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Rosa Parks Statue Unveiled in Washington D.C.

From CNN.com  (click to read the article)

Washington (CNN) — Had it not been for Rosa Parks and others of her era, President Barack Obama said he wouldn’t be unveiling a bronze statue of the civil rights icon in the U.S. Capitol. We can do no greater honor … than to carry forward her principle of courage born of conviction,” Obama said at a ceremony on Wednesday.

rosaparksstatueFifty-eight years after she refused to give up her seat to a white man on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks became the first African-American woman to be honored with a full length statue in National Statuary Hall.The statue shows Parks sitting with her hands folded neatly in her lap, reminiscent of the day of her arrest.

Ida B. Wells Lecture Monday, March 11





The Department of African American Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign presents the 2013 IDA B. WELLS LECTURE featuring PROFESSOR MIA BAY,RUTGERS UNIVERSITY Monday, March 11, 2013 6 pm Levis Center

Mia Bay is a professor of history at Rutgers University, where she directs the Rutgers Center for Race and Ethnicity. An intellectual historian who focuses on African American history, she is the author of The White Image in the Black Mind: African-American Ideas About White People1830-1925 (2000) and To Tell the Truth Freely: The Life of Ida B. Wells (2009).


For additional information, call 217/333-7781.

MAKERS: Women Who Make America – The Documentary –Feb 26

MAKERS: Women Who Make America – The Documentary

Premiering on PBS on February 26th (check your local listings here)

See the preview trailer at: http://www.makers.com/blog/makers-documentary


Over the last half-century, America has seen one of the most sweeping social revolutions in its history, as women have asserted their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity, and personal autonomy.  It’s a revolution that has unfolded in public and private, on grand stages like the Supreme Court and Congress, and in humbler ones like the boardroom and the bedroom. No individual and no aspect of American life has been unchanged.

MAKERS: Women Who Make America will tell this remarkable story for the first time in a comprehensive and innovative three-hour documentary for PBS, to air in early 2013. Built on the extraordinary archive of stories already completed for MAKERS.com, the film will feature the stories of those who led the fight, those who opposed it, and the unintentional trailblazers — famous and unknown – who carried change to every corner of society.


I need to remember to set my DVR for this.

Women’s Resources Center Calendar Volume 4/Issue 6: February 22, 2013

February is Native American Heritage Month
“Women lead nearly one-quarter of the nation’s 562 federally recognized tribes.”
Ms. Magazine Ten Things You Need to Know about Native American Women
February 5, 2012 by Laura Paskus

This Week @ the Women’s Resources Center

Saturday—February 23 @ 8:30am to 4:30pm @Women’s Resources Center; 703 S. Wright Street, 2nd floor, CH —Soul Hunger Workshop for Women facilitated by Dr. Anita Johnston in honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Through guided visualization, movement, music, interactive sharing, and other self-reflective exercises, workshop participants will experience how to: ‘ See food and eating challenges as symbolic of deeper hungers ‘ Listen to the body’s many messages ‘Allow SacredFeminine energy to be expressed ‘ Access their true feelings ‘ Express themselves in a confident and effective way ‘ Follow and trust their intuition ‘ Discover what true nourishment really means for them Dr. Johnston is the author of ‘Eating in the Light of the Moon: How Women Can Transform Their Relationships with Food Through Myths, Metaphors, and Storytelling.’ She is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Boulder, Colorado. She is also the co-founder of several eating disorder treatment centers across the country. FUNDED BY THE STRATEGIC INITIATIVE GRANT. *This event is free and open to the public *Participation is limited to 30 participants. Please register now: Registration. ***NOTE: The location has changed to the women’s center!!

Monday—February 25 @ 12NOON @ Women’s Resources Center; 703 S. Wright Street, 2nd floor, CH—Dish It Up presents National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (NEDAW): Breaking Free From Struggles with Food, Fat, and Dieting. Our panel will discuss ways to avoid the pitfalls of a culture obsessed with dieting and being thin! This is part of our lunch on us series which features a FREE lunch and interesting presentation on issues related to women and gender every 2nd and 4th Monday @ NOON!! Open to everyone!

