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Director's Welcome

On behalf of the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program (WGGP) at the University of Illinois, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the new semester.

Since 1980, WGGP has had as our goal encouraging and facilitating research, instruction, and service focused on human development and gender equity.  Our 77 Faculty Affiliates from 12 Colleges and 33 Departments from across campus comprise a rich community of scholars with expertise in these areas.  The complete list of Faculty Affiliates is located on the People page of our website.

Our program strives to engage students, faculty as well as community members through lectures, brown bags, and symposia. On the Home page of our website, you will find upcoming events that we are hosting or co-sponsoring. Please mark your calendars to join us on October 17th for a lunchtime panel discussion on “#MeToo and Academia” in the College of Law Auditorium.  For more details on this and other events in the fall semester, please visit our website at

Over 136 graduate students have been involved with WGGP through what was originally a certificate program and is now a graduate minor on Gender Relations in International Development (GRID).  For more information about our GRID minor, please look under the Academics page. During the 2018-2019 AY, we will also be highlighting GRID alum on our website, in our weekly newsletter and on social media. We are also concentrating on expanding awareness of the GRID minor among current graduate students across campus.

Annually, we offer a competition for graduate students awards that include a full year fellowship through the Rita and Arnold Goodman Fellowship and smaller research awards through the Accad & Vielle, Yates, and Due & Ferber International Research Awards.  The deadline for applying for funding for AY 2019-20 is February 15, 2019.  Complete details and a link to the application is on the Funding page

I encourage you to look over our website and learn more about our program.  I also invite you to “Like” us on Facebook  and “Follow” us on Twitter to learn about happenings on campus and around the world related to human development and gender equity. 

We are happy to meet with you to discuss any questions you might have about our program or about how you may get involved with WGGP.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me or our Assistant Director, Anita Kaiser, at or (217) 333-6221.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Finally, I would like to invite you to our Fall Reception on September 6, 2018 from 4-5pm.  This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about WGGP and meet colleagues and supporters from across campus.  RSVP is appreciated by August 31st at


Warm regards,

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


Annual Fall Reception

The Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program (WGGP) invites you to join us for our annual fall reception.

Event Details
Thursday, September 6, 2018
4:00-5:00pm (remarks at 4:20pm)
Room 101 International Studies Building
(910 S. Fifth Street, Champaign)

Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP online is appreciated


Alumni Spotlight

Isabel Scarborough
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Alumnna

GRID Minor, 2012
PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology, 2012

Current Position

My current position is Associate Professor of Anthropology, and Program Director of Anthropology and Sociology, Parkland College, Champaign, Illinois

See full interview here



Faculty Affiliate News

WGGP Faculty Affiliates, Ezekiel Kalipeni and Diana Grigsby-Toussaint, have recent publications on public health.

Kalipeni, Ezekiel; Iwelunmor, Juliet; Grigsby-Toussaint, Diana; and Moise, Imelda K. (2018). Public Health, Disease and Development in Africa. London: Routledge Publishers.

Kalipeni, Ezekiel; Iwelunmor, Juliet; Grigsby-Toussaint, Diana (Guest Editors). 2017. Maternal and Child Health in Africa for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Beyond 2015. Special Issue of the Journal of Global Public Health 12(6), pp. 643-807.






WGGP Faculty Affiliates, Colleen Murphy, Paolo Gardoni, and Robert McKim come together for this recent publication on Climate Change and Its Impacts.


Faculty Affiliates and GRID Students are welcome to send award and
publication updates to be included in future newsletters.


If you have news to share, please contact Anita Kaiser at
or (217) 333-6221.


Students and Recent Alumni- Luce Scholars Program

Do you want to get experience living and working in Asia?

Have you spent 18 weeks or less in Asia since you graduated from high school? 

If so, you may be eligible to apply for the Luce Scholars Program. The Luce is a one-year internship in your field after graduation in Asia or Southeast-Asia, and it is designed specifically for students and recent alumni who are U.S. citizens and who have spent less than 18 weeks in Asia since graduating from high school. For any candidate, even students who lived in Asia as a child or teenager, the Luce eligibility requirements this year would only count time in Asia since high school graduation toward the 18-week limit. With these new requirements, even more students on our campus are eligible to apply – maybe you! 

If you would like to learn more, please join us for one or both of the following events:

Luce Scholars Program Information Session

This session will include advice from a previous Illinois Luce recipient
Thursday, August 30th, 3:30-4:30 pm

514 Illini Union Bookstore
Hosted by the National and International Scholarships Program

Luce Scholars Program Personal Statement Writing Workshop

Friday, August 31st, 3:00-4:00 pm
514 Illini Union Bookstore
Hosted by the National and International Scholarships Program

For more information, contact the National and International Scholarships Program at or visit our website at


Faculty Job Search: CVs

Wednesday, August 29, 4 - 5 p.m., Noyes, room 161

Going on the academic job market or applying for a fellowship? You’ll need a strong CV that presents your academic background and experience convincingly. Join us and learn the basics of preparing an effective CV, like what sections to include and how to format the document to highlight your experience. See the full career workshop schedule online.

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 2018, 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 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 2018

Certificate Description

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.

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

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