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Happy !  This week we’re talking about Erika Harold. Erika graduated from UIUC in 2001 with a degree in political science. Post-graduation she became Miss Illinois in 2002 and Miss America in 2003. In 2007, she received her J.D. from Harvard and is now a practicing attorney here in Champaign. Read more about Erika:

WGGP Fellowship and Awards- Deadline Feb 17th


WGGP 2019-20 Graduate Student Award Application Now Available

The application for 2019-20 Rita and Arnold Goodman Fellowship along with other WGGP Awards is now available.  Complete details available at:

2019-20 application deadline is February 17, 2019 at 11:59pm

Online application available at

Link for referees to complete letter of recommendation

Events This Week
Upcoming Events

Application deadline for WGGP Graduate Fellowships and Awards

Date Feb 17, 2019
Time All Day
Contact Anita Kaiser
Phone 333-6221
Sponsor Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program



WGGP Faculty Affiliate Annual Lecture "Girls Hold up Half the Sky: Neoliberalism meets Girls and the Media

Date Feb 27, 2019
Time 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Location 314B Illini Union
Speaker Angharad Valdivia, Research Professor Institute of Communications Research
Registration Lunch provided with registration by February 21st
Contact Anita Kaiser
Phone 333-6221
Sponsor Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program

WGGP Faculty Affiliate Annual Lecture by Professor Angharad Valdivia from the Institute of Communications Research. Lunch provided with RSVP by February 21st.


"Cultural Difference in Perceptions of and Responses to Sexual Harassment"

Date Mar 1, 2019
Time 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location IPRH Seminar Room, Room 424, Levis Faculty Center, 919 W. Illinois, Urbana
Speaker Amira Al-Mutairi, Assistant Director of ISSS
Contact Anita Kaiser
Phone 333-6221
Sponsor IPRH Reading Group Co-sponsored by WGGP

Amira Al-Mutairi (Assistant Director, ISSS) will be presenting "Cultural Difference in Perceptions of and Responses to Sexual Harassment" as part of the IPRH Reading Group series Cross-cultural Re-understanding of Power Harassment: Title VII and Title IX, Awareness and Action.

This project is co-sponsored by IPRH and WGGP, and endorsed by Associate Chancellor for Diversity, Dr. Assata Zerai.

For more information about this IPRH Reading Group, please contact Professor Dan Shao at


Racial Banishment: A Postcolonial Critique of the Urban Condition in America

Date Mar 5, 2019
Time 6:00 pm
Location Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
Speaker Professor Ananya Roy, Director of Center for Democracy and Inequality, UCLA
Contact Anita Kaiser
Phone 333-6221
Sponsor The Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory. Co-sponsored by WGGP

This talk is concerned with processes of racial banishment, which I conceptualize as state-instituted violence against racialized bodies and communities.  Breaking with narratives of neoliberalization, I foreground how dispossession and disposability are being remade in the contemporary American metropolis. Holding in simultaneous view black studies and postcolonial theory, I seek to pinpoint the workings of racial capitalism at both urban and global scales. Such frameworks also make possible the study of imaginations and practices that challenge banishment and insist on freedom. Thinking from postcolonial Los Angeles, I share examples of movements and struggles that work to dismantle the color-lines of the 21st century.


International Women's Day "10 Women Who Changed the World: Untold Stories"

Date Mar 8, 2019
Time 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Location Third Floor Lecture Hall, Levis Faculty Center (919 W. Illinois Street, Urbana)
Contact Anita Kaiser
Phone 333-6221
Sponsor Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program and Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities

Celebrate International Women's Day by hearing from 10 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty members as they talk about 10 women who changed the world. Each presenter will have 5 minutes to talk about a woman in their field that made a difference.  Light refreshments served.

Co-sponsored by: Women's Resources Center and the Department of Gender and Women's Studies


Mary Ramier Grant for Undergraduate Women-Deadline March 1st

The Mary Ramier Grant is set up to inspire undergraduate women to develop as successful leaders, activists, and professionals.  Mary Ramier, a 1923 graduate of the University of Illinois, was an attorney and activist from Indianapolis, IN.   She was remembered for tackling problems in her Irvington neighborhood, including a petition drive that led to much-needed urban renovation.  She also worked at the national level as an attorney and officer for the Mortar Board National Senior Women’s Honorary.

Awards are usually between $50 and $500.  The Gender and Women’s Studies awards committee will determine the amount and number of awards per year based on the merit of individual proposals and financial need.  Money will not be awarded for tuition costs or living expenses.   

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