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9th Annual disABILITY Resource Expo October 17

9th Annual disABILITY Resource Expo Saturday, October 17 from 9am to 2pm @ the Fluid Event Center, 601 N. Country Fair Dr., Champaign, IL – 100 organizations and businesses will be on hand to ensure that individuals with disabilities and their families have the opportunity to ask questions, get information, share ideas and learn more about what supportive services, resources and technology are available in our area.

We hope you’ll join us for this FREE family-friendly event offering different hands-on activities for children. Our theme this year is “Amazing Service Dogs”.  Come and learn about these amazing animals and how they are changing and enhancing the lives of persons living with a disability.  Our Artistic Expressions area will feature local artists and entrepreneurs displaying and selling their one-of-a-kind works of art. There will be live entertainment and opportunities to win prizes, such as Ebertfest tickets and a Kindle Fire! Your family will have fun while also gaining valuable information about available resources for individuals with disabilities in East Central Illinois.  Come one, come all!  This event is for everyone!

WEFT will be represented! Stop by the WEFT Disability Beat table to say Hi!

October is LGBTQ History Month



LGBTQ History Month – October 2015

ONGOING: LGBTQ Advocacy Project—We are collecting stories from students, staff and faculty who identify within the LGBTQ community to share stories about advocacy and allyship within the LGBTQ community. These will be compiled throughout the month of October and shared via social media and as a physical display in the LGBT Resource Center. If you’d like to participate, please send the following to Devon Guidoux at dguidoux@illinois.edu!

What does advocacy and/or allyship within the LGBTQ community look like to you?
Concrete examples, philosophical reasoning, research/article citations and personal narratives all welcome. Your answer can be as short or long as you’d like.

We would also love to include identifying information alongside the quotes. This is optional but encouraged. Here are some examples of information you could include:

Name in use
Position on campus
Degree/Program information
Campus or community organization affiliations


10/10 @ 1pm @ Curtis Orchard—Somewhere Over the Rainbow Curtis Orchard Trip! Hosted by the LGBTQ+ Registered Student Organizations. Meet in front of the Union at 1pm. For more information, including carpool information, Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/439737199563582/ 

10/12 @ time TBD @ Main Quad—National Coming Out Day Rally and Photoshoot!
10/13 @ 12pm-1pm @ Asian American Cultural Center—Food For Thought: Part of OIIR’s Lunch on Us Series; Queer Asian American and Asian International Experiences on Campus Presented by Rainbow International.

10/19 @ 12-1pm @ Women’s Resources Center–Quench: Part of OIIR’s Lunch on Us Series Normalizing Mental Health Conversations presented by Q&A, LGBTQ Outreach Team in the Counseling Center. Quench is part of the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relation’s Lunch on Us noontime discussion series. Each semester we work to collaborate with other campus groups to focus on the intersection of diverse social and LGBT issues. We also present a range of topics on facets of LGBT identity, culture, and history relevant to the LGBT and Ally communities.

10/19 @ 4-6pm @ LGBT Resource Center—LGBT Center Awareness Day Celebration

10/20 @ 6-8pm @ Illini Union 210—Kinky Consent: Dynamics of Consent within BDSM and Kink with Jodi Thomas, Counseling Center; Devon Guidoux, LGBT Resource Center; and Kim Rice, McKinley Health Center.

10/21 @ 7-9pm @ Education Building Room 42—Growing Up Trans: Documentary and Film Screening. Featuring a discussion with a local family highlighted in the film.

10/23 @ 3-5pm @ Illini Media Building 4th Floor—All-Gender Self Defense Workshop. Sign up atgo.illinois.edu/AllGenderSelfDefense.

10/26 @ 7-9pm @ Women’s Resources Center—Hot Topics: Abuse Within Queer Relationships.

Monday, October 12

Pride @ 7-8pm @ LGBT Resource Center. Pride is the oldest and largest LGBT RSO at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We are dedicated to serving the needs of the LGBT campus community. We hold weekly meetings to discuss social and political happenings, organize a number of other outside activities for university LGBT students and our allies, and provide a safe space for students and their peers to meet and hang out.

Tuesday, October 13

Food For Thought – Queer Asian American and Asian International Experiences on Campus @12-1pm @ Asian American Cultural Center. As part of the OIIR’s continuing Lunch on Us series, Rainbow International will be presenting the topic of Queer Asian American and Asian International Experiences on Campus. Come for free lunch, great speakers, and interesting topics!

