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In this issue:
  • A note from our director
  • WLRC Spotlight: Sounds of Feminism
  • WLRC News & Upcoming Events
  • CAN Resources
  • Staying Connected: Updates about COVID-19 and WLRC/CAN
  • CCUSC Events & Resources
  • Campus Opportunities
  • Community Opportunities
  • Connect with us!
A note from our director...

Looking backward to see what’s ahead

Students who entered UIC in the Fall of 2016 did so at an auspicious moment. They experienced a campus that mobilized to reject the white supremacist, anti-immigrant, and anti-democratic platform that would propel Donald Trump to the presidency. And in the days and months immediately after the election, we continued to talk—in our classrooms, on our social media pages, and in public forum—about what it meant that white women played a key role in electing an autocratic leader to office. Then, we talked less about Black women’s valiant efforts to use the vote to hold the line against a Trumpian future. Four years of resistance kicked off with The Women’s March, an international mobilization of women and feminists across the U.S. that began to name the urgency of pushing back against the forces of injustice, exclusion, and violence borne through policies informed by racism, white supremacy, imperialism, Islamophobia, ableism, transphobia, economic injustice, et. al.

For students entering UIC in Fall 2020, their previous years were shaped by the turbulence caused by national, international, and local policy directives that entrenched injustice and the fierce resistance with which groups met those policies. UIC faculty, staff, and students have been key parts of the progressive forces pushing the university, the city of Chicago, and the nation towards a more just existence.

Bearing witness at Standing Rock protests. Converging on O’Hare airport at the announcement of the Muslim Ban. Organizing against assaults on abortion and reproductive rights. Protesting killings of transgender women of color and police murders of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. Defending the rights of Chicago’s children and teachers to supportive school environments. Building the agenda for the Movement for Black Lives. Raising awareness about the negative impact of Title IX changes for survivors. Centering the voices and experiences of Black women survivors of gender-based violence. Documenting the rise of rightwing governments abroad and their impact on Chicago’s immigrant communities. Bringing research on racism, prison abolition, policing, and surveillance into conversation with institutionalized anti-blackness at UIC. Exploring the ways that anti-Asian racism matters in how the story of COVID-19 gets told. These multivocal energies course through the UIC community and inform the programs we offer through the Cultural Centers, including WLRC and CAN.

Indeed, beyond numbers, this is what diversity at UIC ought to mean: a university community where its members are as committed to rigorous engagement of ideas as they are to enacting social justice through inclusive engagement, research, policy, and action.

There is much to learn from this recent national election and that WLRC will seek to bring into our programs in the months ahead. Among these: how can the confidence, sense of belonging, and agency that Black and Latinx women enact through the ballot to push for collective agendas be cultivated for these women students on a university campus that does not always allow them to shine? How can we design difficult conversations about white supremacy that unveil hidden investments which lure not just white women, but many people of color? As we move towards celebrating our 30th anniversary of being on this campus, WLRC will continue to find ways to cultivate this conversation among our allies and with those who are new to our community. Let us know how you want to participate.

As always, WLRC celebrates the efforts of UIC students who are working to realize the full inclusion of minoritized groups on campus.

This week, we highlight Wasan Kumar, a not-so-ordinary undergraduate student in the Honors College who is a Neuroscience major and minors in Global Asian Studies. Aside from his many academic achievements, Wasan is also the current President of UIC’s Undergraduate Student Government. In that role, he has shown incredible leadership and vision in advocating for the wellbeing of UIC students, whether through making sure students’ voices were heard in the decisions about re-opening the university during the COVID-19 pandemic, standing with Black students to push for anti-racist policies and a police-free campus, and openly pushing for UIC students to be fully engaged and informed about the recent changes to the Title IX federal policy that went into effect in August 2020.

Building on collaboration begun with Jocelyn Aranda-Ortiz from the previous USG administration, Wasan has worked closely with CAN’s staff over the past few months to figure out how to center UIC students’ voices and experiences in conversations about the significance of Title IX legislation; despite the stated focus of the policies—i.e. to protect students—students’ perspectives are rarely heard or solicited at UIC. As a continuation of these efforts, USG’s campaign to educate students continued on Wednesday, November 11, with a workshop; you can connect with USG through their website.

