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In this issue:

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

WLRC News & Upcoming Events


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Celebrating Black Histories and Black Futures

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Black History Month Keynote Lecture
Thursday, February 25, 2021
3-5pm CST

In her digital humanities project, “Singing the Nation into Being,” Dr. Sonya Donaldson, Associate Professor of English at New Jersey City University, has created an archive of performances, remixes, and mashups of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Building on this research, Dr. Donaldson will lecture about the ways that Black women's voices have been used in public performances, including this song, to promote a sense of "we-ness" at different moments in U.S. history.
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Speaking/Writing/Being: Centering Black Women's Intellectual Production
Friday, February 26, 2021
12-1:30pm CST

Join us as we create a supportive space for Black women graduate students to share their ideas and projects, engage in interdisciplinary conversations, and build relationships with other Black women students and faculty across UIC. In this first iteration, we'll feature presentations by UIC PhD students Sekordri Ojo (History), Krystal Madden (Learning Sciences), and Priscila Pereira (Mathematics & Science Education), followed by a discussion moderated by Dr. Jaira Harrington (Black Studies) about what it is like to be a Black woman graduate student in their respective fields during these unexpected times.

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Call for Submissions: "Let Our Rejoicing Rise"
Submissions due Tuesday, March 30, 2021

In recognition of how Black women's voice and performance have been important to Black struggle and resistance, we lift up the Black National Anthem "Lift Every Voice and Sing." We invite UIC students to submit a video of themselves performing the song or sharing their earliest memories of it and what it means to them. Videos will be featured on WLRC's website and as part of the "Singing the Nation" digital humanities project led by our Black History Month featured speaker, Dr. Sonya Donaldson of New Jersey City University. 

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Revolutionary Mothering: Laboring for a Just and Loving World
Monday, March 8, 2021
4-6pm CST

Join the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy and partners including WLRC for an event featuring Paula X. Rojas, co-founder of Mama Sana Vibrant Woman, community-organizer, mother, midwife, and social justice trainer at Embody Transformation. Paula will speak about the significance of mothering and care-work to social movements striving to dismantle state violence and build a just and loving world. The event will also honor the often invisible mothering and caretaking labor that has underpinned Chicago-based movements over the last several decades. Honorees will include people who have been mothering within Chicago’s struggles for prison abolition; Palestinian and Arab self-determination; immigrant justice; and American Indian sovereignty.


Zona Abierta: Latinx Womxn Leaders Across Movements Series
Rosi Carrasco, Community Defender & Organizer, Chicago Community & Workers' Rights
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
3:00pm CST

Join us in celebrating Latinx Womxn Leaders Across Social and Environmental Movements as each presenter shares their experiences and leadership on topics of labor and worker's rights, immigrant rights, environmental and climate justice, and building transgender & queer Latinx power. Through an intersectional lens, these presenters reveal the complexity and specificity of Latinx Womxn from a spectrum of identities and action-based agendas.

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Write @ WLRC 
Fridays, 10am - 12pm CST
Through 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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Call for Applications: Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Program
Applications due February 28, 2021

WLRC is proud to partner again with Chicago Sister Cities International for the annual Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Summit, which provides a globally-immersive experience for leadership development, cross-cultural awareness, and civic exchange while building relationships to last a lifetime. Participants will engage with each other and business and civic leaders via virtual workshops, discussions, and presentations on advocacy, activism, and leadership. This week-long leadership program is open to teenage girls, ages 14-16, from Chicago and its 29 international sister cities.


CAN News & Upcoming Events


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 and WLRC website and be used 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?
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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.


WLRC Spotlight: Sounds of Feminism


Want to learn more about the kinds of feminist ideas that inspire WLRC's programs?  Every week on WLRC's Instagram and Facebook, we'll be sharing critical feminist conversations and insights on key concepts, ideas, and debates that shape our everyday lives.