Infusions @ 7-8pm @ LGBT Resource Center. Infusions: A Multicultural Gender and Sexuality Alliance is an organization dedicated to inclusion and diversity and focuses on the intersections of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and race. We are open to any and all who seek to learn more about and to support these intersections of identities.

CUTES @ 7-8pm @ LGBT Resource Center. The Campus Union for Trans* Equality and Support (CUT*ES) is an organization formed in order to provide a unique voice for the trans* community on campus, advocate for trans* equality, discuss trans* issues, and provide a safe space for support and discussion for the campus trans* community. We welcome anyone who has a passion for trans* equality and advocacy, or is just curious about the community in general.

Thursday, October 15

Building Bridges @ 7-8pm @ LGBT Resource Center. Building Bridges exists to provide an open, accepting, safe space space for people who identify as LGBTQ and Allies and are drawn to Christianity. We aim to foster personal growth in ourselves, our spiritual health, and our community through honest spiritual discussions, sharing of personal experiences, and promoting social interaction. We respect the diversity of members’ spiritual backgrounds and are committed to breaking down stereotypes and to building an understanding between diverse groups.

oSTEM @ 8-9pm @ LGBT Resource Center. oSTEM, which stands for Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, is a national technical student society for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities. We have over 40 established chapters across the nation, and many more chapters on the road!

Rainbow International @ 4:30pm @ LGBT Resource Center. Rainbow International is the newest RSO at the LGBT Resource Center. We serve LGBTIQ international undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral students on campus. We consider our group a safe space for both closeted and out international queer students. We will also be working on projects to increase visibility of LGBTIQ international students and issues on campus and to ‘mainstream’ the specific concerns of LGBTIQ international students into discourses on campus about minority rights.

Women of Pride @ 6:30-7:30pm @ LGBT Resource Center. Women of Pride is a student group made for women, by women, as a safe place to gather.  We informally educate the campus community of cultural, political, and other social issues related to lesbians, bisexual women, and transgender people. One of our goals is to foster a sense of community among queer women and our allies.

Women’s Resources Center Events October 12-18 2015

Events at the Women’s Resources Center

Monday, October 12

  Dish it Up Lunch on Us: The Gendered Dynamics of Domestic Violence and Homelessness @ 12-1pm @ Women’s Resources Center

Come join us for another Dish It Up Lunch on Us Program at the Women’s Resources Center (every 2nd and 4th Monday at noon). Enjoy a complimentary meal while listening to speakers, lecturers, and panelists explore a variety of topics at the intersection of gender and other social identities. Should you require additional accommodations (assistance with food& seating, large print programs, ASL interpreter, visual/audio assistance, etc.), please contact us. PAID FOR BY THE STUDENT CULTURAL PROGRAMMING FEE.


Mission Positive @ 4-5 pm–Regularly scheduled meeting of this RSO. Come see what this new RSO is trying accomplish related to body image. New members welcome!

Women on the Move Fitness | Belly Fit: Free Belly Dance Class @ 5:30-6:30pm–Women students are encouraged to attend this free weekly belly dance class designed for bodies of all shapes, sizes, and abilities. This class is designed to be an introductory course focused on accessibility. Dress in clothes that are easy to move around in! Free and equipment provided.

Hot Topics Dialogues: In the Streets and Behind the Screen: Examining Call Out Culture @ 7-9pm.

Call-out culture refers to the tendency among activists to publicly, and sometimes aggressively, name instances of another’s oppressive behavior via social media. In this panel, we’ll explore the implications and efficacy of “calling out” to create social change and how we can establish accountability within organizing for social justice.

Hot Topics Dialogues is a series hosted by the Women’s Resources Center and the YWCA on campus on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. Hot Topics providesspace for dialogue on gender, other social identities, and social justice. Hot Topics is free and open to the public; bring your friends! Refreshments will be provided. Should you require any accommodations (assistance with food and seating, large print programs, an ASL interpreter, visual/audio assistance, etc.), please contact us at your earliest convenience. at 217-333-31337 or womenscenter@illinois.edu

Tuesday, October 13

Women’s Support Group @ 5:30pm. This weekly support group is open to women students who have experienced sexual assault, abuse within a relationship, or stalking.

UIUC NOW (National Organization for Women) Meeting @ 7:30pm. 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. Everyone welcome!