Monday—February 25 @ 7pm @ Women’s Resources Center; 703 S. Wright Street, 2nd floor, CH—Hot Topics presents “Idle No More: Exploring Indigenous Women’s Organizing.”Hot Topics Dialogues 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–and occurs 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. This event is Free, open to everyone, snacks are provided!

Tuesday—February 26 @ 5:30pm @ Asian American Cultural Center, 2nd Floor Resource Room—Women’s Support Group.Open to any female student who has experienced sexual assault and/or abuse from someone they are involved with in order to resolve issues and create a positive, supportive sense of community. Please call Pat or Molly @ WRC (217.333.3137) to learn more. This weekly group meets every Tuesday.

Tuesday—February 26 @ 7pm @ Women’s Resources Center; 703 S. Wright Street, 2nd floor, CH—UIUC National Organization for Women Weekly Meeting.NOW’s purpose is to take action to bring women into full participation in the mainstream of American society now, exercising all privileges and responsibilities thereof in truly equal partnership with men. This purpose includes, but is not limited to, equal rights and responsibilities in all aspects of citizenship, public service, employment, education, and family life, and it includes freedom from discrimination because of race, ethnic origin, age, marital status, sexual preference/orientation, or parenthood.

Wednesday—February 27 from 4 to 6 pm
Join the Celebration
Women’s Resources Center turns 4 YEARS OLD!
Cake & Other Delights!
Highlights & Accomplishments
Thursday—February 28 @ 6:30pm @ Women’s Resources Center; 703 S. Wright Street, 2nd floor, CH—Sex & Gender Film Series presents “The Year I Broke My Voice”. Doors open at 6:30 pm, Film at 7:00 pm. Featuring Director Madsen Minax “The Year I Broke My Voice” Set in a post-industrial ‘Neverland’ of worn down row houses, looming factories, and desolate seashores, a rabble of disenfranchised gender and age ambiguous youths explore their own vulnerabilities and put pressure on what it means to grow up. Offers an alternative perspective on coming of age that emphasizes perpetual states of becoming over conventions of linear development into adulthood. – Matt Morris. Should you require any additional accommodations (assistance with seating, large print programs, ASL interpreter, visual/audio assistance, etc.), please contact us at your earliest convenience. Sponsors: Women’s Resources Center; Gender and Women’s Studies; National Organization for Women UIUC Chapter; Media and Cinema Studies. FREE, open to ALL and we’ll have popcorn and refreshments!

February’s Art Exhibition: “Petite Magnitude” Works by Hali Ruth Linn.Hali Ruth Linn describes her work by stating, “I am interested in how young women start to understand sexuality, first by word and then by experience and then a memory, that becomes understood differently with increasing life experience. I am creating young women who are guarded, whose eyes are wide but glassy, whose hair is a cloak and whose clothes serve as a brigade to their inaccessible girlish figures. Upon a first look, they appear to be individuals and to have their own identity, but the longer the viewer looks on them, the less definitive they are, the less like a rendered person with life experience. They become abstracted; their bodies lack womanly curves leaving them without an easily identified age, their faces combating adulthood. These subjects represent an awkward age that is so laden with the struggle of growth and sexuality that it fights even to hide that struggle. The paintings represent how young women view violence and sexual assault and what they feel when their sexuality is defined by someone else.” The exhibit continues through mid-February—it is free and open to the public!

2013 Sesquicentennial of Emancipation Proclamation—Calendar of Events
FINAL EVENT!! Wednesday—February 27 @ 7:30pm @ Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts—Culminating Celebration with Keynote by Dr. Myrlie Evers-Williams and Performances by the University of Illinois Black Choir, Dr. Ollie Watts Davis, conductor; the Women’s Glee Club, Dr. Andrea Solyea, conductor; Dr. Casey Robards, piano; and the University of Illinois Wind Symphony.

