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Women’s Resources Center—Newsletter—Volume 5/Issue 15—December 13, 2013

This Week’s Activities @ WRC:

Best Wishes as you take finals and finish projects & assignments! We, at the women’s center, hope the semester ends on a sense of accomplishment and success! Hope your break is filled with all things joyful and the New Year brings great promise!! If you are graduating—Congratulations!

Monday – December 16 @ 7:00 PM @ Women’s Resources Center – Illini Art Therapy. Come participate in art workshops led by the Illini Art Therapy Association! Take a break from your classes and create art for self-reflection, self-knowledge and empowerment. You don’t have to be creative or artistic- though you may find out that you are! You’ll be encouraged and guided in making images and writing that help you to reflect and reconnect with your emotions and aspirations.

Events This Week @ OIIR Cultural Centers/Units:

Join us for the 3rd Annual–Illinois Interfaith Conference:

February 28-March 2, 2014 at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Register today for the Illinois Interfaith Conference! The conference is free for University of Illinois students, staff, faculty, and local allies for the entire weekend. To learn more, visit our website at http://www.illinoisinterfaithservice.org or register here. The conference will be held at the Ikenberry SDRP, 301 E. Gregory Dr., Champaign. Registration closes February 14, 2014. Fabulous Sessions

IIC14 includes nationally recognized keynote speakers [like student activist Balpreet Kaur], a campus staff pre-conference [featuring Dr. Dafina-Lazarus Stewart], workshops led by student leaders, community activists, and student affairs professionals, and a meal-packaging service project to talk about Why We Serve.

WORKSHOP PROPOSALS: Students, campus staff and allies, and community leaders are invited to submit proposals for the Illinois Interfaith Conference. To learn more about submission guidelines and submit a proposal visit the Conference Call for Proposals page here. Submit your proposals by January 24, 2014. It’s going to be amazing – we hope you can join us in February! Illinois Interfaith Conference

Co-sponsors: The Illinois Interfaith Conference is part of the Illinois Interfaith & Community Service Challenge. We are made up of a number of University of Illinois and Champaign-Urbana area organizations. Co-sponsors to the conference include OIIR’s Diversity & Social Justice Education, Interfaith in Action, University Housing, University YMCA, and the Religious Workers’ Association. IIC14 is also sponsored by NASPA Region IV-E Spirituality & Religion in Higher Education Knowledge Community. Pending funding from SORF and SCPF.

Get to know all events and activities happening at the cultural centers and departments in the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations: http://oiir.illinois.edu/

Out & About on Campus and the CU Community:

Saturday – December 14 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM @ 9 E University Ave, Champaign IL, Opening Reception | Not Just Noise. An exhibition of artwork from six individuals linked by their passion to visually convey the underground music they love. Together the artwork stands as not only a visual accompaniment to music, but a tool to express the interests, ethics and, sound of a scene.(Weekdays 6-8pm, Saturdays 1pm-7pm, Sundays 10am-5pm). https://www.facebook.com/events/785911004768409/

2014 Black and Latino Male Summit: Saturday, February 22, 2014 | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | Activities & Recreation Center (ARC)

Call for Proposals: The 2014 Black and Latino Male Summit (BLMS) provides a forum for Black and Latino men to discuss issues on manhood and to develop strategies to achieve academic success, professional development, and wellness. Furthermore, the organizers and sponsors of this summit seek to promote camaraderie, coalition building, and community between Black and Latino men at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Last year’s event was attended by about 100 students, community members and administrators; summit participants came from an array of colleges and universities: 2-year, 4-year, public and private. We want to match last year’s energy and output.

