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WLRC News & Upcoming Events
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Breaking Silence: Documentary Screening and Discussion

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Daley Library, Rm. 1-470

Join us for the third workshop in a series on healthy relationships in Muslim communities. Breaking Silence is the first film of its kind, documenting American Muslim women's stories about their experiences coping with sexual assault, coming out to their families and friends, and their insight about the change that needs to take place to help survivors, hold perpetrators accountable, and prevent reoccurrences.

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UIC Heritage Garden Internships

Application deadline EXTENDED: Friday, February 21, 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.

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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 within LGBTQIA+ relationships. Featuring guest speakers Charles Russell Price and Omega Joy Buluran.

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Call for Participants: Black Hair Quilt Project

Thursdays, 3-6pm
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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Nadi Al-Cinema Film Series: Feminism Inshallah

Thursday, February 27, 2020
Arab American Cultural Center, 111 Stevenson Hall

The struggle for Muslim women’s emancipation is often portrayed stereotypically as a showdown between Western and Islamic values, but Arab feminism has existed for more than a century. This groundbreaking documentary recounts Arab feminism’s largely unknown story, from its taboo-shattering birth in Egypt by feminist pioneers up through viral Internet campaigns by today’s tech-savvy young activists during the Arab Spring. Organized by the Arab American Cultural Center as part of the 2020 Women, Gender, and Sexuality in the Middle East and North Africa and Diasporas Educational Initiative at UIC.

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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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Save the Date!

Where's the Clit At? A dialogue about clitoral orgasms, or the lack thereof
Monday, March 2, 3-4:30pm

Remembering Toni Morrison: The Bluest Eye Book Discussion
Wednesday, March 4 & 18, 12-1:30pm

Shake It Up! Book Discussion: Know My Name by Chanel Miller
Wednesday, March 4, 5:30-7:30pm


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. 19
  • Film Screening: When They See Us: Mon, Feb. 24
  • Exhibit: She Did Language: Remembering Toni Morrison

Arab American Cultural Center

  • Arabic Conversation Hour: Tue, Feb. 25
  • Tunjarat Tayta: Wed, Feb. 26

Asian American Cultural Center

  • AAMP Mentor Recruitment Info Session: Thu, Feb. 20

Disability Cultural Center

  • Check-in Hours: Thu, Feb. 20
  • Disability Studies Working Group: Fri, Feb. 21
  • Unlearning Ableism: Care: Advocacy, Independence, and Interdependence: Mon, Feb. 24
Campus Opportunities
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UIC John Marshall Law School February Speaker Series:
Professor Sharon Fairley, University of Chicago Law School

Thursday, February 20, 2020
John Marshall Law School, S1200 

Get inspired! Listen and ask questions as the following speakers discuss their paths to
the judiciary, leading a national organization, litigating complex cases, and teaching
law in the classroom. Learn why they chose law as their career and ask about
contemporary legal issues.

Visiting Research Associate Position I Center for Research on Women and Gender

The employee in this position assists with the conduct of research related to chronic
disease risk reduction in low-income women and in rural adults by assisting with data collection, creation and management of databases, preparation of descriptive research results, and dissemination of research findings. 

For fullest consideration, apply no later than 2/21/2020 and include a cover letter and resume with your application.

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. 

American Medical Women's Association UIC Conference

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Join AMWA UIC for a day filled with Education, Leadership, Professional Development and network opportunities with medical students and faculty. Lunch will be provided! Contact Shivani Majmudar (smajmu4@uic.edu) or Hana Ahmed (hanaa2@uic.edu) for questions. 

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

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. 

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.

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 us 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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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!

Resilience Empowering Survivors Ending Sexual Violence meeting

Friday, February 28, 2020
180 N. Michigan Ave., Ste. 600

Interesed in collectivizing student power across campuses? This group is an intercollegiate student-led space focused on addressing sexual violence on Chicago college campuses. We meet once a month to discuss future projects and goals for the group. 

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.

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

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