This Week Fun Activities Out & About on Campus!

Black Geek Week FINAL EVENT!! FRIDAY—February 22
White Scripts, Black Supermen Film Screening & Discussion, Panelists: Filmmaker Dr. Jonathan Gayles; Stanford Carpenter; John Jennings@ 7pm @ Allen Hall, Main Lng, 1005 W. Gregory Dr, U.

SATURDAY—February 23
Black & Latino Male Summit 2013: “Behind the Mask”@ 10am @ David Kinley Hall, 1407 West Gregory Drive U. Workshops & Keynote Address by Dr. Calvin Mackie. Register soon for spaces are limited (www.blacklatinomalesummit.com)! Sponsored by BNAACC and La Casa Cultural Latina, cosponsored by the Department of African American Studies, Center for Education in Small Urban Communities, Counseling Center, Diversity Education & Social Justice, Division of Intercollegiate Athletics, Illinois Leadership Center, Latina & Latino Studies, Office of the Dean of Students.

Tuesday—February 26 @ 12pm @ Asian American Cultural Center—Food for Thought presentsBi-Cultural Experiences of an Asian American Center Director – Michelle Bringas, Asian American Center, Northern Illinois University. Please join us for food and talk at our weekly Lunch on Us series, Food for Thought. It’s FREE and open to ALL!!

Tuesday—February 26 @ 6 to 8:30pm @ ETC Coffeehouse, 1203 W. Green St. U.—Rainbow Coffeehouse: Hosted by Building Bridges. Rainbow Coffeehouse offers a welcoming, open environment to LGBT and ALLY communities to socialize. Whether you’re here for a meeting, with friends or to study, we welcome all!

Tuesday—February 26 @ 7pm @ Lincoln Hall Room 1000—‘TRANS Film Screening hosted by the Sexual Health Peers and Social Justice Educators. Join the Sexual Health Peers for a screening of TRANS, a film that explores the personal stories of a number of transgender individuals. Inspired by the incredible story of Dr. Christine McGinn and her important work as a transgender surgeon, TRANS provides an up-close and very personal vision into the lives, loves, and challenges of a remarkable cast of characters of all ages and from all walks of life. These are the stories of confusion and courage, excitement and emotion that have never been told – until now. Discussion will follow the film. Information about the film can be found at http://www.transthemovie.com/. For any questions about this event, please contact Sara Salmon at ssalmon@illinois.edu.

Wednesday—February 27 @ 12NOON @ BNAACC—Food for the Soul presents Black Jeopardy: What Do You Know? with Ashley M. Davis, MBA, Assistant Director, Bruce Nesbitt African American Cultural Center. It’s FREE and open to ALL!!

Thursday—February 28 @ 12pm @ LaCasa, Room 104—Lunch @ La Casa presents Social Justice in the Evaluation of an Educational Project – Carolina Hidalgo, Educational Psychology. Join the Lunch @ LaCasa group for great and an exciting presentation & discussion. It’s all FREE!!

Friday—March 1 @ 12NOON @ Native American House—Chat & Chew Lunch Series presents The Formation and Impact of Racial Microagressions at the University of Illinois – Melvin Armstrong Jr., Ph.D. Candidate, Educational Policy & Organizational Leadership. It’s FREE and open to ALL!!

Saturday—March 2 @ 8:30am to 4:30pm @ YMCA/YWCA; 1001 S. Wright Street, CH—Racial Justice Workshops and Dialogue Series.The YWCA of the University of Illinois offers a variety of racial justice classes, workshops, discussion groups and certifications. These sessions are an excellent way of providing a more comprehensive understanding about what is racism and how it moves in today’s society. All of our workshops and classes are taught by University of Illinois professors, faculty and staff. Obtaining a Level 1 Racial Justice Certification: Come to Racial Justice Workshop on March 2; All attendees will receive a Level 1 Racial Justice Certificate of completion. Registration Details: The cost for the Level 1 Racial Justice Workshop is $25.00. To register for the workshop please fill out a registration form. You can either fill out a registration form and make a payment online, or send in the registration form and make a payment to the YWCA. Registration due by Thursday February 27 12:00pm.

