Domestic Violence Awareness Month – 2017

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). Join WLRC/CAN for a month of events centered on understanding the complexities of dating/domestic violence and intimate partner violence and finding ways to support survivors. In light of recent shifts in immigration policies and increases in enforcement, we will be paying special attention to the impact of immigration status on survivors of domestic violence.

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). Join WLRC/CAN for a month of events centered on understanding the complexities of dating/domestic violence and intimate partner violence and finding ways to support survivors. In light of recent shifts in immigration policies and increases in enforcement, we will be paying special attention to the impact of immigration status on survivors of domestic violence.

SUPPORT SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE - Feminists United is hosting a Donation Drive for YWCA
October 16 – October 27
Drop off locations:
SCE East Entrance
Courtyard & Commons Atrium
University Hall – 1st Floor Entrance
WLRC/CAN – 1101 W Taylor Street, 3rd Floor

Feminists United in collaboration with WLRC/CAN is hosting a drive to collect donations for survivors of interpersonal violence working with the YWCA. The YWCA is a nationwide organization with six Chicago locations dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all; their services include FREE Violence Prevention Education, Sexual Assault Counseling, Advocacy & Education, Career Services and so much more.

Items needed include: shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, shower gel, hand towels, adult diapers, single blade shaving razors, deodorant, baby wipes, diaper rash cream, and women’s clothes.

SANCTUARY FOR ALL - Domestic Violence Awareness Month Kickoff Rally
Monday, October 2
12:00 – 1:00 PM
James R. Thompson Center- 100 W Randolph Street

Join the staff of WLRC/CAN as we support survivors at Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women's Network’s annual #DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth Kickoff Rally. Together we will be #ClaimingOurSanctuary as we demand #SanctuaryForAll and lift up the lives of those surviving violence in their homes and violence enabled by U.S. Immigration Policy in its collusion with local law enforcement #ChicagoPolice #NoGangDatabase

Tuesday, October 3
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
WLRC/CAN Programming Room – 1101 W Taylor Street, 3rd Floor

Come join the friends and staff of the Campus Advocacy Network as we kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month! This is a great time to meet like-minded individuals, student groups, or causes that aim to make a safe and inclusive campus for everyone. Come learn about CAN's: Mission, Goals, Programs, Services & Opportunities.
Wednesday, October 4
1:00 - 4:00 PM
Student Center East - 750 S Halsted Street, Room 605

Come test your knowledge of interpersonal violence and consent at the Practicing Consent in Relationships and Beyond table hosted by CAN at this year’s outer-space themed Safer Sex Fest! You will have the chance to visit with many campus groups and organizations while playing games and receiving fun give-a-ways all while learning about safe sex practices and the importance of consent. Hosted by the Wellness Center.

ARTivism - stolen lives vidas robadas
Thursday, October 5
1:00 – 4:00 PM
Latino Cultural Center - Lecture Center B2

Join the Latino Cultural Center for an open art studio with Esperanza Gama to celebrate and honor the lives and bravery of women who have suffered domestic violence and cruel deaths. Gama will lead us in creating communal art pieces, including one for Berta Cáceres, a Honduran environmental indigenous activist, murdered in 2016. These art pieces will be incorporated into Gama’s upcoming exhibition at Casa Michoacán and the LCC’s ofrenda to Cáceres at the National Museum of Mexican Art this fall.

Esperanza Gama has worked on issues of migration and femicide in the U.S. and France. Her body of work is a combination of paintings, ceramics, and installations. She believes in art as a form of healing and therapy to help vulnerable communities in this process. To learn more about her work, email:

Presented by the UIC Latino Cultural Center. This program is co-sponsored by the Women’s Leadership Resource Center (WLRC) and student organization Mexican Students de Aztlán (MeSA).

MODEL BEHAVIOR DIALOGUE & WORKSHOP – Hosted by Sarah Bernstein & Keisa Reynolds
Tuesday, October 10
11:30AM – 1:00 PM
WLRC/CAN Programming Room – 1101 W Taylor Street, 3rd Floor

Model Behavior is a workshop designed for LGBTQ-identified people to recognize unhealthy and abusive behaviors in relationships. We will work together to discuss patterns of harmful and abusive behaviors in our own, past or current, relationships and within LGBTQ+ communities. We will also create individual relationship intentions to help with self-empowerment and setting boundaries with current and future partners. Hosted by CAN with co-sponsorship by Gender & Sexuality Center (GSC) & UIC Pride.

