WLRC News & Upcoming Events

CART live captioning will be provided for all events. Please email wlrc@uic.edu for additional accommodation requests.

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GWS Grad Mixer: How to Survive Grad School in a Pandemic

Thursday, October 15, 2020
12-1:15pm CST
Registration required for Zoom link

Join us for the Fall 2020 Gender and Women's Studies Grad Concentrator Mixer! This event is an opportunity for us to meet virtually and casually and share ideas about surviving and thriving amidst all of the overlapping crises of the here and now, as well as our shared plans for the future of the program.

All grad students, regardless of major or concentration, are invited! Learn more about the GWS concentration and connect with other grad students.

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One on One with CAN & GSC: Veronica Arreola

Thursday, October 15, 2020
Facebook Live

Every other Thursday, Ada Cheng of WLRC's Campus Advocacy Network and Moises Villada of the Gender and Sexuality Center interview a member of the UIC community that we want you to get to know better. This time, we'll be joined by Veronica Arreola, director of UIC's Latin@s Gaining Access to Networks for Advancement in Sciences (L@S GANAS).

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Friday, October 16, 2020
12-1pm CST
Registration required for Zoom link
Bring your lunch and join our Campus Advocacy Network team for a conversation on gender-based violence, including naming harassment, boundary violations, and the new Title IX policy.

Co-sponsors: Graduate Student Council and Women in Engineering Programs

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Medical Colloquium: Gender-based Violence and Medicine

Friday, October 16, 2020
Email kmaginot@uic.edu to register

UIC College of Medicine students are invited to join us to discuss gender-based violence in the medical field. We will talk about challenges facing women medical students, residents, and physicians and how we can advocate for one another in the workplace.

Whether or not you're able to join us, please check out some readings we've collected on the topic:

  • "The Perils of Intersectionality: Racial and Sexual Harassment in Medicine" - Sherita Hill Golden
  • "Sexism and Sexual Harassment in Medicine: Unraveling the Web" - Anitha Menon
  • "#MeToo in Surgery: Narratives by Women Surgeons" - Pringl Miller
  • Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine - Paula A. Johnson et al
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Shake It Up!: Our Words, Our Truths: Students Navigating Title IX Processes

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
3-4:30pm CST

Registration required for Zoom link

Join us to hear UIC students' experiences with Title IX, learn about recent changes to Title IX guidelines and procedures, and participate in a critical dialogue about survivor-centered institutional advocacy and activism.

Co-sponsors: Asian American Resource and Cultural Center, Fraternity and Sorority Life, and Undergraduate Student Government

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Not Your Usual Watch Party!: Surviving R. Kelly

Friday, October 30, 2020
12-1pm CST
Registration required for Zoom link

Bring your lunch and join us to watch excerpts from the R. Kelly documentary and discuss issues related to gender-based violence.

CAN Resources
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New CAN Website!

We are so excited to share our newly relaunched Campus Advocacy Network website!

Looking for information on gender-based violence and CAN advocacy services? Check out our FAQs for students, faculty/staff, and friends/family. We offer resources for safety planning, how to support the survivors in your life, syllabus language, and more! If you have any other questions for CAN, reach out anytime via our Ask An Advocate page.

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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!

Arrange for a CAN presentation instead and keep your students learning and engaged even in your absence. 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 consent, dating violence, harassment/stalking (online and in person), healthy relationships, and toxic masculinity.

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WLRC will be working remotely for the Fall 2020 semester. We can be reached at wlrc@uic.edu 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. To schedule a meeting or request more information, please email can-appointment@uic.edu. You can also call (312) 413-8206 and leave a voicemail.

We are open to connecting with you in multiple ways:

  • Phone: (312) 413-8206 or (312) 488-9784
  • Video conference (Webex or Google Hangouts)
  • Online chat (Google Chats)
  • Email

For those living with violence, having to isolate or quarantine oneself can make a situation more unsafe. We are here to answer questions and provide support if you or a loved one is in a situation like this. If you are looking for shelter, food, or safety planning, please reach out to CAN to learn the options available on and off campus. We also encourage you to check in with friends and family who may be vulnerable and share our contact information with them.

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

Arab American Cultural Center

Asian American Resource and Cultural Center

Disability Cultural Center

Gender and Sexuality Center

Latino Cultural Center

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CCUSC Virtual Meet & Greet at the Kitchen Table

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Join the Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change for a series of Meet and Greets! Every few weeks, two of our centers pair up and host a relaxed conversation about a topic that's important to our communities.

On Nov. 5, join the Latino Cultural Center and Arab American Cultural Center for conversations on two pressing issues: anti-Blackness in our communities and the 2020 election results. Sit at one of our virtual kitchen tables and meet other people to cook up collective ideas for change.

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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 from the start and covers

  • Planning
  • Publicity
  • Responding to Access Requests
  • Setting Up ASL/CART in Online Platforms
  • Facilitating Events for Accessibility
  • Access Practices for Events of All Sizes.
Campus Opportunities
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Health Professions Forum Fall Series

This series is tailored around healthcare-focused programs designed to help students explore careers and connect with professionals working in hospitals, labs, education, non-profits, and other healthcare settings. To register, visit go.uic.edu/HPF.