Monday—March 4 @ 12pm @ Women’s Resources Center; 703 S. Wright Street, 2nd floor, CH—Quench presentsWhat the All Campus Career Fair Is All About – Marianna DiVietro, Assistant Director of Student Outreach, The Career Center and Zelda Gardner, Senior Assistant Director, The Career Center. Join the fun at the LGBT Center’s Quench series with a free lunch and interesting discussion. FREE and open to everyone!

Friday—March 8 @ 12NOON @ I-Hotel—YWCA 3rd Annual Leadership Luncheon.This annual luncheon recognizes the accomplishments of women leaders in the Champaign/Urbana community and U of I campus and highlights their extraordinary contributions. The YWCA of the University of Illinois is proud to announce the winners of its 3rd Annual Leadership Awards. The 2013 awardees are:
Esther Patt, Advocacy
Lori Patterson, Business
Renee Romano, Education
***Rachel Storm, Emerging Leader***
Phyllis Cline, Philanthropy
Joan Walls, Social Justice
Willeta Donaldson, Trailblazer
Purchase your tickets now! Tickets are $30 and now available for the Leadership Luncheon. To purchase online go to ywca.org/universityofillinois and click on “Purchase Tickets for the Leadership Luncheon Here”. You can also purchase tickets at the YWCA office and pay with cash or check. Spread the word and come out and join us as we have a great time encouraging one another and celebrating the accomplishments of these wonderful women.

Saturday—March 9 @ 9:30am to 4pm @ ARC, MPR 7—Your Identity @ Work: A training on finding your fit. Are you currently searching for a job or applying to graduate school? Have you ever wondered how aspects of your identity such as race, gender, sexuality, disability may impact your choices and experiences? Your Identity @ Work is a one day training to help you develop your multicultural competences in preparation for your future job or graduate school. Come learn strategies to incorporate your identities and identify inclusive environments for working and learning. Register: http://go.illinois.edu/IdentityAtWork. If you require any disability accommodations to participate, contact sheft@illinois.edu by February 22, 2013.

February 1 to April 5—Monday through Friday—9am to 5pm @ Asian American Cultural Center, 1210 W. Nevada Street, U—Vibrant Colors of Lunar New Year: Art Exhibit Reception.This exhibition features artwork by 80 young artists from the Hua Nian Art Studio in Urbana. The Lunar New Year is the most important festival celebrated by many Asian cultures, much like Thanksgiving or Christmas in this country. Celebrations take place for fifteen days, in recognition of the coming of the new year. This year will be the year of the snake, one of the animals represented in a 12-year cycle. At the Hua Nian Art Studio, students develop their drawing and painting skills and work in small groups to ensure individual attention. With hourly art lessons held once a week, the fun, encouraging and creative training program is in a beautiful and child-friendly art learning environment and taught by an experienced award winning artist specialized in young learners.

Opportunities for Women–posted by the Women’s Resources Center, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Opportunities for You!

2013 Awards for Feminist Scholarship—The Feminism and Family Studies Section of the National Council on Family Relations is seeking applicants for TWO awards to be given at the November 2013 NCFR Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Applicants do not need to be members of NCFR, but we welcome new members to our section and organization. To start the IPS Scholarship application click here. Applications due: April 15, 2013.