USG has also unanimously passed a resolution to create a Critical Ethnic Studies and Gender Studies General Education category at UIC. We salute this bold move to ensure that all UIC students have a formal opportunity to learn and engage with the histories, politics, and contributions of minoritized groups. This kind of curricular strategy has been enacted at many universities, and often because students themselves have demanded such. Whether you are faculty, undergraduate or graduate students, or staff, please consider signing this letter of support. USG will be meeting with various legislators to garner support for this resolution as well. 

The Good Trouble coalition, a student-led collective at UIC pushing for racial equity and justice at UIC, continues to press Chancellor Amiridis and the administrators of the University of Illinois system to address the demands that were presented in June 2020, many of which have not been met. You can read the updated document as well as sign the petition here.

November is Native American Heritage Month. The intersections of Black and Indigenous histories in North America are being brought to the fore in this year’s celebrations with Dr. Kyle Mays of University of California at Los Angeles giving the keynote lecture. Next week, John Marshall Law School will be presenting a panel on Land Acknowledgements led by Drs. Hayley Negrin (History) and Angela Walden of (Psychology and Office of Diversity). Follow the Native American Support Program (NASP) on social media to keep up!

While WLRC is winding down its virtual programming for the semester, we encourage you to check out our social media pages and stay connected through “Sounds of Feminism”, our new audio series led by Tiffany Hamling, GWS major and WLRC student assistant. SoF seeks to educate (or remind) our audiences about key debates and ideas about feminism that inform the work of the center. We are still working out the kinks, but if you have ideas about audio material about lesser-known debates or discussions that you think we should present, let us know!

Between the unprecedented challenge to the political stability of the U.S., the looming papers and deadlines as the semester draws to a close, and a pandemic that has long outstayed its welcome, the days ahead will not be easy.

No matter what, we encourage you to take care of yourselves, even while you seek out opportunities to learn—especially outside of the classroom—about how marginalized groups envision and seek justice and write their own histories.

Let us continue to challenge ourselves to learn from each other and to use the tools of our disciplines to figure out—together—how to build a campus and a world in which all of us can live and learn, justly.


Natalie Bennett

WLRC Spotlight: Sounds of Feminism

Want to learn more about feminism? Every week on WLRC's Instagram and Facebook, we'll be sharing critical feminist conversations and insights on key concepts, ideas, and debates that shape our everyday lives.

Words and ideas matter. So does form. WLRC’s “Sounds of Feminism” is intended to educate, engage, and inspire. How? By featuring critical feminist conversations about history, politics, media, culture and beyond. Whether you are new to feminist struggles and debates, or have weathered all the ups and downs and are still waving your flag, you will find “Sounds of Feminism” useful, provocative, and always loudly pushing for justice.

We offer this as a tool for everyone to learn the importance of history and how to use language to heal and build bridges, how to speak back to power, and how to work in solidarity with communities that might be different from the ones that we identify with. Mostly though, “Sounds of Feminism” is about helping you make your own sounds, as you find a feminism that you can own.

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What is Feminism?

“If we acknowledge Black women, Muslim women, Indigenous women, working class women… We will rise with them,” says civil rights activist and author Dr. Angela Davis. In this beautiful talk, which critiques U.S. mainstream feminism as well as introduces the idea of intersectional feminism, Davis asks that we acknowledge our own privilege and challenge existing societal norms.

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What is Intersectionality?

In this clip, Dr. Kimberle Crenshaw explores the history of feminism and critiques the women’s suffrage movement for its failure to include women of color. We must strive for an inclusive, feminist movement and we must understand that means listening to and involving all women, in all their diversities.

WLRC News & Upcoming Events

CART live captioning will be provided for all events hosted by WLRC. Please email wlrc@uic.edu for additional accommodation requests.

