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Dear friends,

As the beginning of Women's History Month approaches, we have exciting news to share: We're hiring! Help us find our next dynamic Program Coordinator--a person with the right mix of skills in event planning, administration, and student engagement. Applications are due Friday, March 6. And if you're planning any Women's History Month events, send them to us--we'll feature them in an upcoming newsletter. Read on for info on our own WHM plans, including our two feature events with poet and performer Staceyann Chin. We'll save you a seat.

In this issue:
  • WLRC Spotlight
  • Women's History Month 2020
  • News & Upcoming events
  • CCUSC events
  • Campus opportunities
  • Community opportunities
  • Find us online!
WLRC Spotlight
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WLRC is Hiring!

The UIC Women's Leadership and Resource Center is accepting applications for our Program Coordinator position. Salary range: $43-49,000. See ad for full details: go.uic.edu/pgmcoord.

Apply by Friday, March 6.

Women's History Month 2020
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Call for Women's History Month Events

Is your department or organization planning events for Women's History Month in March? Email us the details for inclusion in our weekly newsletter!

WLRC News & Upcoming Events
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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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Call for Participants: Black Hair Quilt Project

Thursdays, 3:00-6:00pm
Dates: February 27, March 12, April 2, April 16, April 30
Email UICBlackHairQuilt@gmail.com 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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Where's the Clit At?: a dialogue about clitoral orgasms, or the lack thereof

Monday, March 2, 2020
WLRC, 1101 W. Taylor St., Suite 310

Join us for a lively conversation about clitoral orgasms, why they're elusive for so many people who have sex with cisgender heterosexual men, how we can hold those men accountable, and why good communication plus pleasure = the perfect pair.

Facilitated by Searah Deysach, Director of Early to Bed, Chicago’s first women-owned, women-oriented, guy-friendly, queer and trans-positive sex shop. Food and a sex-themed giveaway will be provided.

Organized by WLRC's undergraduate student staff team!

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Remembering Toni Morrison: The Bluest Eye Book Discussion

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

African-American Cultural Center, 207 Addams Hall, Chicago, IL 60607

Join us for an African-American Cultural Center Book Club discussion of the first half of Toni Morrison's first novel, The Bluest Eye. Electronic copies are available through the UIC Library. Lunch will be provided.

Part of "Remembering Toni Morrison," a five-part series celebrating the life and work of the legendary African American storyteller, educator, and Nobel prize winner.

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Shake It Up! Book Discussion: Know My Name by Chanel Miller

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
WLRC, 1101 W. Taylor St., Suite 310

Join us for our Shake It Up! book discussion for Women's History Month.

We will be discussing select chapters from Know My Name: A Memoir by Chanel Miller.

Please register to receive the chapters: go.uic.edu/ShakeItUp4

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Salary Negotiation Workshop

Friday, March 6, 2020
10am - 12pm
Student Center East, Rm. 713

Join UIC Career Services and WLRC for a workshop on negotiating job offers and salaries and understanding gender pay inequities. Open to the entire UIC community.

Upcoming dates for the same workshop: Friday, April 3, April 17, April 24

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Zona Abierta: Apsáalooke Women and Warriors

Thursday, March 12, 2020
Latino Cultural Center, Lecture Center B2

Join us for a conversation with four women from the great Apsáalooke Crow Nation as they share their Native perspectives and talk about Apsáalooke ways, people, and their work. 

Apsáalooke Women and Warriors exhibition is jointly organized by the Field Museum and the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society at the University of Chicago, opening at both sites in March 2020.

Presented by the UIC Latino Cultural Center, Native American Support Program, and Women's Leadership and Resource Center.


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Crossfire: A Litany for Survival with Staceyann Chin

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, 800 S. Halsted St.

Join us for an evening of performance and conversation with powerhouse poet and performer Staceyann Chin, celebrating the release of her first full-length collection, Crossfire: A Litany for Survival.

Hosted by the Women's Leadership and Resource Center, Center for  Student Involvement, Gender and Women's Studies, and Gender and Sexuality Center in celebration of Women's History Month.

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Women's History Month Lunch with Staceyann Chin

Thursday, March 12, 2020
11:30am - 1pm
WLRC, 1101 W. Taylor St., Suite 310

Join us for an intimate lunch conversation centering queer women of color with powerhouse poet and performer Staceyann Chin.

Lunch will be provided! Please RSVP below.

Hosted by the UIC Women's Leadership and Resource Center, Center for Student Involvement, Gender and Women's Studies at UIC, and UIC Gender & Sexuality Center.

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

  • Bowl-A-Thon: Wed, Feb. 26
  • Exhibit: Quilting: Telling Our Stories through Patterns and Purpose
  • Exhibit: She Did Language: Remembering Toni Morrison

Arab American Cultural Center

  • Tunjarat Tayta: Wed, Feb. 26
  • Film Screening: Feminism Inshallah: Thu, Feb. 27

Asian American Cultural Center

  • Money Talks: Taxes and Social Class: Thu, Feb. 27

Disability Cultural Center

  • Check-in Hours: Thu, Feb. 27
  • Community Care Kit Project: Thu, Feb. 27
  • Chicagoland DPOCC Monthly Meeting: Fri, Feb. 28
  • In Our Own Words: Crip Coffee Hour: Mon, March. 2

Gender and Sexuality Center

  • Therapy Group for LGBQ+ Students: Tuesdays, 3-4:30pm
  • Therapy Group for TGNC Students: Tuesdays, 5-6:30pm
Campus Opportunities
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Documentary Screening: Afro-Latinos: The Untaught Story

Friday, February 28, 2020
College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, 412 S. Peoria St., Suite 400

Please join Latino Planning Organization for Development, Education, and Regeneration (LPODER) at our "Afro-Latinidad en la Ciudad" event. There are more than 150 million people of African descent in many different countries throughout Central and South America, and the Caribbean. Please join us as we celebrate the countless contributions of the African diaspora to Latino culture. 

