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Dear friends,

We want to extend a sincere thanks to everyone who has been engaging in our Weeks of Welcome events, including the 50+ who joined us for our Virtual Open House! We love spending time with you and introducing WLRC and CAN to new folks.

To that end, we're running a fantastic series of community-building events and online campaigns through September and October, including storytelling circles, lunch discussions about interpersonal violence in popular media, dedicated spaces for graduate students, and the continuation of our in-demand Shake It Up! series which explores our diverse communities' experiences of and responses to gender-based violence. Keep reading for more details below.

We're also excited to launch a number of online resources, including our WLRC promo video, a fresh CAN website, and social media campaigns to increase knowledge about online safety and foster community across UIC.

Lastly, we send our support to the UIC employees on strike for fair contracts, livable wages, and safe working conditions. We are in solidarity with you.

As always, we remind you that our staff is here for you. Please don't ever hesitate to reach out.

In this issue:
  • WLRC News & Upcoming Events
  • WLRC Spotlight
  • 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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One on One with CAN & GSC

Thursday, September 17, 2020
12:30pm CST
Join us every other Thursday on the CAN Facebook page for a livestream interview exploring the personal journey of a UIC campus community member. This week's featured guest is Mario Alberto Lucero, Associate Director of the Latino Cultural Center. Co-hosted by Ada Cheng of the Campus Advocacy Network and Moises Villada of the Gender and Sexuality Center.
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Wednesday, September 23, 2020
3-4pm CST
Registration required for Zoom link
All undergraduate 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.
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Friday, September 25, 2020
12pm-1pm CST
Registration required for Zoom link
Bring your lunch and join us to watch excerpts of "Tiger King," followed by a facilitated conversation on its relevance to gender-based violence.
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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

Welcome to WLRC Video

During our Open House last week, we premiered our brand new video introduction to WLRC. We hope you enjoy it!

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New CAN Website!

We are so excited to share our newly relaunched Campus Advocacy Network website!

Looking for information on gender-based violence and CAN advocacy services? Check out our FAQs for students, faculty/staff, and friends/family. We offer resources for safety planning, how to support the survivors in your life, syllabus language, and more! If you have any other questions for CAN, reach out anytime via our Ask An Advocate page.

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Online Safety Campaign

According to the National Network to End Domestic Violence, 97% of domestic violence programs report that abusers misuse technology to stalk, harass, and control survivors (NNEDV 2016). Online abuse is even more likely now that so many of us are working, studying, and socializing remotely.

This month, join us on our social media (CAN Facebook, WLRC Facebook and Instagram) to learn about technology-facilitated abuse and its effects, ways to stay safe online, and how to care for yourself and your loved ones in the midst of the pandemic. You have the right to be safe from harm, harassment, and abuse online! 



This Is Me! This Is Us!: A Video Project for Community, Intimacy, and Vulnerability

Check out our new video project that highlights UIC community members' experiences and advice to provide an important road map for students. We appreciate all the submissions from students, staff, and faculty so far. Please contact Dr. Ada Cheng (adacheng@uic.edu) for details if you are interested in contributing a video.


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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!

Arrange for a CAN presentation instead and keep your students learning and engaged even in your absence. 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 consent, dating violence, harassment/stalking (online and in person), healthy relationships, and toxic masculinity.

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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:

African-American Cultural Center

Arab American Cultural Center

Asian American Resource and Cultural Center

Disability Cultural Center

Gender and Sexuality Center

Latino Cultural Center

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CCUSC in Solidarity

The UIC Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change express our support of the Service Employees Union (SEIU Local 73) and the Illinois Nurses Association (INA) in their efforts to negotiate their contracts. We recognize and value the 4000 health, clerical, professional, technical, service, and maintenance workers whose labor keeps our university running smoothly and contributes to our research, teaching, advocacy, and administrative work. We believe that all workers who serve this institution deserve fair contracts, livable wages, adequate protective equipment, job security, and safe working conditions. As cultural centers who are committed to access, inclusion, and equity, we stand in solidarity.

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UIC Online Events Accessibility Guide

The Disability Resource Center and the Disability Cultural Center have partnered to create this guide, which offers a consolidated resource for event planners as they facilitate accommodations. It details ways to build accessibility into events from the start and covers

  • Planning
  • Publicity
  • Responding to Access Requests
  • Setting Up ASL/CART in Online Platforms
  • Facilitating Events for Accessibility
  • Access Practices for Events of All Sizes.
Campus Opportunities
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Connecting and Navigating Culture

Mondays: September 14, 21, 28
Tuesdays: September 8, 15, 22, 29

Feeling alone and wanting to connnect with other students? The Asian American Resource and Cultural Center (AARCC) and the Counseling Center invite you to join us for a weekly drop-in session to connect with other students, participate in activites that help you know and understand yourself better, come up with ways to cope during these challenging times and build a community of support and friendship.

