Black History Month, WGS in MENA, Shake It Up!
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Dear friends,

We are excited to partner with units across campus on several events in celebration of Black History Month, including Remembering Toni Morrison, a five-part series of film screenings, readings, and a writers' roundtable; and the Black Hair Quilt Project. The next two events in the Shake It Up! series are also coming up--one focused on male allyship and one on preventing violence in LGBTQIA+ communities. This month also marks the beginning of the Spring 2020 Women, Gender, and Sexuality in MENA series of programs. We hope you'll join us for all these great opportunities for learning and community building.

In this issue:
  • WLRC Spotlight
  • News & Upcoming events
  • CCUSC events
  • Campus opportunities
  • Community opportunities
  • Find us online!
WLRC Spotlight
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Meet WLRC's Student Staff!

Have you met our fantastic student staff? We hope you'll stop by the center and get to know Emoonah, Jazmin, Seth, and Tiffany. In the meantime, visit our staff page to learn more about the friendly folks who keep the center running and welcome you here every day!

News & Upcoming Events
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Film Screening: Three Veils

Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Arab American Cultural Center, 111 Stevenson Hall

Three Veils is a poignant and daring film about three young Middle Eastern women living in the U.S., each with her own personal story. Leola, taken by fantasies of the perfect lover, agrees to an arranged marriage that goes terribly wrong. Amira, a devout Muslim, finds herself in a desperate battle between her faith and her repressed feelings towards women. And Nikki, a troubled soul, spirals downward on a self-destructive path when her dark and painful past finally catches up to her. As the three stories tenderly unfold, the lives of these three women intertwine while they each struggle to defy tradition and create their own realities. Part of the Spring 2020 Women, Gender, and Sexuality in the Middle East and North Africa interdisciplinary initiative at UIC.

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Open Call for Artwork: Women, Gender, and Sexuality in MENA

The Spring 2020 Women, Gender, and Sexuality in the Middle East and North Africa initiative at UIC will featureart exhibitions April 2-24, 2020, highlighting the creative work of women and gender non-conforming/non-binary folks with roots and connections to the MENA region and its numerous diasporas.

Submission guidelines:

  • Women and gender non-binary artists with roots/connections to MENA region and diasporas
  • Preference given for local and Midwest artists (due to fund limitations for shipping artwork)
  • Provide a description of how the art piece connects to the theme of the exhibition
  • We will make use of three wall spaces and several display cases
  • We welcome all kinds of artistic productions
  • Submission Deadline: Monday, Feb. 10, 2020
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Halaqat Niqash: Social Justice and Women's Empowerment

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Arab American Cultural Center, 111 Stevenson Hall

Join us for a discussion with Itedal Shalabi, Co-Founder/Executive Director of Arab American Family Services, Nareman Taha, Co-Founder/Executive Director of Arab American Family Services, and Suzanne Akhras Sahloul, Founder/Executive Director of Syrian Community Network, moderated by ArabAmCC student leader Maryam Othman. Part of the Spring 2020 Women, Gender, and Sexuality in the Middle East and North Africa interdisciplinary initiative at UIC.

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Shake It Up!: Male Allies in the Era of #MeToo

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
WLRC, 1101 W. Taylor St., Suite 310

Join us for this interactive workshop as we discuss the following questions:

I. How can I be an ally?
II. What does allyship look like?
III. How can I navigate issues of privilege, power, and inequity?

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Film Screenings: The Pieces I Am

Screening I: Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Daley Library, Rm. 1-470

Screening II: Thursday, February 13, 2020

African-American Cultural Center, 209 Addams Hall

Remembering Toni Morrison, a five-part series of film screenings, readings, and discussions, kicks off with two opportunities to watch this documentary film on the life and works of the legendary storyteller and Nobel prize winner.

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Call for Participants: Black Hair Quilt Project

Thursdays, 3:00-6:00pm
Dates: February 13, February 27, March 12, April 2, April 16, April 30
Email to sign up!

We invite Black women students to participate in a collaborative art project that explores the stories that Black women tell about their hair. Over the Spring 2020 semester, each participant will work with a fiber artist to design and stitch an individual quilt square while learning about Black women’s quilting traditions and engaging in conversation about what love, joy, family, politics, trauma, fashion, and resistance have to do with Black hair.

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Write @ WLRC

Fridays, 10am - 4pm
WLRC, 1101 W. Taylor St., Suite 310

Can’t find the time or motivation to write? Working on your dissertation/conference paper/creative project? Need some structure, support, and accountability? Come to this write onsite space for graduate students, faculty, and staff!

Light refreshments, including coffee, tea, and hot chocolate, provided.