LGBT Resource Center Intern—Interested in joining the LGBT Resource Center staff at the U of I? The LGBT Resource Center is looking for student interns for next academic year, 2013-14. This is a paid internship, open to University of Illinois undergraduate students. The time commitment is 8-10 hours/week when school is in session. Preference is given to students with federal work study. Application Deadline: 5 PM, March 15th, 2013. This position works directly with the Assistant Director of the LGBT Resource Center to increase student involvement and to enhance students’ collegiate experience by supporting the initiatives of the LGBT Resource Center with specific attention to event programming, leadership development, and marketing support:
Event Programming: Create and implement programs of social, political, educational and cultural nature in collaboration with RSOs, other cultural centers and campus units.
Leadership: Create and implement programs to address retention and leadership at all undergraduate levels; promote personal and academic development; develop mentorship networks among faculty, staff and students.
Marketing and Publications: Develop strategies to market LGBT Resource Center programs; assist with publications. Assist the Office Support Specialist with daily operational tasks (answering phones, assisting students, staff or faculty that visit or inquire about the LGBT Resource Center, record keeping, etc.) as well as assist in other clerical duties.
Pick up an application @ LGBT Resource Center; 1401 W Green Street, Illini Union—Room 323 or request one through email from Saida: sbonifie@illinois.edu.

Office for Conflict Resolution.The Senate Committee on Student Discipline and the Office for Student Conflict Resolution are now seeking to fill vacant student and faculty seats on the Subcommittee on Undergraduate Student Conduct (SUSC) and the Subcommittee on Graduate Student Conduct (SGSC). Service on these committees is a challenging and satisfying way for students and faculty to enhance their academic experience. In addition to the actual review of discipline cases, training activities help committee members to enhance their abilities to organize time, develop critical thinking skills and to improve communication skills. For more information or to apply click here. Applications DUE February 27, 2013!!

Rape Aggression Defense training—Personal empowerment safety education for women in the college setting, the R.A.D. System is a comprehensive course for a woman that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing to basic hands-on defense training. It’s not a martial arts program but provides realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. There are also separate self-defense workshops for men. Robert A Murphy • Division of Public Safety.

“I-Journey Retreats”—The I-Journey Retreats are three half-day retreats that will give participants an opportunity to understand how unfairness and inequity can be perpetuated on each of these layers, and the roles they can actively play to create fair and just structures ‘mutually shaped to meet their needs.’ (Bell, 1997) Join us for one or all three!! For more information or to register go to http://go.illinois.edu/IJourneyRetreats.

APPLY TODAY! Diversity and Social Justice Education Paraprofessional Program—The Diversity and Social Justice Education Paraprofessional Program is a 3 semester peer education program powered by students for the students. Through this program you will have the opportunity to serve as a peer leader in social justice by developing and facilitating educational programs for the campus. Social Justice Education Paraprofessionals will receive 11 advanced credit hours through the Department of Psychology. The details of the programs or our application go to http://go.illinois.edu/SJEPApplication. If you have other questions, feel free to e-mail socialjusticeeducators@gmail.com.

The LGBT Resource Center and the SODA committee of the Counseling Center offer LGBT Ally Trainings and Transgender Ally Trainings throughout the year. This academic year’s training dates. These trainings are open to faculty, staff and students. Due to limited space, registration is required. Please sign up via this link. Contact Leslie Morrow if you have any questions.
Schedule of Trainings:
LGBT Ally Training
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 @ 4:15pm-7:30pm
Location: Arcade Conference Room
LGBT Ally Training
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 @ 8:45am-12pm
Location: SDRP
Transgender Ally Training
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 @ 12:45pm-4pm
Location: Arcade Conference Room
Blend UP!: A support/social group for LGBT people of color.
Meets bi-weekly on Thursdays. Next meetings are Feb 21st and Mar 7th, 7-9pm at the UP Center of Champaign County in Urbana. Follow us on Twitter @Blend_UP

Relive the Journey … Experience the Dream
Spring Break Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Friday, March 15th through Sunday March 24th
Travel to prominent locations that influenced and contribute to the progression of the Civil Rights Movement:
Atlanta, Montgomery, Selma, Birmingham, Little Rock and Memphis
Cost: $275 plus the cost of food
Take advantage of an amazing and educational opportunity to visit and learn about many important places of the Civil Rights Movement this spring break! University Housing has planned a trip that will change, inspire, and make a difference in the lives of the students that seize this opportunity. For more information, check out our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/uoficivilrightspilgrimage). Spaces are filled on a first come, first serve basis. Interested students should contact Muni Adebimpe (adebimpe@illinois.edu) for more information on how to participate in this incredible experience.

