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Sept 19 & 20 – Who Needs Femininsm?

Who Needs Feminism?

GWS-UIC wants to hear what YOU have to say to this question!

Make your voice heard as we launch UIC’s “Who Needs Feminism” campaign on

Thursday, September 19 (UIC Quad, noon – 3 PM)


Friday, September 20

(UIC Forum, Critical Ethnic Studies conference, noon – 3 PM).

Come by, make your statement, get your picture taken, and add to the growing

national campaign to make feminism visible and remain critical to

movements for social change and social justice.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact:



Insiders’ Voices: Art and Writing by Incarcerated Women, Youth, and LGBTQ Folks

Insiders’ Voices: Art and Writing by Incarcerated Women, Youth, and LGBTQ Folks

Montgomery Ward Gallery, 2nd Floor, Student Center East

UIC’s Women’s Leadership and Research Center (WLRC) and Campus Advocacy Network (CAN), in partnership with Campus Programs, invite you visit the Ward Gallery’s latest exhibit, Insiders’ Voices: Art and Writing by Incarcerated Women, Youth, and LGBTQ Folks.

The goal for this exhibit is to give the public an opportunity to experience the humanity of those members of our community who are, or were, incarcerated. So much of what we learn about life inside jails and prisons comes from sensational fiction in mass media that do not reveal the complex humanity of the people inside America’s prison system. Insiders’ Voices creates space for members of the public to hear what life is like inside from those living inside. The work presented in this exhibit is all created by currently or formerly incarcerated people speaking directly to those of us outside. Their words and images convey deep feelings of isolation, pain, and fear and reveal inspiring resilience, resistance, and personal power. Our hope is that people will visit this exhibit, take in the art, and take home some ‘zines.

Because women represent the fastest growing prison population, and LGBT people are significantly more vulnerable to sexual assault inside prison, and because 15% of young people incarcerated within the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice reported being sexually assaulted by staff or other detainees while incarcerated, we can no longer ignore the reality that incarceration within the US prison system often makes already vulnerable members of our communities (youth, women, and LGBTQ people) more vulnerable to violence and marginalization. This exhibit sheds light on experiences of interpersonal violence within a system that is massive, yet invisible to most of us on the outside.

WLRC and CAN are hosting a series of events in conjunction with these exhibits. All events are free and open to the public.

All events will take place in the Montgomery Ward Gallery, 2nd Floor, Student Center East unless otherwise stated.

23 October 2013: 4:30pm-5:30pm – Members of Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers will discuss the intersection of domestic violence and incarceration.

7 November 2013: Show closes.
For more information, please contact Rachel Caidor (rcaidor) at the Campus Advocacy Network.

Students attending this event may document their activities as part of The UIC Experience Program. For more information, visit

Campus Programs is a division of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. Engaging students for success, from orientation through graduation.

9/17 – Real Talk Brown Bag Series Tomorrow at 12:30 UH 401

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Please be sure to join tomorrow’s Real Talk Brown Bag Series with a conversation about Girl/Power: Activism through the Arts

A Long Walk Home‘s Larrinita Starks and Sangi Ravichandran will have a discussion with participants about innovative and
adolescent centered approaches that can educate communities, prevent sexual violence and help survivors heal.

Students, faculty,and Staff are invited to join us for great discussion, while you enjoy free refreshments.

This brown bag series will be held in UH 401 from 12:30 – 1:30

Real Talk is a collaboration between the Campus Advocacy Network (CAN) and Men Against Sexual Violence (MASV) that examines various social justice
issues through the lens of interpersonal violence.

To RSVP please email dcairo2 for more information call 312-413-1025

Daniel K. Cairo, M.Ed.
Visiting Assistant Director
Campus Advocacy Network
University of Illinois at Chicago

(801)638-1334 cell

Apr 17 – Gun Violence: Examining Public Health Solutions

School of Public Health Dean’s Forum


Gun Violence: Examining Public Health Solutions


Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

12:00pm to 1:30pm

UIC School of Public Health (SPHPI) Auditorium

1603 W. Taylor St.


Featuring presentations by: 


Dr. Carl Bell, MD

Topic: Gun Violence Epidemic – Really?