Chai Guevarra is Back

Wednesdays, 4-5pm

What's brewing in Global Asian Studies (GLAS)? Come find out! Brewing Social Solidarity Online With the GLAS Community. Hosted by Dr. Anna Guevarra, GLAS Program Director.

Pre-Law Society at UIC Meeting

Thursday, September 24, 2020
5pm CST

Join the Pre-Law Society at UIC in their first meeting. Meet the team behind the posts, learn about our mission, and find out our plans for the upcoming semester! We have so much to share with you and can't wait to meet. Find out more on Facebook or Instagram.

African Film Society

African Film Society is a new UIC student organization that seeks to combat the powerful cultural imperialism that negatively distorts African diasporic representation in modern-day media. Through monthly film screenings and subsequent dialogue, we seek to counteract the stereotypical, prevailing narratives in media that misrepresent Africans of American, Caribbean, Latin American, European, and African nationalities.

This academic year, we will be hosting asynchronous, remote events online surrounding our film titles, all of which are available for free on the Internet. Our first event will begin in early September. It is critical to be a part of our mailing list to gain access to our private discussion forum and monthly film titles!

Aahana at UIC

Aahana UIC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to abolishing ignorance about social inequality through education and empowering individuals to be agents of their own social change! We are looking for motivated, compassionate, and dedicated FRESHMEN to join our executive board! Please submit your application by Sunday, September 20 at 11:59pm. Check out our Facebook or Instagram to learn more about our organization.

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.

Lunch Break Online with Pilipino InterVarsity

Thursdays, 12:30-1:30pm

Do you ethnically identify as Filipino? Do you love being Filipino? Do you love your faith? Are you hungry to bridge the gap between your faith and culture? And love eating lunch? Lunch Break is for you! We gather to eat so we can find our union with God, bringing together our faith and cultural identities as one.



New Voters Project Internship Opportunities

The Illinois PIRG Internship and Volunteer program is designed for college students who are passionate about political engagement and looking to increase their experience in political organizing and strategy. This semester long program provides interns with opportunities to build their leadership skills, political engagement, and interest in advocacy careers. Interns and volunteers will work remotely on the New Voters Project to get out the youth vote in the upcoming elections. Given the remote nature of the internship, students taking part in digital learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic can still apply and be considered for the position.

Chancellor's Committee on Sustainability and Energy (CCSE)  

This committee addresses the UIC Climate Commitments via the Climate Action Implementation Plan (CAIP) with tangible, actionable goals for UIC in the areas of energy and utilities, sustainable materials and waste management, biking and transportation, transformative grounds, teaching and learning, and climate resilience. The CCSE is made up of five subcommittees that meet regularly, co-chaired by one faculty member and one Facilities employee.  Membership is open to all members of the UIC community including students, faculty, and staff.


Ecovolunteers are the UIC Sustainability volunteer corps.  Whenever there is an event on campus that needs your help, you will be notified approximately one to four weeks in advance. If you are able to volunteer for that event, simply reply to the email with your name, email, and time(s) that you are available. It's that easy!

Food Recovery Network 

UIC’s student chapter is seeking volunteers for the fall 2020 semester.  The FRN takes excess food from the UI Hospital dining services and the residence dining hall in Student Center East and brings it to local homeless shelters.  Why participate?  You get to see what goes on behind the scenes in a commercial kitchen, drive our electric vehicle, and most importantly… help feed hungry Chicagoans!  Students can email Joe Iosbaker with their interest at iosbaker@uic.edu.

Call for Volunteers: Connecting Dots International (CDI)

CDI is an association for international disabled and non-disabled students studying at UIC and its aim is disability inclusion and cooperative academic & professional development. If you believe this work is important and you want to be a proud part of it, then feel free to submit the form below.

CDI is a student-led platform that aims to promote disability inclusion, diversity, and the development of 21st-century skills. We are committed to creating a comfort zone where all students can exchange knowledge on disability rights and culture, share the beauty of diversity, and cooperate to accomplish their academic and professional goals. We are looking for volunteers for our Fall & Spring events. All volunteers will receive community hours certification. To join us please fill out this Google form.

Community Opportunities
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Call for Papers: Mashriq & Mahjar: Journal of Middle East and North African Migration Studies 

Submission Deadline: October 1, 2020

Scholarship on Middle Eastern and North African migrations has yet to fully integrate queer/sexuality studies as a primary lens of analysis. In light of this elision, Mashriq & Mahjar: Journal of Middle East and North African Migration Studies invites contributions to a special issue on “Queering Middle East Migration.” This issue seeks to bring together scholars working on topics related to migration and sexualities from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, and to encourage others to begin to reflect on how sexualities inflect the migratory experience.



Policing is Haram
Courageous conversations in defense of Black lives

#PolicingIsHaram is a digital zine, a collaboration among ACRE, Little Sis, and MPower Change, that is devoted to encouraging necessary conversations in Muslim communities on police abolition. Over the past few months, the war against Black America has ignited the streets and the hearts of people of conscience throughout the world. "Abolition" is on everyone's lips. But what does it mean? What does it require from us?

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