  • Impact of COVID-19 in Healthcare and Public Health - Thursday, October 15, 2020 | 3-4:15PM
  • Community Health and Advocacy - Thursday, October 22, 2020 | 3-4:15PM
  • Technology and Hospital Administration - Thursday, October 29, 2020 | 3-4:15PM
  • Healthcare Research - Thursday, November 5, 2020 | 3-4:15PM

SLCE: Presidential Debate Watch Party

Thursday, October 15, 2020
8pm CST

Join Student Leadership and Civic Engagement online to watch the live debate as it happens.

Institute for the Humanities: Artist-Run Spaces

Friday, October 16, 2020
12-1pm CST

Artist-run spaces have played a crucial role in defining Chicago’s artistic landscape, yet the histories of these spaces and their influence are often overlooked. We’ll discuss the particular role of women-run art spaces and wander through—virtually—some current and historic practice rooms, performance spaces, galleries, and warehouses-turned-wonderlands. Join Meg Duguid (Where the Future Came From) and visionary artists the Zhou Brothers for a conversation moderated by curator Allison Peters Quinn about how artist-run spaces contribute to the richness and ethos of art in Chicago.

WHI & UWN: Professional Online Presence Workshop

Monday, October 19, 2020
5pm CST

Join the Women's Health Initiative in collaboration with Undergraduate Women's Network (UWN) for a "Social Media & Professionalism" event. We will be discussing ways to interact on social media while behaving in a professional manner, more information to come so stay tuned!

UIC Counseling Center X USG: Conversation Hour

Monday, October 19, 2020
11am CST

A space for you to connect and meet new people! Our Counseling Center psychologists are eager to talk to you! Come share, listen, and engage!



AANAPISI Scholarship

The Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) Scholarship Program is a collaboration with AANAPISIs and the communities they serve to provide scholarships, expand institutional capacity and mobilize local resources to help foster economic development.

The AANAPISI Scholarship online application opens on September 9, 2020 and closed on November 11, 2020 at 5:00 PM EST. Scholarship awards range from one-time $2,500 awards to multi-year $5,000 awards.

IRRPP Faculty Fellowships, PSEF, & Dissertation Award Applications

IRRPP supports the scholarly, community development, and educational activities of UIC faculty members and graduate students whose work focuses on race, ethnicity, and public policy. Applications for our fellowships and grants are welcome from all disciplines across UIC. Junior faculty and faculty and graduate students from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Review period begins October 19.
Faculty Fellowship & PSEF Application Deadline: November 9.

Community Opportunities
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Navigating Your Student Loan Debt

Thursday, October 15, 2020
3-4pm CST

Learn about the Illinois Student Loan Bill of Rights as well as student loan repayment and relief options for Illinois borrowers. Speakers will include the Illinois Student Loan Ombudsman, Joseph Sanders, and Senior Program Specialist Theresa Geary, both from the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. Hosted by Women Employed and Young Invincibles.

Bikes, Birds, and Environmental Justice

Saturday, October 17, 2020
9-12pm CST

Build Black and Brown solidarity with Environmentalist of Color, Equiticity, Organic Oneness and partners. The day will begin at 9am with an opportunity to heal in nature and build solidarity with themes of migration and liberation via birding activities (binoculars and field guides will be available for use), followed by a short orientation with tour beginning at 10am. Participants will go on a bike tour through Little Village and North Lawndale to learn about key sites that demonstrate a path towards healing and justice.

Zoom to the Polls

Saturday, October 17, 2020
12-2pm CST

Women’s March Chicago and partners from around the state are holding a virtual “Zoom to the Polls!“ event. Women and our allies will gather together virtually, post pictures, videos, and make a commitment to voteand motivate othersin this critical election. You will get information that will help you make a plan to vote. There will be surprise guests with messages that are relevant to our lives today that you don’t want to miss!

Racial Equity Access to Nature

Thursday, October 22, 2020
9-10:30am CST

Hear from a panel of thought leaders and experts from across the country and the Forest Preserves of Cook County during a topical and engaging discussion on equity in the outdoors. This 90-minute virtual event will address ways to make outdoor recreation more equitable and diverse, opportunities for enjoying nature and more.


Election Judges Wanted

The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners is seeking Bilingual (English-Chinese) Election Judges. Paid opportunity to serve the community on November 3, 2020. Judges are paid $230 if they complete training and serve all of the Election Day.

AAUW American Fellowships

Funding: $6,000–$30,000
Opens: August 1
Deadline: November 1

AAUW American Fellowships support women scholars who are pursuing full-time study to complete dissertations, conducting postdoctoral research full time, or preparing research for publication for eight consecutive weeks. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of scholarly excellence; quality and originality of project design; and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research.

AAUW International Fellowships

August 1
November 15

Applicants must have earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree by the application deadline, and must have applied to their proposed institutions of study by the time of the application. Up to five International Master’s/First Professional Degree Fellowships are renewable for a second year; fellows will receive application information for this competitive program.

Recipients are selected for academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to women and girls. Recipients return to their home countries to become leaders in business, government, academia, community activism, the arts or scientific fields.

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!

Get social with us!

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



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