Read Across America is Looking for Volunteers!
Saturday, March 2, 2013 @ 10am-2pm
Location: Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana
Read Across America is an annual event for kids from 0 to 12 years old, basically to motivate kids to read. There are readers from different languages in tables doing activities with kids. Kids have the chance to listen to histories in their home language or listen to histories in other language just for fun.
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.

Playlist for 2/17/2013 Host: Birdie

Cheryl Wheeler “Pop Tarts And Spam” from Greetings from Cheryl Wheeler
Kelly Rowland “I’m Dat Chick” from Here I Am
Queen Latifah “Ladies First (feat. Monie Love)” from All Hail the Queen
Alix Dobkin “Lesbian Code” from Yahoo Australia!
Norah Jones “Miriam” from Little Broken Hearts
Mad Agnes “Mother’s Plaint” from Hush
Karen Nielsen “WOMAN”
Le Tigre “Dyke March 2001” from Feminist Sweepstakes
Lisa Bigwood “Sister Tiger” from Intrepid
Eliza Carthy “Little Gypsy Girl” from Anglicana
Elizabeth Mitchell “Hop Up My Ladies” from Blue Clouds
Bobbie Gentry “Niki Hoeky” from The Bobbie Gentry Collection
Elaine Mahon “The Selkie Bride” from Rise
The Feminists “Modern Working Girl” from She Could Be
Anne Hills “MOTHER” from The Things I Notice Now
Annie Lou “Grandma’s Rules for Drinking”
Kasey Chambers “LITTLE BIRD” from Little Bird
Bella Hardy “Rosabel” from Songs Lost & Stolen
Claudia Schmidt “BANANA MOON” from Bend In the River
Holly Near “SHE” from Early Warnings
Beth Duncan “Give Me The Simple Life” from Comes the Fall
Audra Mae “The Happiest Lamb”
Denise Brigham “AROUND THE WORLD” from Hotel Lafayette
Holly Near & Ronnie Gilbert “When I’m Not Near The Girl I Love”
Holly Near “Testimony” from Sky Dances
Nancy Stearns “If He Were Straight and I Were Young” from A Wish
Pretenders “Thumbelina” from Learning to Crawl (Remastered)
Mary Chapin Carpenter “Another Home” from Ashes & Roses
Mara Levine “April Come She Will” from Jewels and Harmony
Fleetwood Mac “Dreams (Previously Unissued)” from Rumours (Deluxe)
Teeny Tucker “Voodoo Voodoo” from Voodoo To Do You
Bex Marshall “BITE ME” from The House of Mercy
Beth Patterson “Quicksilver” from Take Some Fire
Folkstar “Cards and Letters” from emotional bootcamp
Patricia Barber “The Storyteller” from Smash
Candye Kane “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’” from Diva la Grande
Cher “Chastity Sun (A.K.A. Ruby Jean and Billie Lee)” from The Way of Love – The Cher Collection
Melissa Etheridge “What Happens Tomorrow” from THE AWAKENING
The Blues Broads “OH HAPPY DAY” from The Blues Broads
Nancy Cassidy “You Are Not Alone (feat. Dayan Kai, Tammi Brown, Keith Greeninger, Andy Zenczak & Jimmy Norris)” from Song of Joy
Nanna Larsen “Hum Like a Bird” from Not The Perfect Girl
Monica Ramey & The Beegie Adair Trio “WitchCraft” from Monica Ramey and the Beegie Adair Trio

Happy Birthday, Susan B. Anthony 193 years old


Equal Rights for ALL

Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

Section 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.[1][2]