Wednesday, October 14

Focal Point Lecture: “Building Partnerships in Women’s Empowerment” feat. Dr. Andrea Burniske @ 12pm-1pm. Women comprise over half the global population, but represent 70% of the world’s poor. Compared to their male counterparts, low-income females in developing countries are more likely to drop out of school, are less apt to secure gainful and remunerated employment, and are the most likely to be excluded from household, community, and national decision-making processes. Women’s empowerment in development—an expanding area of interdisciplinary research and practice—confronts these staggering inequalities head-on. Despite the growing emphasis on investing in women for community-wide change across international development disciplines, how empowerment should be conceptualized and defined, and which indicators should be used to assess it remain unclear. Andrea Burniske works for International Programs in Agriculture as the International Extension Coordinator. In this position she promotes international opportunities for Purdue extension educators and faculty. Her background includes 20 years’ experience working overseas and in Washington DC for international development organizations. She has designed and led projects while living in Tajikistan, Colombia, Bulgaria, Peru, and Russia. Her main interests comprise disaster risk reduction and disaster response (as a member of the Latin American Response Team for Mercy Corps); gender assessment; child protection; environmentally sustainable development; social enterprise development; and climate change adaptation. All brown bag lunches will take place at the Women’s Resource Center on campus at the corner of Green and Wright streets. Attendees are invited to read any suggested pre-reading in order to participate fully in discussions. Light refreshments will be provided.

Advocates for Choice weekly meeting @ 5:30pm. Join this RSO on the UIUC campus that is affiliated with Planned Parenthood. We advocate for reproductive health care and access without judgment. We underscore our steadfast commitment to high quality reproductive health care and education while innovating to ensure that we are here for those who need us most. We care, no matter what.

Thursday, October 15

Women on the Move Fitness | Yoga for Healing @ 5:30-6:30pm–Women students are encouraged to attend this free weekly yoga class designed for bodies of all shapes, sizes, and abilities. Dress in clothes that are easy to move around in! Instructor, mats and other equipment provided.

Relationship Support Group @ 6:30-8pm. Are you worried that your relationship with a friend, family member, or partner is emotionally unhealthy?  Do you frequently feel that you’re walking on eggshells around this person?  Do you feel isolated, manipulated, or confused within this relationship?  This is a support group for students of all genders who have experienced unhealthy or emotionally abusive behaviors within the context of a relationship.

Women’s Resources Center Newsletter October 18 2015

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Banner


Spotlight Events

October 12 – October 30

Survivor Stories | A Multimedia Art Exhibition @ Women’s Resources Center–In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Women’s Resources Center is sponsoring a multimedia art exhibition of work honoring survivors and mourning victims of domestic violence. Open during WRC regular hours. 

Beverly Gooden #WhyIStayed

Tuesday, October 13

#WhyIStayed | Domestic Violence Awareness Month Keynote Lecture Feat. Beverly Gooden @ 7pm @ Allen Hall (1005 W. Gregory Dr., Urbana)–Beverly Gooden is the creator of the Twitter hashtag, #WhyIStayed. Gooden earned a BA in Communications from Hampton University and a MA in Social Justice from Loyola University Chicago. She now speaks about domestic violence sensitivity, social justice, and the power of storytelling to audiences across the country. Free and open to ALL!



Happy Birthday Eleanor Roosevelt! (via NWHP)

Eleanor Roosevelt was born on October 11, 1884.  The former First Lady is honored and recognized throughout the world as an icon of democracy.

One of her greatest achievements was promoting and securing the adoption by the UN General Assembly of The Declaration of Human Rights  http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/history.shtml.

Throughout her life, she tirelessly championed the needs of the poor, the needy, and the ever-growing number of refugees.  She chronicled her ongoing work in her remarkable My Daynewspaper columns which she wrote 6 days a week from 1938 to 1962.

My Day columns  are part of the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project, an extraordinary on-line resource  http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/history.shtml.    The My Day columns are searchable by date, topic, and local.  ( For example, Eleanor Roosevelt gave a speech in Santa Rosa, CA (home of the NWHP) on February 17,1957 at Santa Rosa High School).

The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project documents her life and political career, comprising millions of pages of records. Available to everyone through digital and print publication. (www.gwu.edu/~erpapers/abouterp/). Just type in a date or locale and discover where Eleanor was and what she was doing www.gwu.edu/~erpapers/myday/.

