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WRC Newsletter August 31 2012

Volume 3/Issue 3: August 31, 2012

Welcome Week Activities @ the Women’s Resources Center

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” FestCo-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!

Fun & Festive Activities Out & About on Campus!

Tuesdays @ 6-8:30pm @ ETC Cafe, 1203 W. Green St., U (corner of Green/Goodwin)—Rainbow Coffeehouse!The Rainbow Coffeehouse offers a welcoming, open environment for all LGBTQ and Ally communities to socialize. Whether you are here for a meeting, hanging out with friends, or to study, we invite you to join us. Refreshments available!


Wednesday—September 5 @ 6:30pm @ 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.


Thursday—September 6 @ 12pm @ La Casa, Room 104—Lunch @ La Casa—An Entrepreneurial Journey in Social Networkingwith Vanessa Torres, UI Alumni and Latina Smart. Free, all students, staff and faculty welcome!


Thursday—September 6 @ 7pm @ Illini Union Ballroom—An Evening with Sherman Alexie—Without Reservations: An Urban Indian’s Comic, Poetic & Highly Irreverent Look at the World. Sherman Alexie is a poet, screenwriter, and filmmaker, whose writing often draws from his experience growing up on a Native American reservation. Free—Everyone Welcome!


Friday—September 7 @ 12noon @ Native American House—Moving Toward a Healthy Lifestyle featuring Bethni Gill and Elizabeth Frasca, Health education, McKinley Health Center. Part of the Chat & Chew lunch series. Please join us for a free lunch and great presentation—everyone welcome!


Wednesday–September 12 @ 5:30pm @ Champaign Public Library; 200 West Green St., CH—Can Technology Serve Social Justice? With special guest presenter, Virginia Eubanks, SUNY-Albany. Despite widespread celebrations of Twitter Revolutions and social media activism, the relationship between new technology and the social justice goals of peace, freedom, equality and dignity for all people is deeply contradictory. In this talk, scholar-activist Virginia Eubanks will reflect on fifteen years of efforts with three grassroots organizations–Our Knowledge, Our Power: Surviving Welfare, the Popular Technology Workshops, and Women at the YWCA Making Social Movement– to make technology serve the needs of oppressed and exploited people in the United States. Virginia Eubanks is the author ofDigital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age (MIT Press, 2011), and the cofounder of two grassroots community organizations focused on making technology serve social and economic justice: Our Knowledge, Our Power: Surviving Welfare (OKOP) and the Popular Technology Workshops. She teaches in the Department of Women’s Studies at the University at Albany, SUNY. Sponsored by the proposed Center for Digital Inclusion, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Center for Advanced Study. Co-sponsored by the Gender and Women’s Studies Program, Action Research Illinois, the Women’s Resources Center, the Mix IT Up! Youth Advocacy Project funded by the US Institute of Museum and Library Services University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. With the Champaign County Health Care Consumers and the Independent Media Center


Tuesday—September 18 @ 7pm @ David Kinley Hall, Room 114—Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. presents “Blacks in Latin America”.Free and open to everyone! Part of the IUnite Week @ University of Illinois!

Opportunities for You!

Tuesdays @ 5:30pm (starts 8/28/12) @ 2nd Floor Resource Room; Asian American Cultural Center, 1210 W. Nevada Street, U.—Women’s Support Group. For women who 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, building support with friends and family, current and future relationships, overcoming disruptions in daily living, and options and resources. Call 333-3137 or emailwomenscenter@illinois.edu for information.


The 3rd Annual Champaign-Urbana Pride Festival will take place on Saturday September 8, 2012 from 12p.m. to 2a.m.  Proceeds from the Pride Festival go toward supporting The UP Center in sustaining and promoting the mission of the organization, which is to further the well-being and development of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered community of Champaign County. 


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 IllinoisEligibility and Guidelines

  • There must be at least one year interruption in the educational process with priority given to applicants with a two or more year interruption. The interruption can occur at any point in the educational career.
  • Priority for awards will be given to undergraduate students.
  • All continuing students must have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75.
  • Students will be eligible for the awards no more than 2 semesters per degree (including summer terms).
  • All students who are U.S. residents must file a FAFSA application; financial criteria will help to determine the amount of the award.
  • A fully completed application and interview (new applicants) will be required for all applicants.
  • Students must be enrolled at Illinois, Urbana campus during the award period. Enrollment may be full or part time.

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 emailwomenscenter@illinois.edu 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.


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.
For more information go to our website or email our Interim Director Veronica Kann at

v-kann@illinois.edu. Get application here.


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.  Contact diversityed@illinois.edu with any questions.


Tuesday—September 4 @ 10am-2pm @ Illini Union I-Rooms ABC—The Annual Volunteer Fair. Connect with hundreds of Illinois students, faculty, staff, alumni and retirees!

The campus and community programs/events listed do not reflect the views of Women’s Resources Center or the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations. WRC newsletters are a weekly service designed to provide information and updates on the women’s community and the general campus community. This newsletter is sent out every Friday. Any campus departments, student organization or community groups that would like to submit events or announcements to the newsletter must submit detailed information including contact information to Pat Morey @pmorey@illinois.edu by Thursday at 12pm (noon).We reserve the right to edit announcements.


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