Program co-sponsored by the Latino Cultural Center (LCC), Society of Black Urban Planners (SBUP), UPPSA, Women's Leadership and Resource Center (WLRC), and the Union for Puerto Rican Students (UPRS). Food and Refreshments will be provided.

The State of Housing in Chicago: A Disability Perspective

Thursday, February 27, 2020
School of Public Health, Rm 932

Hosted by the School of Public Health, this focus group discussion intends to recognize the state of housing for people with disabilities with the intent to provide resources that can improve housing opportunities. The Blue Table Talk is a safe space to ask questions and voice your concerns. Participation is voluntary. Have your voice heard or sit in and hear other's experiences! We have much to learn from one another. RSVP by going to shorturl.at/hkCWY

Pizza and light refreshments will be provided!

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.    

Believer's Bailout: Tackling Slavery in The Modern Era

Monday, March 2, 2020
Latino Cultural Center

Believers Bail Out is a community-led effort to bail out Muslims in pretrial incarceration and ICE custody as a form of zakat. UIC Muslim Student Association and Women's Health Initiative will be hosting an informal recruitment event. Come to learn more about the movement and meet other members!

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

Breastfeeding Equity Townhall

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Location TBD

Join the UIC Nutrition, Obesity, and Health Equity Group for a conversation with Andrea Freeman, author of Skimmed, as we work together to promote breastfeeding equity. 


Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Student Center East, Cardinal Room 

Join the UIC CHANCE Program in a completmentary breakfast as they gather in "Fellowship" and celebrate Women's History Month. CHANCE Scholars aqnd the Community-at-large will engage in conversatio around civic engagement and education with guest speaker Dr. Elizabeth Todd-Breland, an Associate Professor of History at UIC. Her expertise and research focuses on U.S Urban History, African American History and the History of Education. Please RSVP to confirm your attendance.

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.

Post it and Regret it Workshop

March 11, 2020
Daley Library, Rm. 1-470

The Office of Career Services is offering a new workshop to help students understand how employers use social media during their hiring (and sometimes firing) processes. Contact Career Services (312.996.2300 or careerservices@uic.edu) for more info.

Voter Engagement at UIC

March 11-13, 2020
Student Center East, Rm. 613

The Illinois primary will take place on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Early voting will again be available on the UIC campus. You must reside in the City of Chicago to vote on campus. Learn how to register and vote through the Student Leadership and Civic Engagement office.

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.

Epistemic Diversity Workshops: A Three Part Series

Please join the UIC Department of Philosophy at these three workshops to explore the concept of epistemic diversity beginning Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Coffee and catering will be provided to participants for all three workshops!

Epistemic diversity is diversification with respect to cognitive characteristics, such as personality, educational background, representation of and solutions to problems, and more. The main goal of these workshops is to raise awareness of this different notion of diversity and help participants apply it to their professional lives.

Community Opportunities
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Queertopia 2020

Saturday, February 29, 2020
8am - 8pm
Northwestern University, Kresge Hall

Entering its 13th year, Queertopia is an annual LGBTQ+ academic conference organized by Northwestern University’s Queer Pride Graduate Student Association, occuring on Saturday, Feb 29. The conference features research across disciplines and fosters critical dialogue on topics related to gender and sexuality. Queertopia is an opportunity for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, undergraduates, activists, organizers, and community practitioners to build intellectual community.

African American Women and The Vote: A Centennial Review

Friday, March 6, 2020
Harold Washington Library, Pritzker Auditorium

Join us for the opening program of Women's History Month as we celebrate the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment's (women's suffrage) ratification. The program includes two presentations followed by book signings:

Kathleen Thompson | "Always There: Black Women and Suffrage"
Michelle Duster | "Black Suffragists: Representation in Public Space"

Chicago Abortion Fund Workshop: The Personal is Political: Storytelling & Reproductive Justice

Saturday, March 7, 2020
Exact location TBA

This workshop will explore the stories we tell ourselves and each other about our reproductive decision-making. Using holistic storytelling practices, Brittany will provide strategies for sharing our stories within our own interpersonal relationships and the power we have when we use them to contextualize what is happening in our current political landscape.

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.

The Chicago Network's Future Leaders Program 2020

The Future Leaders Program supports the Chicago Network’s goal of developing the next generation of women leaders by providing outstanding sophomore and junior female college students at partnering schools a hands-on opportunity to explore career paths in the business and nonprofit sectors.  Students will have the opportunity to meet with company employees who will share their personal history, how they progressed through their job, and/or the importance that their role plays. Applications due March 16, 2020.

Chicago Abortion Fund Internships

CAF is growing - and we need dedicated and passionate volunteers to help us work towards reproductive justice for all people. CAF is searching for several intern positions including: Communications & Social Media, Database Management, and Care Package Delivery.

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