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Upcoming Events
Dean's Diversity Lecture Series, Feb. 7

Tuesday, Feb. 7
Lecture at noon; Krannert Art Museum, Room 62
3 p.m. fireside chat for students, faculty, and staff in Room 16 of the Education Building

Dr. Michelle Espino
Assistant Professor of Higher Education; University of Maryland, College Park

Michelle Espino's research centers on understanding community contexts and institutional responses associated with educational achievement and outcomes along the academic life course for racial/ethnic minorities.

Abstract available here

What Does "The Ban" Mean for Africa?

Tuesday, Feb. 7
1:00-3:00pm; Latzer Hall, University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St., C

The Center for African Studies and The Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies invite you to a panel to discuss the recent signing of “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” an Executive Order targeting immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim nations, including Libya, Somalia, and Sudan. The event is co-sponsored by the University YMCA. 

"Know your plant medicine: Exploring essential oils" Feb. 8

Wednesday, Feb. 8
"Know your plan medicine: Exploring essential oils"

Dr. Bernadette Montanari
Visiting SDEP Scholar

Do you like using essential oils? What do you know about essential oils? Come find out at our brown bag with Dr. Montanari.

Event details here

Dean's Diversity Lecture Series, Feb. 14

Tuesday, Feb. 14
Lecture at noon; Illini Union, Room 104
3 p.m. fireside chat for College of Education students, faculty, and staff in Room 16 of the Education building

Dr. Lori Patton Davis
Associate Professor in Higher Education and Student Affairs, Indiana University

Dr. Patton Davis's research focuses on African-Americans in higher education, critical race theory in postsecondary contexts, and college student development.

Illini Union lecture
"Hidden in Plain Sight: The Black Women's Blueprint for Institutional Transformation in Higher Education"

Abstract available here


Please join us for WGGP Open House February 15th

Please join Illinois International Programs (IIP) in welcoming the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program (WGGP) into their new office space during an Open House.

February 15, 2017


Room 345, Armory Building
(505 E Armory Ave, Champaign)

Refreshments starting at 4:00pm (Remarks at 4:30pm)

Please RSVP online no later than February 7, 2017.

Certificate in Global Health Information Session

Undergraduate Certificate in Global Health

Wednesday, February 15th


Global Studies

703 S. Wright Street, 3rd floor (above Women's Resource Center)

The Certificate in Global Health is ideal for students interested in health professions. You will study courses on global provision and global health interventions.


Fellowship and Award Opportunites-Deadline Feb. 16

WGGP Fellowship and Research Award application link HERE.  Application deadline is February 16th at 5pm.  Online submission of letters of reference available also.  


Please direct questions to Anita Kaiser at or 333-6221.

WGGP Alumni Spotlight Series
Batamaka Some and Bill Gates, June 2016 

Batamaka Some
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Alumnnus

GRID Minor, 2010
PhD in Anthropology, 2010

Current Position

Regional Representative West Africa Collaborative Crop Research Programme (CCRP) of the McKnight Foundation.  Location: Burkina Faso

See full interview here

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.


This is a friendly reminder about the resources that the University of Illinois Library provides, and about the services I can offer.

I can help with any and all of the following:

  • Orientation to library resources for students in your classes. I can come for 5 minutes to introduce myself; meet with your class during a regular session; create an online guide for the class.  Please feel free to put my contact information in your syllabi 333-7998  100 Main Library
  • Consultation to support your research and teaching needs
  • Purchasing resources for the collections
  • Individual assistance to your undergraduate and graduate students

Cindy Ingold
Gender Studies and Multicultural Services Librarian and Interim African American Studies Librarian

Global Intersections Grant Proposal, Deadline Mar. 3

Global Intersections is a Center for Global Studies initiative designed to encourage multicultural, international, transnational and global perspectives in student research on issues in world affairs that concern one or more countries. This initiative invites collaborative proposals from faculty and students across multiple disciplines that promote understanding and solving global problems. Projects provide opportunities for students to engage directly in the process of developing new research directions in areas of global import. 

  • The Request for Proposals (RFP) is for projects beginning the following academic year.
  • The deadline for 2017-2018 projects is March 3, 2017.
  • If you have questions about Global Intersections, please contact Donna Tonini at

Complete details HERE



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.

Learn more here

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