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Director's Note

I am delighted to announce that WGGP Assistant Director, Anita Kaiser, has been selected to participate in the Emerging Women Leaders Program.  This will be a year-long program that offers monthly seminars on campus through the Office of the Associate Chancellor for Diversity.

Colleen Murphy
Director, Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program
Professor, Law, Philosophy, and Political Science

Events This Week

CITL Open House September 12-14

CITL will hold an Open House September 12-14 to showcase our new Armory Innovation spaces in the north and east corridors on the first floor. Come by and enjoy the fun events scheduled each day. Have a cup of coffee in the Faculty Lounge area at 156 Armory. Check out the unusual iFLEX classroom at 182 Armory. Try the video wall in the Innovation Studio and the Virtual Reality Lab at 172 Armory. Explore immersive teaching technologies in the Tech Hub at 151A Armory. Mini tours, HTC Vive, Playstation VR, augmented art display, and fun giveaways. Be there, or be square! Click here for more CITL Open House information.

Women in Contemporary Iranian Cinema
Suppressing the Movement, Subverting the Politics

Wednesday, Sep. 13
7:00-8:30pm; Music Room 208, Levis Faculty Center, 919 W. Illinois, U.




YMCA Friday Forum:
Oranizing for Environmental Justice

Speaker: Reverend Booker Steven Vance, Faith in Place

Friday, Sep 15
University YMCA Latzer Hall
1001 S. Wright Street, C.
Free lunch

More information here
Co-sponsored by WGGP

Upcoming Events

Global Issues Form: Health in Smart Urban Environments

September 21 & 22

Program & registration here

WGGP Fall Calendar of Events
Faculty Affiliate News


WGGP Faculty Affiliate, Robert McKim, recently featured in Illinois News Bureau article on his recent book of essays.  Article available here


To learn more about our faculty affiliates, please visit here

If you are a WGGP Faculty Affiliate and you have news to share, please contact Anita Kaiser at or (217) 333-6221.

Alumni Spotlight

Varsha Venugopal
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Alumnna

GRID Minor, 2002
Master's in Urban Planning, 2002

Current Position

My current position is Assistant Director of Programmes at Options, Consulting Firm focused on Maternal and Child Health in developing countries located in London, UK

See full interview here


Varsha was the first recipient of the Barbara A. Yates International Award


WGGP will host monthly Coffee Hour starting on October 4th. 

Each month will bring a featured speaker and will allow time for faculty members and graduate students to talk about research and current events.


Illinois International released a newly redesigned Illinois International Newsletter today.  If you missed it, the newsletter is available here.

WGGP and Barbara Yates were mentioned in the Message from Vice Provost Mabokela along with other exciting things happening around campus.

To subscribe to the Illinois International Newsletter follow link here.

If you have a story, event, announcement, or publication you would like to share in their newsletter, please submit here.



Call for Proposals- CAS George A. Miller Programs

Deadline September 26th

More details here





Center for Advanced Study Research Appointments 2018-19

Applications due October 3rd. 

More information 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.



Certificate in

Global Health

Joint with WGGP and LAS Global Studies

GLBL 240 and GLBL 440 are both offered Fall 2017

Certificate Description

LAS Global Studies, in conjunction with Women and Gender in Global Perspectives (WGGP) is offering a Certificate in Global Health beginning Fall 2015. This certificate is open to all undergraduate majors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

More information about the Global Health Certificate including upcoming information sessions is available here.

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