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March 15 ♦ Spring 2021 ♦ View Past Newsletters


WGGP Upcoming Events

Panel on Partner-Seeking, Relationships and Wellbeing Poster 
Panel on Partner-Seeking, Relationships, and Wellbeing

March 24, 2021 12:00pm CST

Panel discussion on partner-seeking, relationships, and wellbeing. Panelists include Professor Ryan Wade (School of Social Work) and Professor Brian Ogolsky (Human Development and Family Studies).

Click here to register for the Panel on Partner-Seeking, Relationships, and Wellbeing


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Panel on Gender and Health

April 2, 2021 12:00pm CST

Panel discussion on Gender and Health. Panelists include Rachel Garthe (Assistant Professor, School of Social Work) and Nic Flores (Assistant Professor, Latina/Latino Studies).

Click here to register for the Panel on Gender and Health
Lual Mayen 
Lual Mayen 
Migration and Game Design Keynote Lecture: Lual Mayen

April 8, 2021 4:00pm CST

"From Refugee to Game Developer: Peacemaking through the Art of Gaming"

Lual Mayen is the founder of Junub Games. He has a rich story from growing up as a refugee to becoming a game developer. For 22 of his 24 years of life, Mayen lived in a refugee camp in northern Uganda. A few years back, Mayen saw a laptop computer at a registration station for the refugee camp. He told his mother he wanted one. She saved money for three years to get the $300 to buy it for him. He discovered Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and the joy of playing at an internet cafe. He regularly walked three-hours to get to the internet cafe to charge his computer and play games.

Click here to register for the Migration and Game Design Keynote Lecture
Women at the Frontlines Poster 

Women at the Frontlines Against COVID-19: Leadership from Informal Settlements in South Africa, Iran and Argentina

April 16, 2021 10:00am CST

Representatives from Hoda House & EDF (Iran), La Poderosa (Argentina), and House Assembly (South Africa) will share their experience in times of COVID-19 and how their organizations showed resiliency in dealing with the hardships caused by COVID-19 and supported their community.

Language live interpretation available in Spanish and Farsi

Cosponsored by: Center for African Studies; Center for Global Studies; Center for Latin American and Carribean Studies; Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; Gender and Women's Studies; Illinois Global Institute; Iranian Cultural Association (ICA); Urban and Regional Planning; Women's Resources Center

Click here to register for the Women at the Frontlines Event
Panel Discussion - "President Biden: First 100 Days" Banner
Panel Discussion - "President Biden: First 100 Days"

April 23, 2021 12:00pm CST via Zoom

The Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program and The Center for Social and Behavioral Science at the University of Illinois, are hosting a panel presentation on “President Biden: First 100 Days”, with a focus on how social issues, particularly those related to women and gender, are developing/progressing.

Click here to register for the Panel Discussion on the President's First 100 Days
Click here for complete list of WGGP Spring 2021 events



WGGP Co-sponsored Events

YMCA Technology and Data for Positive Social Impact Poster. Speaker Daniel Gonzalez. 

YMCA Friday Forum Series:
The Digital Mis(shaping) of the World –
Spring 2021

 How Data is Used in Immigrant Surveillance and Management

Friday, March 19 @ 12:00pm CST
Online via Zoom

Speaker: Daniel Gonzalez, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Description: In the midst of an unprecedented pandemic, many of us are using technology more than ever before. The world of technology opens many doors for global connection, but does it also come with consequences? With growing digital interactions, there is a greater need to more deeply understand the intersections between technology and race, class, privacy, education, faith and public health. How these intersections impact our everyday experiences, as well as what might happen within these intersections looking forward, are critical for us to consider. Join us as we take a look into how technology is not only shaping but also misshaping our world.

Co-sponsored by WGGP and others. Click to view upcoming Friday Forum events.

Click to register for YMCA Friday Forum

Webinar ID: 832 8923 8007    |   Passcode: friday

Finding Yingying Film Screening Poster 
Finding Yingying (Virtual Screening + Online Filmmaker Discussion)

Virtual Screening: April 2 - April 9, 2021
Online Filmaker Discussion - April 6, 2021 5:00pm CST

An award winning documentary debut by Chicago-based filmmaker Jiayan Shi, Finding Yingying presents the tragic story of Yingying Zhang, the 26-year-old Chinese student who disappeared from the University of Illinois campus in 2017. In deftly balancing one of the most tragic events to befall Urbana Champaign, this film humanizes Yingying through her own diary reflections and the perspectives of her family and friends. With exclusive access gained by trust, Shi closely follows the family’s journey as they search to unravel the mystery of Yingying’s disappearance and seek justice for their daughter while navigating a strange, foreign country. As an international student, Shi knowingly conveys the universal hopes, dreams and fears of families with loved ones studying abroad.

Click here to register for the Finding Yingying Film Screening

Upcoming Campus Events

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Click to see the full schedule for Women's History Month
Social Innovation Forum description 

LAS Global Leaders Program - Social Innovation Forum

March 20th, 2021
10am - 12pm cst

Participants of the LAS Global Leaders Program will share their research and solutions to refugee integration and Covid-19 mitigation in Illinois, Brazil, and Kenya. Student presentations will be followed by a co-creation workshop with community partners facilitated by innovation mentors. Christopher Earney – Head of the UN Secretary General’s Crisis Insights Team – will offer the keynote address. 

