Women's History Month + Reflections on Revolutionary Mothering
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In this issue:

  • A Note From WLRC's Director
  • Revolutionary Mothering: Laboring for a Just World Opening Remarks
  • WLRC News & Upcoming Events
  • CAN News & Upcoming Events
  • WLRC Spotlight: Sounds of Feminism
  • Staying Connected: Updates about COVID-19 and WLRC/CAN
  • CCUSC Events & Resources
  • Campus Opportunities
  • Community Opportunities
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A Note from WLRC's Director


Building with Love

Around the world, March 8 is celebrated as International Women’s Day.  It is a moment for families, communities and entire nations to pause and recognize the gains that have come from women organizing for equity and justice.  Perhaps it is not surprising that mainstream “celebrations” of IWD focus on extraordinary women and even ignore or downplay the myriad forms of oppression marginalization that continue to limit possibilities for women and girls, even those who are seeking education at UIC. Inasmuch as we need to talk about the “Shadow Pandemic” of gender-based violence (including street harassment), medicalized forms of harm, the failures of the federal government to enact legislation that guarantees a living wage for all workers and cancel student debt, campus centers like WLRC also make [more] visible the multiple registers and spaces from which women struggle to make life possible and build communities in otherwise unlivable situations.

A small sample of those stories – of love as the conduit for justice, of mothering as political practice, of care as community survival – was centered in “Revolutionary Mothering: Laboring for a Just World”, an event organized by Professor Nadine Naber, Director of UIC’s Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy (IRRPP) and cosponsored by the Centers for Cultural Understanding (CCUSC) along with other UIC units.  The activists are positions at different nodes along the continuum of violence wrought by the carceral state, from Chicago to Palestine to Texas.  Whether focused on criminalized survivors, political prisoners, victims of torture and unjust sentencing, neglect of urban Indigenous communities, support for undocumented immigrants, or mutual aid networks in response to post-disaster neglect of socially marginalized communities, the panelists called all of us into loving action.  Amid the circulation of statements and petitions, the gathering was a reminder to center love and care alongside righteous anger as we collectively push for a more just present and future, whether that’s inside the university or outside of it.  Those who bore witness were changed in some small way by the conversation.  I believe that all of us – as students and employees, but also as members of many communities – can benefit from more of these opportunities to explore how we can create more ways to recognize carework but also make it less burdensome for the women who are doing the heavylifting in our departments, communities, movements.  The panelists’ stories reminded us that the diverse histories and practices of mothering and carework should be our blueprint for action if we want to create a better world than the one we currently inhabit.

In case you missed the event:  you will find the introductory and concluding remarks offered by Prof. Nadine Naber, myself and Dr. Susila Gurusami (Criminology, Law & Justice) in this week’s newsletter.  We hope you find their words inspirational and also feel moved to write, act, think and support in whatever ways you can.

On March 10, the conversation with Rosi Carrasco, community organizer and leader in the struggle for immigrant workers’ rights  – promises to expand on the earlier discussions about the many ways that mothering and carework matter in movement-building.  This is the first event in a series of conversations with Latinx women leaders in Chicago throughout the month of March.   The speakers are working across multiple movements and frameworks to push for a more just city and society, and their voices and insights are centered in the series as part of an annual collaboration between WLRC and Latino Cultural Center for Women’s Heritage Month.  Come to all of them if you can – I am sure that the conversations will inspire, provoke and always nourish.

Finally, Chicago has lost a warrior:  Jacqueline Abena Smith, a friend of WLRC who has worked with us on Heritage Garden curriculum and activities in previous years, was a champion of urban agriculture and promoted Black and Indigenous women’s stewardship of land.   You can read about her work here.  Her energy, creativity, expertise and deep commitment to building nourishing spaces on the south side of Chicago will be missed.  May her ideas continue to thrive and inform how we do the work of feeding and sustaining the communities that need it most.

As always, take care of yourselves and each other.

