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Volume 2/Issue 21: July 20, 2012

Happy Anniversary!

Anniversary of the First Women’s Rights Conference
On July 19-20, 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott spearheaded the first women’s rights convention in American History.  Over 300 women and men came to Seneca Falls, New York to protest the mistreatment of women in social, economic, political, and religious life.  This marked the first public call for women’s right to vote.
At the end of the conference 68 women and 32 men of the 300 attendees signed the Declaration of Sentiments. This document was drafted by Elizabeth Cady Stanton,who used the Declaration Independence as her guide and listed eighteen “injuries and usurpations… on the part of man toward woman” (same number of charges the colonists leveled against the King of England). Those who attended the conference were vilified and mocked by the press who described the conference as “the most shocking and unnatural event ever recorded in the history of womanity.” Yet, thanks to the countless numbers who have worked to preserve the history of the women’s rights movement, Seneca Falls, NY is now the site of the Women’s Rights National Historical Park. To honor democracy and the amazing legacy of the women’s rights movement, be sure to register and vote!

Summer Days at the WRC!!

Monday—July 23, 2012 @ 12:00 NOON @ Women’s Resources Center —”I’m TABOO! Exploring Alternative Sexualities” featuring Jodi Thomas, UIUC Counseling Center; Bringing the ‘unspeakable’ to the forefront! We live in a culture that does not consistently support sexual pluralism. Too often individuals’ sexual desires and expressions are silenced due to fear of judgment or discrimination. This silencing creates fear to be out about our sexual identities and decisions and even to ask questions or seek education on various sexual topics. Let’s break down barriers together and give voice to the ‘taboos.’ Jodi is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist at the University of Illinois Counseling Center. She provides therapy services, but is also involved in training and conducting programming across campus. Jodi specializes in the broad umbrella of sexuality and gender issues, including sexual behavior, sexual health, sexual orientation, sexual functioning, kink, relationships and various relationship structures, variations in sexual desire, gender identity, and gender roles and socialization. She identifies as an LGBTQ Ally, Kink-Aware, and Poly-Aware in her practice.Free lunch and workshop!! All are welcome to join us!!


Monday—July 23, 2012 @ 5:30pm @ Women’s Resources Center—Women’s Summer Support Group for female studentswho have experienced sexual assault/abuse or abuse within a relationship. The goal of the group is to help cope with emotional trauma and build a sense of support and community. Discussions will focus on fears, shame, trust, disclosure, current and future relationships, overcoming disruptions in daily living, and options and resources. Call 333-3137 or email womenscenter@illinois.edu for more information.


Thursday—July 26, 2012 @ 12pm @ Women’s Resources Center—First Planning Meeting for Domestic Violence Awareness Month please join us as we plan for activities and events for national Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October 2012). Everyone is welcome and please feel free to bring a “brown bag lunch”; we will provide tea and lemonade.

Thursday—July 26, 2012 @ 5pm @ Women’s Resources Center—Summer Book Club Week 3Fat: The Story of My Life with My Body. Come join us for week two of the Summer Book Club as we discuss the award-winning Fat: The Story of My Life with My Bodyby writer and scholar Jean Braithwaite.

This Week on Campus!!

Tuesday—July 24, 2012 @ 12 NOON @ Asian American Cultural Center; 1210 W. Nevada Street, U—“A Different Story: the Southeast Asian American Experience”featuring Chee la Yang, NUFP Summer Intern, Asian American Cultural Center. Come enjoy a “light” lunch and refreshing presentation at the summer Food for Thought Series. Free—everyone welcome!


Tuesdays—from 6 to 8:30pm @ LGBT Resource Center; Room 323 Illini Union, 1401 W Green Street, U—Lemonade Stand a guaranteed fun time with old and new friends over snacks and refreshments—everyone welcome! Free!!


Tuesdays—from 11am to 5pm @ now on 508 E. Green Street (in front of One World Pizza—SASE is Selling Fresh Produce! The Student Association for Social Entrepreneurship (SASE) is collaborating with Cary’s Garden this summer. They will be selling locally grown fresh produce on the quad. Get your fresh veggies and support a family-owned, local farm!

Coming SOON!!

Are You READY to ZUMBA??? The Women’s Resources Center will be hosting a series of Zumba Fitness-Fun Workshops to get you moving! Free, fun and guaranteed to get you out of your fitness rut—watch for more information—soon!

2012-13 LGBT Ally Training dates and registration are now available at http://go.illinois.edu/ally1213LGBT Ally Training Registration. *Paid for in part by SCPF.


