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In this issue:
  • Congratulations to our WLRC Tuition Award recipients!
  • 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!

The UIC Women’s Leadership and Resource Center offers financial awards toward tuition for undergraduate study at UIC. We want to recognize students who have made significant contributions to the movement against domestic violence and sexual assault throughout the UIC campus and/or Chicago community or who have triumphed over personal experiences within these areas. The goal of this award is to support women in their educational pursuits who have a great deal of financial need that is not being met by financial aid or loans.

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Paola Castro 
"Thank you for selecting me as one of the students to receive this award.  What this tuition award means to me is an opportunity to have a peace of mind from this semester’s financial toll. It also represents faith that sometimes even adversities that set me apart as a woman can be used to overcome other obstacles in life. I am greatly appreciative to UIC and the Women’s Leadership & Resource Center."
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Farreh Qatanani
"As a daughter of parents who immigrated to this country, I have always struggled with my identity within a marginalized community, in addition to being a woman. The Women’s Leadership Resource Center (WLRC) Tuition Award is an honor, as it allows me to continue to pursue my goal of becoming a physician and conduct research without the additional stress of funding my educational goals. Currently I am working as an Emergency Medical Technician, conducting research on cells infected with herpes simplex virus (HSV), and tutoring students enrolled in introductory and general chemistry at UIC. My long-term goals include studying the social determinants of health and how they specifically affect marginalized groups, as well as providing care for underserved populations as a physician. I am very grateful for this generous WLRC award and aspire to continue to embody its legacy!"
WLRC News & Upcoming Events

CART live captioning is provided for all events hosted by WLRC and CAN. Please send any questions or additional accommodation requests to

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WLRC Virtual Spring Open House

Thursday, January 28, 2020
11:30am - 1pm CST

Join us at our Spring 2021 Open House to connect with powerful feminists around our campus! We'll reflect on how we can care for ourselves this semester and what the center can do to support you.

All students, staff, and faculty of all gender identities are invited. We look forward to getting to know you and enriching your time at UIC!

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Write @ WLRC 

Fridays, 10am - 12pm CST
January 22 - 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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Winter Involvement Fair

Monday, January 25 - Friday, January 29, 2021
10am - 4pm CST

WLRC and CAN will be hosting a booth at UIC's Virtual Winter Involvement Fair! Stop by and chat with our staff to learn more about how you can get involved. Also connect with over 200 student organizations, colleges, and campus departments. Enjoy virtual attractions, game shows, and giveaways!

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Call for Submissions: "Let Our Rejoicing Rise"

In celebration of Black History Month at UIC and in recognition of how Black women's voice and performance have been important to Black struggle and resistance, we lift up the now-familiar song "Lift Every Voice and Sing" written by James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosamond Johnson in 1990. 

We invite UIC students to submit a video recording responding to the following prompts:

  1. What are your earliest memories of "Lift Every Voice and Sing"?
  2. Given this current historical moment, tell us what the song "Lift Every Voice and Sing" means to you.
  3. Sing as many verses of "Lift Every Voice and Sing" as you can. 

Performances and stories will be featured on WLRC's website and as part of the "Singing The Nation" digital humanities project led by Dr. Sonya Donaldson, New Jersey City University. 

Please send your submissions by March 30 to Emoonah McClerklin at

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Call for Applications: Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Program

WLRC is proud to partner again with Chicago Sister Cities International for the annual Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Summit. This week-long leadership program is open to teenage girls, ages 14-16, from Chicago and its 29 international sister cities. Applications are due February 28!

CAN News & Upcoming Events
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Thursday, February 11, 2021
12:30-1pm CST
via Facebook Live
One on One: Connecting beyond the surface, listening to the human side. 
Join Dr. Ada Cheng from CAN and Moises Villada from the Gender and Sexuality Center for a conversation with Jennifer M. Jackson, Assistant Professor for the University Library.
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Friday, February 12, 2021
12-1:30pm CST
Join Dr. Ada Cheng, CAN Education and Outreach Specialist, and Christina Zuba, CAASE Staff Attorney in this workshop for students, staff, and faculty at the College of Nursing. Please contact Dr. Sarah Abboud at for questions and registration.
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Shake It Up!: Beyond Compliance: Survivor-Centered Advocacy in Praxis

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
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.

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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 immediately as well as on the WLRC website in the future. We would like to use this 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? 
Please send your submission to Ada Cheng at


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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.

