List of Events

Sexual Assault Awareness Month


Exhibit Dates: April 3 – May 5 2017

Opening Reception:
Friday, April 7 – 5:00-7:00PM
Montgomery Ward Gallery, Student Center East, 750 S Halsted Street

Closing Reception:
Poetry to Power Through Open Mic
Thursday, April 27 – 6:00-8:00PM
Montgomery Ward Gallery, Student Center East, 750 S Halsted Street

Join the Women’s Leadership & Resource Center/Campus Advocacy Network as we highlight the work of activist, advocate, educator, and survivor Meggie Zayas. Through her Reclaiming Me photo series Meggie aims to shed light on the after-effects of trauma and to capture the experiences of survivors while showcasing their strength, power, and beauty. Meggie’s empowering images feature survivors fearlessly and unapologetically sharing their narratives.

This art show is part of UIC’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month programming. For additional info visit:

This program is sponsored by Women’s Leadership & Resource Center/Campus Advocacy Network & Center for Student Involvement.

Check out Meggie's work at


Monday, April 10 - 1:00-3:00PM
Women’s Leadership & Resource Center Programming Room, 1101 W Taylor Street, 3rd Floor

In order to commemorate April as both Asian Awareness Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we will be exploring the ways that Asian women encounter sexualized racism and the forms these intersections take. How does the fetishization of Asian women play a part in rape culture? We will be using excerpts of the film "Seeking Asian Female" and more to unpack these issues.

This program is sponsored by Women’s Leadership & Resource Center/Campus Advocacy Network & Asian American Resource & Cultural Center.
Yeah, Maybe, No: Navigating Consent Through Masculinity
Tuesday, April 11 - 3:00-5:00PM
Women’s Leadership & Resource Center Programming Room, 1101 W Taylor Street, 3rd Floor

Join us to watch the documentary Yeah, Maybe, No. Through the film we follow Blake, a young gay man who is coming to terms with being a survivor of multiple sexual assaults contextualized by current debates and the filmmaker's own experience of sexual assault. Blake asks whether his assault was really “that bad” since it didn’t follow a stereotypical depiction of sexual violence. The conversation and experiences around sexual assault are complex and this film provides space for Blake, and audiences alike, to challenge simplified understandings of the topic.

After the screening, we will have a conversation, facilitated by Tevin Giles, from Howard Brown Health Clinic, around some of the ways consent is navigated, understood, and performed through masculinity. We will also explore larger issues that male-identified and/or queer survivors of sexual violence might battle with.

The Reimagining Masculinities Initiative is a collaboration between the Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change that strives to cultivate, support, affirm, and create male allies and advocates. Through dialogues, films, workshops and personal stories, this initiative unpacks what it means to be masculine, and explores issues of masculinity and gender.

All audiences are welcome to join us at this program. Captioning, ASL Interpretation and Audio-Description services will be available upon request by contacting us.


Thursday, April 13 – 12:00-1:30PM
Latino Cultural Center, Lecture Center B2, 803 S Morgan

Fifteen year old Bresha Meadows is a child survivor of domestic violence who is charged with aggravated murder for defending herself, and her family from a father who had a long history of abusing them. She is currently incarcerated and her next court hearing is scheduled for April 17, 2017. As a child survivor, Bresha needs support, not incarceration.

Since April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we also want to call attention to criminalization itself as sexual violence. People who are incarcerated are subjected to mandatory body searches. Their bodily integrity is disrespected by prison authorities. Many incarcerated people are also sexually assaulted in prisons, jails, detention centers, and mental health detention. By definition then, anyone who is incarcerated is subject to sexual violence. Bresha’s confinement is an additional form of abuse on top of the abuse she suffered at home.

Join WLRC/CAN and UIC Latino Cultural Center for a teach-in on Bresha’s case and the criminalization of survivors of interpersonal violence. Support efforts for Week of Action to #FreeBresha during the week of April 10th. The teach-in will be led by WLRC/CAN's Education and Outreach Specialist Iliana Figueroa.

Film screening and discussion

Thursday April 13 - 12:00-2:00PM
UIC African American Cultural Center, 830 South Halsted Street, 209 Addams Hall

Producer, writer, and director Aishah Shahidah Simmons, a survivor of sexual violence, has been working internationally in grassroots and mainstream movements to raise “awareness about rape, sexual assault, and other forms of violence against women; and the critical non-negotiable need to end it.” Simmons has thoughtfully gathered a combination of intimate testimonies from African-American women victims and survivors; commentaries from acclaimed African-American scholars and community leaders; and a compilation of archival footage, including music, dance, and performance poetry. NO! The Rape Documentary unveils the reality of rape, other forms of sexual violence, and healing processes within African-American communities.

Free and Open to the Public. Refreshments will be provided. No registration required.
For more information contact Sue McCarthy at

Co-sponsored by UIC's Office for Access and Equity & African American Cultural Center.
Part of the ProActive Peace Campaign

Tuesday, April 18 – 12:00-1:00PM
Women’s Leadership & Resource Center Programming Room, 1101 W Taylor Street, 3rd Floor

During this workshop we will be discussing the qualities of a healthy, unhealthy, and abusive relationships. Through our time together participants will engage in activities to start recognizing the ways they've been socialized to think about a romantic relationship and unpack many of ideas they've been taught. We will also think of tangible tools to build a healthy relationship and focus on how to appropriately respect boundaries and practice consent.
This program is hosted the by Women’s Leadership & Resource Center/Campus Advocacy Network as part of the Wellness Center’s ProActive Peace Campaign (


Tuesday, April 18 - 1:30-4:00PM
Women’s Leadership & Resource Center Programming Room, 1101 W Taylor Street, 3rd Floor

Please join UIC’s Women's Leadership and Resource Center/ Campus Advocacy Network and Undergraduate Student Government as we design t-shirts and posters for the Sexual Assault awareness Month and the Break the Silence Rally on April 19th. T-shirts (limited availability) and other materials will be provided, just bring yourself and your creativity!
UIC'S BREAK THE SILENCE Rally for Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Inspired by RVA's Standing Silence Witness Event

Wednesday, April 19 – 11:45AM–1:45PM
11:45 - March to the Quad outside of Student Center East
11:45 -12:45 - Silence Vow
12:45-1:45 - “Break the Silence” Rally

To commemorate April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we encourage everyone on campus to join us in solidarity to pay tribute to all survivors.

