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In this issue:
  • Dr. Anna Guevarra Receives Award of Distinction
  • Women Speak: A Conversation on the Status of Women at UIC
  • Reimagining Masculinity: Masculinity in Language
  • Spaces for Wellness
  • South Asian American Policy and Research Institute Internship
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Dr. Anna Guevarra Receives Award of Distinction

Congratulations to UIC faculty Dr. Anna Guevarra, Director and Associate Professor in Global Asian Studies Program and Co-PI of the UIC AANAPISI Initiative, on receiving an Award of Distinction in Public Scholarship from the Filipino section of the Asian American Studies Association.  Nominated by AARCC Director Mark Martell and with letters of support from GLAS faculty Karen Su, UIC alumna Naomi Salcedo, and former AFIRE executive director Jerry Clarito, Dr. Guevarra is being honored with this award as a testament to her dedication to scholarship, public engagement work, institution building and diversity work, and mentorship of colleagues and students.  Dr. Guevarra will be recognized for this inaugural award at the annual Filipino section meeting of the AAAS Conference in San Francisco between March 29-31, 2018. 

Women Speak: A Conversation on the Status of Women at UIC

Session #1:
Wednesday, March 14th, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
College of Pharmacy 
Room 270
833 S Halsted St

Session #2: 
Thursday, March 22nd, 2018
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
College of Nursing
Room 139
845 S Damen St

Session #3: 
Friday, April 13th, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Daley Library
Room 1-470
801 S Morgan St

Session #4: 
Wednesday, April 25th, 2018
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm 
Women's Leadership and Resource Center
1101 W Taylor St

This Spring semester, the Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Women (CCSW) invites you to participate in a series of campus-wide conversations to explore the range of experiences of women students, faculty and staff at UIC. 

However you identify as a woman - whether as transwomen, black women, muslim women, latinx women, disabled women, as a student-parent et al. - we want to hear from you!

Wherever and however you are located at this university - from adjunct lecturer to administrative staff to student to postdoctoral fellow to janitorial staff - we know you have something to add to the conversation!

The information gathered through these conversations will be used to inform CCSW's efforts to advocate for policies to promote an inclusive working and learning environment at UIC.

Choose one session, or attend multiple.  Bring a few friends and make your voices heard.

We recommend that you register:

Refreshments served.

For more information about CCSW and about the conversation series, contact Aleeca Bell, and Phyllis Hayes,

Reimagining Masculinity: Masculinity in Language

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm 
Latino Cultural Center
Lectere Center B2
803 S Morgan St

You may have heard individuals use derogatory terms towards others to prove their masculinity, reassure their dominance over others, and assert their gender and sexual superiority. What did you do? What could you do?

This dialogue emerges out of a need to address how those terms demean certain communities identities, worldviews and practices. We will focus on the violence inflicted by certain speech when expressed with family, friends, peers and within communal spaces such as student organizations. Through dialogue, we will also address the environment(s) that support the use of toxic language to prescribe what masculinity should be. In our time together, participants will educate themselves and each other about the affect and impact of disempowering language.

Spaces for Wellness

See the flyer for a full list of events

Spaces for Wellness is a collaboration between UIC’s Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change (CCUSC) focused on the themes of identity (e.g. race, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation) and mental health. The communities that our centers support and represent have unique and over- lapping histories with mental health, including how they have been stigmatized, harmed, and helped by mental health systems, practitioners, and agencies. The goal of Spaces for Wellness is to build on our anti-oppression spaces of trust to provide platforms for UIC students, faculty, and staff to acknowledge challenges and struggles and identify strategies for personal and community care. Through intersectional and creative programming, the CCUSC are engaging UIC in dynamic ways to support individual, community, and familial well-being and work towards holistic understandings of wellness.

Community Partners
South Asian American Policy and Research Institute Internship

Application Deadline: April 6th, 2018

The South Asian American Policy & Research Institute (SAAPRI) is a non-profit, non partisan organization established in 2001 with the mission to serve South Asian Americans in the Chicago area, by using research to formulate equitable and socially responsible  policy recommendations. SAAPRI’s work has included research and policy initiatives on civic engagement, hate crimes, access to health care, economic development, and immigration.

The primary purpose of the 2018 summer internship is to support the development of SAAPRI’s South Asian American Digital Public Square project through research, data collection, and community outreach. The outcome of this project will be a webpage that includes an interactive South Asian American community asset map and opportunities for community members to become active citizens. The map will include data layers of South Asian demographic information (population, age, income, ethnicity, etc.) and the locations of social services, businesses, faith-based and cultural institutions that serve as resources for the South Asian American community in the Chicagoland area. Additional aims for the summer internship include supporting SAAPRI in day-to-day activities. This includes, but is not limited to, additional research projects, community outreach activities, program development, event management, and communications.

Please email the following materials to SAAPRI’s Executive Director, Dhara Puvar, at with the subject line SAAPRI Summer Internship Application. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will close on Friday, April 6th, 2018.
   A. Resume
   B. Cover letter addressing your interest in research and/or policy issues that affect the South Asian community and how this internship will help you achieve your future goals.
   C. Writing sample

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