Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Know Your Rights: What to Do When Faced with Anti-Muslim Discrimination
Wednesday, February 22
12:00 p.m.
Holmes Student Center, Blackhawk Annex
Attorney Bharathi Pillai from the ACLU of Illinois will be speaking and answering questions February 22nd, at 12:00 pm in the Holmes Student Center’s Black Hawk Annex on Anti-Muslim discrimination. Bharathi Pillai grew up in Peru, Illinois, a small town two hours southwest of Chicago; she studied psychology at UIUC. Her background in counselling and interest in helping marginalized people navigate the legal system led her to obtain her law degree from New York University School of Law. She worked with a human rights organization in India on issues relating to the caste system, gender violence, and criminal justice. Upon returning to New York, she worked for the legal firm Ropes & Gray as a litigation associate, representing individuals in family law and asylum cases. The Know Your Rights events are co-sponsored by the Office of Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, The Center for Southeast Asian Studies, The Center for Black Studies, The Latino Resource Center and the Center for the Study of Women, Gender & Sexuality
A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer (MMRP)
Wednesday, February 22
6:00 p.m.
Holmes Student Center, Regency Room
MMRP is an event where members of NIU's Women's Rights Alliance read and perform excerpts from Eve Ensler's A Memory, Monologue, Rant, and a Prayer. Each of the readings focus on raising awareness of and ending the violence towards women everywhere. The event is done in coordination with the V-Day activist movement, which generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), and sex slavery (VDay.org). The event is free but donations are appreciated. All donations go to the V-Day Foundation and Safe Passage: a domestic violence and sexual assault agency in DeKalb County.   
LGBT Studies Brownbag Lunch TalkFriday, February 24
12:00 p.m.
Reavis 103
Join us for our first LGBT Studies Brownbag Lunch Talk of spring 2017. CSWGS student Riss Carter will discuss Riss’s participation in the recent Creating Change conference. During the talk, Riss will talk about what Riss learned at the conference, the importance of students having this sort of opportunity and experience, as well as Riss’s experiences and ideas about what the university/faculty/staff can do to support students’ success.
Call for Activist Art & Crafts
Drop off by 4 p.m. on Monday, March 20
Sale from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21 and Thursday, March 23
Reavis Hall, Room 103 (conference room)
We are seeking activist art and crafts for us to sell at the CSWGS Popup Arts & Crafts for a Cause Sale. All proceeds from the sale will go to the Austin Sawicki Memorial Scholarship Fund, which supports activist students who work to improve gender equity at NIU. Please consider donating your feminist creations for us to sell.
Calls for ParticipationUpdated weekly, you can find information on calls for participation in conferences, calls for submissions in journals and other publications, internships, scholarships, and other opportunities at http://niu.edu/cswgs/opportunities/other-opportunities.shtml. If you know of an opportunity, tell us about it by emailing wgs@niu.edu.  [Last Updated: 02/20/2017 *afternoon]
“This is What a Feminist Looks Like” Sticker Day!
Wednesday, March 1
All Day!
Everywhere! (Pick up your sticker in Reavis 103)
To kick off Women’s History Month, we invite you to join us for our 13th annual celebration of “This is What a Feminist Looks Like” Sticker Day! Stop by Room 103 in Reavis Hall to pick up a free sticker and wear it with pride. By sponsoring this activity, we hope to draw attention to the many ways in which diverse people promote women’s rights; to demonstrate that the faces of feminism are as diverse as our nation; and to open up the definitions of the word “feminist” to more complicated meanings.
Men are from Earth, Women are from Earth: Science versus the Media on Psychological Gender Differences
Wednesday, March 1
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Gabel Hall, Cavan Auditorium
Dr. Janet Hyde, Professor of Psychology from University of Wisconsin-Madison, will discuss her development of the Gender Similarities Hypothesis and how it relates to some of her more recent work, including how myths about gender differences are perpetuated by the media. Specifically, she has conducted some fascinating work on gender differences that seem to emerge in rates of depression among adolescents. Sponsors: Center for the Study of Women, Gender & Sexuality and Graduate Colloquium Committee
Exploring Intersectionality in Research (a seminar)
Wednesday, March 1
2:00 p.m.