Director, UIC Institute for Juvenile Research

Clinical Professor, UIC Department of Psychiatry and School of Public Health


Rebecca Levin, MPH

Topic: Strengthening Chicago’s Youth: Connecting to Prevent Violence

Director, Strengthening Chicago’s Youth and Strategic Director, Injury Prevention and Research Center

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago


Tio Hardiman, MA

Topic: How Violence Spreads as an Infectious Disease

Director, Cure Violence Illinois

Creator of the Violence Interrupter Initiative


The Dean’s Forum is presented by the UIC School of Public Health. This event is free and open to the public.


Apr 20 – It’s a Family Affair: The Health of Black Men



National Minority Cancer Awareness Week

Townhall Forum


Saturday, April 20, 2013

 It’s a Family Affair: The Health of Black Men

Malcolm X College- Cultural Center

1900 W Van Buren St  Chicago, IL 60612

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM  ▪  Lunch Provided  



National Minority Cancer Awareness Week – April 15 – 21, 2013

Making Good Health a Family Event!


While cancer affects men and women of every age, race, ethnic background, and economic class, the disease has a disproportionately severe impact on minorities and the economically disadvantaged.  Death rates for all cancers are highest among blacks, in particular, African American males.  If you are an African American male, family member or friend of any African American male, you want to make sure you make Saturday April 20th a family event!


Join our community partner, Thapelo Institute, Inc., in a frank discussion on the IMPACT that CANCER is having on the African American family and community.  Cancer is not a disease that affects one person, it affects our families and communities. To learn more about latest advances in prevention, early detection and improved treatment join us as some of the leading physicians, researchers and community advocates share their knowledge and help EMPOWER our communities and families with KNOWLEDGE to help improve health in our Black Men!


Lunch and parking are provided at NO CHARGE to all registered participants.


To register for this FREE event, please copy and paste into your URL: or Call 312-413-9137

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Apr 6 – Restorative Justice, Gender Justice, Global Justice



Don’t miss these bold conversations at next Saturday’s Global Activism Expo, hosted by UIC’s Social Justice Initiative and WBEZ!

Bold Conversations at the Global Activism Expo:

Restorative Justice. Gender Justice. Global Justice.
Saturday, April 6 – 12:30 PM 4:00 PM
UIC Forum (725 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago)

Join us for difficult, complex, critical conversations as we wrestle with the meaning of restorative justice in different contexts.
Learn, ponder, share, discuss: 

After Hadiya and “Nirbhaya”: From Chicago to Delhi What Does Justice Look Like?
Here in the United States, Chicago in particular, street crime has taken the lives of far too many of our youth. In India, the issue of sexual violence has captured headlines. The tragic deaths of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old girl who was shot and killed just a few blocks away from her school, and “Nirbhaya,” the 23-year-old woman who was gang-raped by six men in a moving bus in Delhi, raise the question: what does justice for victims and survivors look like?

— Cheryl Graves, founder and Co-Director of Community Justice for Youth Institute
 Mariame Kaba, founder and Director of Project NIA
— Sangeetha Ravichandran, program coordinator at A Long Walk Home’s Girl/Friends Leadership Institute
— Alice Kim, director of The Public Square (co-moderator)
— Ryan Lugalia-Hollon, Justice Fellow at the Adler School and member of the SJI team at UIC (co-moderator)

Peace in an Age of Violence: Reparations, Reconciliation, Renewal 
Brutal war has engulfed villages and cities in Mali. Violence in Colombia has forced people out of their homes and left anger, fear and poverty in its wake. Does post-apartheid South Africa offer a vision and a model for war-torn societies? Many countries that have been torn apart by civil war ask: how do we rebuild, how can we make amends, or does accountability trump reconciliation?


— Joaquin Chavez, historian at UIC, research and direct work on reconciliation and reconstruction in El Salvador
— Ali Issa, anti-militarist activist, writer and field organizer for War Resisters League
— Prexy Nesbitt, educator, activist and speaker on Africa, foreign policy and racism
— Astrid Suarez, founder of Columbia vive Chicago
 Barbara Ransby, historian, author, and Director of the Social Justice Initiative and Gender and Women’s Studies at UIC (moderator)Find out more Information about the speakers by clicking here

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Find out more about the Global Activism Expo, also featuring a Peace Film Festival and a world music stage here.

