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Giving Support for Student Research
Mr. and Mrs. David Goodman with Goodman Fellowship Recipient Eeshani Kandpal, 2009 
Mr. and Mrs. David Goodman with Goodman Fellowship Recipient Eeshani Kandpal, 2009 

WGGP Giving Opportunities help to support student fellowship and annual research awards for Graduate Students, furthering our impact on a local and Global level. WGGP Administers the Rita and Arnold Goodman Fellowship along with the Barbara A. Yates Fellowship, and the Evelyne Accad and Paul Vieille Research Award focusing on research in North Africa and the Middle East. More details available on giving page.

WGGP Fellowships & Award Application Open

The application for 2021-2022 Rita and Arnold Goodman Fellowship, Barbara A. Yates Fellowship along with other WGGP Awards is now available. 

2020-22 application deadline is February 16, 2021 at 11:59pm

Complete details available at:

Online application available at

Link for referees to complete letter of recommendation

WGGP Co-Sponsored Events
Dr. Zeynep Madak-Erdogan 
Dr. Zeynep Madak-Erdogan 

Women in Science Lecture Series: December Lecture

Speaker: Dr. Zeynep Madak-Erdogan, Assistant Professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition

December 8, 2020
12:00pm-1:00pm CST

online via Zoom

Registration will close at 11am CST on December 8th. All registrants will receive a video recording of Dr. Madak-Erdogan's talk, so please register even if you are unable to make the lecture.

Click to register
Upcoming Campus Events
2020 Work-In: "So You Read the Land Acknowledgment Statement: Now What?” 

2020 Work-In: "So You Read the Land Acknowledgment Statement: Now What?”

December 1, 2020 @ 5:30pm CST

online via zoom 

In 2018, the University of Illinois established a Land Acknowledgment Statement. Statements like these are increasingly read not only throughout the United States, but also in other contexts globally.

So what is a Land Acknowledgment Statement and why is it read? How is it connected to larger Native American issues (activism?) on our campus, in our region, and throughout the country? And now that we’ve read (or heard) it, what’s next?

At this Work-In, we will work to create a list of questions related to the Land Acknowledgment Statement in order to co-create resources, guiding principles, and strategies around the next steps.

Click here to register!
An Evening with Behrouz Boochani 

An Evening with Behrouz Boochani

December 3, 2020 @ 7:30pm CST

online via zoom

Join us for a conversation with the award-winning journalist, scholar, writer, and advocate, Behrouz Boochani. Swept up in Australia's "Pacific Solution" to migration and incarcerated for years in a detention center on Manus Island, Boochani authored No Friend But the Mountains, capturing his and other migrants' lives and experiences. Recently granted asylum in New Zealand, Mr. Boochani will join us with his translator Omid Tofighian.

Click here to register

The Department of Gender and Women’s Studies presents the
2020 Smalley Fellowship Lecture:

"The South Still Got Something to Say: An Atlanta-centric Analysis of Intergenerational Pedagogies"

Guest speaker: Tiffany Octavia Harris

December 4, 2020 @ 1:00p.m. CST

online via Zoom

Click to register


Dish It Up: Nurturing Your Formal & Informal Networks 

Dish It Up: Nurturing Your Formal & Informal Networks

December 7, 2020 @ 12:00pm CST

online via zoom 

Join the Women's Resource Center for the final Dish It Up of the semester! This panel, titled "Nurturing Your Formal & Informal Networks," will include discussions about making and maintaining connections with others and how we can show up for each other in this time of social distancing. The panel includes: 

  • Dr. Shawna Patterson-Stephens, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (moderator)
  • Dr. Susan Aguiñaga, Assistant Professor, Kinesiology & Community Health
  • Isis Rose, Doula & Birth Consultant
  • Dr. Deidre Weathersby, Associate Director of Outreach & Prevention, University of Illinois Counseling Center
Click here to register!
Annette Lu Hsiu-lien 

Happy #WomeninHistoryWednesday!

This #WomenInHistoryWednesday, we celebrate UIUC alum Annette Lu Hsiu-lien! She is an advocate for democracy in Taiwan imprisoned for over five years for speaking out against the government. She is a forever inspiration! 

