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March 29 ♦ Spring 2021 ♦ View Past Newsletters


WGGP Upcoming Events

Panel on Gender and Health Poster 
Panel on Gender and Health

April 2, 2021 12:00pm CST

Panel discussion on Gender and Health. Panelists include Rachel Garthe (Assistant Professor, School of Social Work) and Nic Flores (Assistant Professor, Latina/Latino Studies).

Click here to register for the Panel on Gender and Health
Lual Mayen 
Lual Mayen 
Migration and Game Design Keynote Lecture: Lual Mayen

April 8, 2021 4:00pm CST

"From Refugee to Game Developer: Peacemaking through the Art of Gaming"

Lual Mayen is the founder of Junub Games. He has a rich story from growing up as a refugee to becoming a game developer. For 22 of his 24 years of life, Mayen lived in a refugee camp in northern Uganda. A few years back, Mayen saw a laptop computer at a registration station for the refugee camp. He told his mother he wanted one. She saved money for three years to get the $300 to buy it for him. He discovered Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and the joy of playing at an internet cafe. He regularly walked three-hours to get to the internet cafe to charge his computer and play games.

Click here to register for the Migration and Game Design Keynote Lecture
Women at the Frontlines Poster 

Women at the Frontlines Against COVID-19: Leadership from Informal Settlements in South Africa, Iran and Argentina
April 16, 2021 10:00am CST

Representatives from Hoda House & EDF (Iran), La Poderosa (Argentina), and House Assembly (South Africa) will share their experience in times of COVID-19 and how their organizations showed resiliency in dealing with the hardships caused by COVID-19 and supported their community.

Language live interpretation available in Spanish and Farsi.

Cosponsored by: Center for African Studies; Center for Global Studies; Center for Latin American and Carribean Studies; Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; Gender and Women's Studies; Illinois Global Institute; Iranian Cultural Association (ICA); Urban and Regional Planning; Women's Resources Center

Click here to register for the Women at the Frontlines Panel
Panel Discussion - "President Biden: First 100 Days" Banner
Panel Discussion - "President Biden: First 100 Days"

April 23, 2021 12:00pm CST via Zoom

The Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program and The Center for Social and Behavioral Science at the University of Illinois, are hosting a panel presentation on “President Biden: First 100 Days”, with a focus on how social issues, particularly those related to women and gender, are developing/progressing.

Click here to register for the Panel Discussion on the President's First 100 Days


Click here for complete list of WGGP Spring 2021 events



WGGP Co-sponsored Events

YMCA Technology and Data for Positive Social Impact Poster. Speaker Dr. Aimee Rickman. 

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

U.S. Youth and Media Migration

Friday, April 2 @ 12:00pm CST
Online via Zoom

Speaker: Dr. Aimee Rickson, California State University

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

Finding Yingying Film Screening Poster 
Finding Yingying (Virtual Screening + Online Filmmaker Discussion)

Virtual Screening: April 2 - April 9, 2021
Online Filmaker Discussion: April 6, 2021 5:00pm CST 

An award winning documentary debut by Chicago-based filmmaker Jiayan Shi, Finding Yingying presents the tragic story of Yingying Zhang, the 26-year-old Chinese student who disappeared from the University of Illinois campus in 2017. In deftly balancing one of the most tragic events to befall Urbana Champaign, this film humanizes Yingying through her own diary reflections and the perspectives of her family and friends. With exclusive access gained by trust, Shi closely follows the family’s journey as they search to unravel the mystery of Yingying’s disappearance and seek justice for their daughter while navigating a strange, foreign country. As an international student, Shi knowingly conveys the universal hopes, dreams and fears of families with loved ones studying abroad.