Sarah Bernstein is a queer femme sexuality educator and community activist. They currently work at the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH) and are the founder of Chicago's Adult Sex Ed. Groups, sexuality education workshops centering queer and trans people's sexualities. Keisa Reynolds is a queer Black feminist writer and educator based in Chicago.

Practicing Consent within Relationships
Thursday, October 12
6:00 – 7:00 PM
Student Residence Commons - Seminar Room in the Lower Level of the Atrium - 700 S. Halsted

During this workshop we will be discussing the qualities of a healthy and unhealthy relationship in relation to practicing consent. Through our time together participants will engage in activities to start recognizing the ways they've been socialized to think about consent within relationships and unpack many of ideas they've been taught. We will also be able to think of tangible tools to build a healthy relationship, with a focus on how to appropriately create and respect boundaries. Open to all Campus Housing residents. This program is a partnership between CAN and UIC Campus Housing.

THE HUNTING GROUND Film Screening & Discussion
Wednesday, October 18
5:00 – 7:00 PM
WLRC/CAN Programming Room – 1101 W Taylor Street, 3rd Floor

This documentary is a piercing expose of rape culture on college campuses that follows students pursuing both their education and justice. Despite ongoing harassment and the devastating toll on themselves and their families, it has empowered survivors to share their first hand experiences and to be agents for social change. Screening followed by discussion facilitated by CAN advocates, Andie Celerio and Athanasia Papaioannou.

*Trigger Warning: Film and discussion may invoke strong emotional responses.
*Film Run Time: 60 minutes

VOICES Fall Symposium 2017

Friday, October 20

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM (Registration begins at 8:30 AM)

VOICES Campus Initiative will be focusing their Fall 2017 Symposium on domestic/dating violence awareness as well as student and survivor empowerment. This event is the third symposium in a series of five designed to increase awareness and collaboration among college students, administrators, faculty, Title IX coordinators, administrators, and law enforcement in how to respond to sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking on their campuses. Featuring opening remarks from the Hon. Kimberly M. Foxx. Keynote speaker is former student survivor and activist, Savannah Badalich - founder of 7,000 in Solidarity at UCLA and current researcher and human rights activist. Breakout sessions to follow.

This event is free and open to college students and all interested professionals involved in campus sexual violence response and prevention.

Space is limited. Register at Please contact Natalie Busath with any questions at 773.674.7249 or

TITLE IX: Supporting the Success of All Youth in School
Friday, October 20
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
WLRC/CAN Programming Room – 1101 W Taylor Street, 3rd Floor

This training hosted by WLRC explores the rights that young people have in schools under Title IX, the federal civil rights law that works to ensure the academic success of all students by prohibiting sex discrimination in education, specifically for LGBTQQIA+ students, pregnant and parenting youth, and survivors of sexual assault. Participants will learn what the rights under Title IX are, how it works under different administrations, and practice advocating for your student’s rights all while combating shame and stigma. Lunch and beverages will be provided. Please send your RSVP to There will be limited seating available at the door. Hosted by WLRC in collaboration with the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH).
Monday, October 23
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Arab American Cultural Center – 111 Stevenson Hall

Join WLRC/CAN and the Arab American Cultural Center for a screening of the documentary film, Let's Talk About It. This film highlights immigrant women who share their stories of domestic violence and the impact it has had on their lives and the lives of their children. This program is in partnership with Apna Ghar, a social service agency in Chicago that provides holistic services and conducts advocacy across immigrant communities to end gender violence. After the film screening, a dialogue will be facilitated by Apna Ghar's Naveeen Siddiqui and Fauzia Mohammad. Hosted by WLRC/CAN and ARAMCC in collaboration with Apna Ghar and Fearless Undocumented Alliance (FUA).