With care,
Natalie Bennett


Revolutionary Mothering: Laboring for a Just World Opening Remarks

Nadine Naber 

Dr. Nadine Naber is Interim Director of the Institute for Research on Race on Public Policy (IRRPP) and
Professor in the Gender and Women's Studies Program and the Global Asian Studies Program and holds an affiliation with the Department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Today, we are witnessing the continuation and expansion of settler colonialism and systems of enslavement and containment across the globe through struggles like that over the North Dakota Access Pipeline, police torture, immigration bans, and to the global war OF terror, all of which have relied upon sexualized violence and reproductive injustices. 

It is no surprise that we continue to witness family separations through the caging of parents, relatives, and children, and the foster care to prison pipeline, and a reality where the state continues to deny BIPOC the chance to care for and love their children and one another. The framework of reproductive justice, established in part, by one of our professors at UIC, Elena Gutierrez, allows us to think about the impact of structural racism and state violence on the bodies and hearts of people doing the labor of mothering and carework in Black, Indigenous, and POC communities in Chicagoland.

As we will see, in some cases, paying attention to the impact of state violence on people who are mothering and caring helps us to grasp the transnational scope of Chicago-based liberation struggles. Palestinian mothers and caregivers in Chicago, for example, strive to survive and thrive in relation to U.S. and Israeli state violence on their lives and the lives of their loved ones--from surveillance of their communities here to the military occupation of their neighborhoods in Palestine.

Chicago has witnessed decades of activist histories that uplift mothering and care-giving labor as necessary, not merely secondary to our social movements, reminding us that since people who are caregiving are disproportionately impacted by state violence, they should be leading the way forward.  These people and organizations reflect just a few: Beth Richie, Aislynn Sol, Andrea Ritchie, Johnae Strong, Shira Hassan, Joey Mogul, Anna Guevarra, Camilia Odeh, Maha Jarrad, Jennie Brier, Amalia Pallares, INCITE! Love and Protect, the Chicago Torture Justice Center, Young Women's Empowerment Project, Lifted Voices, HANA Center, Chicago Abortion Fund, and many more.

A storytelling project that I have been part of, MAMAS, is also a force behind this work. One person, Souzan Naser, with MAMAS, has contributed extensive and intentional relationship building efforts that helped bring our speakers together.

I’m especially honored as one of my role models for how to center the necessity of mothering labor within movements and analysis of resistance, Paula X. Rojas, agreed to join us as our keynote speaker from Austin, Texas.

Some of our speakers will be calling for policy reform as they strive to hold the state accountable. Yet people mothering in the face of state violence cannot always rely on a state, structured by racial capitalism and settler-colonialism, to set them or their communities free, which inspires important alternatives for all communities striving to survive and thrive.

Dr. Natalie Bennett smiling 

Dr. Natalie Bennett is Director of the Women’s Leadership and Resource Center and Campus Advocacy Network, and adjunct lecturer in the Gender and Women’s Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Greetings!  I am deeply honored but also grateful that I was invited to partner with Nadine Naber in introducing today’s program.   UIC’s Women’s Leadership and Resource Center turns 30 years old this year, and this event – in its many dimensions - reflect the core values of WLRC:

To highlight the political, creative, and intellectual work happening at the intersections of feminisms and movements against colonialism, imperialism, white supremacy and carceral systems, and in which UIC community members are involved;

To foster collaborations and connections among UIC community and with feminist and social justice groups in Chicago.  so that we can learn from and build with each other in order to address the larger issues that impact the lives of women and gender-nonconforming persons who are marginalized by white supremacy, ableism, heterosexism, transphobia, wealth inequality, et al.

This collaborative programming is just one of the ways that WLRC promotes gender equity, inclusion and social justice on campus and in the larger society and world.

I am also excited about today’s program because we do not often create opportunities to talk about mothering and carework as a political practice

For communities marginalized within and by racist, colonial and capitalist heteropatriarchal systems from here in Chicago to there in Kingston, Jamaica or there in Recife, Brazil, revolutionary mothering necessarily exceeds biological relationships with individuals.  The work of laboring, caring, and tending to life becomes a radical assertion of belonging against institutions - governments, corporations, police, military, international NGOs; of claiming ownership over one’s time, body, and spirit; a way of having a say in the present and future that they want.  