Presented by The Public Square, Social Justice Initiative at UIC, and WBEZ.

Mar 2013 Latino Cultural Center Events

Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement (IPCE) presents:
Civic Engagement Brown Bag Series

Learn more about how civic engagement can transform democracy


Wednesday, March 13, 2013
“Civic Engagement and the Arts”
Dr. Rosa Cabrera, Director of the Rafael Cintrón Ortiz Latino Cultural Center.
Talk will be held at the Rafael Cintrón Ortiz Latino Cultural Center, Lecture Center B2.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
“Participatory Budgeting… What’s all the buzz about?”
Thea Crum, Economic Development Planner with the Great Cities Institute (GCI).
Talk will be held in CUPPA GCI Conference Room 418.

Both events are from 12noon to 1p.m.
Brown bag encouraged.
Light lunch will be served.

IPCE is committed to transforming democracy by creating a more fully engaged community
with more effective leaders. For more information call (312)355-0088 or e-mail

Are you looking for off-campus housing?

Discover La Casa Student Housing in Pilsen
La Casa is an innovative model in student housing that surrounds
students with many of the benefits and resources of on-campus
living – plus the added advantage of an on-site Resource Center.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Latino Cultural Center
Lecture Center B2

FREE Admission and Refreshments

Representatives from La Casa will be available to answer your questions.


Noche de Poetas
Breaking Barriers

Join the UIC Latino Cultural Center, MeSA, SAFEHR, SJP, and UPRS for our second Noche de
Poetas (Poetry Night) of the Spring 2013 semester.


Don’t miss the amazing talented poets as they share their own poetic words on this month’s
theme, “Overcoming barriers by understanding and unifying.”

What is your barrier?
How do you challenge it?
What helped you break your barriers?

Leading the poetry will be our featured poet Ziad Khateeb. He is a UIC student and as social justice activist.
His poetry touches on issues of justice and equality.

when: Thursday, March 14th
time: 5:30pm to 7:30pm
where: Latino Cultural Center
Lecture Center B2

FREE refreshments and admission

For more info, please call 312-996-3095

If you require any accommodations please contact the number above at least 2 days before the event.
For directions please visit:

NEXT WEEK (3/18-22)


Civic Cinema

Catching Babies

What does birthing justice mean to you?

What if we could change the world by changing the way babies are born? 

This documentary weaves the stories of mothers and midwives on the journey of bringing  life into the world.  Filmed along the US-Mexico border, this filmfollows four young women as they study midwifery at Maternidad La Luz. Learn about their empowering journey as midwife mothers welcoming healthy babies. Approx. 60min.

Screening followed by facilitated discussion.

when: Wednesday, March 20th

time: 3:30pm to 5pm

where: Latino Cultural Center

Lecture Center B2

FREE refreshments and admission

This film screening is presented as part of the African American Cultural Center’s Women’s History Month film Series, ” A Woman’s Work: Midwives and Mamas”

This event is co-sponsored by the UIC Honors College, Latin American and Latino Studies Program and Health Oriented Latino Association (HOLA).



What Do Public Art, Daycare, and Soul Food Have to Do with Climate Change?                                                                                               

Come learn about new multimedia resources that you can use to teach climate change

and engage more people on your campus in climate action.


This interactive workshop will introduce climate change education and action materials from the Chicago Community Climate Action Toolkit, just released last May. It will be facilitated by applied anthropologists who were part of the team that created the Toolkit.

The Toolkit’s place-based materials, all downloadable free of charge from the Toolkit website, include case studies of community-based climate action from diverse neighborhoods around Chicago as well as over 60 tools to help others engage their communities in climate change conversations and action. The tools present climate change as it relates to Chicago communities and other issues that people care about, like healthy food, youth development, and cultural heritage. Materials are available in English and Spanish.

when: Thursday, March 21st

time:   3:30pm to 5pm

where: UIC Latino Cultural Center

Lecture Center B2

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FREE Admission and Refreshments