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WGGP Upcoming Events

WGGP 40th Anniversary Symposium Poster. See event schedule and speaker details. 
WGGP 40th Anniversary Symposium

March 4, 2021 10:00am-4:00pm CST

WGGP will host its 40th Anniversary Symposium via zoom bringing together various alumni to discuss their research. The symposium will also include a reflection panel with look at WGGP contributions over the years. All are welcome.

Click here for full details and registration for Symposium
WGGP Graduate Forum Poster. See event schedule. 
WGGP Graduate Forum

March 5, 2021 1:00-4:00pm CST

WGGP Graduate Forum will bring together WGGP Fellowship and Award Recipients to discuss their research projects. 

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International Women's Day Poster of Speakers. See list of speakers. 
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International Women's Day 2021, March 8th, 3:30-5:00pm CST

“13 Women Who Changed The World: Untold Stories”

The Humanities Research Institute and The Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program co-host an annual event bringing together faculty, staff, students, and community members to recognize people who have made a difference in academia. Each speaker will have five minutes to tell the story of the woman in his or her discipline that changed the field in important ways.

Click here to register for International Women's Day event


Click here for complete list of WGGP Spring 2021 events



WGGP Co-sponsored Events

Mikki Kendall Author Event Poster 
Author Talk with Mikki Kendall

March 2, 2021 6:00pm CST

Join the WRC, Women & Gender in Global Perspectives, and the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center for a virtual author talk by Mikki Kendall.  She will discuss her book, Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot, and what led her to write it.  In addition to being an author, Mikki Kendall is an activist and Illinois alumna.

Click to register for Author Talk with Mikki Kendall
YMCA Technology and Data for Positive Social Impact Poster. Speaker Lamont Holden.. 

YMCA Friday Forum Series:
The Digital Mis(shaping) of the World – Spring 2021

The Intersection of Black Culture and Technology

Friday, March 5 @ 12:00 p.m. CST
Online via Zoom

Speaker: Lamont Holden, TheLetterLBeats

Description: In the midst of an unprecedented pandemic, many of us are using technology more than ever before. The world of technology opens many doors for global connection, but does it also come with consequences? With growing digital interactions, there is a greater need to more deeply understand the intersections between technology and race, class, privacy, education, faith and public health. How these intersections impact our everyday experiences, as well as what might happen within these intersections looking forward, are critical for us to consider. Join us as we take a look into how technology is not only shaping but also misshaping our world.

Co-sponsored by WGGP and others. Click to view upcoming Friday Forum events.

Click to register for YMCA Friday Forum

Webinar ID: 832 8923 8007  |  Passcode: friday


Upcoming Campus Events

“Abolition and Immigrant Justice” - 13th Annual Balgopal Lecture

March 11, 2021, 4:00 pm

The Department of Asian American Studies presents the 13th Annual Balgopal Lecture on Human Rights and Asian Americans. The Balgopal Lecture was established by a generous endowment from Pallassana R. Balgopal and Shyamala Balgopal in 2007

This year’s Balgopal Lecture on Human Rights and Asian Americans will be delivered by Naomi Paik, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies at Illinois. The lecture will draw on Professor Paik’s recent book Bans, Walls, Raids, Sanctuary: Understanding U.S. Immigration for the Twenty-First Century, and will include responses from activists and community organizers Arianna Salgado and Vân Huynh.

Click here to register for the Balgopal Lecture

#GlobalAndItsWorlds Video Challenge

#GlobalAndItsWorld Video Challenge Poster 
The Global and Its Worlds Video Challenge

In keeping with the 2020–2021 research theme “The Global and Its Worlds,” the Humanities Research Institute (HRI) and Illinois Global Institute (IGI) are inviting students, faculty, and staff to submit short, inspirational videos reflecting on our theme: #GlobalAndItsWorlds. Show us your global world, whether you are currently in Urbana-Champaign, or you are in a place called home. We want to see how our community sees and celebrates our Global Worlds.

Videos can be in several formats—TikTok, YouTube, or directly uploaded to the Illinois Mediaspace. Please watch the informational video announcement here.  You must log on to Illinois Mediaspace once before subscribing to this channel.