Tuesdays, July 10 through August 14 @ 3:30 to 5:00 @ Asian American Cultural Center; 1st Floor Conference Room; 1210 West Nevada Street, U. Summer Mindfulness Group: Are You Ready to Come to Your Senses? Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives in a moment-to-moment awareness of breath, sound, sensations, thoughts, and feelings. Practicing mindfulness encourages us to slow down and open up to greater trust, compassion, and wisdom. This group will explore these themes through experiential learning with a variety of mindfulness meditation approaches. Graduate Student newcomers, as well as students already experienced in mindfulness-based approaches, are welcome to join the group. Questions? Please contact group facilitators, Theresa Benson, PhD and Lisa Kinderman, PsyD, at the UI Counseling Center at tmb67@illinois.edu orlisakind@illinois.edu.

Healing Works—A collection of art by survivors of sexual violence and their supporters—CALLFOR ART: All art forms and levels are welcome for submission. Submissions from survivors of sexual violence and individuals that support survivors are encouraged. Submissions are due by 5p.m., August 15. The art will be exhibited from August 28 through September 1, 2012 @ Indi Go Artist Co-Op; 9 E. University Ave., C. Sponsored by Rape Advocacy, Counseling and Education Services, for more information, please contact RACES @217-344-6298.


Opportunities for you!

Fall 2012 I-Guide Move-In Assistants

Each year, thousands of new students join our community during move-in. Serving as an I-Guide is a great opportunity to introduce students and their families to campus and make a real impact. Our program is one of the longest-lasting student-run organizations at the University of Illinois. We will be celebrating 65 years of serving the campus this fall. This year, we will also be allowing student organizations to sign up as a group. If you are in a student organization and interested in participating in the I-Guide program, please email Herb Jones atjoneshe@illinois.edu to get more information. We need your help in maintaining the tradition. As an I-Guide, you will:

  • Move in to University Housing early and beat the crowds
  • Receive meals, a T-shirt, and water bottle
  • Welcome new students to campus
  • Share your expertise by assisting new students with their transition to the University
  • Earn service hours

Become part of the tradition by signing up to volunteer as an I-Guide. Specifically, we are looking for individuals to serve as I-Guides with our Living-Learning Communities in the following locations, which would require you to return to campus on Monday, August 20, 2012:

  • Unit One Living-Learning Community (Allen Hall)
  • WIMSE and Health Professions Living-Learning Community (FAR)
  • Intersections and Global Crossroads Living-Learning Community (PAR)
  • Innovation Living-Learning Community (Townsend)
  • Leads Living-Learning Community (Hopkins Hall)
  • Weston Exploration Living-Learning Community (Weston Hall)
  • Sustainability Living-Learning Community (LAR)

Additionally, we are looking for more individuals to serve as I-Guides for the following residence halls, requiring you to return to campus on Wednesday, August 22, 2012:

  • Busey-Evans Residence Hall
  • Barton & Lundgren Residence Halls
  • Taft-Van Doren Residence Halls

The following link will take you to the I-Guide page. Once there, scroll down to “Sign Up to be an I-Guide” and click on the link. http://www.housing.illinois.edu/iguides. Please note that if the hall you want to sign up for is not listed as an option in the drop-down list, it means the hall has currently reached its maximum number of I-Guides. However, you can choose another hall or the alternate option (only available if all halls are full) and we can try to relocate you should an opening become available in your preferred hall. You must notify the I-Guide program by email of your interest in being relocated. If you have already signed up to be an I-Guide, there is no need to sign up again. If you have any questions, feel free to email us atiguide@housing.illinois.edu.

Meet the Staff:Pat Morey, Director

Joan Wingo, Office Support Specialist

Jenn Scott, Coordinator of Sexual Assault Education

Rachel Storm, Program Coordinator

Shantel Martinez, Graduate Assistant

Katie Adams, FYCARE Graduate Assistant

Jessica Pulliam, Evening Receptionist

Akshita Siddula, Evening Receptionist

Like the WRC on FB!!Follow the WRC online: click here!


Asian American Cultural Center
1210 W. Nevada St., Urbana

Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center
708 S Matthews St., Urbana

La Casa Cultural Latina
1203 W. Nevada St., Urbana

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Resource Center
Rm 323, Illini Union
1401 W Green St., Urbana

Native American House
1206 W. Nevada St., Urbana

Diversity and Social Justice Education Programs
703 S. Wright St., Champaign, 2nd floor

Women’s Resources Center
703 S. Wright St., Champaign, 2nd floor


The Womens Resource Center  e-newsletter will be sent every week on Friday. Campus departments and student organizations that would like to submit any events or announcements to the e-newsletter must submit detailed information including contact information to womenscenter@illinois.edu. The deadline for submission is Thursday before 5:00 p.m. We reserve the right to edit messages.


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