Words and ideas matter. So does form. WLRC’s “Sounds of Feminism” is intended to educate, engage, and inspire our UIC community and beyond. How? By featuring critical feminist conversations about history, politics, media, culture and beyond. Whether you are new to feministstruggles and debates, or have weathered all the ups and downs and are still waving your flag, you will find “Sounds of Feminism” useful, provocative, and always loudly pushing for justice.

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Lift Every Voice and Sing

In 1972, Kim Weston, American soul singer, performed  “Lift Every Voice and Sing” during a community commemoration following the 1965 Watts neighborhood uprising against police brutality and systemic discrimination. 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 written by James Weldon Johnson and set to music by J. Rosamond Johnson in 1899.

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Radical Self Care

Angela Davis, activist and author, discusses how finding the time and resources to be able to nurture our minds and souls allows us to be able to bring our entire selves into the movement. We don’t have to do it alone– if we recognize these unjust systems and the ways they operate, we can work collectively to change them.


Staying Connected: Updates about COVID-19 and WLRC/CAN

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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 via phone, video conference, online chat, or email. To schedule a meeting or request more information, please email You can also call (312) 413-8206 and leave a voicemail.

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

  • Black Table Talk: Wed, Feb. 24, 12-1pm CST
  • Black Wellness Matters! Resource Fair: Tues, Mar. 2, 12-1:30 pm CST
  • Office Hours: Mon-Thurs, 10am-12pm CST
  • Open Study Hours: Mon-Thurs, 1-3pm CST
  • Chill and Spill: Fridays, 10am-12pm CST
  • AACC Virtual Community

Arab American Cultural Center

  • The Wandering Palestinian: A Book Talk by Author and Activist Anan Ameri: Thurs, Feb. 25, 5:00-6:30pm CST
  • Yalla Nitkalem (Let's Talk): Mon, Mar. 1, 10-11am CST
  • We Want Representation: Students Speak Up for MENA Category: Tues, Mar. 2, 5:30-7:00pm CST
  • Rooted in Resilience campaign

Asian American Resource and Cultural Center

  • Student Ambassadors Trivia Hour: Fri, Feb. 26, 1pm CST
  • Letters for Black Lives (Korean and Hindi): Sat, Feb. 27, 3-4pm EST
  • Virtual AARCC: Mon-Fri, 10am - 3pm CST

Disability Cultural Center

  • Unlearning Ableism--"What's in a Word: Ableism in Everyday Language": Wed, Feb. 24, 3-4pm CST
  • Disability Community Day of Mourning: Mon, Mar 1, 6:00-7:30pm CST
  • Disability Cultural Center Check-Ins: Mon-Fri, 9am - 5pm CST
  • Study at DCC House: Fridays, 1-3pm CST

Gender and Sexuality Center

  • LGBTQ+ Judges Panel: Wed, Feb. 24, 5-6pm CST
  • TGNCNB Community Check-in: Thurs, Feb. 25, 3-4pm CST

Latino Cultural Center

  • Check back next week!
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GSC Trans Resource Guide

The Gender and Sexuality Center recently published its Trans Resource Guide to help trans, gender non-conforming, and non-binary folx navigate the UIC campus and surrounding Chicago area resources, both in-person and virtually. Check it out for info on legal and medical services and education, community and wellness, and housing.

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#CountMENAIn Campaign

The Arab American Cultural Center recently launched its #CountMENAIn campaign to create a Middle East and North Africa (MENA) racial category in the University of Illinois system. Despite the diverse and unique background of MENA students, they are currently counted as white. This is an incorrect and harmful categorization that erases the identity of MENA students and restricts resources and funding for their community. Learn more at the link above and sign onto their letter of support!

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UIC AANAPISI, AARCC, and GLAS Student Survey

Starting in the early 1990s, UIC students lobbied for almost 20 years for a cultural center, academic program, and academic support to address the needs of Asian American students. If you are a UIC student, please take a moment to fill out this survey to honor the legacy of student activism that built cultural centers like AARCC and academic programs like GLAS. Your responses will help shape the future of these programs and services and help us advocate for student needs.

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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 of all sizes from the start and covers planning, publicity, responding to access requests, setting up ASL/CART in online platforms, and facilitation.


