Staceyann Chin + Women's History Month
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Dear friends,

Women's History Month continues with a jam-packed week of programs, including our featured events with poet and performer Staceyann Chin, the next workshop in our Shake It Up! series, and a conversation with scholars and artists from the great Apsáalooke Crow Nation. We hope you'll join us!

 
 
 
In this issue:
 
  • Women's History Month Spotlight
  • WLRC News & Upcoming events
  • CCUSC events
  • Campus opportunities
  • Community opportunities
  • Connect with us!
 
 
 
Women's History Month Spotlight
 
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Join us for our featured events for Women's History Month, featuring powerhouse poet and performer Staceyann Chin!

Crossire: A Litany for Survival
Performance and Conversation with poet Glenance Green

Wednesday, March 11
6-8pm
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, 800 S. Halsted St.

This event will be livestreamed on WLRC's Facebook page. Tune in if you can't join us in person!

Lunch centering queer women of color
Thursday, March 12
11:30am - 1pm
WLRC, 1101 W. Taylor St., Suite 310

Co-sponsored by Center for Student Involvement, Gender and Women’s Studies, Honors College, African American Studies, English, and Gender and Sexuality Center.

 
 
 
WLRC News & Upcoming Events
 
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Zona Abierta: Apsáalooke Women and Warriors

Thursday, March 12, 2020
1-2:30pm
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
3-4:30pm
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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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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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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Sexual Violence 101 in Muslim Communities

Monday, March 16, 2020
2-4pm

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
12-1:30pm

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.

 
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Remembering Toni Morrison: The Bluest Eye Book Discussion

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
12-1:30pm

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

Join us for an African-American Cultural Center Book Club discussion of the second half of Toni Morrison's first novel, The Bluest Eye. Electronic copies are available through the UIC Library. Lunch and Toni Morrison bookmarks 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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Heritage Garden Spring Seed Swap

Sunday, April 5, 2020
1-3pm
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, 800 S. Halsted St.

Join the UIC Heritage Garden for our sixth annual Spring Seed Swap! We invite gardeners, organizations, and community members interested in learning more about gardening, environmental sustainability, and social justice. Anyone can come to share knowledge, stories, and resources with others, and make new friends from around the city. 

Note: The UIC Union for Puerto Rican Students (UPRS) will be seeking donations for relief efforts in Puerto Rico as they experience continuous climate disasters and a lack of aid.

Admission is free; you do not have to bring seeds to attend. Refreshments will be served.

 
 
 

Sigma Gamma Rho Clothing Drive

Now through March 20, 2020
Drop-off sites include WLRC, 1101 W. Taylor St., Suite 310

The Omnicron Beta Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. is collecting lightly worn jackets, shirts, and pants for the Pacific Garden Mission shelter. Drop-off sites include WLRC, UIC Police station, Wellness Center, and the African American Academic Network office. They will also have a table outside the bookstore on March 19, 2020, from 11am to 3pm for a final collection.

 
 
 
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 11
  • 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

Asian American Resource and Cultural Center

  • Pop-Up Career Advising: Fri, March 13

Disability Cultural Center

  • Balancing Act: Reimagining the Bodymind: Thu, March 12
  • Check-In Hours: Thu, March 12
  • AlterNarratives: Balancing Act: 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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"Reconceptualizing Safety: Examining the Intersections of Gender Violence, State Violence, and Survivor Empowerment" Research Study

The purpose of this research study is to: (1) understand the relationships between interpersonal and institutional violence among Black women, transgender, and gender nonconforming people, and (2) learn about Black women, transgender, and gender nonconforming people's strategies for preventing and responding to harm in their lives to keep themselves safe. Participation is confidential. Participants who complete the survey will  receive a $5 digital gift card. Primary investigator, Jane Bonsu, may be contacted at jbonsu2@uic.edu or (773) 609-4756. 

Tsuru For Solidarity

Wed, March 11, 2020
1-3pm
University Hall, Rm. 1050

Join the Global Asian Studies (GLAS) department 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
3-4pm
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.

Combatting Stigma and Discriminiation in the Face of COVID-19: A Space of Support and Advocacy

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
12-12:50pm
Asian American Resource and Cultural Center, 101 Taft Hall

In the midst of increasing fears about the impact of COVID-19, the Asian American Resource and Cultural Center and the Counseling Center would like to create a space for UIC students, faculty and staff who are experiencing heightened social stigma, discrimination, and prejudice. We also invite those of you who may not be subject to such discrimination but would like to provide support and advocacy. Together, we will construct a space to process experiences and share resources.