Womyn Making Waves playlist Oct 11 2015 host barb

Melissa Etheridge / Rock and Roll Me / 4th Street Feeling (Deluxe Edition) / 2012 / Island
Mary Cutrufello / (I’ll Still) Love You Forever / 35 / 2007 / Mary Cutrufello
Amy Rigby / The Good Girls / 18 Again-An Anthology / 2002 / Koch Records
Suzzy & Maggie Roche / Zero Church / Zero Church / 2001 / Red House
Laura Love / I Only Know (I’d Rather Be Alone) / Z Therapy / 1990 / Octoroon Biography
Sara Tavares / Di Alma / Xinti / 2009 / Four Quarters
Connie Kaldor / Margaret’s Waltz / Wood River / 1991 / Word of Mouth Music
SJ Tucker / The Great Velocipede Migration / Wonders / 2013 / Skinny White Chick
Rachel Garlin / Up on a Ladder in Boots / Wink at July / 2015 / Tactile
Seanan McGuire / Carnival Glass / Wicked Girls / 2011 / Self-published/CDBaby
Heather Styka / Emily / While This Planet Spins Beneath Our Feet / 2014 / Kite Stripe Records
Coty Hogue / Venus Flytrap / When We Get To Shore / 2012 / Perpetual Hoedown Music
Kris McKay / If Ever You Need Me / What Love Endures / 1990 / Arista
Dar Williams / I Had No Right / The Green World / 2000 / Razor & Tie
The Deadly Nightshade / Don’t the Lovers Ever Win? / Never Never Gonna Give Up / 2011 / CD Baby
The Ikettes / I’m Blue (the Gong-Gong Song) / One Kiss Can Lead to Another: Girl Group Sounds, Lost & Found (v/a) / 2005 / Rhino
Summer Osborne / When I Pray / Revelation / 2010 / Slo Burn
Dusty Springfield / No Easy Way Down / The Essential Carole King / 2010 / Legacy
The Claudettes / You Busy Beaver, You / No Hotel / 2015 / Yellow Dog Records
The Boxcar Lilies / House of my Dreams / Knockout Rose / 2015 / The Boxcar Lilies
Efrat / Before You Were Born / The Silver Lining / 2015 / Efrat
Ana Egge (featuring The Straybirds) / Dreamer / Bright Shadow / 2015 / Grace/Parkinsong
Janis Ian / At Seventeen / Working Without A Net (Disc 1) / 2003 / Rude Girl
Cary Cooper / Suzanne / Pink Umbrella / 2012 / Self Published
Ferron / Signals and Messages / Still Riot / 2005 / Rhino
Ginger St. James & the Grinders / Bear Bottle Pockets / Diesel & Peas / 2014 / Fletcher
Sheba / Butter on My Rolls / Butter On My Rolls / 2009 / Self Released
Sister Carol / Herbal Affair / Lyrically Potent / 1996 / Heartbeat
Shook Twins / Skin and Bone / Window / 2011 / Shook Twins
Seanan McGuire / Causes and Effects / Red Roses and Dead Things / 2009 / Seanan McGuire

Playlist Womyn Making Waves October 4 2015 host Renee Angelah

Destiny’s Child / survivor / Survivor – EP / 2001 / Columbia
Estelle / Conqueror / True Romance / 2015 / Love Da Records
Ledisi / alright / Lost And Found / 2007 / Verve Forecast
Lauryn Hill / Everthing is Everything / The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill / 1998 / Ruffhouse
Mary J. Blige / Take me as I am / The Breakthrough / 2005 / Geffen
Whitney Houston / When You Believe (feat Mariah Carey) / My Love Is Your Love / 1998 / Arista
Alicia Keys / Brand New Me / Girl On Fire / 2012 / RCA
Rachel Platten / Fight Song / Fight Song / 2015 / Columbia
Kelly Clarkson / Stronger (What doesn’t kill you) / Stronger / 2011 / RCA
Nicki Minaj & Rihanna / fly / Pink Friday / 2011 / Young Money
India.Arie & Akon / I Am Not My Hair (featuring Akon) / Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship / 2006 / Universal Records
Donna Summer / Bad girls / Bad Girls / 1979 / ISLAND MERCURY
Diana Ross / I’m coming out / diana / 1980 / Motown
Alison Wonderland / run / Run / 2015 / Self Released
Laura Tate / Talk is Cheap / I Must Be Dreaming / 2015 / Laura Tate
Nneka / shining star / Soul Is Heavy / 2012 / Yo Mama’s Recordings / Decon (dist. Co-Sign)
Tiffany Austin / stardust / Nothing But Soul / 2015 / Con Alma Music