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

CART live captioning is provided for all events hosted by WLRC and CAN. Please send any questions or additional accommodation requests to

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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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Save the Date: 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.

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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 Presenters: Feminisms Lunch Lectures
Proposals due Monday, February 22, 2021

WLRC's Feminisms Lunch Lecture series offers faculty, graduate students, visiting scholars, and activists an opportunity to present their projects, ideas, and works-in-progress on a wide range of topics and engage participants in lively and provocative discussion.

For the Spring 2021 semester, WLRC is partnering with the Gender and Women’s Studies department to invite proposals from UIC graduate students that feature current research, creative, or community projects that engage feminist movements and scholarship. Black and Indigenous students and other students of color in Gender and Women’s Studies are especially encouraged to submit proposals.

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

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 "Lift Every Voice and Sing" written by James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosamond Johnson in 1899. We invite UIC students to submit a video recording responding to the following prompts:

  1. What are your earliest memories of "Lift Every Voice and Sing"?
  2. Given this current historical moment, tell us what the song means to you.
  3. Sing as many verses of "Lift Every Voice and Sing" as you can. 

Performances and stories will be featured on WLRC's website and as part of the "Singing The Nation" digital humanities project led by Dr. Sonya Donaldson, New Jersey City University.

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Call for Applications: Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Program
Applications due February 28

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
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Thursday, February 11, 2021
12:30-1pm CST
One on One: Connecting beyond the surface, listening to the human side. Join Dr. Ada Cheng from CAN and Moises Villada from the Gender and Sexuality Center for a conversation with Jennifer M. Jackson, Assistant Professor for the University Library.
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Friday, February 12, 2021
12-1:30pm CST
Join Dr. Ada Cheng, CAN Education and Outreach Specialist, and Christina Zuba, CAASE Staff Attorney in this workshop for students, staff, and faculty at the College of Nursing. Please contact Dr. Sarah Abboud at for questions and registration.
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Screening Window: Friday, February 12-14
Film Conversation: Monday, February 15, 5pm CST
Register by Tuesday, February 9
Campus Advocacy Network, Women in Engineering Programs (WIEP) and Society of Women Engineers (GradSWE) invite you to a free screening of Picture A Scientist, a powerful documentary that sheds light on the institutional gender discrimination experienced by women in STEM. Register by Feb. 9 to stream the film at your own convenience between Feb. 12-14, and then join us for a conversation on Feb. 15. This will be a great opportunity to learn about UIC resources if you experience harassment or gender discrimination.
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Shake It Up!: Beyond Compliance: Survivor-Centered Advocacy in Praxis
Wednesday, February 17, 2021

3-4:30pm CST

In collaboration with campus partners, CAN invites the larger UIC community for this critical dialogue, through which we ask the central question: How do we go beyond the model of compliance to actively engage in survivor-centered practices and create survivor-centered spaces on campus? 

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Friday, February 19, 2021
12-1pm CST
Join us to watch excerpts from the documentary, The Hunting Ground, and discuss issues related to gender-based violence. The Hunting Ground weaves in two courageous survivors who are shining a spotlight on the alarming trend of universities and colleges to downplay and deny sexual assaults on their campuses. As they strike back using an innovative legal strategy, they gain momentum to inspire justice in the process.

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.

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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. To schedule a meeting or request more information, please email 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

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

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Arab Americans: Invisibility in Racial Categories
Tues, Feb 9, 2021
5:30pm CST

Join the Arab American Cultural Center for a presentation and a discussion about the Invisibility of Arab Americans in Racial Categories and the implications for our students and our communities. 

Learn more about the newly launched #CountMENAIn campaign 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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Apply to Be an AAMP Mentor!
Applications due Sunday, February 14, 2021

AARCC's American Mentor Program (AAMP) aims to ease the transition of incoming first-year and transfer students to UIC. Peer mentors will meet regularly with student mentees to connect them to resources, build connections, and create community through a variety of social, cultural, and educational events. Returning Mentor applications are now open; New Mentor apps will open soon.

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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

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.

Preserve the Culture is an ode to Black ingenuity and brilliance. Black people have been innovators, creators, and originators in all spheres and sectors. From antiquity to present day, our legacy is defined by our culture, and carried out by our community.

Keep Them From Harm & Injustice: Strategies for Providing LGBTQ+ Inclusive Healthcare
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
3-4:00pm CST

Enjoy a lecture by Zena Sharman, PhD - Writer, Speaker, Strategist and LGBTQ+ Health Advocate. This event is a Richard Weber, MD Supported Lecture, and it is presented by the Department of Medicine Inclusion Council.

How to Make Sure All Vaccines are Allocated Equitably and Ethically

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

4- 5:30pm

Join UIC's School of Public Health for their Daniel Swartzman Public Health Ethics Lecture to discuss how Covid-19 vaccines can be allocated equitably and ethically. The event will feature keynote speaker Dr. Helene Gayle (President and CEO, Chicago Community Trust) and panelists Dr. Ngozi Ezike (Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health), Dr. Julie Morita (Executive Vice President, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation), Dr. Lee Francis (President and CEO, Erie Family Health Center), and moderator Dr. Wayne H. Giles (Dean of the UIC School of Public Health).