Join the UIC Women's Leadership and Resource Center/Campus Advocacy Network and the UIC Undergraduate Student Government on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in the UIC Quad as we combat sexual violence at our first annual Break the Silence Rally for Sexual Assault inspired by RVA’s Standing Silent Witness event.

Stand with us as we take a vow of silence recognizing victims of sexual assault and Break the Silence with keynote speaker Nadine Naber - Director of the Arab American Cultural Center!

If your organization would like to speak at the event, please email

This event is sponsored and hosted by the Undergraduate Student Government, the Women’s Leadership and Resource Center/Campus Advocacy Network, and the Arab American Cultural Center

You can find more details for the event at


Wednesday, April 19 – 6:00–8:00PM
Montgomery Ward Gallery, Student Center East, 750 S Halsted Street

Creativity and art have long served as a place of refuge, a therapeutic tool, and a potent vehicle of expressive communication and healing. Please join us for a conversation with a panel of artists, art educators and art therapists who will discuss the ways in which they use art to respond to trauma and pave a path towards healing for ourselves and others. Some of the themes to be explored: relationship between art, trauma, and healing; art as a tool for advocacy and awareness; art as a safe space for expression. The panel will be moderated by Sangeeta Ravichandran (UIC Sociology).

Johannil Napoleón, MAAT, LPC, is a multimedia artist, activist and art therapist. She is Dominican-Haitian born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She received her Master's Degree in Art Therapy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Her passion is to serve youth in marginalized communities, educate and advocate for youth, create spaces where women and girls can gain a sense of self-empowerment through art, education and community engagement, and use art as a tool for healing and social change. Website:

Carlye Frank is an artist, art instructor, and administrator at Calumet College of St Joseph in Whiting, IN. She holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a MA from the University of Chicago, and is currently working on her MFA. Her visual work deals with violence, particularly against women and children, while her academic work centers largely around student support and success- helping students navigate, survive, and thrive in the college environment.

Keren Díaz de León is a queer Mexican American artist, poet, Free Street Theater ensemble member, and zine maker from the south side of Chicago. She is currently studying Latin American & Latino Studies and Gender & Women's studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

This program is hosted by the UIC Women's Leadership & Resource Center/Campus Advocacy Network.


Thursday, April 20 - 12:30–1:30PM
Women’s Leadership & Resource Center Programming Room, 1101 W Taylor Street, 3rd Floor

Who is the battered woman allowed to be, and when, and why? How have dominant ways of thinking about her been forged, deployed, and transformed over historical and political eras? Since the 1970s, feminists have cobbled together discursive and practical resources so that they could enact what I call projects of legibility around the figure of the battered woman. These symbolic and practical projects seek to make domestic violence victims legible as political subjects, worthy of state rights and resources. In this presentation, I will trace these projects of legibility from the founding antagonism between feminism and psychiatry in the 1970s. I mark three central shifts in feminist projects of legibility: masochism (1970s); victimization and legality (1980s); trauma (1990s and 2000s). All three legibility projects attempt to negotiate the relationship between federal policy, the psy- sciences, and feminist ethics. Ultimately, I argue that anti-violence movement actors have made gendered social suffering legible to the state by shaping and reshaping it into psychological suffering.

Paige Sweet is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology, with a graduate certificate in Gender & Women's Studies. She studies domestic violence, medicalization, and trauma.

Lunch will be served. RSVP by 4/19 at

This program is part of the FEMINISMS Lunch Lecture Series where we explore, discuss and highlight feminisms and examine them within various cultural locations and contexts. This series creates a safe space to explore the varied and complex realms of feminism. Guest presenters open up opportunities and guide us as we delve deeper into and broaden our understanding of this complex and multifarious movement while expanding the conversation about what it means to be a feminist.

Questions/accommodations? Please call 312.413.1025.


Thursday April 27 - 12:00-1:30PM
UIC Student Center East Commuter Resource Center, 750 South Halsted Street, Suite 245

Participants in this interactive workshop will explore facets of identity as a framework for learning about hate crimes and bias incidents. Participants will better understand the scope of the problem, how prejudice and discrimination relate to hate and bias, and the importance of addressing problems early on.

Free and Open to the Public. No registration Required.
For more information contact Sue McCarthy at

Sponsored by UIC's Office for Access and Equity.

Thursday, April 27 - 6:00-8:00PM
Montgomery Ward Gallery, Student Center East, 750 S Halsted Street

Our SAAM Open Mic night aims to provide a safe, respectful, and affirming outlet for creative expression. Survivors of interpersonal violence and their friends and supporters are encouraged to share their lived experiences.


Surviving the Mic
Whine Club

Interested in performing? Sign-up sheet will be available at event.

Advocates will be present.

This event is the closing program for Meggie Zayas' inspiring photography exhibit "RECLAIMING ME". Be sure to check it out! EXHIBITION RUNS 4/3 - 5/5.

This program is hosted by the UIC Women's Leadership & Resource Center/Campus Advocacy Network.