When we think about mothering in this way, we see that 1) dissident mothers have always walked among us; 2) the work is not always done by women;  and 3) the commitment to mothering and carework is not always determined by biological connections to a specific child-person, but by what people believe is at stake in the world that they inherited. 

In the spirit of today’s event, I will call some of the names of revolutionary mothers who I see as part of the lineage of freedom struggles in the Caribbean region, against plantation slavery, colonialism, dictatorship, occupation, state violence:

  1. Agbaraya Toya who raised Jean-Jacques Dessalines to become the first leader of independent Haiti, and Dede Basile who gathered his dismembered body and gave him an official burial after he was assassinated.
  2. Solitude, who fought with her pregnant belly against France’s attempts to reinstate slavery, and whose execution was delayed so her child could be born and sold back into slavery.
  3. Sabina who was sentenced to death because she killed her child to prevent them from being enslaved.
  4. Elma Francois who left her child with her mother in St. Vincent to travel to Trinidad and Tobago and later instigate the first workers’ strike in Port of Spain
  5. The Haitian mothers who – even when they were incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay - insisted that their testimonies contained the names of their sons, husbands and who were massacred by police in the aftermath of the Duvalier regime were recorded by US human rights groups - are in the streets of Port au Prince, right now protesting state repression
  6. Mercia Frazier who has held a vigil at the police station for six years as part of fight for justice for her son Mario Dean who was jailed and killed by the Jamaican police in 2014.

Caribbean histories of struggle are not often a part of our conversations about movements for freedom and social change in the U.S.  And yet, I think that as we start talk about revolutionary mothering – what we are demanding, what we are refusing - we will see connections across the contexts of struggle and what revolutionary mothering makes possible and visible.

Dr. Susila Gurusami 

Dr. Susila Gurusami is
Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law, and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a sociologist of race, gender, labor, and politics, with particular interests in carceral governance and intersectionality.

Hello everyone. Thank you to the speakers for reminding us what is at stake — and how a radical engagement with mothering reveals those stakes. 

I am going to ask everyone to take a moment, in part because I also need a moment after hearing from our panelists.  

I want to invite you to close your eyes and think back to a moment when someone offered you care when you needed it.  Someone who affirmed the importance of your life, maybe through a gesture as small as reaching out to hold your hand to show you that you weren’t alone. Or someone who put themselves in the line of fire—figuratively or literally—to shield you from harm. Those things often come from people who we call our mothers. But for most of us, our lives are also made possible through moments of grace and generosity, when people who did not birth us offered what we needed to survive in a world that tries to diminish, erase, and kill those of us who are not straight white men. 

This should tell us that it doesn’t take birthing a child, living with one, or being a cisgender woman to do the serious, life-affirming work of mothering.  And I say this as someone who does not answer to the term “mother,” but who tries to move through the world with revolutionary mothering as the beating heart of my politics.

In the anthology Revolutionary Mothering, in a chapter called “M/other ourselves,” Alexis Pauline Gumbs (2016) writes:

Your mama is queer as hell. 

What if mothering is about the how of it? Hortense Spillers wrote “Mama’s Baby, Paper’s maybe: A New American Grammar Book,” reminding her peers that motherHOOD is a status granted by patriarchy to white middle-class women, those women whose legal rights to their children are never questioned, regardless of who does the labor (the how) of keeping them alive. MotherING is another matter, a possible action, the name for that nurturing work, that survival dance, worked by enslaved women who were forced to breastfeed the children of the status mothers while having no control over whether their birth or chosen children were sold away. Mothering is a form of labor worked by immigrant nannies like my grandmother who motored wealthy white kids in order to send money to Jamaica for my mother and her brothers who could not afford the privilege of her presence. Mothering is worked by chosen and accidental mentors who agree to support some growing unpredictable thing called future. Mothering is worked by house mothers in ball culture who provide spaces of self-love and expression for/as queer youth of color in the streets. What would it mean for us to take the word “mother” less as a gender identity as more as possible action, a technology of transformation that those people who do the most mothering labor are teaching us right now? 