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UIC Heritage Garden Internships

Applications for the Summer 2020 UIC Heritage Garden internships are now open! Positions are available in Gardening and Photography & Media. Join us for this unique learning opportunity with the Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change.

Application deadline: Friday, February 14, 2020

CCUSC Events
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UIC's Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change all have amazing opportunities for you every week! Coming up:

African-American Cultural Center

  • Wellness Wednesday: Wed, Feb. 5
  • Screening: When They See Us: Mon, Feb. 10
  • Black Table Talk: What is Diaspora?: Tue, Feb. 11
  • Exhibit: Quilting: Telling Our Stories through Patterns and Purpose
  • Exhibit: She Did Language: Remembering Toni Morrison

Arab American Cultural Center

  • Arabic Conversation Hour: Tues, Feb. 4
  • Three Veils: Wed, Feb. 5
  • We Are Here, We Exist: Poetry Workshop: Tue, Feb. 11

Asian American Cultural Center

  • Lunchbox: Census 2020: What's At Stake & How to Get Involved: Wed, Feb. 5

Disability Cultural Center

  • Check-in Hours: Thu, Feb. 6
  • AlterNarratives: Solo Shows with Arlene Malinowski: Thu, Feb. 6
  • Deaf and Disability Culture in Popular Media: Mon, Feb. 10

Latino Cultural Center

  • Zona Abierta: Youth Leaders Across Borders: Resisting Through Arts & Culture: Tue, Feb. 4
Campus Opportunities
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UIC Black History Month 2020

Check out UIC's calendar of Black History Month events!

Financial Aid Opportunities for Undocumented and Trans Students

The RISE Act application is now live! This new funding allows undocumented students who are Illinois residents and some transgender students (who were not previously eligible) to apply for UIC institutional aid starting this spring and for MAP grants plus institutional aid starting in the fall. Eligible UIC Students or new freshmen or transfer students who will likely be attending in fall should apply soon. The Office of Diversity is offering workshops in January and February to help with your application. 

Arab American Cultural Center Internship

The ArabAmCC seeks an Outreach and Data Management Intern for the spring semester. Interns should be interested in learning more about Arab and Muslim and Arab and Muslim American cultures and issues, and how to plan outreach; engage students in conversations about programs; and collect, maintain, and produce data.

Grace Holt Memorial Award

This $1,000 award from the African American Studies department honors undergraduate and graduate students who have worked actively to improve the lives of African Americans. Eligible students must have a demonstrated commitment to the field of Black Studies and issues of racial justice and a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Applications due February 10.

2020 LeaderShape Institute

The Institute, provided by LeaderShape, is a four-day, three-night leadership retreat teaching visioning, relationship building, and the importance of leading with integrity. The Institute will take place May 9 to May 12, 2020 at an off campus retreat center. Application due by March 20, 2020.

Women In Business Conference

This conference is an opportunity for the business community within and outside of UIC to congregate once a year, to celebrate the incredible achievements we have made, to discuss the road ahead, to learn and challenge one another and to honor the Undergraduate Women’s Network’s mission of empowering young female professionals and building a community that is enriching to all parties involved.  Register before March 6th, 2020.

HER Campus Meeting

Wednesday, February 5, 2020
WLRC, 1101 W. Taylor St., Suite 310

Join Her Campus Magazine for their very first general body meeting. Her Campus is an online magazine written for college women and femmes by college women and femmes.  All majors and backgrounds are invited to learn more about joining the organization. FREE goodies will be provided!

National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) Regional Conference

Saturday, March 21, 2020
8am - 5pm
UIC Student Center West, 828 S. Wolcott

NEDAcon is designed to bring together individuals and loved ones who are experiencing eating disorders or wanting to learn more about eating and body image issues.

Women's Health Initiative Period Supplies Drive

In partnership with the Chicago Period Project, WHI will be accepting donations such as pads, tampons, panty liners, and more. You can donate in a red bin located in the Honors College lobby (Burnham Hall) until Feb. 10!

Community Opportunities
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Women Employed Summer Leadership Program

WE's summer program provides a unique opportunity for professional skill building and practical experience through leadership training, front-line research, and a first-hand awareness of the barriers low-paid workers experience. The program seeks to introduce students and recent graduates to all areas of nonprofit work through workshops, guest speakers, and projects.

Application deadline: March 8, 2020

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Open Mic and Dance Night

Friday, February 7, 2020
National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St.

Join The Network - Advocating Against Domestic Violence and their Youth Advisory Board  (many of whom are UIC students!) to kick off Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month with an Open Mic and Dance Night.

Find us online!
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New website!

Have you checked out our new website? We'll be adding tons of useful content throughout the semester, so be sure to bookmark us!

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