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Harvest Festival Fall 2020

Friday, November 13 2020
1-3pm CST

Join the UIC Heritage Garden for our fourth annual Harvest Fest. We are in a crucial time when it comes to re imagining what our society could look like for current and future generations. This year, join us virtually in creating art through sustainable DIY methods, and imagining garden spaces that foster sharing of each other’s lived experiences. Also featuring guest speaker Eli Suzukovich III, PhD, a long time collaborator of this internship.  

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30th Anniversary Planning Committee Meeting

Thursday, November 19, 2020
4-5pm CST
RSVP: ndab1@uic.edu

WLRC and CAN are turning 30 next year! We invite you to join us in conversation about how we can commemorate the center's history and contributions to UIC, Chicago, and the state of Illinois. Whether you have been around UIC for many years and attended our programs, or you just arrived, we want to hear your ideas!

CAN Resources
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Don't Cancel Your Class! 

Are you thinking about cancelling class or assigning “busy work” because you can’t teach due to personal, family, or work obligations? Don't Cancel Your Class!

Arrange for a CAN presentation instead and keep your students learning and engaged even in your absence. DCYC! Is for any instructor--tenure-track, adjunct/contingent, graduate teaching assistants--who wants to make alternative arrangements for a class. We offer a variety of topics, including consent, dating violence, harassment/stalking (online and in person), healthy relationships, and toxic masculinity.

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WLRC will be working remotely for the Fall 2020 semester. We can be reached at wlrc@uic.edu and will continue to stay connected with you through email and social media.

The Campus Advocacy Network will continue to serve UIC students, faculty, and staff. Our confidential advocate is available for virtual appointments. To schedule a meeting or request more information, please email can-appointment@uic.edu. You can also call (312) 413-8206 and leave a voicemail.

We are open to connecting with you in multiple ways:

  • Phone: (312) 413-8206 or (312) 488-9784
  • Video conference (Webex or Google Hangouts)
  • Online chat (Google Chats)
  • Email

More info & resources

CCUSC Events & Resources
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UIC's Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change will all be open and available virtually this semester! Click each center's name below for this week's events, services, and resources:

African-American Cultural Center

Arab American Cultural Center

Asian American Resource and Cultural Center

Disability Cultural Center

Gender and Sexuality Center

Latino Cultural Center

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UIC Online Events Accessibility Guide

The Disability Resource Center and the Disability Cultural Center have partnered to create this guide, which offers a consolidated resource for event planners as they facilitate accommodations. It details ways to build accessibility into events from the start and covers

  • Planning
  • Publicity
  • Responding to Access Requests
  • Setting Up ASL/CART in Online Platforms
  • Facilitating Events for Accessibility
  • Access Practices for Events of All Sizes.
Campus Opportunities


The Making of Suspect Communities: From Japanese Incarceration to the Muslim Ban

November 16, 2020
11:00 am – 12:30pm CST

This colloquium seeks to inspire conversation about the links between the surveillance of Arab and Musilm communities in the U.S. and the histories of surveillance of Japanese Americans. The conversation will bring together Ryan Yokota, scholar and public historian of Japanese American history and UIC Professor Nicole Nguyen, who recently published the book, Suspect Communities: Anti-Muslim Racism and the Domestic War on Terror. The discussion will cover the connections between Japanese incarceration and the U.S. government's "countering violent extremism" (CVE) program that has arisen in major cities arcoss the United States since 2011 as well as a general reassessment of the inner-workings of the U.S. security state and its devasting impact of local communities, especially those who have come to the U.S. from Arab and Asian homelands.
Mondays starting October 19, 2020
11:00 AM CST

The UIC Counseling Center and USG would like to invite all students to join them in a space to connect, share, listen, support, hear each other’s cultural experiences, and develop community while uplifting each other. You also do not need to commit to every session.

November 16: How to adapt to the New Normal

If you have any questions or are requesting closed captioning, please email Dr. Azadeh Fatemi (afatemi@uic.edu) or Dr. Dia Mason (dama233@uic.edu)

Native American Heritage Month: Land Rights in Native and Indigenous Communities

Tuesday, November 17, 2020
12-1:00 PM CST

This virtual workshop is part of the Lunch and Learn series hosted by the Native American Support Program. Land acknowledgments have become common in academic spaces, as well as outside of academia, in schools, and at cultural, civic, and sporting events. Join us to gain a greater understanding of the significance of a land acknowledgment and how to create your own. This workshop will include a conversational presentation as well as a guided activity.