The panelists today have given us the language to understand mothering on these terms: as labor and possibility that exists beyond the biological, outside the limitations of gender, and beyond what white supremacy could hold, understand, or make space for. It is a refusal to understand mothering on the terms of whiteness, that casts “caring” as a zero-sum game — as resource-hoarding that happens under the claim of wanting the “Best” for one’s own children at the cost of others’ wellbeing.

Mothering is often depicted in these terms — as driving children to soccer practice and paying for SAT classes, of fighting for one’s own children to get into the best colleges and pursue the accumulation of resources to be at the top of a hierarchy. But it is a mistake to understand this vision of mothering—one that circulates around whiteness, class privilege, heteronormativity, and imperialism—as the one that will get any of us free.

Revolutionary mothering, abolitionist mothering, decolonial mothering — this is care work that exceeds the boundaries of gender and sex, that centers an ethic of caring as what it will take save the world. Mothering is often framed in the language of softness and warmth. And mothering is often these things — it makes space for vulnerability. But mothering is also fundamentally about imagining an impossible future, working towards it, and protecting that vision— and that requires tremendous strength, a militancy of body, mind, and spirit, and is often fueled by rage and refusal to accept everyday profound violence as a normal condition of our existence. 

It is honoring the work of Black and indigenous and third world radical traditions, of doing the work of ideologically and literally taking up arms in self-defense to demand a vision of living beyond cages, beyond stolen land, beyond interpersonal and state violence, beyond compulsory heteronormativity, beyond whiteness and imperial violence. 

This is work that we are all called to do, through collective struggle and doing the difficult work of solidarity. It is the abolitionist work that Black women have been doing for so long, telling us that we all hurt when we criminalize people and lock them away behind walls and in cages. 

It is the work of Palestinian nurses, physicians, and of course, mothers, who refuse Zionist propaganda, which advertises to the West how “well” their COVID vaccination process is going for Jewish Israelis while denying Palestinians under occupation access to these vaccines. 

It is the work of Indigenous peoples across the world who are fighting for their elders to survive, who also pass on cultural traditions that also affirm the importance of caring for people and caring for and returning land as an inseparable mandate. 

It is the queer mamas of color who teach us that caring and family exist beyond the limiting constructs and hierarchies of gender, and that it isn’t blood that ties our struggles together, but love. 

It is the immigrant mothers of color, like my own, who enter white spaces and battle medical systems as part of their everyday work, to demand that their children have a right to be alive, to not experience imposed suffering, and to be believed.  

Revolutionary mothering, abolitionist mothering, decolonial mothering — this is the work the panelists today have called to us do, and the work of love, care, and JOY that will actually get us free. 

We can understand their labor as a blueprint for a world in which surviving and thriving is not limited to those who dominate others. And to realize that they have given us many ways forward— to think about care as more than just a redistribution of state resources, but as a way to reimagine the world we are a part of and its possibilities. To embrace that this process of world-making and pathbreaking will be a deeply political process, will require those of us who do not answer to the term “mother” to also put our bodies on the line to do this work of mothering ourselves, and mothering each other.

So I want to close my time today by asking all of us to lift up this work of fierce love and care that the panelists have pointed us to: to refuse prisons, cages, settler-colonialism, and imperial violence. To realize that these battles also take place in our homes — when we demand an end to intimate partner and gender violence, but we demand these ends by being in community with each other without police. To think of our mothers and the people who have mothered us as doing work that we are all capable of doing, and that we shouldn’t expect them to do without us. 

Thank you, everyone. Signing off with wishes for all of your wellness, safety, and spiritual renewal in the struggles ahead.


WLRC News & Upcoming Events


CART live captioning is provided for all events hosted by WLRC and CAN. Please send any questions or additional accommodation requests to wlrc@uic.edu.

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Zona Abierta: Latinx Womxn Leaders Across Movements
Rosi Carrasco, Community Defender & Organizer, Chicago Community & Workers' Rights
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - TODAY!
3-4pm CST

Celebrate Women's History Month with a series of conversations with activists about their experiences and leadership in labor and worker's rights, immigrant rights, environmental and climate justice, and building transgender & queer Latinx power. First up is Rosi Carrasco of Chicago Community & Workers' Rights, which is dedicated to educating, building leadership, and gathering resources to develop organizing tools and collective strategies of resistance against labor rights abuses, towards just living conditions for our families. Hosted in partnership with the Latino Cultural Center.

