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In this issue:
  • A note from our director
  • WLRC Spotlight: What We're Reading This Week
  • 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...

Where will you be when they come?

If LGBT History Month, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Breast Cancer Awareness Month were represented by the life of an individual Black woman, that person might be Pat Parker. Black. Lesbian. Feminist. Survivor. Poet. Activist. Truth teller.  An inspiration for Audre Lorde, I discovered Pat’s work when I was a college student spending (some might say unwisely) my work-study earnings at the local lefty bookstore. That was more than 30 years ago.  One of the elders of the Black feminist pantheon of radical thinkers and cultural workers that students rarely hear about, her words provoke, awaken, remind and insist on a vision of justice that makes demands of all of us.  I will be teaching her work in Spring 2021 in “GWS 455: Advanced Seminar in Feminism and Justice” but her words are useful right in this moment of incredible anxiety.  Between COVID-19, demands of classes, assaults on the abilities of US voters to exercise their franchise, open partisan aggression on the streets and even in our classrooms, the wait-and-see approach being taken by university leadership and political leadership, and the distinct sense that Election Day is about to become Election Week or Month, you might not know what to do with yourself right now.

The first thing you should do? Breathe.  And then breathe again.

I recommend that you make a list of how you will seek out joy, reconnect with community, and focus on what you can control.

If you can, vote.  Remember the issues that you care about and the history that you have inherited.  Your choices can have a lasting effect on the course of the city, the state and the country for years and even decades to come.  If you live in Chicago, here’s a voter’s guide to help you. 

Practice self-care.  Choose any the methods that soothe your spirit– whether it’s a creative method - coloring (there are hundreds of free ones on the interwebs), knitting, drawing, cooking – or turning off the TV and radio, do it.  We need you here so take care of yourself.

Find your people. Several of the Cultural Centers are offering virtual drop-in spaces this and next week, where you can exhale, to vent, dream, and find solace.  If there isn’t a drop-in space available, and you’d like to organize it, let any of the directors know.  We are an email away.

Thursday will be a full day!

As part of the CCUSC Virtual Meet and Greet series, LCC and ArabAMCC are partnering to host their second virtual Kitchen Table conversation space to discuss anti-Blackness and the outcomes and aftermath of the upcoming general election.  Register early to get a slot!

Following the CCUSC Virtual Meet and Greet, the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women (CCSW) will be having its first meeting of the year.  In this moment when so many campuses are considering how to respond to the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the wellbeing of women at every level of the university – from faculty members to administrative workers to ancillary staff - CCSW needs to hear your voices!  If you are student – undergraduate or graduate – who wants to get involved in shaping the policies and approaches that UIC takes, then this is a key space to do so.  Sign up here

Your final stop on Thursday could be the 30th Anniversary Planning Committee meeting.  Come to help choose the year’s theme and volunteer to help plan events.  

Here’s how Pat Parker answered the question.  What will your answer be?

In Solidarity,

Natalie Bennett

What We're Reading This Week

This week we're reading about reorienting the discourse around "essential workers' and how women and gamers of color are experiencing online harassment while gaming. Read what UIC professors have to say:

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'Essential, not disposable'

Anna Romina Guevarra, founding director and associate professor of Global Asian Studies at UIC, writes on the need of a new ethic of care that values essential workers for their labor and their lives. 

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Women and gamers of color detail experiences with online harassment in games like 'Call of Duty'

Roughly 4 out of 10 adults say they have been harassed online. Kishonna Gray, an assistant professor at UIC, shares how sexism and racism exist in gaming spaces. 

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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30th Anniversary Planning Committee Meeting

Thursday, November 5, 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!

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Harvest Festival Fall 2020

Wednesday, November 11 2020
1-2pm CST
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.  

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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CCUSC Virtual Meet & Greet at the Kitchen Table

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Join the Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change for a series of Meet and Greets! Every few weeks, two of our centers pair up and host a relaxed conversation about a topic that's important to our communities.

On Nov. 5, join the Latino Cultural Center and Arab American Cultural Center for conversations on two pressing issues: anti-Blackness in our communities and the 2020 election results. Sit at one of our virtual kitchen tables and meet other people to cook up collective ideas for change.

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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


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.

Delta Epsilon Mu: #RememberRuth T-shirts

Sale ends on November 5, 2020

The Executive Board of Delta Epsilon Mu Psi Chapter at UIC would like to ask for your help in promoting a cause in the name of our late and beloved sister, Ruth George. As you all know, Ruthie George or “Rangi Mtoto,” was sexually assaulted and murdered last year on November 23rd, 2019. This November will mark her one-year death anniversary, and in order to raise awareness about the circumstances surrounding Ruthie’s death, we have designed shirts that will be sold for $15. All the profits from this sale will be donated to the Clery Center, which is an organization that aims to raise awareness, and provide funding for on-campus programs to decrease violence and crime in schools all around the United States."

2020 National November Native American Heritage Month

Starting Friday, November 6, 2020

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) National November Native American Heritage Month (NAHM) activities are an integral part of the UIC cultural experience in celebration of the diversity of Native America. Each year, the UIC Native American and Indigenous Student Organization select a theme. The 2020 theme is Black and Indigenous Communities: Fellowship and Mutual Support. Please join them in celebrating National Native American Heritage Month. EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

Virtual Events Include:

  • 11/06 from 12:00 - 5:00 PM: Powwow 101: Understanding and Enjoying a Powwow
  • 11/11 from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Keynote Lecture and Discussion - Kyle T. Mays, a scholar of Indigenous and Afro-Indigenous studies
  • 11/17 from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Land Acknowledgement Workshop 
  • 11/23 from 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM: Creating Change, Black and Indigenous Community Discussion Panel 

UIC Counseling Center x USG Conversation Hour

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 9th: Self Love
November 16th: 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)

Connecting Dots International: Drive for Disability Inclusion Contest

D4DI (Drive for Disability Inclusion) is a campus-wide contest to find the best disability-friendly club/organization at UIC. Every UIC club/organization is welcome to participate in the D4Di event.

Prizes: 1st place - $750 grants, 2nd place - $500 grants, and 3rd place - $250 grants. Certificates will also be provided along with cash prize.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out  at contact@cdiworld.org


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

Postdocs and Faculty: Apply to Become a Member of the Diversity Scholars Network 

The National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) invites all tenured, tenure-track, clinical and research faculty (including lecturers), research staff, and postdoctoral fellows dedicated to diversity scholarship to become a member of the Diversity Scholars Network (DSN)! Apply by December 11.

People's Budget Chicago

What do our communities need to be safe and thriving?

Every year the City of Chicago undertakes the process of defining a budget for our City. People's Budget Chicago is an inclusive, community-led process to define budget values and priorities for the City that center the needs and priorities of our most impacted communities, build an accountability framework, and ultimately design a budget that works for all of us. We encourage everyone to learn more about the City's budget process, play the budget game by allocating funds across six categories to create your own city budget, and vote on which investments would make your community safe and thriving while adding your own ideas for others to vote on. Find out more and take part at: peoplesbudgetchicago.com

Celebrate People's History Book Conversation 

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.

Connect with us!
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Have you checked out our websites (WLRC and CAN)? We add lots of useful content throughout the year, so be sure to bookmark both!

Get social with us!

We post regularly on WLRC's Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter and on CAN's Facebook.



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