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WGGP Upcoming Events
Writing Effective Fellowship Proposals 

Writing Effective Fellowship Proposals

November 6, 2020

online via Zoom

2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. "Writing Effective Fellowship Proposals" 

4:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Tips for Applying for Fellowships

Click to register



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Professor Hoda Elsadda, Cairo University and founding member of the Women and Memory Forum 

Arab Feminisms: A History of Contestation and Negotiation

Friday, November 13 @ 12:00pm CST

online via zoom

Speaker: Hoda Elsadda is a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Cairo University, Chair and founding member of the Women and Memory Forum.

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WGGP Co-Sponsored Events
The State of Democracy YMCA series flyer, includes white stars and red stripes 

YMCA Friday Forum Series: The State of Democracy 

"The election is over; where do we go from here?"
Friday, November 6 @ 12:00 p.m. CST
Online via Zoom

Speaker: Jim Nowlan, Professor Emeritus, Political Science

Description: Join us for the Fall 2020 Friday Forum series as we explore the state of American democracy both inside and outside the context of electoral politics. As we approach the upcoming election, how do Americans think about democracy in this moment? How are people rising to meet the challenges of these unprecedented times? Before voting happens, how are people already engaging with the political process? Finally, how do public and private institutions, like the news media or state and national voting processes, support or threaten democratic processes? Click for more info about speaker Jim Nowlan and this event.

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Dr. Susan Martinis 

Women in Science Lecture Series: November Lecture

November 10, 2020
12:00pm-1:00pm. CST

online via Zoom

Registrations will close at 11am CST on November 10th. All registrants will receive a video recording of Dr. Martinis's talk, so please register even if you are unable to make the lecture.

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CGS Event Series: COVID-19 & Water

"Syndemics: Theory & Application"

Wednesday, November 11 @ 12:00pm CST

online via Zoom

Syndemics refers to complex epidemics involving two types of adverse interaction – the clustering and interactions of two or more diseases or health conditions (the biological–biological interface)and social environmental factors (the biological–social interface). The theory has been widely applied in the fields of medicine, public health and anthropology. CGS and WGGP are proud to welcome four scholars who have been active in this new field of research.

Guest speakers: Emily Mendenhall, Bayla Ostrach, Rebecca Smith, Caitlin Clarke 

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Upcoming Campus Events
Elevating Voices: Visualizing Social Justice Through Art 

Elevating Voices: Visualizing Social Justice Through Art

Submissions due: Friday, November 13

Open call for artists: The School of Social Work is currently seeking qualified artists to submit proposals for the series, which will be displayed at the School of Social Work, located at 1010 W. Nevada Street in Urbana, IL. This opportunity is open to students, artists in the Champaign-Urbana community, or artists with ties to the University of Illinois. This series will contain works of art to recognize the need for, and facilitate discussions surrounding the complexities of racial and social justice. The series is made possible through funding from the John N. Chester Estate Endowment Fund.

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Jeanne Gang 

Happy #WomeninHistoryWednesday!

This #WomenInHistoryWednesday, we celebrate UIUC alum Jeanne Gang! She's an architect and MacArthur Fellow who founded the firm Studio Gang Architects. One of her famous works is the Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo. 

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

Faculty Affiliate
Dr. Ryan Wade 

Dr. Ryan Wade is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work.  Professor Wade’s work includes a broad focus on social determinants of health, structural and community-level racism, the racial patterning of sexual/social networks within LGBTQ communities, and health disparities among gay/bisexual men. He is particularly interested in identifying social and structural factors that contribute to poor mental and sexual health outcomes among young gay/bisexual men of color. Professor Wade grounds much of his research in minority stress theory, intersectionality, and ecological systems theory. Click here to learn more about Dr. Wade.

To learn more about becoming a WGGP Faculty Affiliate, please contact WGGP Assistant Director, Anita Kaiser, at arkaiser@illinois.edu or (217) 333-6221

Click to see more Faculty Affiliates


GRID Alumni
Annie Contractor 
Annie Contractor is a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Alumnna (GRID Minor, 2015
Master's in Urban and Regional Planning, 2015). She is currently the Special Projects Manager for Wyoming-based nonprofit, “Climb Wyoming” and is focused on the formation of data collection and reporting strategy to demonstrate how our organization helps women move out of poverty.
To learn more about where GRID Alumni are today, visit our Alumni Spotlight page at https://wggp.illinois.edu/academics/alumni/spotlight
If you would like your story shared, please contact Anita Kaiser at arkaiser@illinois.edu
Event Reflections

In case you missed the events below, they are now on Media Space!

"The place and role of the Storyteller in the transmission of knowledge in Africa" - a presentation by Roukiatou Bâ

October 21, 2020

Click to watch webinar



“Restroom Revolution! Gender and Family Issues in Public Restroom Design: A Local and Global Perspective” - Faculty Affiliate Lecture by Kathryn Anthony

Click to watch webinar

Election Day 2020: Tuesday, November 3

If you missed the State of Illinois deadline for online voter registration, you can still register to vote in person on Election Day, November 3

Click here to register to vote



University YMCA
Fred S. Bailey Global Scholars Program

BAILEY GLOBAL SCHOLARS is a 7-month program designed to help University of Illinois students grow as responsible and engaged global citizens by supporting critical reflection, dialogue, and action across differences of culture and power. Bailey Global Scholars will participate in an online "Education through Global Engagement" program during the Spring 2021 semester culminating in a volunteer immersion (virtual or in person) capstone experience during Summer 2021. Click here to nominate a student.

Participants will receive a $1000 scholarship for Spring '21. Applications due by November 8.

Click here to apply

Portraits Of Resilience: How 19 Women Around The Globe Face The Pandemic

"Life is hard for everyone during a pandemic. But in a global crisis, it is women who carry extra burdens, says Raquel Lagunas, director of the gender team at the United Nations Development Programme. 'Because of their reproductive role in society, they are ones taking care of the kids, the house, the food, the survival of families.'" 

Click here to read the full story!


"Women Are Falling Behind"

Large-scale study backs up other research showing relative declines in women's research productivity during COVID-19.

Click here to read to the full story. 


Study Tips and Strategies to Help Your Students Succeed in Online Instruction

Early in the Spring, CITL launched a series of Student Resources aimed at helping students perform better in their online courses. We are continuing to update these resources to meet the changing needs of students during the pandemic. Please make your students aware of these tips by sharing this link - https://go.citl.illinois.edu/student_success.

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 2019, 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.


Undergraduate Certificate

in Global Health

Joint with WGGP and LAS Global Studies

Certificate Description

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.

More information about the Global Health Certificate and upcoming information sessions is available here


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