Click here to register for the Finding Yingying Film Screening

Upcoming Campus Events

Women's Resource Center's Women's History Month Banner
Click to see the full schedule for Women's History Month

#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

Lynn Morley Martin 
Lynn Morley Martin 

Lynn Morley Martin graduated in 1960 with a degree in the teaching of English. Lynn served in the Illinois House of Representatives, the Illinois Senate, and the U.S. House of Representatives, where she secured a seat on the Budget Committee as a freshman member of Congress. She also served as U.S. Secretary of Labor from 1991-93 under George Bush Sr. From 1993 to 1999, Lynn was a professor at Northwestern University. She was inducted as a Laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois and awarded the Order of Lincoln, the State’s highest honor, by the Governor of Illinois in 2000 in the area of government.

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

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Faculty Affiliate News

Nic Flores 
Nic Flores 
New Faculty Affiliate: Nic Flores

New Faculty Affiliate, Nic Flores, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Latina/Latino Studies.  Nic will present at the upcoming WGGP Panel on Gender and Health taking place on April 2nd.

Click here to register for the Panel on Gender and Health

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

WGGP 2021-2022 Award Winners Poster 
Fellowship and Award Recipients for 2021-2022

WGGP is happy to announce the Fellowship and Award Recipients for 2021-2022. Congratulations to the following students:

Ananya Tiwari - Rita and Arnold Goodman Fellow

Widya A. Ramadhani - Barbara A. Yates Fellow

Atyeh Asthari - Evelyne Accad and Pual Vielle International Research Awardee

Click here to see more details about the awards

GRID Alumni Spotlight

Koeli Goel 
Koeli Goel 
Alumni Spotlight: Koeli Goel

GRID Alumna Koeli Goel presented at the recent WGGP 40th Anniversary Symposium on “Wings of Fire: #MeTooIndia marks Historic Face-off with entrenched patriarchal Order” as part of the panel on Gender and Societies. Koeli received her PhD in Communications and Media along with graduate minor in Gender and International Relations (GRID) in 2012.

Click here and go to the 3:40:00 mark in the recording to watch the panel on Gender and Societies




Sustainability Career Panel

April 9, 2021 12:00 - 1:00pm CST

Interested in a career in sustainability? Come hear a panel of industry professionals discuss how the field is changing and how to pursue sustainable careers. Panelists will include representatives from Eco Logic, Prairie Rivers Network, the Urbana Park District, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Click here to register for the Sustainability Career Panel
Engaging Women Veterans in Mental Health Research on MST 
Engaging Women Veterans in Metal Health Research on Military Sexual Trauma

Military Sexual Trauma is a pervasive problem that we are motivated to help solve. A team of Veteran advocates and researchers with the Chez Veterans Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is launching a project to build community with women Veteran Military Sexual Trauma (MST) survivors and practitioners. Our project seeks to empower MST survivors and practitioners as equitable partners in community engaged research by: 1) building collaborative relationships, 2) understanding your research engagement needs and priorities, and 3) understanding your perspectives surrounding access and barriers to treatment.

Chez Veterans Center is inviting women Veteran MST survivors in Illinois to join our team. This is a paid, two-year long project that involves virtual community-building meetings in year one and participating in an online research training in year two. Women Veterans who participate will have the opportunity to build community with women Veterans and help shape future mental health research and treatment for Military Sexual Trauma. 

Click here to apply for the Enaging Women Veterans in Mental Health Research team
Fulbright Informational Events in April

The National and International Scholarships Program will be hosting information sessions (starting April 6th) for undergraduate students and recent alumni to provide an overview of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, including eligibility, grant types, and application advice. 

In addition to information sessions, we will be hosting in-depth workshops on each application component to help students get started in filling out the application. We will share samples of successful applications, provide helpful suggestions for essay writing, and answer questions.

Sessions are targeted to juniors, seniors, and recent alumni who wish to apply for the Fulbright Priority Deadline of June 21, 2021.

Click here to view the National and International Scholarships Program Calendar

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.

Click for more information on the GRID Minor


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.

Click for more information on Undergraduate Certificate



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