Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). Join us for a month of events centered on understanding the complexities of dating and domestic violence, finding ways to support survivors, and building healthy relationships:

Conversations with First-Year Members of Fraternities and Sororities

Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Safer Sex Fest

Thursday, October 3, 2019
Introduction to the Campus Advocacy Network with the Graduate Student Council

Friday, October 4, 2019
Cultivating Awareness for Gender-Based Violence: Recognizing Signs and Developing Strategies for Intervention

Thursday, October 10, 2019
Keeping Each Other Safe! A Conversation on Bystander Intervention with UIC Recreation

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Shake It Up! Critiquing Gender-Based Violence Prevention from Women of Color Perspectives

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Navigating Social Life and Maintaining Healthy Relationships with UIC Global

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Keeping Each Other Safe! A Conversation on Bystander Intervention with CADA


Past Events

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MODEL BEHAVIOR DIALOGUE & WORKSHOP – Hosted by Sarah Bernstein & Keisa Reynolds
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
11:30AM – 1:00 PM
WLRC/CAN Programming Room – 1101 W Taylor Street, 3rd Floor

Model Behavior is a workshop designed for LGBTQ-identified people to recognize unhealthy and abusive behaviors in relationships. We will work together to discuss patterns of harmful and abusive behaviors in our own, past or current, relationships and within LGBTQ+ communities. We will also create individual relationship intentions to help with self-empowerment and setting boundaries with current and future partners. Hosted by CAN with co-sponsorship by the Gender & Sexuality Center (GSC) & UIC Pride.

Sarah Bernstein is a queer femme sexuality educator and community activist. They currently work at the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH) and are the founder of Chicago’s Adult Sex Ed. Groups, sexuality education workshops centering queer and trans people’s sexualities. Keisa Reynolds is a queer Black feminist writer and educator based in Chicago.



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THE HUNTING GROUND Film Screening & Discussion
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
5:00 – 7:00 PM
WLRC/CAN Programming Room – 1101 W Taylor Street, 3rd Floor

This documentary is a piercing expose of rape culture on college campuses that follows students pursuing both their education and justice. Despite ongoing harassment and the devastating toll on themselves and their families, it has empowered survivors to share their first hand experiences and to be agents for social change. Screening followed by discussion facilitated by CAN advocates, Andie Celerio and Athanasia Papaioannou.

*Trigger Warning: Film and discussion may invoke strong emotional responses.
Film Run Time: 60 minutes

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SUPPORT SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE – Feminists United is hosting a Donation Drive for YWCA
October 16 – October 27, 2017
Drop off locations:
SCE East Entrance
Courtyard & Commons Atrium
University Hall – 1st Floor Entrance
WLRC/CAN – 1101 W Taylor Street, 3rd Floor

Feminists United in collaboration with WLRC/CAN is hosting a drive to collect donations for survivors of interpersonal violence working with the YWCA. The YWCA is a nationwide organization with six Chicago locations dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all; their services include FREE Violence Prevention Education, Sexual Assault Counseling, Advocacy & Education, Career Services and so much more.

Items needed include: shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, shower gel, hand towels, adult diapers, single blade shaving razors, deodorant, baby wipes, diaper rash cream, and women’s clothes.

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Practicing Consent within Relationships
Thursday, October 12, 2017
6:00 – 7:00 PM
Student Residence Commons – Seminar Room in the Lower Level of the Atrium – 700 S. Halsted

During this workshop we will be discussing the qualities of a healthy and unhealthy relationship in relation to practicing consent. Through our time together participants will engage in activities to start recognizing the ways they’ve been socialized to think about consent within relationships and unpack many of ideas they’ve been taught. We will also be able to think of tangible tools to build a healthy relationship, with a focus on how to appropriately create and respect boundaries. Open to all Campus Housing residents. This program is a partnership between CAN and UIC Campus Housing.

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SANCTUARY FOR ALL – Domestic Violence Awareness Month Kickoff Rally
Monday, October 2, 2017
12:00 – 1:00 PM
James R. Thompson Center- 100 W Randolph Street

Join the staff of WLRC/CAN as we support survivors at Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network’s annual #DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth Kickoff Rally. Together we will be #ClaimingOurSanctuary as we demand #SanctuaryForAll and lift up the lives of those surviving violence in their homes and violence enabled by U.S. Immigration Policy in its collusion with local law enforcement #ChicagoPolice #NoGangDatabase

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
WLRC/CAN Programming Room – 1101 W Taylor Street, 3rd Floor

Come join the friends and staff of the Campus Advocacy Network as we kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month! This is a great time to meet like-minded individuals, student groups, or causes that aim to make a safe and inclusive campus for everyone.

Come learn about CAN’s: Mission, Goals, Programs, Services & Opportunities.

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ARTivism – Stolen Lives (Vidas Robadas)
Thursday, October 5, 2017
1:00 – 4:00 PM
Latino Cultural Center – Lecture Center B2

Join the Latino Cultural Center for an open art studio with Esperanza Gama to celebrate and honor the lives and bravery of women who have suffered domestic violence and cruel deaths. Gama will lead us in creating communal art pieces, including one for Berta Cáceres, a Honduran environmental indigenous activist, murdered in 2016. These art pieces will be incorporated into Gama’s upcoming exhibition at Casa Michoacán and the LCC’s ofrenda to Cáceres at the National Museum of Mexican Art this fall.

Esperanza Gama has worked on issues of migration and femicide in the U.S. and France. Her body of work is a combination of paintings, ceramics, and installations. She believes in art as a form of healing and therapy to help vulnerable communities in this process. To learn more about her work, email:

Presented by the UIC Latino Cultural Center. This program is co-sponsored by the Women’s Leadership Resource Center (WLRC) and student organization Mexican Students de Aztlán (MeSA).

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TITLE IX: Supporting the Success of All Youth in School
Friday, October 20, 2017
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
WLRC/CAN Programming Room – 1101 W Taylor Street, 3rd Floor

This training hosted by WLRC explores the rights that young people have in schools under Title IX, the federal civil rights law that works to ensure the academic success of all students by prohibiting sex discrimination in education, specifically for LGBTQQIA+ students, pregnant and parenting youth, and survivors of sexual assault. Participants will learn what the rights under Title IX are, how it works under different administrations, and practice advocating for your student’s rights all while combating shame and stigma. Lunch and beverages will be provided. Please send your RSVP to There will be limited seating available at the door. Hosted by WLRC in collaboration with the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH).