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Phoenix Rising Collective

The Phoenix Rising Collective is a leadership development program for officers of UIC student organizations that are led by women and/or committed to gender equity and social justice.


Through the program, student leaders learn about feminist and anti-oppressive approaches to leadership development and activism to build stronger organizations that support their members’ academic and professional journeys.

Why "Phoenix Rising"? Heading link

The phoenix symbolizes strength, renewal, and resilience, and is typically depicted rising from ashes or flames, which is UIC’s team name.

Goals Heading link

  • Leadership Enhance your leadership skills through a feminist and social justice lens

  • Community Build community with other student and campus leaders

  • Healing Learn about creating survivor-centered, healing-driven spaces

  • Growth Identify your organization's strengths and opportunities for growth

  • Collaboration Collaborate on a project for Women's History Month or Sexual Assault Awareness Month

  • Justice Deepen your organization’s commitments to social justice & understand your role in creating social change

How WLRC will support your organization Heading link

In addition to hosting and facilitating the Phoenix Rising Collective meetings, WLRC can support your organization in a number of ways:

  • Help you plan programs and learning opportunities
  • Provide opportunities to collaborate on and co-sponsor WLRC events
  • Provide meeting/event space at WLRC
  • Promote your organization and its activities on our website and social media

Benefits Heading link

In addition to the learning, support, and community-building opportunities the program provides, participants will

  • Be invited to special opportunities to speak and/or table at WLRC events
  • Be invited to advise WLRC staff on the programs and services the center offers
  • Receive a certificate of recognition upon successful completion of the program
  • Receive unique Phoenix Rising Collective and WLRC swag throughout the year.

2023-2024 Meeting Dates Heading link

Tentative meeting dates for the 2023-2024 academic year:

  • Thursday, September 21, 2-5pm
  • Thursday, October 19, 2-4pm
  • Thursday, November 2, 2-4pm
  • Thursday, January 25, 2-4pm
  • Thursday, February 8, 2-4pm
  • Thursday, March 7, 2-4pm
  • Thursday, April 4, 2-4pm

Meetings are tentatively planned to be hosted in a hybrid format so participants can join in person at WLRC or via Zoom.

To become a member of the Phoenix Rising Collective, student organizations must Heading link

  • Submit an application indicating a commitment to participate for the 2023-2024 academic year.
  • Identify at least one representative to participate in Collective meetings, keep up with group communication, and serve as a liaison between the organization and the Collective. (Multiple members are welcome.)
  • Contribute to collaborative programs or campaigns, as determined by the Collective.
  • Promote WLRC’s and Collective member organizations’ events and opportunities.

Apply now!

Want to learn more or get involved? Heading link

Send your questions to Ramona Gupta, Associate Director, at