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Dear friends,

Some days it's difficult to come up with the words to describe how your community is feeling or to provide pithy words of inspiration. The failure of the U.S. court system to bring any semblance of justice to Breonna Taylor's family, as well as the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, are hitting many of us hard. We are justifiably angry and fearful for what the next few weeks and months may bring, for so many reasons.

What we at WLRC can offer in this moment is space for reflection and community. We have a number of events coming up, all geared toward creating a sense of belonging and togetherness during a time of social and emotional distance. We're also open to talking with you about anything on your mind--what's happening around the world this week, the challenges you're facing personally, the happy moments you're celebrating. If you want to chat with one of us, or your student organization or department wants to create a different kind of virtual community space, please reach out. We're here for you.

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

CART live captioning will be provided for all events. Please send any questions or additional accommodation requests to wlrc@uic.edu.

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Friday, September 25, 2020
12pm-1pm CST
Registration required for Zoom link
Bring your lunch and join us to watch excerpts of "Tiger King," followed by a facilitated conversation on its relevance to gender-based violence.
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The Beginning of A New Journey: A Storytelling Circle for Graduate Students

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
3-4pm CST

Registration required for Zoom link

All UIC graduate students are invited to join us for a storytelling circle to meet fellow students, share stories, and learn about the Campus Advocacy Network's resources and services.

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Whose Lives Matter?: Gender-Based Violence in the Era of the Pandemic and the Uprisings

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
3-4:30pm CST
Registration required for Zoom link
Join us for a virtual interactive workshop as we discuss issues like what particular barriers gender-based violence (GBV) survivors are facing amid major global crises, how we can work to end GBV and support survivors, and why eradicating GBV is central to transformative justice.
Co-sponsors: Asian American Resource and Cultural Center, Disability Cultural Center, Gender and Sexuality Center, Fraternity and Sorority Life, and Undergraduate Student Government
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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

WLRC Spotlight

Welcome to WLRC Video

Check out our brand new video introduction to WLRC. We hope you enjoy it!

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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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Online Safety Campaign

According to the National Network to End Domestic Violence, 97% of domestic violence programs report that abusers misuse technology to stalk, harass, and control survivors (NNEDV 2016). Online abuse is even more likely now that so many of us are working, studying, and socializing remotely.

This month, join us on our social media (CAN Facebook, WLRC Facebook and Instagram) to learn about technology-facilitated abuse and its effects, ways to stay safe online, and how to care for yourself and your loved ones in the midst of the pandemic. You have the right to be safe from harm, harassment, and abuse online! 



This Is Me! This Is Us!: A Video Project for Community, Intimacy, and Vulnerability

Check out our new video project that highlights UIC community members' experiences and advice to provide an important road map for students. We appreciate all the submissions from students, staff, and faculty so far. Please contact Dr. Ada Cheng (adacheng@uic.edu) for details if you are interested in contributing a video.


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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

Latino Cultural Center

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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
Monica Trinidad, We Keep Each Other Safe, monicatrinidad.com 


Ronak Kapadia: Reimagine Everything: How Insurgent Aesthetics and Queer Collective Care are Transforming Our Worlds

Friday, October  2, 2020
3:30-4:30pm CST

Join C21 at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee for a conversation with UIC's Dr. Ronak K. Kapadia as he explores how the Black and brown Midwest has become the epicenter of a twenty-first century insurgent rebellion against the dominant militarized policing order in the United States. From abolition to healing justice and transformative justice and mutual aid, a new generation of visionary artists and activists from queer and trans Black Indigenous and People of Color (QTBIPOC) communities are offering a crucial wellspring for ideas about survival, healing, and justice in the waning years of twenty-first century US empire.

Connecting and Navigating Culture

Mondays: September  28
Tuesdays: September 29

Feeling alone and wanting to connnect with other students? The Asian American Resource and Cultural Center (AARCC) and the Counseling Center invite you to join us for a weekly drop-in session to connect with other students, participate in activites that help you know and understand yourself better, come up with ways to cope during these challenging times and build a community of support and friendship.



New Voters Project Internship Opportunities

The Illinois PIRG Internship and Volunteer program is designed for college students who are passionate about political engagement and looking to increase their experience in political organizing and strategy. This semester long program provides interns with opportunities to build their leadership skills, political engagement, and interest in advocacy careers. Interns and volunteers will work remotely on the New Voters Project to get out the youth vote in the upcoming elections. Given the remote nature of the internship, students taking part in digital learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic can still apply and be considered for the position.

Chancellor's Committee on Sustainability and Energy (CCSE)  

This committee addresses the UIC Climate Commitments via the Climate Action Implementation Plan (CAIP) with tangible, actionable goals for UIC in the areas of energy and utilities, sustainable materials and waste management, biking and transportation, transformative grounds, teaching and learning, and climate resilience. The CCSE is made up of five subcommittees that meet regularly, co-chaired by one faculty member and one Facilities employee.  Membership is open to all members of the UIC community including students, faculty, and staff.

Community Opportunities
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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute: 2021 Congressional Internship

Spring 2021 – Deadline October 1, 2020

Are you ready to participate in a valuable experience to advance your leadership skills and make a meaningful impact in your community? CHCI is inviting full-time undergraduate students who want to learn and experience the ins and outs of our nation’s federal legislative process while working in a congressional office. This opportunity is open to all majors including STEM, health, business, journalism, and others. Now more than ever, we need the knowledge and drive of our passionate leaders.

Apply today for CHCI's Congressional Internship Program! Interns receive a stipend, travel to and from D.C.*, housing, a metro stipend, health insurance, and extensive professional development training.

Call for Papers: Mashriq & Mahjar: Journal of Middle East and North African Migration Studies 

Submission Deadline: October 1, 2020

Scholarship on Middle Eastern and North African migrations has yet to fully integrate queer/sexuality studies as a primary lens of analysis. In light of this elision, Mashriq & Mahjar: Journal of Middle East and North African Migration Studies invites contributions to a special issue on “Queering Middle East Migration.” This issue seeks to bring together scholars working on topics related to migration and sexualities from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, and to encourage others to begin to reflect on how sexualities inflect the migratory experience.


Policing is Haram
Courageous conversations in defense of Black lives

#PolicingIsHaram is a digital zine, a collaboration among ACRE, Little Sis, and MPower Change, that is devoted to encouraging necessary conversations in Muslim communities on police abolition. Over the past few months, the war against Black America has ignited the streets and the hearts of people of conscience throughout the world. "Abolition" is on everyone's lips. But what does it mean? What does it require from us?

Connect with us!
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