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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. To schedule a meeting or request more information, please email 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

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 Open Houses

Tuesday, January 19 - Thursday, January 28, 2021

Visit the CCUSC Open Houses this week and next week! Meet our staff and learn about our histories, resources, and upcoming programs.

  • Wed, Jan. 27, 12-1pm: Latino Cultural Center
  • Thu, Jan. 28, 11:30am - 1pm: Women's Leadership and Resource Center
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Meet and Greet at the Kitchen Table: Penny for Your Thoughts

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Join the UIC Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change (CCUSC) 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.

Coming up next:

Join the Asian American Resource and Cultural Center and the Disability Cultural Center to play a game and share stories! We'll have a jar of loose change and we'll pick a coin and read the date out. Come share stories about each of these dates, whether they are from your experience, your family's history, or the history of communities you care about.

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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


Research Opportunity for Survivors of Sexual Misconduct

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. To participate in this study or learn more about participation, complete a <5 minute brief questionnaire. After completing this form, a member of the research team will contact you to schedule a 1-2 hour interview.

This research is being conducted at California State University-Northridge under the direction of Dr. Katherine Lorenz, Department of Criminology and Justice Studies, 19111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, CA. Office: 818-677-5192.

1st Annual Minority Graduate Student Research Symposium: Ways of Knowing--Celebrating Minority Research at UIC

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.

Online Registration Form
Abstract Submission Form (due Jan. 31, 2021)

CALLING ALL ARTISTS! Radical Creativity: A Virtual Exhibition of Student Artwork

Are you Creative? A Writer? Photographer? Graphic Artist? Sculptor? Filmmaker? Musician? Dancer?
Join the African American Cultural Center as we explore the meaning of Radical Creativity by creating an exhibition of Student Artwork that imaginatively addresses the themes of social justice, individual freedom, community, and the power of joy.  Submit your work at for consideration to be included in our April exhibition, Radical Creativity.  Submissions Due March 26, 2021.

United Support Network: Support Group

USN is a campus organization of students that fundamentally works to de-stigmatize mental health through confidential weekly, peer-facilitated groups, while holistically working to create an inclusive community dedicated to empathy, trust, and relationship building through network-wide stress-busting events. We offer peer-facilitated support groups that are cost-free and confidential for all University of Illinois at Chicago students.

Community Opportunities


Public Newsroom 136: Reporting the Stories of Essential Caregivers

Thursday, January 28, 2020
4-5:30pm CST

Join City Bureau for their next Public Newsroom discussion on what issues caregivers are facing, and how journalists can help bring them to light. Since COVID-19, a wave of appreciation has swept through the country for healthcare workers. But while we’re publicly celebrating their efforts, many face a variety of challenges in caring for their clients and when dealing with their employers.Together, we’ll examine the strengths and weaknesses of current media coverage of care workers and discuss best practices when reporting their stories.

American Muslim: Film Screening and Panel

Sunday, January 31, 2020
2:30-4pm CST

Join the Interreligious Institute at the Chicago Theological Seminary and Bayan Islamic College for a film screening and panel discussion with Dr. Debbie Almontaser (peacemaker, award-winning educator, speaker), Munir Shaikh (Bayan Islamic College), and Adam Zucker (filmmaker) on what it means to be Muslim in the age of Trump. The film follows the trajectory of the Muslim ban that Donald Trump signed on January 27, 2017, less than a week after taking office and the protests that followed.



LEAP Emerge Summer Internship

LEAP is a national, non-profit organization with a mission to achieve full participation and equality for Asian and Pacific Islanders (APIs) through leadership, empowerment, and policy. The LEAP Emerge 2021 program will be held on a virtual platform, and it will run for 8 weeks from June 14 – August, 6, 2021. Applications due March 3, 2021.

Michael Ratner Justice Fellow

Palestine Legal seeks a 2-year legal fellow to join their team in providing direct legal assistance to and advocating on behalf of people who face suppression for expressing views in favor of Palestinian rights.

The ideal candidate for this fellowship is a recent law graduate (0-3 years) who thrives in a small, dynamic, collaborative and professional environment, is passionate about social justice issues and movement lawyering approaches, and has exceptional public speaking, writing and relational skills. The Fellow will report to a senior staff attorney.

WMC Progressive Women's Voices: Media and Leadership Training Program

Women's Media Center Progressive Women's Voices is the premier media and leadership training program serving women in our country and will help you master effective interview presentation techniques and improve your skills to serve as a thought leader in the media. Applications due Sunday, March 14 at 12am PST. 

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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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