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

We hope your Valentine's Day celebrations are full of love and joy! One way to express love: showing up and providing support for the people in your life. Want to talk about what that looks like? Join us this Wednesday at 3pm for a conversation on being an ally in the #MeToo era. For details on that event and much more, keep reading...

In this issue:
  • WLRC Spotlight
  • News & Upcoming events
  • CCUSC events
  • Campus opportunities
  • Community opportunities
  • Find us online!
WLRC Spotlight
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Happy 25th Anniversary, GSC!

Join us in congratulating our family at the UIC Gender and Sexuality Center, who are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year! The GSC has been an integral partner in our programming and efforts to make UIC a safer and more inclusive campus. Read about some of the incredible work they've done in this wonderful piece by UIC's Dr. Jennie Brier, "LGBTQ Students and the Liberation of College Campuses."

WLRC News & Upcoming Events
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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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Shake It Up!: Gender-based Violence in the LGBTQIA+ Community

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
WLRC, 1101 W. Taylor St., Suite 310

Join us for this interactive workshop as we discuss the power of personal stories and breaking the cycle of silence. Featuring guest speakers Charles Russell Price and Omega Joy Buluran.

Co-sponsored by UIC Gender and Sexuality Center, Chi Sigma Omega, and Undergraduate Student Government.

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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

Application deadline: Friday, February 14, 2020

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.

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

  • Black Table Talk: What is Diaspora?: Tue, Feb. 11
  • Wellness Wednesday: Wed, Feb. 12
  • Film Screening: When They See Us: Mon, Feb. 17
  • Exhibit: Quilting: Telling Our Stories through Patterns and Purpose
  • Exhibit: She Did Language: Remembering Toni Morrison

Arab American Cultural Center

  • Halaqat Niqash: Social Justice and Women's Empowerment: Tue, Feb. 11
  • We Are Here, We Exist: Poetry Workshop: Tue, Feb. 11

Asian American Cultural Center

  • Pop-Up Career Advising: Mon, Feb. 17

Disability Cultural Center

  • Undergraduate DHD Art Show: Wed, Feb. 12
  • Check-in Hours: Thu, Feb. 13
  • In Our Own Words: Crip Coffee Hour: Mon, Feb. 17

Latino Cultural Center

  • ARTivism: Valentines for Puerto Rico Fundraiser: Thu, Feb. 13
  • Noche de Poetas: Resolutions in Action: Thu, Feb. 13 

Gender and Sexuality Center

  • QTPOC Lunch: Thu, Feb. 13
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. 

New Student Org: A Space of Our Own 

A group made by and for Black women to connect, care, share, and thrive together in higher education. This new group is a way to build a social community, share your experiences as Black women in higher education, and engage in meetings and events that explore cultural texts and media that speak to what it means to be both Black and women in the world. For all inquiries or to join, contact Candice M:

UIC Arts & Culture Career Fair

Friday, February 21, 2020
Student Center East, Illinois Room

A showcase of employers offering part-time, full-time, and internship opportunities for students and alumni in art, design, museum work, theater, music, and other performing arts areas. 

Film Screening: Freedom Riders

Monday, February 24, 2020
Richard J. Daley Library, Rm 1-470 

Freedom Riders is the powerful, harrowing, and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever. Deliberately violating Jim Crow laws, the Freedom Riders met with racism and mob violence along the way, sorely testing their belief in nonviolent activism. 

New Student Org: African Film Society

African Film Society is a new student organization that seeks to be inaugurated during the 2020-21 academic year. Our mission is to combat the powerful cultural imperialism that negatively distorts African representation in modern-day media. Through regular film screenings and subsequent dialogue, we seek to counteract the stereotypical, prevailing narratives about African people across the diaspora. We are currently seeking to fill four vacant positions in our executive board. Students of any major may apply for one of the positions by filling out a form here by March 1, 2020.    

NEW Leadership Illinois

The 2020 program is an all-expenses paid, bi-partisan program designed to increase women's representation in all elements of public life, including elected office. The program includes leadership education, hands-on training in public policy, and networkinng opportunities with leaders from every level of government. The program will be held May 18-22 in Springfield, IL. Applications due March 2, 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 6, 2020.

2020 LeaderShape Institute

This four-day, three-night leadership retreat teaches visioning, relationship building, and the importance of leading with integrity. The Institute will take place May 9-12, 2020 at an off-campus retreat center. Applications due March 20, 2020.

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.

Community Opportunities
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#FreeChrystul Teach-In and Letter Writing

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Resilience, 180 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 61

Join us as we host a teach-in and letter writing event to #FreeChrystulKizer. We'll also discuss the connection between sex trafficking, the criminalization of youth survivors of this violence, and the factors that led to Chrystul Kizer’s criminalization.

2020 Hustle Chicago Volunteers

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Join Hustle Chicago stair climb hosted by Respiratory Health Association in Chicago's premiere winter fitness event. Each year, thousands of people climb to the top of 875 N. Michigan to raise funds. We are actively seeking volunteers for this great event!

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. Applications due March 8, 2020.

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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