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Nov 15 2023

On Being a Student-Parent at UIC: A Conversation with Dr. Katrina Washington

November 15, 2023

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM


1700 SSB & Zoom


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

Promotional poster: An aerial view of UIC's quad, washed in blue. At the bottom right is a photo of Dr. Katrina Washington, shown from the shoulders up, wearing black eyeglasses, a black top, and a silver necklace. Above and below the images is text describing the event (same info on this page).

Many of UIC’s students are parents but are invisible to the rest of the campus community. Join us for a conversation with Dr. Katrina Washington, a recent UIC graduate, to learn about her journey as a student-parent. The conversation will address a variety of areas: competing responsibilities of being a parent and a student, the obstacles and stigmas attached to becoming a parent while enrolled in university, and the ways she negotiated all of these to realize her goals and dreams. Come to learn; leave inspired and ready to make change.

Learn more about WLRC's Pregnant and Parenting Student Initiative.

Food, Safety, and Accessibility:

  • Lunch will be served.
  • Masks are required for in-person attendees.
  • 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) 413-1025.


Registration is now closed.


Date posted

Nov 3, 2023

Date updated

Nov 15, 2023


Katrina Washington, PhD | Assistant Professor, English | Prairie State College

Dr. Katrina Washington is a recent graduate of UIC’s Program for Writers, where she earned a PhD in English with specializations in creative nonfiction, poetry, and fiction. Her work has been featured in both print anthologies and online journals. She is the 2021 recipient of the Stories Matter Foundation Master Award, a repeat NCTE panelist, and a proud educator. Dr. Washington is currently an Assistant Professor of English at Prairie State College, where she teaches Composition, Literature, and Creative Writing. Dr. Washington’s professional passions are writing, teaching, and increasing the retention of Black college students. In her free time, she enjoys reading novels of different genres, watching reruns of early 2000s sitcoms, and wasting countless minutes on Instagram and TikTok. She is a South Side Chicago native, wife, and mother of three.