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Campus Advocacy Network

COVID-19 UPDATE: The Campus Advocacy Network will continue to serve UIC students, faculty, and staff via email, phone, and video chat. Visit our COVID page for details.

Vision

CAN’s vision is to provide the knowledge and tools for understanding and eliminating gender-based violence; and empower the UIC community and our allies to build spaces and relationships for healing, resistance, and social change.

Advocacy

We empower survivors to make their own decisions about safety and healing. We offer confidential crisis intervention and safety planning to promote survivors’ physical safety and mental and emotional well-being. Depending on survivors’ needs, advocacy might include

  • Informing survivors about their rights and options
  • Helping survivors process trauma and offering strategies for self-care
  • Connecting survivors with campus and community resources for mental health, legal aid, housing, and financial support
  • Accompanying survivors to court and campus hearings
  • Advocating for survivors with instructors and supervisors to foster their academic and career success.

If you have questions, want to talk to an advocate, or need support, contact us at can-appointment@uic.edu or (312) 413-8206.

 

Education and Outreach

CAN’s vision is to provide the knowledge and tools for understanding and eliminating gender-based violence; and empower the UIC community and our allies to build spaces and relationships for healing, resistance, and social change.

At CAN, we believe that education is about consciousness-raising, challenging power inequities of various forms, and promoting social change through resistance and activism. We adopt creative formats for healing, education, and outreach both within and outside the center, which may include
  • A space for healing and artivism
  • Intimacy-centered conversational spaces for undergraduates, graduate students, staff, and faculty
  • Dialogue-centered workshops
  • Knowledge-based workshops
  • Classroom presentations
  • Vulnerability-centered events
  • Building alliances across campus as well as with community partners.

If you want to request a workshop, collaborate on events, or work with us, please contact us at can@uic.edu.