Volume 3/Issue 2: August 24, 2012
WELCOME BACK ISSUE Fall—2012—Part Deux!!
You’ve been away—working—on vacation—having adventures—traveling—living with the folks—doing a great internship! We’d love to hear your stories and get caught up on all the news—stop by and see us!
Welcome Week Activities @ the Women’s Resources Center
Sunday—August 26 @ 4pm @ Nevada Street between Mathew & Goodwin, U—Office of Inclusion & Intercultural Relations BRINGS IT with Taste of Nevada Street Block Party!!FREE—MUSIC, DANCING, FUN, FOOD, GAMES—FREE!! The Women’s Resources Center will be out there with cookies for any student who stops! A great time to reunite with old friends, meet new people and tour the cultural centers!
Monday—August 27 @ 12 NOON @ Women’s Resources Center; 2nd Floor, 703 S. Wright Street, C—Dish It Up presents “A Herstory of Title IX of the Education Act” featuring Dr. Menah Pratt-Clark, Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Access & the College of Law—We kick off our Dish It Up Lunch Series, with a salute to Title IX as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of this landmark law which ensures girls and women equal opportunities to all educational programs. Join us every 2nd and 4th Monday @ NOON for timely topics and great food, we always offer a vegan option for lunch! FREE and open to all students!!
Monday—August 27 @ 7pm@ Women’s Resources Center; 703 S. Wright Street, C—Women of Faith Speak on Gender & Beauty—Hot Topics Dialogue is a series hosted by the Women’s Resources Center and the YWCA on campus. Hot Topics seeks to provide a space for dialogue on gender and other social identities and social justice–programs occur every 2nd and 4th Mondays 7-9pm. Refreshments will be provided. Event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Gender Action Network and the Champaign-Urbana Chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Should you require any additional accommodations (assistance with food and seating, large print programs, ASL interpreter, visual/audio assistance, etc.), please contact us at your earliest convenience.
Thursday—August 30 @ 5pm @ Women’s Resources Center; 2nd floor, 703 South Wright, C—Zumba Fitness Party—Join us at the WRC for a Zumba Fitness Party filled with fun and fitness. Zumba is an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness-party that’s moving millions of people toward joy and health. This will be a supportive and comfortable environment. Everyone is welcome. Nutritional information and advice will also be provided. Free and open to the public, all are welcome to the event. Parking is available for free in most U of I lots after 5pm. Should you require any additional accommodations (assistance with food and seating, large print programs, ASL interpreter, visual/audio assistance, etc.), please contact us at your earliest convenience.
Thursday—September 6 @ 5pm @ Arcade Courtyard (the grassy area behind Career Center/Financial Assistance/Student Services Building); John & Green Streets—Women’s Resources Center “Welcome BACK”/yard B-B-Q Party—We will feature ‘backyard’ barbeque style food, refreshments, music, entertainment, family friendly games, and FUN! Should you require any additional accommodations (assistance with food and seating, large print programs, ASL interpreter, visual/audio assistance, etc.), please contact us at your earliest convenience. Free and open to everyone!
Saturday—September 8 @ 12 NOON @ Orchard Downs Family Housing Community Center—Family “Welcome Back” Fest—Co-sponsored with Family & Graduate Housing and as kickoff to WRC new relationship with iParents. This annual event features an outdoor lunch, games and resource fair for students with children. Should you require any additional accommodations (assistance with food and seating, large print programs, ASL interpreter, visual/audio assistance, etc.), please contact us at your earliest convenience. It’s ALL FREE and open to all students who are parents or students who are expecting!
Welcome Week Activities Out & About on Campus!
Saturday—August 25 @ 5:00pm @ Foellinger Auditorium—Bruce Nesbitt African American Cultural Center’s WAKE UP CALL 2012 – Evolution of a Freshman—With the assistance of current students and alumni Wake Up Call provides a forum for discussion on the topics relevant to the African American experience at Illinois via lectures, multimedia, giveaways and music. All first-year students who complete the 100 STRONG application will receive a 100 STRONG water bottle. We look forward to seeing you! Contact Ayanna Williams or Kelis King email@example.com if you have any questions.
Sunday—August 26 @ 12 Noon to 4pm—QUAD DAY 2012!!Come out for the annual QUAD DAY to enjoy the Marching Band, free food, meet & greet with old and new friends, and learn all about the 100’s of Registered Student Organizations you can get involved with on our campus! Afterward—walk over to Nevada Street for the annual Taste of Nevada Street Block Party!! We’ll be out at both and hope to have a chance to catch up with everyone!!
Monday—August 27 @3– 5pm @ BNAACC–Welcome Back Photo Shoot & Reception—Take pictures, meet friends and mingle. We encourage all African American faculty/staff and students to stop by as we lay the foundation for a future African American resource Guide for students and campus community members.
Monday—August 27 @ 7pm @ La Casa—Paleta Social—After the first day of classes, stop by for some ice cream treats at La Casa. Catch up with old friends, make new ones, and enjoy the music & entertainment.
Tuesday—August 28 @ 3-5pm @ Illini Union Bowling Alley—Multi-Racial & Multi-Ethnic Students Welcome—Sponsored by the Asian American Cultural Center, come to the Illini Union Bowling Alley to meet up with other multi-cultural and multi-ethnic students on campus. Pizza, bowling, and fun will be provided. Free!!
Wednesday—August 29 @ 12pm @ BNAACC; 708 S. Mathews Ave., U—Food for the Soul Lunch—The History of Black Greek Letter Organizations. Free and open to everyone!