Campus Opportunities


Black History Month at UIC: Preserve the Culture
Throughout February

UIC welcomes students, faculty, and staff to partake in this year’s virtual recognition of Black History Month, an annual celebration of achievements by Africans and African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of Black people in U.S. history.

Ida B. Wells Scholarship Virtual Launch
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 l  6-7:30pm CST

The UIC African American Advisory Council is proud to cordially invite UIC students to attend the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) - Ida B. Wells Scholarship Virtual Launch. It is their hope that you will join them for this historic event where, Mr. Dan Duster, great grandson of Ida B. Wells, University of Illinois alumnus, will serve as the Keynote Speaker. 

Chicago’s Racial Wealth Gap: Legacies of Racism
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 | 6-7:30pm CST

Join CUPPA for a presentation and panel discussion of a new IRRPP report Chicago's Racial Wealth Gap: Legacies of the Past, Challenges in the Present, Uncertain Futures documenting how local patterns in racial wealth gaps shape the lives of Chicagoans.

“The Crown: Black Hair in the Workplace” Panel Discussion
Thursday, February 25, 2021 l 12-1pm CST

Is your hair natural or relaxed? Do you wear locs, a fade, twists, or an afro? A weave or a wig? Are you getting ready for the next phase of your career journey and not sure how to wear your hair?  We have all received advice on the importance of dressing for success for our careers.  But the greater focus has been on what to wear and what not to wear.  What has been missing from many conversations focusing on this topic is how to wear our hair, which is as important as our clothing because it is also part of our identities.

Hilda López-Arce Scholarship For Latinx Undergraduate Students
Submit by February 26, 2021

Each year the Hilda López-Arce Scholarship Selection Committee, in conjunction with the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Latinos and the Latina Network, awards two $500 scholarships to Latinx students who exhibit leadership qualities and who have made contributions to the Latinx community.

Women Empowerment Series #1
Saturday, February 27, 2021 l 12:00-1:00 PM CST

GradSWE is proud to present the Women Empowerment Series for the spring semester. Join us and listen to extraordinary women from UIC's own engineering departments discuss their stories, experiences, and research. Come network, ask questions, and gain insight on what it is like to be a woman in engineering. This event will feature Dr. Isabel Cruz from the Department of Computer Science.


Community Opportunities


Abolishing Caste: Immigrant Justice, Intersectionality, and Solidarity
Wed, Feb 24, 2021 | 5:30-7:30pm CST

Join NAPAWF-NYC to learn about the caste system, caste oppression, and why caste abolition is important for intersectional AANHPI organizing and solidarity through resources created by Dalit-Bahujan and Muslim activists and creatives.

Queer Networks in Latinx Art
Thu, Feb 25, 2021 | 6pm CST

Join DePaul's Art Museum for a conversation with C. Ondine Chavoya,a specialist in Chicanx and Latinx art and Professor of Art History and Latina/o Studies at Williams College, who presents on queer networks in Latinx art and explores the works of LGBTQI artists in DPAM’s exhibition LatinXAmerican.

Abolitionist Social Work: Possibilities, Paradox, and Praxis
Thu, Feb 25, 2021 | 6-7:30pm CST

As demands to defund the police often look to social work as an alternative, panelists Tanisha "Wakumi" Douglas, Mimi Kim, Kirk "Jae" James, and Cameron Rasmussen join Haymarket Books to discuss the cautions of and possibilities for abolitionist social work.

Racial Justice Teach-In on White Supremact: Organized Hate in the U.S.
Thu, Feb 25, 2021 | 6-7:30pm CST

Join Working Family Solidarity for their next Racial Justice Teach-In with Rev. David Ostendorf and Abraham Mwaura. Rev. Ostendorf will share his experiences and reflection on decades of work organizing rural families and of his organizing against White Supremacist groups in conversation with Mr. Mwaura, a long-time labor and anti-racist activist, and currently a community engagement consultant with the World Health Organization in Geneva.


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