DVAM, Intern reflections, and 30th anniversary planning!
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In this issue:
  • Reflections from WLRC's Public Service Graduate Interns
  • 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!
Reflections from WLRC's Public Service Graduate Interns

Thanks to the Graduate College's Public Service Graduate Internship Award, WLRC was fortunate to host 3 wonderful interns this summer. This week, we're sharing some of their reflections on their work with us.


Meet Annanda Batista:

This internship changed my human view about social construction, racism, patriarchy, and institutions, and how they perpetuate violence against women. Also, I could better understand how capitalism and white supremacy affect violence against Latinas in the U.S., and how women survivors of violence can use many forms, tools, ways, and methodologies of healing. This opportunity was more than an academic experience. It was a life concept deconstruction. I understood that gender-based violence in communities of color should be given more attention to solve, prevent, and heal these women because they do not share the same class or race backgrounds of white women--they experience violence differently. Finally, I understood how vital intersectionality is to help us as scientists fully understand power systems and see the full picture of intersecting discrimination types to understand and effectively address the complexity of gender-based violence.


Meet Meghan Daniel: 

Over the course of my internship, I dove into decades of the center’s archival history. My research found that the center’s history is one of resistance and of service. The role of a university women’s center today is to resist the onslaught of white supremacist violence, to resist the neoliberal push to individuation and isolation, to resist white feminism, and to resist patriarchal violence in any form, whether it be in the home, in the workplace, or at the university. And the center does this in service to its students and to the broader communities to which it is responsible, be it in the cities or towns in which it is located, nationally, or globally. The Women’s Leadership and Resource Center and Campus Advocacy Center at UIC occupies a beautiful and necessary nexus of resistance and service, and I feel excited to witness its 30th Anniversary Celebration this upcoming year.


WLRC News & Upcoming Events

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

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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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Fight Against Domestic Violence

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Email cokeke3@uic.edu for additional info

Collegiate 100 Chicago, an organization of Black students at UIC, will be hosting "Fight Against Domestic Violence" with WLRC's Dr. Natalie Bennett as featured speaker.

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30th Anniversary Planning Committee Meeting

Thursday, October 22, 2020
Email ndab1@uic.edu to RSVP

WLRC and CAN are turning 30 next year! We invite you to join us in conversation about how we can commemorate the center's history and contributions to UIC, Chicago, and the state of Illinois. Whether you have been around UIC for many years and attended our programs, or you just arrived, we want to hear your ideas!

Don't worry if you can't attend the first one--we'll announce more chances to get involved.

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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


Wednesday, October 21, 2020
3:30 CST
Please mark your calendars for the first GWS program of the year: 'Creating Feminist Futures'. Chicago activists and educators will discuss how their lives, activism, and careers have been shaped by a degree in GWS. Panelists include Danielle A. Boachie, Kate Solberg, Ireri Unzueta, and Veronica I. Arreola, and both Unzueta and Arreola are UIC GWS alumni!
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. For questions, comments, and accommodations, please email rcaidor@uic.edu.
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
11am CST
Dr. Elan Hope is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at North Carolina State University and director of the Hope Lab. Dr. Hope is a native of Prince George’s County, Maryland and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Smith College and her PhD in Education and Psychology from the University of Michigan. Following graduate school, Dr. Hope completed post-doctoral research (sponsored by the William T. Grant Foundation) in Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago.
Thursday, October 22, 2020
4pm CST
Join UIC's Interfaith Network for a non-partisan, interfaith panel discussion around the topic of faith and politics. 
Thursday, October 22, 2020
8pm CST
Student Leadership and Civic Engagement invites you to join us at our live streamed debate watch party. We will cover various topics that relate to this year's presidential election.
Monday, October 26, 2020
12pm CST
Please join the Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Latinos for a conversation about the Latinx vote and the 2020 election, featuring Dr. Geraldo Cadava (Northwestern) and Dr. María de los Angeles Torres (UIC).


Careers in Student Affairs Month events

UIC Career Services is facilitating 2 different panels where students and alumni can hear from individuals who work in Higher Education supporting students and their success.  These events are great for students and alumni who are considering working in Higher Education. Students and alumni must sign up for all events below on Handshake in the “EVENTS” section (all events are virtual). 

  • Supporting Student Success - Mon., Oct. 27, 3:30-4:30 PM: Participants will hear from panelists who work in offices such as First Generation Support Programs, Multicultural Services, Commuter Student Resource Center, Career Services and the Disability Resource Center
  • HACU Paid Internship Program (Hispanic Coalition of Colleges and Universities) Information Session - Friday, October 23, 11 AM-12 PM: UIC Career Services is hosting a webinar with HACU representatives about their PAID Internship Program! The event is open to both students and alumni.
  • The Graduate and Professional School Fair (Thursday, October 22, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM) is a great opportunity to connect with over 50 graduate schools and professional programs located throughout the US. 
  • The Health Professions Forum (HPF): Community Health and Advocacy (Thursday, October 22, 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM) is an opportunity to learn about various career roles that have an impact through community health education and advocacy. Panelists will share how their work is instrumental in advocating for, and educating communities on, public health issues within educational and non-profit settings.

The Freshwater Lab Internship Program

Are you interested in an environmental career? Do you have a vision for the Great Lakes region or for a specific neighborhood?

If you answered yes to these or to related questions, then you want to sign up for the Freshwater Lab Internship Course, a unique experience funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. A crucial component of this class involves taking this knowledge outside of the classroom and into the community through an internship placement.

The Department of Black Studies, formerly African American Studies, is an interdisciplinary department interested in focusing on the history, culture and politics of African-descended people in the Americas and around the globe in the quest for a more just and equitable world. The Department is looking for a creative student to help develop and design a new logo in line with our name change.

  • We seek a design that could be used digitally (i.e. social media) and possibly T-shirts.
  • The department's name, Black Studies, must be visible in the design.
  • Undergraduates and Graduate students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.
  • Submission must be a .jpg or .png file

Submissions will be accepted from October 1, 2020 thru November 2, 2020 at blst@uic.edu. The selected student's design will be compensated with a prize!

Community Opportunities

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.

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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