Thursday—August 30 @12pm @ LaCasa; Room 116–Lunch @ La Casa—Latina/o Activism in the 1990s – A Screening and Discussion of Latina/o Identity! Free and open to everyone!
Thursday—August 30 @ 5-7pm @ Illini Union Room C and Illini Union South Lounge—LGBTRC Welcome Back Reception—You are invited to have an opportunity to hear about different organizations. The new Associate Vice-Chancellor and Director for the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations will also provide remarks about the importance of the LGBT Resource Center and creating an inclusive climate for LGBTQA students, staff and faculty. Free and open to Everyone!
Thursday—August 30 @6pm @ LaCasa—Latina and Latino Dinners—Come and enjoy a “student only” dinner that gives you the opportunity to hear about issues impacting Latinas/os on campus. This is a great way to meet new and returning students while learning what it’s really like to attend the U of I.
Thursday—August 30 @ 6:30-8:30pm @ Illini Union Courtyard Café—Charlie Ballard Comedy Show—Sponsored by the Native American House, Charlie Ballard (Anishnabe/Sac n Fox) is a Two Spirit comedian, leading the next wave of alternative comedians. Free and Open to Everyone!!
Friday—August 31 @ 9-11pm @ Illini Union Rec Room—LGBTRC Bowling Party—Participants are allowed to bowl and play video games for FREE (we will provide wristbands). This year’s theme is Masquerade, so wear your best outfit. Lots of music, fun and food throughout the building – a great way to end the first week of classes.
Wednesday—September 5 @ SDRP—¡Pa’Lante! Building Connections @ Illinois—After you’ve had a chance to settle into your classes and residence hall, come to Pa’Lante to meet members of the over 20 registered student organizations affiliated with La Casa and the people and resources who can make a real difference to your time on campus.
Opportunities for You!
August 28, 29 & 31, 2012 @4-7pm—Rape Advocay, Counseling and Education Services presents: Healing Works Art Exhibit @ indi Go Artist Co-Op; 9 E. University Ave., C—Wednesday, August 29 @ 2-5pm—Open performance featuring song, poem, spoken word and other mediums of performance; Saturday, September 1 @ 7-10pm—Celebrate our 3rd Anniversary with cash bar, desserts and live music. Donations appreciated at the door.
Friday—August 31 @ 4-5pm @ Women’s Resource Center—WRC Volunteer Orientation— Attention students! Interested in volunteering at the Women’s Resources Center? Volunteers at the WRC enjoy mentorship, support, and the chance to get involved in creative, innovative programming at the Women’s Resources Center! Volunteers assist with marketing/promotion, program design, workshop facilitation, and office support. Come learn about how a women’s center creates a healthier campus. Attend our WRC Volunteer Orientation to learn more and sign-up to volunteer at the WRC this fall. For more information, contact WRC Program Coordinator, Rachel Storm at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 217-333-5896.
Verdell Frazier Young Awards for Women Students—Are You…?
…a student who needs $$$ for school
…undergraduate, graduate, or professional female student
…in a degree program
…enrolled at Illinois (Urbana campus) full or part time
…who has had at least one year interruption in your academic journey???
You may qualify for a financial award through the Women’s Resources Center of up to $2,000 for the Fall Semester 2012.
Verdell Frazier Young Awards: Financial Assistance for Women Students at Illinois–Eligibility and Guidelines
How to Apply
Applications may be picked up & submitted to Women’s Resources Center @ 2nd Floor; 703 S. Wright Street; Champaign, IL 61820 (MC 302). Attach transcript/grade report and submit the application package to the above address by September 24, 2012 at 5:00 pm OR email@example.com for an electronic application. If you are a first time applicant a brief, in-person interview (20 to 30 minutes) will be required. You will be notified by staff @ the center to schedule an interview. Questions? Contact Women’s Resources Center @ (217) 333-3137.
Thursday August 30, 2012
AFRO 199 – Enlightening the Black Collegian
5:00pm; Lincoln Hall 1000
Students, still looking for a course to add to your schedule? Consider this course which examines the Black collegiate experience via identity development theory, campus programming/events, professional development workshops, and guest lectures. This course is designed for those students participating in the 100 Strong Program, a retention initiative of the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center (BNAACC) and collaboration with Department of African American Studies. Instructors: Rory James & Ashley Davis.
Apply to work at La Casa! We currently have one position open for a student staff member for the 2012-2013 academic year. The heart of the La Casa staff are the undergraduate student staff members who plan and implement programs and publications, create and maintain connections with campus and communities, assist in evaluation and assessment plans, and keep La Casa running smoothly.
Saturday September 15 – Sunday September 16, 2012
OIIR Cross-Cultural Student Leader Retreat—The Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR) is delighted to invite interested students to the Cross-Cultural Student Leader Retreat at Lake Williamson Retreat Center and Springfield, Illinois; September 15-16, 2012. This is an opportunity to increase understanding of various dimensions of diversity and intersections of identities, explore opportunities for cross-cultural engagement, and build collaborative relationships and programming. Registration forms are available online. Registration forms are due Monday, September 10, 2011 at 5pm. This retreat is free to all students and is paid for by the Student Cultural Programming Fee (SCPF) and OIIR. Space is limited to 75 students. If you register but don’t show up, you will be charged a $50 fee to your student account. Contactdiversityed@illinois.edu with any questions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submission is Thursday before 5:00 p.m. We reserve the right to edit messages.