Graham Hall, Room 342
Dr. Janet Hyde, Professor of Psychology at University of Wisconsin-Madison, presents a seminar focused on her some of her recent work about the importance of intersectionality questions in research. During the seminar, participants will interact directly with Dr. Hyde and be able to ask her about her research process and its applications for their own scholarship and teaching. Sponsors: Center for the Study of Women, Gender & Sexuality and Graduate Colloquium Committee
CSWGS Scholarship Deadline
Monday, March 13
Apply via Academic Works (https://niu.academicworks.com/)
We are now accepting applications for the Austin Sawicki Memorial Scholarship and the Mothers Memorial Scholarship. Students of ALL gender identities are encouraged to apply! To learn more about these scholarships visit http://niu.edu/cswgs/opportunities/scholarships/index.shtml. To apply to Austin Sawicki Memorial Scholarship, visit https://niu.academicworks.com/opportunities/3184; to apply to the Mothers Memorial Scholarship, visit https://niu.academicworks.com/opportunities/3181.
CSWGS Graduate Teaching Assistantship Application Deadline
Monday, March 13
We are now accepting applications for CSWGS Graduate Teaching Assistantship positions for the 2017-2018 academic year. To learn more about our assistantships and to apply, visit http://niu.edu/cswgs/academics/graduate/assistantships.shtml.
Visit http://niu.edu/cswgs/news/calendar.shtml to see our spring calendar of events.
At the Table discussion with GSRC: Huskie Alternative Breaks…What’s That About
Monday, February 20
12:00 p.m.
Holmes Student Center, Glass Gallery
The Gender and Sexuality Resource Center (GSRC) is looking to provide students with the chance to expand their knowledge on various topics through our "At the Table" discussions. The discussions were created with the knowledge that many marginalized populations are not usually present at the table for discussion on certain topics. Therefore, the intent is to provide an opportunity for students to engage in discussions that are empowering, enlightening and informative. This month we want to provide students with information about how to engage in different service learning opportunities that focus on equity and social justice matters. As such, we invite you to participate in this months “At the Table" discussion. Meet us "At the Table" with Liz McKee, Assistant Director for Community Service of Student Involvement and Leadership Development to learn about the wonderful opportunities available and how Huskie Alternative Breaks program enhances a student’s development personally, academically and professionally. If you have any questions, please contact GSRC via GSRC@niu.edu or call at 815-753-4772 and our staff will assist you.
Northern Ambassadors Applications Being Accepted
DEADLINE: Monday, February 20, BY 4:30 P.M.!
We are looking to hire friendly, outgoing undergraduate students (freshmen through junior). As a Northern Ambassador, students will provide campus and residence hall tours, participate in student panels, and answer general questions regarding their experience at NIU. Applications can be found at http://www.niu.edu/admissions/_pdf/Northern-Ambassadors-Application.pdf. Our office can be reached with questions at NASupervisors@niu.edu or 815.753.0440.
Ally Training Registration
Open now!
The Gender and Sexuality Resource Center is excited to announce that our spring semester Ally training registration is now available at: 2017 Spring Ally Program Training Registration
Interfaith Dialogue Series: “Love and Kindness”
Tuesday, February 21
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Founders Memorial Library, Staff Lounge (lower level)
The Presidential Commission on Interfaith Initiatives will be hosting its third dialogue of the academic year. The February topic is “Love and Kindness: A discussion about the role of love in our belief systems today.” During the evening of discussion, Lise Schlosser, who spearheads the “Kindness Counts” campaign to identify local needs and empower folks to respond with kindness, will share her take on the topic and how it moved her to take action in our community through a project called, “The World Needs More Love Letters.” Lise has an M.A. in English from NIU, and is a long-time community member. Students, faculty, staff and community members are welcome to attend, listen and engage in conversation on how perspectives on love are influenced by different faith or belief systems. Upcoming topics for 2017 include “The Role of Spirituality in Forming Education” on Tuesday, March 21, and “Faith, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation” on Tuesday, April 18.
Calling All NIU Cares Day Team Leaders!