Click here for information about The Global and Its Worlds Video Challenge

Women In History Wednesday

Nancy M. O'Fallon Dowdy 
Nancy M. O'Fallon Dowdy 

This week for #WomenInHistoryWednesday we have Nancy M. O’Fallon Dowdy!
Nancy M. O’Fallon Dowdy graduated with a MS in Nuclear Engineering and a PhD in Physics. She was instrumental in nuclear disarmament dialogues after the Cold War. She also received the Superior Honor Award for the Arms Control & Disarmament Agency and the Meritorious Honor Award.

This series is displayed every Wednesday on our website, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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Faculty Affiliate News

Charles Fogelman. See Charles Fogelman's Affiliate profile. 
Charles Fogelman 
Faculty Affiliate: Charles Fogelman

WGGP Faculty Affiliate Charles Fogelman, LAS Global Studies, will be a discussant for the upcoming WGGP Graduate Forum on Friday, March 5th from 1:00-4:00pm. Click here for full details on the Graduate Forum.

To learn more about becoming a WGGP Faculty Affiliate, please contact WGGP Assistant Director, Anita Kaiser, at arkaiser@illinois.edu or (217) 333-6221.

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GRID Student News

Dikshya Devkota 
Dikshya Devkota 
GRID Student: Dikshya Devkota

Recent GRID Graduate, Dikshya Devkota, will be presenting her research at the upcoming WGGP Graduate Forum on March 4th.  Her talk, “Understanding the diffusion of transnational gender norms within biodiversity conservation in Bhutan” will take place at 1:30pm. 

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GRID Alumni Spotlight

Grace Malindi 
Grace Malindi 
Alumni Spotlight: Grace Malindi

Grace Malindi
, GRID Alumna (1997) and PhD in Human and Community Development will be presenting at the upcoming WGGP 40th Anniversary Symposium on Thursday, March 4th.  Her talk, “The Evolution of Participatory Packaging of: Integrated Technologies with Information, Education, Communication Modes (Paitiec) Within the Four Decades” will be part of the 10:00am panel. Click here for the full symposium schedule.

Click here to register for Symposium

Events of Interest

Diversity Graphic for WonderWomen of Diversity Spring Discussion 

March 18, 2021 3:00pm CST

Expanding the Diversity of Women in Policy, Politics, and Government

Join Depaul's WonderWomen of Diversity during Women's History Month as we discuss the urgency for increasing women’s inclusion and leadership in policy, politics, and government, as well as broadening the pool of women with seats at the table.

Karen Freeman-Wilson - former Mayor, Gary, IN; current President & CEO, Chicago Urban League
Dorri McWhorter - CEO, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago; former partner Crowe Horwath
Kimberly Peeler-Allen - co-founder of Higher Heights; Visiting Practitioner, Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University
Hasoni Pratts - founding member, Higher Heights for America; National Director of Engagement, ‎Pete for America
Kira Sanbonmatsu - Professor of Political Science & Senior Scholar, Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University

Click here to register for WonderWomen of Diversity Spring Discussion


See RBG event recording on Media Space. 
RBG Discussion with Filmmakers: Event Recording Available

Did you miss the RBG Discussion with filmmakers on February 17th?

WGGP hosted the virtual conversation with the film’s directors, Julie Cohen and Betsy West along with campus moderators Dr. Angela Aguayo, Associate Professor in the Department of Media & Cinema Studies, Dr. Cara Finnegan, Professor in the Department of Communication, and Dr. Lesley Wexler, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor in the College of Law.

The recording is now available in Media Space on the WGGP Channel.

Did you miss the RBG Documentary screening?

If so, RBG is available at the University of Illinois Library?


WGGP Programs

WGGP Gender Relations in International Development Graduate Minor

WGGP offers a graduate minor in Gender Relations in International Development (GRID). The GRID interdisciplinary minor is designed to give students the analytical and empirical skills needed to address and critically evaluate human development issues in research and policy analysis, as well as in daily life. As of 2020, GRID Alumni have come from 35 departments across campus and 50 different countries.

To learn more about the GRID minor, please contact Anita Kaiser at arkaiser@illinois.edu or by phone at 333-6221.

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Certificate in Global Health 
Undergraduate Certificate in Global Health
Joint with WGGP and LAS Global Studies

LAS Global Studies, in conjunction with Women and Gender in Global Perspectives (WGGP), is offering a Certificate in Global Health. This certificate is open to all undergraduate majors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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