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Please join us for several upcoming events as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and keep reading for resources you can share with your loved ones. We're also excited to launch the Virtual Meet and Greet series with our sibling Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change! Coming up first: two conversations with the Arab American Cultural Center and Latino Cultural Center about anti-Blackness in our communities and the upcoming U.S. elections. We hope to share space with you at these great events.

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

Please join us throughout October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month events. CART live captioning will be provided. Please email wlrc@uic.edu for additional accommodation requests.

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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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Getting Comfortable Talking about the Uncomfortable

Tuesday, October 13, 2020
4:30-6pm CST
Registration required for Zoom link

Join us for a discussion on interpersonal violence and how we address it and have conversations with loved ones about it. Bring a craft or hobby to work on as we chat to help keep you grounded and comfortable. If you don't have one, check out our Crafts to De-Stress document.

Co-sponsor: Arab American Cultural Center

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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

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Shake It Up!: Our Words, Our Truths: Students Navigating Title IX Processes

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
3-4:30pm CST

Registration required for Zoom link

Join us to hear UIC students' experiences with Title IX, learn about recent changes to Title IX guidelines and procedures, and participate in a critical dialogue about survivor-centered institutional advocacy and activism.

Co-sponsors: Asian American Resource and Cultural Center, Fraternity and Sorority Life, and Undergraduate Student Government

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Not Your Usual Watch Party!: Surviving R. Kelly

Friday, October 30, 2020
12-1pm CST
Registration required for Zoom link

Bring your lunch and join us to watch excerpts from the R. Kelly documentary and discuss issues related to gender-based violence.

In case you missed it...
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Last week we shared resources about anti-violence activism and survivors' stories as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Check them out:

Listen to Surviving, a Spotify playlist compiled by WLRC Special Projects Assistant Emoonah McClerklin and WLRC Student Assistant Tiffany Hamling.

Watch I Am With You to learn Chanel Miller’s story of survival, healing, and creating space for survivors to speak their truths.


Follow Surviving the Mic on Instagram and Facebook to find brave and affirming creative spaces for survivors of trauma.

Subscribe to Intersectionality Matters!, a podcast from the African American Policy Forum and Kimberlé Crenshaw, to learn about the intersections of racism, sexism, and state violence in the lives of Black women--and the activists, scholars, and movements working on these issues.

Apply for emergency funding from UIC’s U & I Care Emergency Fund or from the Network’s Emergency Crisis Fund for survivors of domestic violence.

CAN Resources
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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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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

Gender and Sexuality Center

Latino Cultural Center


CCUSC Meet and Greets

Join the Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change for a series of Meet and Greets! Every few weeks, two of our centers pair up and host a relaxed conversation about a topic that's important to our communities.

Coming up first:

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Virtual Meet & Greet at the Kitchen Table

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Join the Latino Cultural Center and Arab American Cultural Center for informal conversations on two pressing issues:

  • Anti-Blackness in Our Communities
  • 2020 Presidential Election

You will be able to sit in one of our virtual kitchen tables and meet other people to cook up collective ideas for change.

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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

Health Professions Forum Fall Series

This series is tailored around healthcare-focused programs designed to help students explore careers and connect with professionals working in hospitals, labs, education, non-profits, and other healthcare settings.

  • Impact of COVID-19 in Healthcare and Public Health - Thursday, October 15, 2020 | 3-4:15PM
  • Community Health and Advocacy - Thursday, October 22, 2020 | 3-4:15PM
  • Technology and Hospital Administration - Thursday, October 29, 2020 | 3-4:15PM
  • Healthcare Research - Thursday, November 5, 2020 | 3-4:15PM

To register, visit go.uic.edu/HPF.

Artist-Run Spaces

Friday, October 16, 2020
12-1pm CST

As part of the ongoing partnership between the Chicago Humanities Festival and the UIC Institute for the Humanites, we are delighted to share an invitation to a free panel on "Artist-Run Spaces."

Artist-run spaces have played a crucial role in defining Chicago’s artistic landscape, yet the histories of these spaces and their influence are often overlooked. We’ll discuss the particular role of women-run art spaces and wander through—virtually—some current and historic practice rooms, performance spaces, galleries, and warehouses-turned-wonderlands. Join Meg Duguid (Where the Future Came From) and visionary artists the Zhou Brothers for a conversation moderated by curator Allison Peters Quinn about how artist-run spaces contribute to the richness and ethos of art in Chicago.


IRRPP Faculty Fellowships, PSEF, & Dissertation Award Applications

IRRPP supports the scholarly, community development, and educational activities of UIC faculty members and graduate students whose work focuses on race, ethnicity, and public policy. Applications for our fellowships and grants are welcome from all disciplines across UIC. Junior faculty and faculty and graduate students from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Review period begins October 19.
Faculty Fellowship & PSEF Application Deadline: November 9.

Community Opportunities
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Why Communities of Color Must Unite in the Fight for Racial Justice

Wednesday, October  7, 2020
6-7:30pm CST

Join Working Family Solidarity for the next in their Racial Equity Teach-in Series. Both African American and Latinx communities have shared an unwelcoming and disturbing history in the United States. The teach-in will reflect on and celebrate collaborative civil rights work, student activism, community organizing, legal victories, and political successes. While exploring, what unity means for our communities today and what do we have to lose if we do not work together? The featured speaker is Ms. Benéta M. Standly, a civil rights and social justice consultant.

National Edition Virtual: Grassroots Power Hour 

Wednesday, October  7, 2020
6:30-7:30pm CST

Please join IMAN as they shed light on the effort to pass Carol's Law in Buffalo, NY, provide some updates on the progress of IMAN's "No Taxation Without Representation" campaign in Atlanta, and discuss the significant role of artists in community organizing. 

Election Judges Wanted

The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners is seeking Bilingual (English-Chinese) Election Judges. Paid opportunity to serve the community on November 3, 2020. Judges are paid $230 if they complete training and serve all of the Election Day.

Voter Registration Phonebank Volunteers Needed!

Held remotely Saturdays & Sundays. Centering the Arab American Community in the Chicagoland area with a focus on voter registration, education, and outreach. Contact for more information: rania.salem@aaan.org.

Connect with us!
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Have you checked out our websites (WLRC and CAN)? We add lots of useful content throughout the year, so be sure to bookmark both!

Get social with us!

We post regularly on WLRC's Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter and on CAN's Facebook.



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