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Oct 24 2023

How to Make a Brave Space: When Survivors Take the Mic

October 24, 2023

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM


1700 SSB & Zoom


1200 W. Harrison St., Suite 1700, Chicago, IL 60607

Promotional poster: At the top is a burning fire with the event title and microphone superimposed on it. Below that is a photo of Nikki Patín and white text describing the event (same info on this page) on an orange-magenta gradient background.

How do survivors of gender-based violence create brave spaces? How can we hold space for one another and navigate those moments when we “get it wrong”?

Join us for a conversation with Nikki Patín, Chicago artist, founder, and Executive Producer of Surviving the Mic, as we launch the Campus Advocacy Network’s new affinity space for survivors. Nikki will perform pieces from her forthcoming memoir, Working On Me, and invite us to envision what a survivor-led community can look like at UIC.

We welcome current UIC students, faculty, and staff who are survivors of gender-based violence (domestic/dating violence, sexual assault, harassment, stalking, and family abuse) and allies.

Co-sponsored by the UIC Black Cultural Center, English Club, English Department, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Latino Cultural Center, School of Theatre and Music, Undergraduate Student Government, and University Library.

Food, Safety, and Accessibility:

  • Masks are required for in-person attendees.
  • Light snacks will be available.
  • Building and suite accessibility info is available on our website.
  • Captions will be enabled on Zoom.

Please contact us with any questions or access requests: or (312) 413-8206.

Registration is now closed.


Campus Advocacy Network

Date posted

Oct 17, 2023

Date updated

Oct 24, 2023


Nikki Patín

Featured in The Guardian, Chicago Tribune, and Chicago Reader, and on WBEZ, WTTW, FoxSoul, and international television and radio, Nikki Patín has been writing, performing, educating, and advocating for over two decades. She teaches workshops on performance poetry, body image, sexual assault prevention, and LGBT issues. She has performed, taught, and spoken at universities, jails and prisons, Black Artists Retreat, Brooklyn Museum, the National Black Theater, and many other spaces throughout the U.S., New Zealand, and Australia. In 2014, Patín addressed the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland on behalf of Black women survivors of sexual violence in the U.S. Nikki Patín holds an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction from the University of Southern Maine and is founder and Executive Producer of Surviving the Mic, a survivor-led organization that curates performances and workshops for those impacted by sexual harm and trauma. Patín’s memoir, Working on Me, is forthcoming from Vine Leaves Press in April 2024.