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Dear friends,

It's time to kick off a new school year! And what a year it will be. Like many of you, each of us is some strange amalgam of excited, trepidatious, bewildered, and curious. As much as history repeats itself, it feels like we're living in unprecedented times.

To our new students: We know this isn't how you thought this part of your academic journey would begin. We wish we all could fully experience the joy of August and September on UIC's campus, with daily welcome events and a palpable buzz in the air as we discover new learning opportunities and make new friends in person. However, we all have been working diligently for months to bring you excellent classes, events, and community spaces virtually. Be sure to bookmark the UIC event calendar and explore what your university has to offer!

To our returning students, especially those of you who have been organizing for racial and social justice at UIC and beyond: We are in solidarity with you. Let us, and all the cultural centers, serve as a safe place for you to gather, think, experiment, celebrate, and support each other.

To our colleagues: Let's not let this ongoing virtual environment keep us socially or emotionally distanced, okay? Let's commit to checking in on each other regularly.

All of this is to say, we see you. We're here for you. We're not going to pretend this is easy, but we're committed to making this the best year it can possibly be.

As you'll read in the rest of the newsletter, we're hosting a bunch of virtual Weeks of Welcome events to help us all build community as the school year begins. We're also launching a new initiative, Don't Cancel Your Class!, to help professors who may need to miss a class session this semester.

Even though our staff is working remotely, we're here to support our entire campus community. Please don't ever hesitate to reach out to us at wlrc@uic.edu or (312) 413-1025.

With hope and optimism,

Your friends at WLRC

 
 
 
In this issue:
 
  • WLRC News & Upcoming Events
  • WLRC Spotlight: Don't Cancel Your Class!
  • Staying Connected: Updates about COVID-19 and WLRC/CAN
  • CCUSC Events & Resources
  • Campus Opportunities
  • Community Opportunities
  • Connect with us!
 
 
 
 

We're kicking the year off with a variety of programs to welcome new and returning UIC community members to campus! CART live captioning will be provided for all events. Please send any questions or additional accommodation requests to wlrc@uic.edu.

 
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Meet us at New Student Convocation

Sunday, August 22, 2020
4-5pm CST
Registration required

Immediately following the main Convocation program, UIC departments and services will come together to offer a LIVE virtual resource fair for new students and their families. Visit our virtual tables for the Women's Leadership and Resource Center and Campus Advocacy Network, chat directly with our staff, and receive the valuable resources you'll need to prepare for your transition to the UIC community!

 
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What's Your Student Bill of Rights?

Wednesday, August 26, 2020
3-4pm CST

Registration required for Zoom link

Join WLRC's Campus Advocacy Network for a chance to meet fellow incoming students and our staff, write and chat, express what you need, develop expectations for college experiences, and learn about CAN!

 

 
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WLRC Fall Open House

Wednesday, September 9, 2020
11am - 1pm CST
Registration required for Zoom link

Join us to learn about WLRC's programs and services, including the Campus Advocacy Network; build community with feminist faculty, staff, and students; and meet with women- and justice-focused student organizations and departments!

 
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Wednesdays, September 9, 16, and 23, 2020
3-4pm CST
Registration required for Zoom link
 
All undergraduate students are invited to join us for any of these storytelling circles to meet fellow students, share stories, and learn about the Campus Advocacy Network's resources and services.
 
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The Beginning of A New Journey: A Storytelling Circle for Graduate Students

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
3-4pm CST

Registration required for Zoom link

All UIC graduate students are invited to join us for a storytelling circle to meet fellow students, share stories, and learn about the Campus Advocacy Network's resources and services.

 
 
 
WLRC Spotlight
 
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Don't Cancel Your Class! 

Are you an instructor or faculty member who is thinking about cancelling class because you have to meet another personal, family, or work obligation? Don't Cancel Your Class!

Instead, request a presentation from our Campus Advocacy Network, and we'll come to your class! We offer a variety of topics, including consent, dating violence, harassment/stalking (online and in person), healthy relationships, and toxic masculinity. 

Visit our website to see all our topics and learn more!

 
 
 
 
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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

For those living with violence, having to isolate or quarantine oneself can make a situation more unsafe. We are here to answer questions and provide support if you or a loved one is in a situation like this. If you are looking for shelter, food, or safety planning, please reach out to CAN to learn the options available on and off campus. We also encourage you to check in with friends and family who may be vulnerable and share our contact information with them.