The Summit organizers encourage submission of innovative proposals that address the conference’s focus on Black and Latino Males in Higher Education and that consider the following issues: Issues in Urban Environments – This area will focus on the effects of socioeconomic status, activism, and coalition building within our communities; Professional Development – This area will focus on networking, the academic advantages of receiving mentorship, business etiquette and how Black and Latino males can further develop their leadership to help them be successful as students and as professionals; Navigating Social Norms and Stigmas – This area will focus on the issues of what fatherhood, manhood and masculinity is, how to develop healthy relationships and how to be personally and financially stable; Higher Education – This area will focus on the presence or lack thereof Black and Latino males in higher education; the opportunities and challenges presented to men of color in the academy (i.e. matriculation, graduate school access, campus climate); and mentorship.

Proposal Submission Deadline: Friday, January 24, 2014 (5:00pm CST) Proposals can be submitted through the following link: http://oiir.illinois.edu/2014BLMSCallForProposals

Other News and Information/Opportunities for YOU!

Accepting Applications for the Maria Pia Gratton International Award. The Maria Pia Gratton International Award was established as a living tribute to Maria Pia Gratton by her family and friends. The award provides $10,000 to a female international graduate student studying at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Applicants should be either currently enrolled graduate students with at least two semesters remaining in academic year 2014-15 or applying to begin graduate study in academic year 2014-15. Deadline: February 17, 2014. To learn more or apply, please visit http://app.studyabroad.illinois.edu/?go=schgratton. Questions about the Maria Pia Gratton International Award should be directed to Amanda Purnell, Coordinator of International Scholarships at apurnell@illinois.edu.

Mediation Services in the Office for Student Conflict Resolution is currently accepting Spring 2014 applications for the Conflict Resolution Training Program! This opportunity is for undergraduate and/or graduate students. The program introduces the participants to mediation concepts and is focused on developing conflict resolution skills to help them address conflict they may encounter in the future. It can be particularly helpful to students in leadership positions! There are a variety of practice scenarios, including roommate, organizational, and work conflict. Students who complete this program will receive a certificate of completion and gain a skill to share on their resume. The online application is available now! Visit http://www.conflictresolution.illinois.edu/crt/default.asp for the application and for more information. Sessions will be on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. from February 4 to April 8, 2014 (no session over Spring Break).

Fred S. Bailey Scholarship – A University YMCA Program. The Fred S. Bailey Scholarship awards over $100,000 in financial aid to University of Illinois students who demonstrate a deep commitment to service and action. Begin applying NOW. For full details see this link: http://www.universityymca.org/bailey/

Alternative Spring Break is a student-run program of the YMCA sending service trips across the country during all U of I breaks. Fall and Winter applications are currently open, with a variety of trips dealing with a range of social justice issues and environmental concerns. Visit illinoisasb.org to start your fall or winter adventure:) Email external@illinoisasb.org with any questions.

Are you a female leader on your campus? Are you interested in pursuing a career in public service? Do you want to be part of the next generation of powerful female leaders who are making a difference in communities across Illinois? This June 2-6 in Chicago you can take the first step in gaining the skills and connections you’ll need to reach your goals. NEW Leadership Illinois provides college leaders opportunities to network with and learn from many of Illinois’ most prominent female leaders. NEW Leadership Illinois is a yearly bi-partisan program that strives to educate and empower the next generation of female leaders. This all expenses paid program includes leadership education, hands-on training in public policy, and networking opportunities with leaders from every level of government. Students from all backgrounds and in all majors are encouraged to apply. Students should attend a college or university in Illinois or should be an Illinois resident, and must have junior or senior standing in June 2014. Applications will be accepted until March 3, 2014. Click here to learn more and to apply.