 
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
10am - 2pm
Student Center East, Illinois Rm

The Office of Career Servuces is hosting the All Majors Career Fair that will take place on March 18 and will host employers from various industries. The fair is open to students of all and any majors and will offer full- and part-time employment and internship opportunities.

Photo Booth for LinkedIn Headshots (White Oak Room) : 11am-1pm; first come, first served up to 130 students.

GTFO: Get the F**k Out Film Screening

Tues, March 31, 2020
11am - 1pm
Chicago-Daley Library

Join the UIC University Library's Undergraduate Engagment Program for a film screening and discussion to celebrate Women's History Month of "GTFO: Get the F**k Out." Sparked by a public display of sexual harassment in 2012, GTFO pries open the video game world to explore a 20 billion dollar industry that is riddled with discrimination and misogyny. Although half of all gamers are women, femalse are disproportionately subject to harassment and abuse from other gamers, and are massively under-represented in the video game design world. Official Selection at the SXSW Film Festival.

Light refreshments will be served. i-card required to enter. 

"COOKED: Survival by Zip Code" Screening and Panel Discussion

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
3:30-6pm
UIC Student Center West
828 S. Wolcott Ave., Chicago, IL 60612

Join the Center for Clinical and Translational Science as we reflect on the events of the deadly 1995 Chicago heat wave, the lessons learned, and the ongoing efforts to address health inequities.

Panelists and audience members will have an opportunity to discuss how the social determinants of health – our local contexts where we live, grow, work, and play – impacted the intensity and aftermath of the heat wave, and how our communities can address health inequities in Chicago moving forward.

I AM ROHINGYA: A Genocide in Four Acts

Thursday, April 2, 2020
4-6pm
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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International Women's Day Reception

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
4-6pm
Northwestern University, Women's Center
601 University Place

NU Women, Trans, and Gender NonBinary Folk from beyond the U.S. are invited to join the Women's Center in celebrating this special global event. Join in community and share your stories. Please register here.

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
12-4pm
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
12-3pm
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.

Centering Survivors: Creative Approaches to Treating Sexual Trauma

Friday, March 22, 2020
10-4pm
Resilience Northside Satellite Office
1945 W. Wilson Ave., Suite 6110, Chicago, IL 60640

This training hosted by Resilience will provide participants with an in-depth understanding of how to address the needs of survivors of sexual violence trauma-informed creative intervention. Trainers will provide an overview of trauma therapy within the context of dismantling rape culture. Polyvagal and attachment theories are explored through the lens of creative arts modalities. Vicarious resilience is introduced as a method to increase sustainability within the therapeutic relationship. Contact Candice Tindell, Training & Outreach Coordinator, at ctindell@ourresilience.org or (872) 356-8217.

Moving the Narrative: Dance/Movement Therapy Support Group for Survivors

Mondays, March 23-May 11, 2020
6-8pm
Resilience Northside Satellite Office
1945 W. Wilson Ave., Suite 6110, Chicago, IL 60640

This 8-week support group offers survivors an affirming community space to reclaim the body as a resource following sexual trauma. Survivors will explore embodied resilience through expressive movement storytelling. No movement experience necessary. All bodies welcome! Our building is wheelchair accessible and has an all gender bathroom onsite. Please share your other access needs during the required intake assessment. If interested, please set up a meeting with Lauren Milburn, LPC, R-DMT by email at lmilburn@ourresilience.org or by phone at 773-275-8340 ext. 321.

Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Training

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
12-5pm
Resilience Northside Satellite Office
1945 W. Wilson Ave., Suite 6110, Chicago, IL 60640

Resilience training fulfills the annual training requirement for anyone on campus who could potentially receive a report of sexual violence. The content is highly specialized to those working at institutions of higher learning to cover the topics required by law which includes an overview of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking laws, information on trauma response, how to support survivors, and much more! This training is NOT the 40-hour training required for those who are serving as a Confidential Advisor at a Higher Education Institution. Please contact Candice Tindell, Training and Outreach Coordinator, at ctindell@ourresilience.org or 872-356-8217.

 
 
 
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