Mandatory orientation session
Last meeting: Wednesday, February 22 (9:30-11 a.m.)
Campus Life Building, Room 100
NIU Cares Day is Saturday, April 22 (9 a.m.-noon). In order for a team to participate, the Team Leader must attend a MANDATORY orientation session. The Team Leader is the leader and primary contact person for the team. At this orientation session, Team Leaders will receive information on NIU Cares Day policies and have an opportunity to register their team for the big day. Volunteer teams should contain no more than 10 members, including the Team Leader. For more information and/or to register, go to http://go.niu.edu/niucaresday. You can also email niucaresday@niu.edu with questions.
Documentary Viewing: Brother OutsiderWednesday, February 22
12:00-2:00 p.m.
Gender & Sexuality Resource Center (105 Normal Rd.)
Join the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center as we view the documentary “Brother Outsider” in recognition of Black History month. “Brother Outsider” has introduced millions of viewers around the world to the life and work of Bayard Rustin — a visionary strategist and activist who has been called “the unknown hero” of the civil rights movement. A disciple of Gandhi, a mentor to Martin Luther King Jr., and the architect of the 1963 March on Washington, Rustin dared to live as an openly gay man during the fiercely homophobic 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Rustin was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom- the nation’s highest civilian honor- by President Barack Obama on November 20, 2013” (rustin.org). After the viewing, there will be an opportunity for dialogue about Bayard Rustin’s life and its impact on the civil rights movement. If you have any questions, please contact our office via email at GSRC@niu.edu or call 815-753-4772 and our staff will assist you.
Trending with the GSRC: Colorism—The impact of Colorism on the perception of beauty in women Thursday, February 23
3:00-5:00 p.m.
Holmes Student Center, Glass Gallery
The Gender and Sexuality Resource Center would like to invite you to participate in our Trending with the GSRC programs. Trending with the GSRC is facilitated by our graduate assistant staff that addresses the portrayal of gender equity in social media, advertisement, Television/movies, pop-culture and other media outlets.  This will be an opportunity to survey the messages and narratives that we as a society are creating and perpetuating.  In addition, we would look at how these views are played out in the inequities and injustices related to gender identity which influences policies and procedures within our communities. We will utilize feminist and womanist perspectives to take a closer look at what’s trending around the world. This program will be offered three times this semester in the Glass Gallery of the Holmes Student Center.
Considering Grad School? Free Workshop (registration required)
Saturday, February 25
10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Altgeld Hall, Room 12
Have you thought about attending grad school now or in the near future? If yes, keep reading… If you are thinking about attending grad school now or in the near future, it is never too soon to learn about the process!  Don’t miss this FREE workshop chocked-full of practical information.  Get tips on identifying grad programs, filling out applications, obtaining an assistantship, and prepping for admissions tests.  Useful advice will be shared by the Graduate School, the Writing Center, External Programming, and a panel of current grad students. Ample time will be provided to get answers to your questions! Those who attend will receive a special resource packet. To register, use this link: https://niu.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8xnhBor8WcW8rrL
Nominations sought to honor those who empower women
Nomination deadline: Monday, February 27, by 4:30 p.m.
NIU’s Presidential Commission on the Status of Women is accepting nominations for three faculty/staff awards. Please consider nominating someone for these awards. (We encourage students to nominate someone!) Criteria, information about eligibility and nomination forms are available online at http://www.niu.edu/pcsw/awards/index.shtml
1.       The Wilma D. Stricklin Award for the Enhancement of the Campus Climate for Women is given to an individual who has made continual and extraordinary contributions to the climate for women on campus.
2.       The Outstanding Mentor Award is presented to an NIU civil service, professional staff or faculty member who has shown exceptional commitment to advancing the educational and/or career goals of NIU women. The recipient of this award has created opportunities that help protégés achieve their goals.
3.       The Sharon Howard Women who Make a Difference Award is presented to an NIU civil service, professional staff or faculty member who has shown dedication to the empowerment of NIU women by making changes at the unit level that address issues important to women.
Junior Schriber Scholar Award Applications Sought
Deadline: Monday, March 6th, by 4:30 p.m.
