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November 16 ♦  Fall 2020 ♦  View Past Newsletters

WGGP Fellowships & Award Application Open

The application for 2021-2022 Rita and Arnold Goodman Fellowship, Barbara A. Yates Fellowship along with other WGGP Awards is now available. 

2020-22 application deadline is February 16, 2021 at 11:59pm

Complete details available at:

Online application available at

Link for referees to complete letter of recommendation

WGGP Co-Sponsored Events

The Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies:

“Gender Apartheid and Micropolitics of Liberating Space in Urban and Peri-Urban Iran”

Tuesday, November 17 @ 12:00pm CST 

online via Zoom

About the speaker: Atyeh Ashtari is a GRID student and PhD candidate in the Dept. of Urban and Regional Planning, UIUC. Click here to view Atyeh's GRID Student Profile.

Click to register
Upcoming Campus Events

The Center for African Studies (CAS):

"75 years of the UN and the Africana Diaspora--a special CAS webinar"

feat. WGGP Visiting Research Scholar Vernita Pearl Fort 

Tuesday, November 17@ 10:00am CST (via Zoom)

This Webinar celebrates the United Nations' 75th anniversary while remembering that the UN Charter was written at a time when most of the Black world was under colonial or Jim Crow rule, and thus blocked from participation. Also, the UN Charter concentrates global veto power in the five Permanent Members of the UN Security Council, a core democratic deficit. Now the world acutely faces the interlocking global crises of the pandemic, climate change, poverty, inequality, racialized hierarchies of systemic oppression, war, and nuclear threat. Click to learn more about this event. 

Click to register



Lemann Graduate Forum 

Lemann Graduate Forum

Friday, November 20 @ 10:00am CST

online via Zoom 

Come see WGGP GRID Student Cintia Martins Freitas who will be presenting at this forum. Cintia's presentation titled “Collective Candidacies and New Municipalism in Brazil: Possibilities for Greater Gender Equality in Local Politics” will begin at 12:30pm.

Click here to register



Mary Temple Grandin 

Happy #WomeninHistoryWednesday!

This #WomenInHistoryWednesday, we celebrate UIUC alum Mary Temple Grandin! She is best known for being one of the first individuals on the autism spectrum to speak out about her experience with autism. In 2010, Mary was named one of Time Magazine's most influential people in the world. 

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

Faculty Affiliate News
Dr. Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo 

New Faculty Affiliate: Dr. Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo

Dr. Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo's research focuses on addressing mental health disparities in women and mothers, particularly racial and ethnic minorities, immigrants, and military populations. Her research approach builds on a framework focused on psychosocial, cultural, structural and physiological factors. Specifically, she examines how contextual factors (e.g., culture, biology) are associated with poor mental health in her populations of interest. Click here to view Dr. Lara-Cinisomo's Faculty Affiliate profile. 

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 here to see more Faculty Affiliates
Colleen Murphy 

"Commentary: To protect our democracy, remember: Our opponents are not our enemies"

Article by WGGP Faculty Affiliate Colleen Murphy

Click here to read Colleen's article


Colleen Murphy is the Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of law & Professor of Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she also serves as Director of the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program. Prior to joining the Illinois faculty, she was an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Texas A&M University. Dr. Murphy has been a Laurence S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow at the Princeton University Center for Human Values and a Visiting Professor at the 4.TU Centre for Ethics in the Netherlands. Click here to view Colleen's Faculty Affiliate profile.


GRID Students
Atyeh Ashtari 
Meet this week's GRID Student, Atyeh Ashtari. Atyeh is a Doctoral Student in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. She was recently awarded the 2020 "Excellent Teaching Assistant by Students" Award. Click here to view Atyeh's GRID Student Profile.
If you would like your story shared, please contact Anita Kaiser at arkaiser@illinois.edu
Event Reflections
Roukiatou Bâ 

In case you missed the events below, they are now on Media Space!

"The place and role of the Storyteller in the transmission of knowledge in Africa" - a presentation by Roukiatou Bâ

October 21, 2020

Click to watch webinar



“Restroom Revolution! Gender and Family Issues in Public Restroom Design: A Local and Global Perspective” - Faculty Affiliate Lecture by Kathryn Anthony

October 16, 2020

Click to watch webinar

Call for Proposals: GLBL 296 and 298

The LAS Global Studies program is currently accepting proposals for the GLBL 296: Global Studies Foundation Seminar (on-campus) and GLBL 298: Global Studies Seminar Abroad for AY 2021-22. Faculty are encouraged to apply for both seminars and graduate students may apply for GLBL 296. 

GLBL 298 seminars abroad are pending resumption of study abroad activities. In light of this, it is suggested that proposals be aimed at summer 2022. Questions regarding these seminars and proposals may be directed to Tim Wedig, Associate Director of LAS Global Studies: twedig@illinois.edu.

*Proposals are due electronically to Valerie Pacely at vpaceley@illinois.edu by February 8, 2021.*

Click for more information

Portraits Of Resilience: How 19 Women Around The Globe Face The Pandemic

"Life is hard for everyone during a pandemic. But in a global crisis, it is women who carry extra burdens, says Raquel Lagunas, director of the gender team at the United Nations Development Programme. 'Because of their reproductive role in society, they are ones taking care of the kids, the house, the food, the survival of families.'" 

Click here to read the full story!


"Women Are Falling Behind"

Large-scale study backs up other research showing relative declines in women's research productivity during COVID-19.

Click here to read to the full story. 


Study Tips and Strategies to Help Your Students Succeed in Online Instruction

Early in the Spring, CITL launched a series of Student Resources aimed at helping students perform better in their online courses. We are continuing to update these resources to meet the changing needs of students during the pandemic. Please make your students aware of these tips by sharing this link - https://go.citl.illinois.edu/student_success.

WGGP Programs



The Spring 2021 GRID Elective Course List
is now available.  Please visit the courses page.


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 2019, 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.


Undergraduate Certificate

in Global Health

Joint with WGGP and LAS Global Studies

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 and upcoming information sessions is available here


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