Loving MElanin
Thursday, February 11, 2021
5-6:30pm CST

2020 has been an overwhelming, stressful year, and many events that have transpired have had a detrimental effect on the Black psyche. Join this Zoom event with our special guest and work on learning how to love and choose yourself during strenuous times. Students will be able to meditate, self-reflect, and engage in conversation about how to define love and self-care. All students are welcome.

Career Launch Initiative (CLI) NEW Career Development and Exploration Program

Tuesdays 2/16-3/16

3-4:15 PM


This NEW 4 week program is for students and alumni who are undecided about their majors and/or career paths. Participants will complete a YouScience career assessment, learn about their strengths and possible career paths, as well as understand how to make an informed career decision as they start their career journeys. Participants MUST commit to attending all weeks of the program.


1st Annual Minority Graduate Student Research Symposium
February 16-17, 2021

The Black Graduate Student Association and SACNAS Grad Chapter would like to announce  a multidisciplinary event featuring presentations and panels from underrepresented students, faculty and staff. Join them as they showcase the work of minority scholars and academics whose work touches underrepresented communities.

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.

Visit UIC's Social Justice Initiative for a virtual tour of celebrated Chicago photographer and conceptual artist Tonika Johnson's exhibit "Belonging: Power, Place, and (Im)Possibilities" at SJI's Chicago Justice Gallery. In this powerful but nuanced exhibition, Johnson chronicles the ways in which nine young people have been made to feel they don’t belong in their own city.

Research Opportunity for Survivors of Sexual Misconduct

Have you experienced sexual misconduct while attending a U.S. college or university? Have you had contact with a Title IX office as a result of this misconduct? If so, we want to hear about your experience in a research interview. Research participation is confidential. This research is being conducted at California State University-Northridge under the direction of Dr. Katherine Lorenz, Department of Criminology and Justice Studies.

Research Study: Latina Women and Body Image

Latinxs are a fast-growing ethoracial group in the United States, and Latinas make up a major portion of Latinxs in higher education. However, there is little research on how Latinas make sense of their identity and self-image. Bianca Perez, an MA student in Latin American and Latino Studies,  is looking for people who are willing to speak on their thoughts and experiences about topics related to body image, their gender identity, and Latinidad. Interviews will last 30-60 minutes and will take place over an online video-call platform. If you are interested or want more details, please contact Bianca Perez, MA student in Latin American and Latino Studies at

Community Opportunities


Tues, Feb 10, 2021
6-7:30pm ST
Join Haymarket Books for a conversation between former Black Panther Party members about how to best cultivate and sustain resistance. The Black Panther Party (BPP) has made an undeniable impact on the iconography, language, culture and practice of revolutionary struggles since the mid-1960s. Join former BPP members/political prisoners in a discussion about commitment, creativity, continuity, and how to best cultivate and sustain resistance.
Wed, February 10, 2021
2pm CST
Our bi-monthly community connect calls are intended to be a space for AANHPI advocates, community members, and allies to connect, dialogue, share successes, problem solve, and network. API-GBV staff will be available to moderate and encourage discussion, but this is a space for YOU, as the experts of this work, to share your experiences and to learn from allies across the country.
Thu, Feb 11, 2021
4-5:30pm CST
Join Haymarket Books for a conversation between Harsha Walia and Robin D.G. Kelley to discuss the global migration crisis, racial capitalism, and the ascendant far-right across the world, marking the release of Walia’s Border and Rule: Global Migration, Capitalism, and the Rise of Racist Nationalism.
A City in Limbo: Brittany Greeson & Claudia Perkins Milton
Thu, Feb 11, 2021
5-6pm CST

Join Art Works Projects in conversation with Brittany Greeson and Claudia Perkins-Milton. Greeson's project, A City in Limbo, will be released as two digital exhibitions – the first will introduce the ongoing water crisis in Flint, and the second will focus on the vulnerabilities faced by this compromised community due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Register in advance. 

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago: Talk with Carolina Caycedo
In celebration of the exhibition Carolina Caycedo: From the Bottom of the River, join a lively conversation between the artist, exhibition curator Carla Acevedo-Yates, and Wayuu filmmaker David Hernández Palmar. 

Translegal Fireside Chat
Thursday, Feb 22, 2021
5:30pm CST

Join the Chicago House Associate Board and national legal experts for a conversation on legal issues and challenges facing transgender communities. Register to attend. 
Southside Summit on Transportation & Environmental Justice
Feb 23-25, 2021

Join the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization for a three day summit on transportation and environmental justice. This 3-day summit will be examining the recent expansion of Trucking, Distribution, and Logistics (TDL) facilities on the Southside, and how this expansion of warehouses and TDL facilities are impacting public and environmental health. 


Women Employed Internship Program

Are you interested in working in non-profit projects? Do you have a passion for helping low-wage women get the help they deserve? Then this internship may be just for you!  This is a virtual program during the summer and they do offer a $1,900 stipend! Last day to apply is March 29th so apply soon!

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