This event is part of UIC November Native American Heritage Month (NAHM). NAHM activities are an integral part of the UIC cultural experience in celebration of the diversity of Native America.

Native American Heritage Month: Creating Change, Black and Indigenous Community Discussion Panel

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
12-1:00 PM CST

Join your peers in welcoming Black and Indigenous leaders from Chicago in a panel discussion to discuss identity and solidarity. Explore avenues for creating change at UIC and in the city of Chicago.

This event is part of UIC November Native American Heritage Month (NAHM). NAHM activities are an integral part of the UIC cultural experience in celebration of the diversity of Native America.

Technology Solutions: Laptop and Hotspot Loaner Program

Reopening on November 2, 2020

Spring 2021 registration for students is open and the university has announced that a majority of courses will be conducted primarily via synchronous online delivery, in a hybrid delivery mode, or fully online asynchronously. Technology Solutions, formerly known as ACCC, recognizes the challenge that this imposes on UIC’s students and it is happy to announce the reopening of the laptop and hotspot loaner program effective Nov. 2, 2020.



Government Virtual Job Fair 2020
Thursday, November 12, 2020
Friday, November 13, 2020
1 pm to 4 pm

Students and alumni from all universities and colleges, seeking public services careers, are invited to participate and meet with recruiters from a range of government areas, including city, county, state and federal. Please be sure to register early for the available group and one to one sessions with recruiters.

CIM²AS Summer Research Internship

Summer research interns will investigate reasons for the decline of monarch butterflies by testing habitat utilization by monarch butterflies in the Chicago region. Research activities include experimental milkweed plantings and field sampling. Interns will receive a stipend, campus housing, and support to attend a scientific conference. The 2021 internship program will run through UIC's 8-week summer session,  June 17 to August 9. The application deadline is January 31st, 2021.

Community Opportunities
Thursday, November 12, 2020
7-10pm CST

Join Women' and Children's First and Pilsen Community Books for a conversation with artists and activists Nicole Marroquin, Damon Locks, Monica Trinidad, and Josh MacPhee about the newly published and updated edition of Celebrate People's History!: The Poster Book of Resistance and Revolution. In this book, contemporary artists imagine and interpret often-overlooked events and figures in movements for racial justice, women's rights, queer liberation, labor organizing, and environmental conservation. Find out more and register here.

2020 NWSA Presidential Plenary: Post-Election Politics

Friday, November 13, 2020
4pm CST
Please register here to attend the 2020 National Women's Studies Assoication Presidential Plenary on Post-Election Politics. Plenary speakers include NWSA Presidents Premilla Nadasen (2018-2020), Kaye Wise-Whitehead (2020-2022), Barbara Ransby (2016-2018), and Beverly Guy-Sheftall (2008-2010). Registration is required. Free and open to the public. You will receive a zoom link and directions for attending once you register.

Insurgent Aesthetics: Virtual Book Salon 

Saturday, November 14, 2020
1-2:30pm CST
Join author Ronak K. Kapadia in conversation with Jodi Kim, Keith P. Feldman, Sara Mameni, and Kareem Khubchandani. This leading group of multidisciplinary scholars from critical ethnic studies, queer studies, Asian and Arab American studies, and visual studies will respond to this insightful new work and consider its wide-ranging relevance for understanding the relationships between race radical experiments, aesthetic strategies, and queer feminist freedom dreams in the wake of and in response to unending US war-making and empire. Find out more and register here.

Call For Submissions:  Black Matriarch Archive

The goal here is to encourage members of the African diaspora to submit images and video documentation of black elders. We want to create an ongoing archive commemorating the black women in our lives who were crucial in our upbringing. We encourage everyone to submit imagery of the black women in their lives, whether they are your drag mother, godmother, great-aunt, caregiver, or nonblood related relatives. BMA is intended to be a space for ALL black people, including the LGBTQIA community and nongender conforming folks. Email at amerriweather97@gmail.com with image description, details, and year.

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