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Phoenix Rising Collective

The Phoenix Rising Collective is a network of UIC student organizations that are led by women students and/or committed to gender equity in their respective fields or disciplines.


Through the collective, student leaders learn about feminist and anti-oppressive approaches to leadership development and activism to build stronger organizations that support their organization 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 lens

  • Community Learn and build community with other student and campus leaders

  • Collaboration Create opportunities for collaboration across campus

  • Justice Deepen your and your organization’s commitments to social justice

WLRC can also support you by Heading link

  • Helping you and your organization plan programs and learning opportunities.
  • Providing opportunities to co-sponsor WLRC events.
  • Providing meeting/event space at WLRC.
  • Promoting your organization and its activities on our website and social media.

Spring 2023 Heading link

In the Spring 2023 semester, participants will

  • Meet monthly to learn about feminist and social justice leadership.
  • Collaborate on a project or event for Women’s History Month (March) or Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April).
  • Also be invited to help shape and then participate in a full-year program in the 2023-2024 academic year.

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

  • Submit an application indicating a commitment to participate for the Spring 2023 semester.
  • 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. Spring 2023 meeting dates will be decided to participants.
  • 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