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Sustainability Days!

Sustainability Days are here!

Sustainability Days are a month long compilation of events to help the UIC campus and community learn how to conserve resources and build a more sustainable community. There are events almost every day in September including:

• Transportation Fair & Cycling Extravaganza!- a half-day event showcasing various transportation options to, from, and around UIC with special emphasis on bicycling (Sept 19)
• Climate Change Lecture- a talk about the current state of the dependence on fossil fuel (Sept 25)
• Green Building Tour- a one hour tour of one of UIC’s LEED® certified building Lincoln Hall, lead by the architecture firm that designed it. (Sept 20)
• Great Stuff Exchange- an opportunity to bring in unwanted but useful office supplies, or to take away used supplies for free (Sept 24)
• Campus Electronic Recycling Collection- an opportunity to recycle personal and office electronics at 2 convenient locations (Sept 26 & Oct 3)
• Park(ing) Day- watch how a typical parking spot gets transformed into a park for one day. (Sept 20)
• …and much, much more!

All events are free unless otherwise noted. For more information, visit and click on “UIC sustainability days” where you can view upcoming Sustainability Day events, or add your own!


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.

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.

Apr 11 – The Affordable Care Act and Your Career

Dear Future Healthcare Professional,

Next year in 2014, major parts of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) go in to play, fundamentally changing how our American Healthcare System operates. In our rapidly changing times, learn how your practice will develop with the enactment of the ACA, how the healthcare system as a whole will evolve, and the possible roles you can play in this change.

Please join the Health Professions Student Council (HPSC), Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA), American Pharmacists Association- Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP), Illinois Council of Health System Pharmacists (ICHP), American Medical Student Association (AMSA) and the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), for a dinner with:

Regional Director of US Midwest
US Department of Health and Human Services
“The Affordable Care Act and Your Career”

Thursday, April 11, 2013
College of Pharmacy
833 S Wood Street
Chicago, IL 60612
Room 134-1

All Students and Faculty Invited. Light dinner at 5:00pm followed by Director Munson’s presentation at 5:30pm

Director Munson’s Bio:

Questions? Email