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Unlearning Fatphobia: Moving Toward Fat Liberation in Public Health
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - TODAY!
6-7:30pm CST

Join Radical Public Health for a panel event critiquing fatphobia in public health and discussing how we can move toward fat liberation. Panelists Marquisele Mercedes, Dr. Harriet Brown, and Monica Kriete will share their experience and knowledge on the historical relationship between weight, health, and medical care; fatphobia within academia and public health; and connections between race, gender, and body size.

Tania Unzueta 

Zona Abierta: Latinx Womxn Leaders Across Movements
Tania Unzueta, Political Director, Mijente
Monday, March 15, 2021
3-4pm CST

The Latinx Womxn Leaders Across Social and Environmental Movements series continues with Tania Unzueta, UIC alumna and political director at Mijente, which fights for Latinx rights, justice, and radical change.

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Black Women Intellectuals: The Educational Philosophy of Lucy D. Slowe
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
11am - 12pm

Join us for a presentation by UIC History PhD student Sekordri Ojo on the intellectual contributions of Black women to African American education, with a focus on Lucy Diggs Slowe, the first Dean of Women at a U.S. university, founder of two associations for college women, and a founder of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Hosted in partnership with Gender and Women's Studies.

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Zona Abierta: Latinx Womxn Across Movements
Kimberly Wasserman, Executive Director, LVEJO
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
3-4pm CST

The third speaker in our series is Kimberly Wasserman of the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, which organize with its community to accomplish environmental justice in Little Village and achieve the self-determination of immigrant, low-income, and working-class families.

Crystal Kelley Schwartz and Dr. Johari Jabir 

Signing the Nation: ASL Performance of "Lift Every Voice and Sing"
Thursday, March 18, 2021
12-1pm CST

Celebrate Black Deaf communities and the expressive power of American Sign Language! Crystal Kelley Schwartz, performer and educator, will perform the Black National Anthem and teach a portion of the song in ASL. Introduction by Dr. Johari Jabir, musician, scholar, and faculty in UIC Black Studies. Co-sponsored by the Disability Cultural Center as part of WLRC's Let Our Rejoicing Rise project.

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Sustaining Centers of Care, Community, and Resistance
Celebrating WLRC's 30th Anniversary
Tuesday, March 30, 2021

11:30am - 1pm CST

Women's and Gender Equity Centers serve as critical sites for feminist/social justice education, safety, and community building on U.S. college campuses and beyond. In celebration of WLRC's 30th anniversary, join our virtual roundtable to hear center leaders across Illinois reflect on their centers' histories, what emboldens/challenges/inspires them, and their visions for the future.

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Zona Abierta: Latinx Womxn Leaders Across Movements
Jennicet Gutiérrez, Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
3-4pm CST

Our Women's History Month series with the Latino Cultural Center wraps up with Jennicet Gutiérrez, Community Organizer and Advocate, which works at local and national levels to achieve the collective liberation of trans, queer, and gender nonconforming Latinxs through building community, organizing, advocacy, and education.

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Write @ WLRC 
Fridays, 10am - 12pm CST
Through April 30, 2021

Can’t find the time or motivation to write? Working on your dissertation/conference paper/creative project? Need some structure, support, and accountability? Join our drop-in virtual write onsite space for graduate students, faculty, and staff! Every Friday through April 30, 2021.


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Call for Applications: Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Program
Applications due March 14, 2021 - Deadline extended!

WLRC is proud to partner again with Chicago Sister Cities International for the annual Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Summit, which provides a globally-immersive experience for leadership development, cross-cultural awareness, and civic exchange while building relationships to last a lifetime. Participants will engage with each other and business and civic leaders via virtual workshops, discussions, and presentations on advocacy, activism, and leadership. This week-long leadership program is open to teenage girls, ages 14-16, from Chicago and its 29 international sister cities.