NEW Leadership Illinois 2014 | June 2-6, 2014 | University of Illinois at Chicago. NEW Leadership Illinois is hosted by the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs and the Conference of Women Legislators of the Illinois General Assembly. To apply, visit: igpa.uillinois.edu/pe/new-leadership. For more information, contact igpa-newl@uillinois.edu or (217) 300-2365

Office of Minority Student Affairs The Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program in the Department of Special Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been awarded a federal grant (PCRP Project) to fund students interested in earning a master’s degree, with an emphasis on working with young children, ages birth to six, with disabilities and their families. The focus of this master’s degree program is to prepare personnel who have expertise in young children’s social-emotional development as a foundation for providing culturally responsive and evidence-based services. This is a 2 year full-time master’s program on the Champaign-Urbana campus. There are no online courses at the present time. [Note: If you already have an Illinois Professional Educator License and the ECE Endorsement (formerly known as the Type 04 teaching certificate), one of the program options for our master’s degree includes the coursework and field experience required by the Illinois State Board of Education for the ESL Endorcement.] Interested individuals should apply to the graduate master’s (Infancy/Early Childhood) program in the Department of Special Education. Deadline for receipt of admission applications is April 1, 2014 for enrollment beginning Summer 2014 or Fall 2014 semester. For more information about the application process and admission deadlines, visit: http://education.illinois.edu/sped/AdmissionsMasters.html. Applicants should indicate their interestin the PCRP funding in the goal statement component of the application materials. If accepted into the program, funding consists of a traineeship stipend, a tuition waiver, and waiver of some fees. Funding is limited and awarded on a competitive basis. Attached to this funding is a service obligation to be fulfilled after completion of the degree: two years of service in a professional setting that benefits young children with disabilities for every one-year of funding accepted. This service obligation can be met through paid employment in the early childhood special education field anywhere in the continental United States. For more details about the ECSE master’s program, PCRP Project funding, or service obligation, contact Dr. Mary-Alayne Hughes, PCRP Project Director, at mahughes@illinois.edu.

The Udall Foundation offers two amazing opportunities for Native American and Alaska Native students and we would love for you to forward this information to students involved with AIGSA. The Udall Scholarship: This $5,000 scholarship is awarded to 50 undergraduate sophomores and juniors pursuing careers related to Tribal Public Policy, Native Health Care, or the Environment (you must be a Native American/Alaska Native to be eligible in the first two categories). Udall Scholars also get to attend the Udall Scholar Orientation in August and gain lifetime membership to a growing and active alumni network. Deadline, MARCH 5, 2014: (http://udall.gov/OurPrograms/MKUScholarship/MKUScholarship.aspx)

Native American Congressional Internship: This ten-week summer internship in Washington, D.C. is for Native American and Alaska Native students who wish to learn more about the federal government and issues affecting Indian Country. The internship is fully funded: the Foundation provides round-trip airfare, housing, per diem for food and incidentals, and stipend at the close of the program. (http://udall.gov/OurPrograms/NACInternship/NACInternship.aspx) Deadline, JANUARY 31, 2014.

The 2nd Women of Color Student Conference (formerly the Women of Color Student Summit), sponsored by the Women’s Center, will be held on March 29-30, 2014 in Coffman Memorial Union on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus. The conference, entitled Loving Each Other Harder: Women of Color, Community and the Intersections of Our Identities, is a continuation of the conversations that began in 2011 with the inaugural Summit, Safe Spaces, Critical Connections. The first Summit centered around the themes of community-building, activism, leadership, and dialogue. Loving Each Other Harder will continue and expand upon those themes, and provide an opportunity for attendees to examine these ideas in the context of intersectionality. What are the multiple identities of women of color? How do they affect the learning, leading and living experiences of women of color students, particularly at predominantly white institutions (PWIs)? How do these identities affect how women of color see and work with one another?

Call for Proposals: The Conference Planning Committee invites organizations and individuals (faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members) to submit proposals for workshops for the 2014 conference. To submit a proposal, please fill out the Workshop Proposal form (in Microsoft Word format or electronically via Google Docs) and return it to the Women’s Center via email at women@umn.edu or fax at 612-625-9682 no later than January 6, 2014. Because of limited space, not all workshops can be selected. We will give priority to those that make direct connections to the areas of emphasis listed below. If you submit a proposal, you will be notified of its status by January 17, 2014. Presenters will then have until January 31, 2014 to confirm their attendance and register for the conference.

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 organizations 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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