Wednesday, October 25
12:00 PM -1:00 PM – We encourage you to stick around until 1:30 for lively discussion!
ONLINE or at the School of Public Health West – 2121 W. Taylor Street, Room 110

UIC Center for Healthy Work and Illinois Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety Education and Research Center (ERC) are offering an exciting FREE hybrid in-person/webinar event titled, Workplace Sexual Violence Prevention: Approaches and Action!

The hybrid event will feature three unique panelists representing Unite HERE, Healing to Action, and the Occupational Health Internship Program. Listen as they share their diverse perspectives on how to combat sexual violence in the workplace.

Learning Objectives:
• Describe the phenomena of workplace sexual violence and who is impacted.
• Identify a variety of approaches to prevention and the principles of their approaches.
• Explore actions and initiatives for prevention.

Contact Hours: 1 (one)
Price: Free!

Register here:
If you have any questions, please contact Liz Fisher at or 312-996-2543.
Wednesday, October 25
5:00 – 7:00 PM
WLRC/CAN Programming Room – 1101 W Taylor Street, 3rd Floor

In this panel discussion we invite advocates, educators, and activists who have worked at the intersections of immigration and domestic violence to help highlight this junction. Through this conversation we hope to unpack how immigration informs a survivor’s experience of and response to domestic violence, what barriers and risks are involved for immigrants when trying to engage state institutions for help, how domestic violence is being depicted in immigrant communities by the Western world, as well as exploring how stereotypes of immigrant men as abusers are being perpetuated. Hosted by WLRC/CAN in collaboration with Fearless Undocumented Alliance (FUA).

This program will be moderated by Asal Wahdan, a dual degree candidate of Economics and Spanish at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She views the world through multiple perspectives, which strengthens her greater aspiration to develop effective communication and formulate conclusions through data analysis. She has work experience in underdeveloped neighborhoods and activism through

non­profit organizations that have all played a role in her personal growth and desire to use her experiential knowledge to benefit the community at large. She strives to be a leader in and outside of classes, facilitating relevant dialogue between students and creating an inclusive and safe space.

Our panelists:

Rachel Caïdor has worked for almost two decades in Chicago's anti rape and domestic violence communities. She currently serves as Director of the Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline. She is a founding member of Chicago's chapter of Incite! Women of Color Against Violence and was on the organizing committee for the Color of Violence 4 Conference in Chicago. She is also a member of Love and Protect, a group that raises awareness and support for women and trans people of color incarcerated for defending themselves against violence. She is also a member of the Just Practice Collaborative, which trains and supports grassroots community group members on community accountability processes addressing sexual and partner violence.

Karla Altmayer is the co-founder and co-director of Healing to Action, an organization dedicated to building a worker-led movement to end gender-based violence. As an attorney, Karla worked extensively to promote a legal-aid model for multidisciplinary collaboration to address the intersection of poverty and gender-based violence. She also edited and co-authored two manuals for advocates and organizers to promote a model for multidisciplinary collaboration essential to address workplace sexual violence in immigrant communities. Karla graduated from Loyola University Chicago, and Northern Illinois University, College of Law.

Youngju Ji, first became involved with KAN-WIN in 2000 as a volunteer coordinator then moved on to manage the Transitional Housing program. For over a decade, she has been involved as a volunteer, board of director, and consultant for various community-based organizations whose mission involved social change, including serving as a board president for KAN-WIN for two years. Youngju is an immigrant from Korea and has over 10 years of experience being involved with various movement building projects in Korea that are related to corporate culture (Korean percussion, street theater, dancing, etc.) as a way to provide community education and organization around issues such as gender, class, and environmental justice. She also has over 6 years of professional experience in communications and public relations. Youngju has been KAN-WIN’S Executive Director since 2007.

Arianna Salgado is a queer immigrant woman who was born in Mexico and arrived to the United States at the age of 6. She began organizing in high school with the West Suburban Action Project, Nuestra Voz, and the Immigrant Youth Justice League; undocumented led organizations that sought to create safe spaces for undocumented people and resources for higher education. Arianna currently organizes with Organized Communities Against Deportations, a grassroots organization that fights against the detention and deportation of undocumented people. She currently works as a paralegal at the West Suburban Action Project where she provides support for various types of immigration legal cases.