Applications available in the English Department Office (Reavis 2
Peer Mentor Applications Being Accepted
Deadline: Wednesday, March 15
The Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning (OSEEL) is accepting applications for peer mentors for a variety of programs during the 2017-2018 academic year: Research Rookies, Huskie Service Scholars and NIU Service Leaders. If you are a rising sophomore, junior or senior interested in participating in the programs mentioned above and would like to take your experience to the next level by mentoring and assisting your fellow students, apply to be a peer mentor.  As a peer mentor, you will connect with students in your program, facilitate small and large group discussions, provide program-specific resources and receive a stipend or hourly pay. Peer mentors must be sophomores, juniors or seniors enrolled full-time at NIU, eligible and committed to the program they mentor, and dedicated to helping other NIU students succeed both in and out of the classroom. Additionally, Research Rookie peer mentors must have previously participated in the program for at least one year. Interested students can apply here or contact the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning at engage@niu.edu or 815-753-8154 for more information.
Student Engagement Funds Applications Due
Wednesday, March 15
Undergraduates can apply for Student Engagement Funds (SEF) to support undergraduate student engagement projects in the summer and fall 2017 semesters. SEF provides funding for mentored student research or community-based research projects, faculty-led study-abroad programs and travel to conferences or competitions. For more information, visit http://www.niu.edu/engagedlearning/undergraduate-research/student-engagement-fund/index.shtml or contact an OSEEL staff member at UGResearch@niu.edu or 815-753-8154.
New Perspectives on Growing Local Economies Workshop
Monday, April 3 (Register by Saturday, March 25)
9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Holmes Student Sky Room
This workshop presents new ideas in economic development and downtown growth. Faculty, staff and students interested in economics, entrepreneurship, community development, neighborhood activism, public administration, tourism, and other topics will find the speakers at this workshop relevant.  Students are invited to attend at no cost; they should indicate on the organization line of the registration form that they are current NIU students. For others, there is a $75 registration fee, which includes breakfast, lunch, parking, and all materials. For more information, visit http://cgs.niu.edu/DowntownDevelopment/update_growingeconomies.pdf. If you have questions, contact Pat Inman at piman@niu.edu or Mim Evans at mevans@niu.edu. Sponsor: Center for Governmental Studies
DeKalb Area Women’s Center Annual Meeting & Sale of Fine Books
Friday, February 17
7:00-9:00 p.m.
DeKalb Area Women’s Center (1021 State St., DeKalb)
The Annual Meeting of the DeKalb Area Women’s Center will include a Sale of Fine Books including Art, Psychology, and other genre. We will have hardcovers, coffee-table books, and quality paperbacks. Cookies, tea, and cocoa will be served. If you have books to donate they can be dropped off at the Center on Friday nights from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00. We might be able to arrange to accept books at other times or even to pick them up, give us a call at (815) 758-1351 or 758-4827. For more information, email dawc@niu.edu.
Embrace: One Woman’s Journey to Inspire EveryBODY (movie screening)
Film screening: Wednesday, March 8th, 7:30 p.m. @ Carmike Theater in DeKalb
Reserve your seat by Friday, February 24th!
A screening of Embrace: One Woman’s Journey to Inspire EveryBODY is being hosted at Carmike Theater in DeKalb for International Women’s Day. This documentary by Taryn Brumfitt, Founder of the Body Image Movement, uncovers why poor body image has become a global epidemic and what women everywhere can do to have a brighter future. This screening will only happen if a minimum number of people reserve tickets by February 24. If the minimum number of reservations is not met, the screening does not take place and nobody is charged. 10% of proceeds from ticket sales will go to the International Women’s Law Center. To reserve tickets, go https://gathr.us/screening/19242. You can also follow this event on
Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/659750567561516/.
Podcast by former WOMS Director Amy Levin!Check out this podcast by former Women’s Studies Director Amy Levin about her new book, Global Mobilities:  Refugees, Exiles, and Immigrants in Museums and Archiveshttp://hiraethmagazine.com/podcast-episode-9-migrating-heritage/

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Northern Illinois University
Reavis Hall, Room 103
DeKalb, IL 60115

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