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Campus Events Highlight Women’s History Month

In honor of Women’s History Month, various campus groups–including the Women’s Leadership and Resource Center (WLRC), the Office of Diversity, Equity and Engagement, and the UIC Wellness Center–will be hosting a series of engaging events in March.

On Wednesday, March 2nd from 12PM to 1PM, the WLRC will host a special presentation in their Feminisms Lunch Lectures series by Dr. Heather Weinreich, Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology, entitled “Gender Differences and Shared Patterns in Work-Life Balance, Coping and Productivity among Academic Faculty during the COVID-19 Pandemic”. This presentation will focus on the balance between research, education, and patient care and the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had for UIC faculty in academic health sciences as well as the consequent policy implications.

Presented as part of the UIC Wellness Center’s Take Care of Our Flames initiative, the first in a two-part Feminist Page-turners event–“We Are More than Enough”–will be held on Tuesday, March 8th from 12PM – 1PM. This event centers undergraduate women students of color in a discussion of selections from Elaine Welteroth’s book, “More than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say)” as well as shared conversations about their lived experiences as college students and women of color.

Discussion topics will include developing a sense of self and identities in college, exploring passions, searching for purpose, and establishing relationships.

The second part of this event will be held on Tuesday, April 12th from 12PM – 1PM.

Finally, on Friday, March 18th from 10AM – 11AM , the WLRC and Office of Diversity, Equity and Engagement will be hosting a teaching workshop for women and gender non-conforming faculty who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color.

The “Understanding the Teaching Experiences of Diverse Faculty” workshop will present the highlights of research on the teaching experiences of women and gender non-conforming faculty of color and engage with ideas on how faculty members can begin addressing these experiences in their teaching in hopes of supporting the retention and success of a diverse faculty population.

This workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Chavella T. Pittman, who is the owner of Effective & Efficient Faculty, a faculty development company that works extensively with faculty and campuses across the country to help them develop strategies for inclusive learning environments and the retention of diverse students and faculty.