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Dear friends,

Happy Women's History Month! We're excited to present a variety of programs, including our featured events with poet and performer Staceyann Chin, two workshops in our Shake It Up! series, and a conversation with scholars and artists from the great Apsáalooke Crow Nation. We hope to see you throughout the month!

In this issue:
  • Call for Student Organizations
  • WLRC News & Upcoming events
  • CCUSC events
  • Campus opportunities
  • Community opportunities
  • Connect with us!
Call for Student Organizations
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WLRC is building a network of UIC student organizations committed to promoting gender equity, raising awareness of women’s (inclusive of all woman-identified people) and gender issues, developing women’s leadership, and celebrating women’s accomplishments and contributions. We hope to provide student leaders with support, mentorship, space, and opportunities to connect and collaborate with each other and with us. If your org would like to join us, please fill out our interest form!

WLRC News & Upcoming Events
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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.

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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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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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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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Woman Up

Monday, March 9, 2020
Student Center West, Thompson Room A

Are you ready to Woman Up? Featuring a keynote speech by WLRC's Dr. Natalie Bennett and a "W" Monologue. Refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by UIC Graduate Student Nurses Organization, Graduate Student Council, Health Professions Student Council, Latina/o Graduate Student Association, and WLRC.

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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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Shake It Up!: Disability and Gender-Based Violence

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
WLRC, 1101 W. Taylor St., Suite 310

Join us for this interactive workshop as we discuss the problems we create when we decouple disability and sex/sexuality and particular vulnerabilities that people with disabilities face.

Co-sponsored by Disability Cultural Center and Undergraduate Student Government.

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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.

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Call for Participants: Black Hair Quilt Project

Thursdays, 3:00-6:00pm
Dates: 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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Sexual Violence 101 in Muslim Communities

Monday, March 16, 2020

Daley Library, Rm 1-470

Come to gain foundational knowledge about sexual violence, including definitions, prevalence, impacts, intersection of race, and research from within the Muslim community. What are the internal and external societal barriers that prevent Muslims from disclosing? How do we empower ourselves and support others in our community?

Co-sponsors: Students for Justice in Palestine, Muslim Student Association, Indian Student Organization, Planned Parenthood Generation Action at UIC, Women's Health Initiative, and Counseling Center

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Identifying and Combatting Sexual Harassment for Graduate Students

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Student Center East, White Oak Rm

Please join us to learn from experts how sexual harassment is defined and how to protect yourself. Panelists include WLRC's Dr. Kelly Maginot, Assistant Director, Advocacy Services, and Dr. Ada Cheng, Education and Outreach Specialist. All UIC community members are invited to attend.

Participating departments: UIC Career Services, Office of Access and Equity, Women’s Leadership and Resource Center, Graduate College, and Graduate Students Council.

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, March 4
  • Exhibit: Quilting: Telling Our Stories through Patterns and Purpose
  • Exhibit: She Did Language: Remembering Toni Morrison

Arab American Cultural Center & Latino Cultural Center

  • Noche de Poetas: Women, Gender, and Sexuality: Thu, March 12

Disability Cultural Center

  • Know Your Rights to Fair Housing: Wed, March 4
  • Check-in Hours: Thu, March 5
  • Food Access: When Food and Accessibility Come Together: Mon, March 9
  • Balancing Act: Reimagining the Bodymind: Thu, March 12

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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Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Student Center East, Illinois Rm

The Office of Career Servuces is hosting this fair that will showcase employers representing private schools, public school districts, charter schools, and various non-profit organizations located throughout the city of Chicago, suburban locations, and other states (Wisconsin, Michigan, Colorado, Florida, and others). Employers are seeking candidates who are education, social work, and other majors interested in working in education settings.

Ruth Ellis and Black Queer Longevity's Atmosphere in Detroit

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
University Hall 1250

African American Studies College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will be hosting a talk focusing on Living with Pride: Ruth Ellis @ 100 (1999) by Yvonne Welbon a documentary film centered on the life of African American lesbian centenarian Ruth Ellis. In the film, Ellis asserts that cultivating “atmosphere” interpersonally in daily life engenders longevity. Freda Fair examines Ellis’ formulation of black queer atmosphere as a site of imagining that advances the livability of racialized sexual difference. Drawing on queer of color critique, black gender and sexuality studies, and visual cultural studies, Fair argues that Living with Pride puts forth a model of longevity that is personally and collectively grounded in queer of color resistant social practice that
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Refugee Stories: A Conversatio with Bao Phi and Kao Kalia Yang

Thursday, March 5, 2020
Daley Library, Rm. 1-470

Join the Global Asian Studies Lecture Series on Global Asian Borderlands as two award-winning writers discuss their work on the history and experiences of Asian refugees in American society. This event is part of a GLAS series on refugee issues for Spring 2020.