Click here to register for the Social Innovation Forum
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Building More Effective Community Partnerships: A Panel Discussion

March 22, 2021 10:00am CST

Join the Interdiscplinary Health Sciences Institute, the Outreach and Engagement Professionals Network, and others for an informative panel on developing relationships for engaged scholarship and fieldwork. This panel of dynamic community partners, educators, and researchers will discuss how they build mutually beneficial partnerships based on trust and equity. Zoom registration is required.

Click here to register for the Community Engagement Panel
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New Life: New Room - Making Homemade Space For/With Black Girls

March 24, 2021 2:30-4:00pm CST

During this talk, Blair Ebony Smith will interactively engage her current exhibition on view at the Krannert Art Museum, Homemade With Love: More Living Room, a multimedia publicly engaged installation exploring Black girls, women and femmes everyday interior life and creativity and what it means to make space for it, specifically in a museum context.

Click here to register for the New Life: New Room Event



#GlobalAndItsWorlds Video Challenge

#GlobalAndItsWorld Video Challenge Poster 
The Global and Its Worlds Video Challenge

In keeping with the 2020–2021 research theme “The Global and Its Worlds,” the Humanities Research Institute (HRI) and Illinois Global Institute (IGI) are inviting students, faculty, and staff to submit short, inspirational videos reflecting on our theme: #GlobalAndItsWorlds. Show us your global world, whether you are currently in Urbana-Champaign, or you are in a place called home. We want to see how our community sees and celebrates our Global Worlds.

Videos can be in several formats—TikTok, YouTube, or directly uploaded to the Illinois Mediaspace. Please watch the informational video announcement here.  You must log on to Illinois Mediaspace once before subscribing to this channel.

Click here for information about The Global and Its World Video Challenge

Women In History Wednesday

Mary-Elizabeth Hamstrom 
Mary-Elizabeth Hamstrom 

Mary-Elizabeth Hamstrom began in the Mathematics department in 1961. She was promoted to Professor in 1966; 1 of 4 female full professors in College of LAS. She was an authority in point-set and geometric topology with special interest in spaces of homeomorphisms of manifolds.

This series is displayed every Wednesday on our website, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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Faculty Affiliate News

Ryan Wade. See Ryan Wade's Faculty Affiliate profile. 
Ryan Wade 
Faculty Affiliate: Ryan Wade

Faculty Affiliate, Ryan Wade, is an Assistant Professor the School of Social Work.  He will be presenting on March 24th on “Racialized Sexual Discrimination and Psychological Wellbeing among Young Gay/Bisexual Black Mean (YCBBM)” as part of the WGGP Panel on Partner-Seeking, Relationships, and Well-being.

Click here to register Partner-Seeking, Relationships, and Wellbeing Presentation


To learn more about becoming a WGGP Faculty Affiliate, please contact WGGP Assistant Director, Anita Kaiser, at arkaiser@illinois.edu or (217) 333-6221.

Click to see more Faculty Affiliates

GRID Student News

WGGP Graduate Forum Thank You

A big thank you to all of the students that presented at our graduate forum on March 5th.  The event is now available to view on Media Space.

Click here to watch the Graduate Forum on Media Space

GRID Alumni Spotlight

WGGP Anniversary Symposium Thank You

WGGP is grateful for the GRID Alumni that participated in our 40th Anniversary Symposium on March 4th.  If you were not able to attend, we have now published the recording on Media Space.

Click here to watch the WGGP 40th Symposium on Media Space

Events of Interest

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DePaul's WonderWomen of Diversity Spring Discussion

Expanding the Diversity of Women in Policy, Politics, and Government
March 18, 2021 3:00pm CST

Join Depaul's WonderWomen of Diversity during Women's History Month to discuss the urgency for increasing women’s inclusion and leadership in policy, politics, and government, as well as broadening the pool of women with seats at the table.

Click to register for the WonderWomen of Diversity Spring Discussion


National & International Scholarships Program March Information Sessions

In late March and early April, the National and International Scholarships Program will be hosting information sessions for undergraduate students across colleges and fields to learn about some nationally competitive scholarship opportunities.  We hope you will share this with your students!

Information Sessions for juniors and seniors (students graduating before August 2022) will be held the week of March 22nd.  Information sessions will focus on how to apply for June priority application deadlines, including many scholarships for study or research beginning in the fall of 2022.

Click here to see the National & International Scholarships Calendar
Today's Article from Fingerprint for Success

"18 Women in the Workplace Statistics that you need to know" (in 2021) (Michael Metcalf)

The pandemic has shaken up pretty much everything to do with work, including the way we interact in the office (or not), our career paths, and the daily routine of our family lives. Everything is uprooted and women have been affected in a multitude of ways.

Click here to read full Fingerprint for Success article

WGGP Programs

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 and critically evaluate human development issues in research and policy analysis, as well as in daily life. As of 2020, GRID Alumni have come from 35 departments across campus and 50 different countries.

To learn more about the GRID minor, please contact Anita Kaiser at arkaiser@illinois.edu or by phone at 333-6221.

Click for more information on the GRID Minor


Poster for Certificate in Global Health. See information page. 
Certificate in Global Health 
Undergraduate Certificate in Global Health
Joint with WGGP and LAS Global Studies

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.

Click for more information on Undergraduate Certificate



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