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

Faculty Affiliate News
Dr. Rebecca Smith 
Dr. Rebecca Smith 

WGGP Faculty Affiliate Dr. Rebecca Smith was a guest speaker for the CGS-WGGP panel titled "Syndemics: Theory & Application" (November 11, 2020). Dr. Smith is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathobiology and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). Her research focuses on epidemiology, specifically the mathematical and statistical modeling of disease, with an emphasis on control. Dr. Smith is particularly interested in the ways that data can be used for real-time response to disease. 

Click to view recording of "Syndemics: Theory & Application"
Dr. Colleen Murphy 

Colleen Murphy: "Does the U.S. need to pursue transitional justice in the post-Trump era?"

Click here to read Colleen's article!


Dr. Colleen Murphy is the Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law at Illinois and an expert in political reconciliation. She is also the current Director of WGGP and recently wrote an article on promoting accountability in government. 

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 here to see more Faculty Affiliates
GRID Alumni
Dikshya Devkota 
Congratulations to GRID Alum Dikshya Devkota! Dikshya is a Barbara A. Yates Fellowship Recipient and graduated in 2020 with a MS in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (NRES). She recently accepted a position as a Project Manager at the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) in Vienna, Austria.
Dikshya’s research looks to understand gender norms in biodiversity conservation in Bhutan with a focus on major conservation agencies, identified through analyzing the funding flow in the country. 
If you would like your story shared, please contact Anita Kaiser at arkaiser@illinois.edu
Event Reflections
Roukiatou Bâ 

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

October 16, 2020

Click to watch webinar
Syndemics: Theory & Application 

"Syndemics: Theory & Application"

November 11, 2020

Click to watch webinar

Women@NCSA hosted a talk titled "Contesting Archival Silences: Women, Technology, and Creating Inclusive Archives" in November, featuring Illinois Natural and Applied Sciences Archivist and Assistant Professor Bethany Anderson. She led a discussion on addressing and approaching representation gaps in technology history archives. Zoom event video now available on YouTube!


Now Accepting Applications for 25% Graduate Assistant (Spring 2021)

LAS International Programs and the European Union Center are looking for a 25% GA for the Spring Semester 2021 (renewable). Major duties include coordinating joint projects between Illinois centers in Europe and the Urbana-Champaign campus, researching courses abroad that can meet the needs of our students, and coordinating and leading info sessions on European study abroad programs and EU-specific scholarships, research and internship opportunities for students. The student in this position will gain critical administrative experience in the field of international education and exchange. 

*Priority will be given to applications received before December 1, 2020.*

Please contact Elly Hanauer (ehanauer@illinois.edu) or Jonathan Larson (larsonjl@illinois.edu) with any questions. 



*Applications must be completed and submitted by 5:00 p.m., December 4, 2020*

The 2021–22 Fellowship year will be themed Symptoms of Crisis. HRI welcomes applications from all disciplines and departments with an interest in humanities and humanities-inflected research. Applications must be submitted through the online application portal. No paper or emailed applications or letters of recommendation will be accepted. Read more on the fellowship web page.

Questions about these fellowships may be addressed to HRI Deputy Director Nancy Castro.


"Silenced Women: Can Public Activism Stimulate Reporting of Violence Against Women?"

December 9, 2020 @ 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time (EST)

online via Zoom

ICRW's 2019 Mariam K. Chamberlain Award winner Dr. Abhilasha Sahay will be sharing her research on public activism as a strategy for countering violence against women (VAW).

Although VAW is widely prevalent and has compounding impacts on women, it is vastly under-reported. Abhilasha's research examines whether public activism against VAW can stimulate disclosure of socially sensitive crimes, like rape and sexual assault.

Click to register and learn more

Intensive Foreign Language courses Jan. 4-15 open to UI and public 

The School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is offering a unique learning opportunity in the form of the Intensive Foreign Language Instruction Program (IFLIP) for Winter 2021. 

Click here to learn more!


How the Coronavirus Risks Exacerbating Women’s Political Exclusion

As the pandemic disrupts elections around the globe, women in electoral politics face distinct challenges. While the media spotlight has often been on the effective leadership of female politicians like Germany's Angela Merkel and New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern, women in many countries are grappling with increased economic insecurity, mounting caregiving responsibilities, and new forms of political exclusion during the pandemic. 

Click here to read the full story!


WGGP Programs



The Spring 2021 GRID Elective Course List
is now available.  Please visit the courses page.


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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