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Campus Events This Week

November 5, 2019, 1:00-2:00pm
Women in Entrepreneurship: Entrepreneur Roundtable.

Speaker: Bela Gandhi, Founder & President, Smart Dating Academy

Location: 3041 Business Instructional Facility

Sponsor: Origin Ventures Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership


November 6, 2019, 12:00pm
Film and Literature by North African Women: Looking at Postcolonialism, Gender, and Religion.

Speaker: Amber Scarborough, Center for African Studies and GRID Minor

Location: 101 International Studies Building, 910 S. Fifth Street

Sponsor: Center for African Studies


Open dialogue between CTS Lab FLACSO (Ecuador) and Community*Data*Clinic (UIUC) 

Hosted by: Dr. Anita Say Chan (Community*Data*Clinic)

Date and time: Thursday, Nov 7th @1:00P 

Location: Room 2103, NCSA - National Center for Supercomputing Applications


This meeting is an open conversation addressing issues, opportunities, and approaches to projects where technologies are designed for improving problematic situations in communities. We will discuss projects, teaching approaches, and lines of action research of both laboratories. With the participation of the attendees, we will seek to find parallels, convergences, questions, and nuances of these socio-technical perspectives.


Light lunch provided. Please RSVP here for your attendance no later than Tuesday, Nov 5th.


November 7, 2019, 4:00pm
"Technology and Transitional Justice: Making Visible the Information Infrastructure for War Victims"

Speaker: Maria Belen Albornoz, Department of Public Affairs, Research Professor at Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales Sede Ecuador (FLACSO)

Location: 210 Levis Faculty Center

Sponsors: Center for Global Studies
WGGP and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies


November 8, 2019, 12:00pm
Voter Empowerment as Justice: The potential, limitations, and how to engage folks in the process.

Speaker: Mansi Kathuria, Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Location: University YMCA, Latzer Hall
1001 S. Wright St. Champaign

Sponsor: University YMCA
Co-sponsors: WGGP and others





Unfortunately, due to the Art Theater closing, this event has been canceled.  We hope to reschedule in the future.


November 13, 2019, 12:00-1:00pm
Migration & Game Design Working Group

Speaker: Siebel Center for Design Group

Location: Informatics, Room 210A, Tech Plaza, 616 E. Green, Suite 210

Sponsor: WGGP, Playful by Design: Illinois Interdisciplinary Game Studies (PbD), and the Siebel Center for Design (SCD)


November 13, 2019, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Distinguished Alum Speaker Series: Dr. Jungmin Kwon
Author of "Straight Korean Female Fans and Their Gay Fantasies"

Speaker: Dr. Jungmin Kwon, Portland State University

Location: 336 Greg Hall

Sponsor: Institute of Communications Research
Co-sponsors: WGGP and others


Click for full list of Fall 2019 Events


Happy #WomeninHistoryWednesday!

This week we celebrate Jeanne Gang!

She earned her degree in architecture and founded Studio Gang Architects. She is known for the Aqua skyscraper and Nature Boardwalk. She was an International Rotary Fellow and has won many other awards.

Read more: https://gec150.web.illinois.edu/1980s/jeanne-gang/

More details at: https://wggp.illinois.edu/spotlight/women-history/jeanne-gang

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

Faculty Affiliate News

WGGP Faculty Affiliate was on WILL recently discussing the plight of undocumented minors and their families and the billion-dollar human smuggling industry it supports.  To hear more information, please visit WILL.



The AWARE (Accelerating Women And underRepresented Entrepreneurs) program is offering a proof-of-concept award of up to $1,500. AWARE is administered by the EnterpriseWorks incubator at the University of Illinois Research Park. This award provides funding to potential SBIR/STTR applicants to enable prototype development and accelerate commercialization. Learn more & apply: Proof of Concept Funding

December 2, 5 pm • Application Deadline



The Spring 2020 GRID Elective List
is now available. 
Please visit the courses page.


The deadline for the fully-funded Academic Fellowships in Russia is quickly approaching. Provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York, the American Councils Academic Fellowships in Russia program (AFR) will support U.S. graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars as they conduct research for three to nine consecutive months on topics within the social sciences disciplines in Russia. 

The total value of each fellowship ranges from $10,000 - $45,000, with actual level of support depending on the duration of the overseas research period and the academic rank of the awardee. Typical awards include:

  • International airfare
  • Academic affiliation with a leading local university or educational institution
  • Visa(s) arranged by American Councils in collaboration with host institutions
  • Housing and living stipends
  • Health insurance
  • Ongoing logistical support from American Councils
  • 24-hour emergency assistance

Research conducted on AFR must strengthen and broaden current scholarship in the social sciences related to Russia and U.S.-Russian relations. AFR fellows will be expected to share their research findings through presentations at conferences, briefings, or other means.

The application deadline is December 2, 2019. All AFR fellowships must take place between June 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021. For further details and to apply, please visit the program website

Questions? Contact outbound@americancouncils.org.


Are you a passionate environmentalist? Do you want to devote your career to addressing environmental concerns?

The University of Illinois seeks to nominate sophomores and juniors for the prestigious Udall Scholarship. The Udall awards $7,000 to sophomores or juniors who are taking action to address environmental concerns and are committed to a career related to the environment.

Please note that there are special awards also for Native American students interested in tribal policy or health care (no need to be related to the environment).

Students must be US citizens, US nationals, or US permanent residents. A successful applicant will have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and demonstrate leadership and a commitment to service. The University of Illinois may nominate up to six students for the Udall Scholarship. The campus deadline is February 6, 2020 to be considered.

If you are interested in applying, please plan to attend our Udall informational events:  

Udall Scholarship Information Session

Thursday, November 7th, 3:30-4:30 pm

503 Illini Union Bookstore Building

Udall Scholarship Writing Workshop

Friday, November 8th, 3:00-4:00 pm

503 Illini Union Bookstore Building

For more information, contact the scholarships office at topscholars@illinois.edu or visit our website at https://topscholars.illinois.edu/udall.

WGGP Courses and Programs

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

GLBL 240 and GLBL 440 are both offered Fall 2019

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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