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Event Videos – Fall 2021

Speaking/Writing/Being: Black Feminist Methodologies Heading link

November 30, 2021

Speaking/Writing/Being is a celebration of Black women’s intellectual traditions and experiences in diverse areas of knowledge.

In this exciting conversation, 4 scholar-activists discuss how they engage with Black feminist methodologies in their work, how Black feminist methodologies are being used in new and exciting ways, and the types of support and resistance they have encountered along the way.


  • Dr. Lynette Jackson, Associate Professor, UIC Black Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies
  • Essence McDowell, Writer, Communications Strategist, and Co-author of Lifting As They Climbed
  • Marissa Moss, PhD Student, UIC History
  • Dr. Aja Reynolds, Assistant Professor, Division of Teacher Education, Wayne State University

Moderated by Priscila Pereira, PhD Student, UIC Math and Science Education.

30th Anniversary Keynote Lecture: Dr. Jennifer Freyd Heading link

October 26, 2021

2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the Women’s Leadership and Resource Center (WLRC) at the University of Illinois Chicago. In this keynote lecture commemorating WLRC’s work to prevent gender-based violence, Dr. Jennifer Freyd discusses how institutions cause harm to the people that depend on them and how they can instead support survivors and promote change, accountability, and equity.

Jennifer J. Freyd, PhD, is a researcher, author, educator, and speaker. Freyd is the Founder and President of the Center for Institutional Courage, Professor Emerit of Psychology at the University of Oregon, and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Medicine, Faculty Fellow at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research, and Affiliated Faculty, Women’s Leadership Lab, Stanford University. She is also a Member of the Advisory Committee, 2019-2023, for the Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education, National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. Freyd was in 1989-90 and again in 2018-19 a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Freyd currently serves as the Editor of The Journal of Trauma & Dissociation.

Hosted by the Women’s Leadership and Resource Center (WLRC) in commemoration of its 30th anniversary.

Co-sponsors: UIC Honors College, Gender and Women’s Studies, Psychology, College of Business, Counseling Center, Graduate College, and College of Dentistry.

Unlikely Alliances: Partnering to Prevent Gender-Based Violence and Support Survivors at UIC Heading link

September 27, 2021

Strong partnerships are necessary for preventing violence and supporting survivors.

In this panel discussion, we celebrate our current partnerships with UIC staff and faculty and generate new ways of working together.


  • Amanda Grant, Academic Advisor, UIC College of Architecture, Design, & the Arts
  • Diana Soriano, Assistant Director of Advising and Retention, UIC College of Business
  • Elsa Soto, Associate Director, UIC Women in Engineering Programs
  • Kevin Cane, Director, UIC Fraternity and Sorority Life
  • Shonta Durham-Wiersema, Director, Student Affairs Diversity & Inclusion, UIC College of Business

Moderated by Ada Cheng, PhD

Hosted by the University of Illinois Chicago Women’s Leadership and Resource Center (WLRC) in commemoration of its 30th anniversary.

Racism in Medicine: Why and How I Confront It Heading link

September 17, 2021

Dr. Vanessa Grubbs, Nephrologist, Internist, and Writer, discusses how biological ideas of race influence historical and contemporary practices of and approaches to medicine. Her lecture examines the specific implications for nephrology, and the use of Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate (eGFR) for diagnosis, treatment, and long-term outcomes for people experiencing kidney-related problems.

Hosted by the Women’s Leadership and Resource Center (WLRC) and College of Medicine.

Co-sponsored by the UIC African American Cultural Center, Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology | College of Medicine, Department of Medical Education | College of Medicine, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity, and Urban Health Program.