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Call for Submissions: "Let Our Rejoicing Rise"
Submissions due Tuesday, March 30, 2021

In recognition of how Black women's voice and performance have been important to Black struggle and resistance, we lift up the Black National Anthem "Lift Every Voice and Sing." We invite UIC students to submit a video of themselves performing the song or sharing their earliest memories of it and what it means to them. Videos will be featured on WLRC's website and as part of the "Singing the Nation" digital humanities project led by our Black History Month featured speaker, Dr. Sonya Donaldson of New Jersey City University. 


CAN News & Upcoming Events

Dr. Ada Cheng, Dr. Karen Su, and Moises Villada 

One on One with CAN & GSC
Thursday, March 11, 2021
12:30pm CST

One on One: Connecting beyond the surface, listening to the human side. Join Dr. Ada Cheng from CAN and Moises Villada from the Gender and Sexuality Center for a conversation wwith Dr. Karen Su, UIC Global Asian Studies Program via Facebook Live.
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Not Your Usual Watch Party!: Athlete A
Friday, March 12, 2021
12-1pm CST

Bring your lunch and join us to watch excerpts from Athlete A and discuss issues related to gender-based violence. Athlete A spotlights the horrific sexual abuse of hundreds of young athletes by USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar and shines an even brighter light on the team of individuals working to hold USAG and Nassar accountable. 

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Meet & Greet at the Kitchen Table: True Solidarity vs. Performative Allyship
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
1-2pm CST

Have you witnessed individuals and institutions verbally express solidarity and support while not taking action? Join the Women's Leadership and Resource Center and the Latino Cultural Center for an important conversation on performative allyship and its distinction from solidarity.


Call for Submissions: This is Me! This is Us!

CAN is calling for video submissions to showcase the personal side of UIC's campus. Anyone at UIC can participate! Your video will be posted on the CAN Facebook page and WLRC website and be used to maintain connections with campus partners as well as to show the human side of staff, students, and faculty at UIC. Please record yourself responding to one of the following prompts and briefly introduce yourself (ex: My name is... One mistake I made in college is...)

  • One thing I have learned in life
  • One mistake I made when I was a freshman
  • Something I overcame in college
  • What one or two things have helped me navigate adversity?
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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!

Request a presentation from us instead! 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 rape culture, consent, dating violence, harassment/stalking, and toxic masculinity. Visit our page for full details and to contact our team.


WLRC Spotlight: Sounds of Feminism


Want to learn more about the kinds of feminist ideas that inspire WLRC's programs?  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 our UIC community and beyond. How? By featuring critical feminist conversations about history, politics, media, culture and beyond. Whether you are new to feministstruggles 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.

Dolores Huerta at TED talk 

What We Can Learn from the History of Feminism

In a short but powerful talk, Dolores Huerta — one of the most influential labor leaders and civil rights activists associated with Chicana feminism — poses questions about how to build a more just society, and suggests we turn to feminism and radical empathy for the answers. Chicana feminism is a sociopolitical movement that prioritizes the historical, cultural, and economic intersections of Chicana women. She encourages people to use their power to demand more from their institutions and communities.


Staying Connected: Updates about COVID-19 and WLRC/CAN

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WLRC will be working remotely for the Spring 2021 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 via phone, video conference, online chat, or email. 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.