Bao Phi has been a spoken word poet for over two decades. He has two collections of poems, both published by Coffeehouse Press, Sông I Sing and Thousand Star Hotel, the latter of which was nominated for the Minnesota Book Award and was chosen as 2017’s best poetry book of the year by San Francisco State’s Poetry Center.

Kao Kalia Yang is a Hmong-American writer. Born in the refugee camps of Thailand to a family that escaped the genocide of the Secret War in Laos, she came to America at the age of six. She is the author of The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir, winner of the 2009 Minnesota Book Awards in Creative Nonfiction/Memoir and Readers’ Choice, a finalist for the PEN USA Award in Creative Nonfiction and the Asian Literary Award in Nonfiction.

Finding and Honoring Your Voice in Poetry: A Workshop on Poetry and Spoken-Word Performance with Bao Phi

Friday, March 6, 2020
Daley Library, Rm. 1-470

Join Bao Phi, a former poetry slam champ, a published poet, and a spoken word poet for over two decades, in this generative workshop. We' II study poems, write poems, and read poems to one another. Please bring paper, a writing utensil, or a laptop - whatever you are comfortable writing on.

Co-sponsored by AANAPISI, Department of English, Institute for the Humanities, and Social Justice Initiatives.

Women In Business Conference

Friday, March 6, 2020
Student Center East, 3rd floor

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. 

Creating Feminist Futures: Chicago Activists Discuss Life After a GWS Degree

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
WLRC, 1101 W. Taylor St., Suite 310

Join Gender & Women's Studies for an exciting panel discussion featuring guest speakers Danielle Boachie, Monica Trinidad, and Ireri Unzueta.

Tsuru For Solidarity

Wed, March 11, 2020
University Hall, Rm. 1050

Join GLAS in the folding paper cranes to call for an end to immigration detention centers.  Cranes will be part of the June 5 national pilgrimage to close the camps.

During World War II, over 100,000 Japanese-Americans were incarcerated in American concentration camps.  Japanese-American activists created TSURU FOR SOLIDARITY to not only recognize the injustice, but to stand in solidarity with immigrant and refugee communitiesbeing detained and targeted by racist and inhumane immigration policies. Materials and Light refreshment will be provided. Questions? Contact Samuel Phara at sphara2@uic.edu.

Post it and Regret it Workshop

Wednesday, 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

Wednesday, March - Friday, March 13, 2020
10am - 5pm
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.

I AM ROHINGYA: A Genocide in Four Acts

Thursday, April 2, 2020
UIC Lecture Center D4

I Am Rohingya, based on the award-winning play, follows the journey of fourteen Rohingya refugee youth who, despite having never acted before, take to the stage in order to perform a retelling of their families' experi­ences in Burma (also known as Myanmar) as victims of genocide-one of the most underreported humanitarian crises in the world today. The film takes audiences through the personal lives and struggles of these youth as they adjust to their new lives in Canada, also exploring the harrowing memories of the people considered to be "the most oppressed people on Earth."

Co-sponsored by AANAPISI, Department of English and Social Justice Initiative.

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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Art Therapy Support Group

Thursday, March 5, 2020
Resilience Northside Satellite Office
1945 W. Wilson Ave., Suite 6110, Chicago, IL 60640

Resilience is hosting an Art Therapy Support Group. This 8-week support group is open to female survivors of sexual violence ages 18+. Explore, express, and learn to cope with difficult emotions related to past or recent experiences of sexual abuse or assault. Connect with other survivors and experience the comfort of knowing that you are not alone. To sign up, contact Victoria Herrera, Trauma Therapist and Art Therapist, at vherrera@ourresilience.org or at (773) 275-8340 ext. 320.

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.

Safety is Survivor-Defined: Exploring Safety Planning with Survivors of Domestic Violence

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Resilience Northside Satellite Office
1945 W. Wilson Ave., Suite 6110, Chicago, IL 60640

Resilience is hosting a training called Safety is Survivor-Defined: Exploring Safety Planning with Survivors of Domestic Violence. Join us as we examine the complex dynamics of domestic violence and how to best support those impacted by it. In this interactive engaging training, we will explore the meaning of safety for survivors and their children, define and demystify the safety planning process, and practice applying safety planning strategies to a variety of complicated situations. This training offers 4.5 CEUs. For questions, please contact Candice Tindell, Training & Outreach Coordinator, at ctindell@ourresilience.org or (872) 356-8217.

Ibeji Resource Center: Women's History Month

Saturday, March 21, 2020
Rogers Park Branch Library
6907 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60626

Learn how to handle stress better, find that dream job, ascertain how you can have a future in politics, discover how to make a difference one person, one action at a time. For more information contact Selene Derry Awoleye at (773) 761-7306 or selenaderry@sbcglobal.net.

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