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 details on events, services, and resources, including our Fall Open Houses:

African-American Cultural Center

Arab American Cultural Center

Asian American Resource and Cultural Center

Disability Cultural Center

Gender and Sexuality Center

Latino Cultural Center

 
 
 
Campus Opportunities
 
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COMMUNITY BUILDING & WELLNESS

We Matter
Mondays & Thursdays, 11am

The UIC Counseling Center and Undergraduate Student Government invite you to join them in a virtual drop-in space to connect, share, listen, support, hear each other’s cultural experiences, and develop community while uplifting each other’s identities. We understand that meeting new people can feel challenging sometimes and encourage you to participate in whatever capacity feels comfortable to you.

Flames Flix: Parasite
Sunday, August 23, 7:30-9:30pm

Join the Student Activities Board and Residence Hall Association for a screening of Parasite, the award-winning, 2019 South Korean dark comedy thriller film directed by Bong Joon-ho. Meet us on Harrison Field, where you can enjoy the movie on a big screen for everyone to see along with a beautiful view of the Chicago skyline from UIC’s east campus.

UIC Alumni Exchange: Code of the Freaks, Disability and the Post-ADA World
Thursday, August 27, 6-7pm

As the United States celebrates the collective gains from the Americans with Disabilities Act, disabled activists, scholars, and artists demand continued efforts to make the world a more equitable place for disabled people. Join UIC faculty members, writers, and producers Carrie Sandahl and Aly Patsavas and interviewee and UIC alumnus TJ Gordon for a discussion of Code of the Freaks, a documentary film that explores disability representation in Hollywood film.

CANS: The Coalition for Autistic and ND Students

CANS is a student-led community for autistic and neurodivergent college students in the Chicago area. Students meet regularly to meet friends, share resources, and participate in workshops, activities, and advocacy. All students who identify as autistic or neurodivergent, including those with Asperger's, intellectual disability, specific learning disability, psychiatric disabilities, or other ND conditions, and are current junior college, community college, undergraduate, graduate, or professional students are welcome.

CANS meets virtually on the fourth Friday of the month, 4-6pm. If you have questions or need accommodations, email Helen at hrotti2@uic.edu.

JOBS, INTERNSHIPS & AWARDS

Arab American Cultural Center: 2 Internships Available

The Arab American Cultural Center (ArabAmCC) is seeking outgoing and enthusiastic interns to serve as Student Organization Liaison and Data and Archival Project Assistant. 8-10 hours a week.

 
 
 
Community Opportunities
 
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EVENTS

Power & Justice: A 2020 Census Conversation
Tuesday, August 25, 4-5pm

ADA 25 Advancing Leadership invites you to an exclusive briefing on the importance of the 2020 Census. Join this webinar to hear from Census officials and community members who will share their updates and perspectives on the current 2020 Census count and how you can use your power to ensure a complete count this year. This is your voice, your count. #YesWeCount

Black-Palestinian Solidarity: Abolition and Liberation: A Conversation with Angela Davis and Jamal Juma'
Friday, August 28, 1pm

This international discussion of the connections between Black Lives Matter calls to defund the police and abolish the prison industrial complex, and Palestinian calls to tear down all apartheid walls and free Palestine. Kristian Davis Bailey, who will be moderating their conversation, is a co-founder of Black for Palestine and a co-author of the 2015 Black Solidarity with Palestine Statement signed by more than 1,000 Black activists.

INTERNSHIP & JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Jane Addams Senior Caucus: Internship Available
Application deadline: August 31, 2020

Jane Addams Senior Caucus is looking for an intern with a strong interest in community organizing. This position will be focused on our Healthcare & Economic justice campaigns and work with our leaders to build political power for our members, especially in communities of color. They will work with the Care Collective campaign that focuses on careworkers (caregivers, homemakers, PAs) and long-term care, including nursing home facilities. 

Responsibilities: Specific work plan will be crafted to fit interests of the individual and will center on one major project. Possible responsibilities may include community based participatory research, creating political education training , facilitating and planning meetings, organizational outreach, and support for actions. The Social Work Intern will complete an orientation period including community organizing 101 trainings.

Please submit a resume and cover letter to Becky Ozaki at becky@seniorcaucus.org with the email title “JASC Community Organizer Internship."

RACES Executive Director

Rape Advocacy, Counseling, & Education Services (RACES), the community-based rape crisis center serving East Central Illinois, seeks a new executive director who will lead the organization, manage its programs and operations, and represent the organization in the community.

 
 
 
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