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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
    • Black Table Talk: Wed, March 10, 12-1pm CST
    • Creating Change: Can Art Create Change?: Mon, March 15, 1-2pm CST
    • Office Hours: Mon-Thurs, 10am-12pm CST
    • Open Study Hours: Mon-Thurs, 1-3pm CST
    • Chill and Spill: Fridays, 10am-12pm CST
    • AACC Virtual Community
  • Arab American Cultural Center
    • Arabic Conversation Hour, Tues, March 9, 2:30-3:30pm CST
    • Rooted in Resilience campaign
  • Asian American Resource and Cultural Center
    • Letters for Black Lives (Mandarin): Sat, March 13, 3-4pm EST
    • Virtual AARCC: Mon-Fri, 10am - 3pm CST
  • Disability Cultural Center
    • Disability in STEM: A Cross-Campus Roundtable: Fri, March 12, 3:00-4:30pm CST
    • Disability Cultural Center Check-Ins: Mon-Fri, 9am - 5pm CST
    • Study at DCC House: Fridays, 1-3pm CST
  • Gender and Sexuality Center
    • Navigating Allyship, Tues, March 9, 10-12pm CST
    • One on One with CAN, Thurs, March 11, 12:30-1pm CST
  • Latino Cultural Center
    • Zona Abierta: Latinx Women Leaders Across Movements: Rosi Carrasco, Wed, March 10, 3-4pm CST
Hate has no home here.  Our rich identities would not exist without diverse voices and perspectives. We condemn racism and xenophobia in all forms, including the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes in recent weeks and since the COVID-19 pandemic began.  We stand in solidarity with the Asian and Asian American communities, as well as Pacific Islanders impacted by anti-Asian hate and violence, now and always.  For more resources visit StopAAPIHate.org. #StopAAPIHate #StopAsianHate 

Hate Has No Home Here

WLRC and CAN condemn the recent racist and xenophobic attacks on Asian Americans, and the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

We know that hate-driven violence against any minoritized group affects all of us, in big and small ways. We want to also name that gender-based violence and targeting of women and LGBT folks is one way that hate crimes manifest.

We stand in solidarity with Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities now and always, and will not allow these or any similar incidents to pit any of our UIC communities against others, whether on campus or in the larger city, state or country.

For more resources visit StopAAPIHate.org.
#StopAAPIHate #StopAsianHate


Campus Opportunities


Women’s History Month Roundtable Discussion
Tuesday I March 9, 2021
1:00pm-2:10pm CST

Join the CHANCE Program for its Women's History Month Roundtable Discussion, with speakers Dr. Tiffany Victor-Castleberry and Mrs. Catalina Nava-Esparza!

Compassion for Your Inner Critic
Thursday I March 11, 2021
12:00-1:00pm CST

Join the Graduate Society of Women Engineers (GradSWE) and the UIC Counseling Center for a conversation regarding negative self-talk, facilitated by Irina Rivera, an intern and therapist at the UIC Counseling Center. This is meant to be a safe space - share as little or as much as you want. The first 10 people to sign in will be mailed a goody bag!

Chancellor’s FirstGen Flames Abroad Scholarship Info Session
Wednesday I March 17, 2021
12:00-1:00 pm CST

The Chancellor’s FirstGen Flames Abroad Scholarship is designed to award first-year students with high potential, whose parent(s) did not complete a bachelor’s degree, with a scholarship to study abroad.


Community Opportunities


Moving Trans History Forward 2021
March 11-14, 2021

The Moving Trans History Forward conferences are not just for scholars, or just for community people. MTHF conferences are a unique blend that create opportunities for cross-fertilization among members of general public; students and faculty; artists; activists; Trans, Nonbinary, Two-Spirit, and other gender-diverse people; family members; allies; and service providers.

Labor and the Struggle for Black Lives Matter at School
March 11, 2021

Join the Will Miller Social Justice Lecture Series in a discussion on the struggle for access to education has been a part of every major uprising for racial justice that Black people have engaged in throughout U.S. history — from the abolitionist movement, to Reconstruction, to the Civil Rights and Black Power.

The Ka'ba Orientations: In Conversation with author Dr. Simone O'Meara
March 16th, 2021
8-9:00am CST

At this virtual event for all those with a professional or personal interest in Islamic and/or Middle Eastern history and culture, we are delighted to welcome Simon O'Meara, lecturer in the History of Architecture & Archaeology of the Islamic Middle East at SOAS and member of the London Middle East Institute

Columbia University: Women's Liberation! : Feminist Writings That Inspired a Revolution and Still Can
March 18, 2021
5-6:00pm CST

Alix Kates Shulman and Honor Moore, editors of a revelatory new Library of America anthology, lead an inter-generational conversation about the living questions at the heart of the book: what is this tradition and what is its legacy for today? What unfulfilled possibilities need to be recovered and passed on in the time of #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter?


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