Women’s Resources Center

Women's Resources Center is a confidential resource related to sexual assault/rape, sexual harassment, stalking, and abuse within a relationship (sometimes called dating or domestic violence).

This means we can talk with students and provide supportive counseling and advocacy without the information going any further unless they decide to report the situation! Three staff members at the women's center provide students with supportive counseling and advocacy services, all can be reached at 217.333.3137 or email:

Pat Morey, Assistant Dean/Director, pmorey@illinois.edu
Rachel Storm, Assistant Director, rstorm2@illinois.edu
Molly McLay, Assistant Director, mclay1@illinois.edu

Check out the new website which has information and resources! http://wecare.illinois.edu/

Welcome Week 2015 Events--Office of Inclusion & Intercultural Relations (http://go.illinois.edu/welcome2015)

Wednesday—August 19 @ 6–9:30 pm @ Illini Union, Courtyard CaféCultural House Showcase. All students are invited to a showcase for cultural/resources centers to learn about programs, events and resources offered. Affiliated student organizations will also be present. Sponsored by New Student Programs, Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations, RSOs.

Wednesday—August 19 @ 4:30–5:30 pm @ Native American House; 1206 W. Nevada St., U.Meet 'n Greet: 1491's. Native American House hosts 1491s and invites students and campus community for an afternoon of humor and root beer floats as a welcome back to the campus. 1491s are a sketch comedy group who have a chock full of cynicism and splashed with a good dose of indigenous satire. Sponsored by Native American House. Funded by SCPF.

Thursday—August 20 @ 4:30–5:30pm @ Illini Union Lower Level1491s Evening Performance. Welcome back to campus! Join Native American House for an evening of humor and education. Bobby Wilson (Dakota) and Migizi Pensoneau (Ponca/Ojibway) of 1491s share their short films on the role of humor on indigenous issues. Post-film discussion to follow. Sponsored by Native American House. Funded by SCPF.

Saturday—August 22 @ 5 pm @ Lincoln Hall AuditoriumWake Up Call 2015: Survivor! 100 STRONG and the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center welcome you to Wake Up Call 2015. Wake Up Call was created with several purposes in mind including: To provide incoming African American students with a list of resources that will assist them throughout their college career. To encourage African American students to strive for academic excellence. To promote African American unity throughout the campus and community. With the assistance of current Illinois students, faculty and alumni Wake Up Call provides a forum for discussion on the topics relevant to the African American experience at Illinois via skits, multimedia, and the performing arts. We hope you will join us for informative, yet entertaining event.

Sunday—August 25 @ 3–5 pm @ Nevada Street Cultural Centers; Mathews and Goodwin, UNevada Street Open House. Want to freshen up after Quad Day? Stop by Nevada Street and relax at the Asian American Cultural Center, La Casa Cultural Latina, and Native American House to meet and greet staffs. Find out what these centers are doing for their upcoming programs for the year. Snacks and refreshments will be served. Hosted by Asian American Cultural Center, La Casa Cultural Latina, & Native American House.

Sunday—August 23 @ 3:30-6:30 pm (Immediately following Quad Day) @ Front Lawn, University YMCA; 1001 S. Wright St., C.Welcome Back: Social Justice Social. Care about social justice? Love socializing with cool people? Come to our first ever “Social Justice Social” cookout, sponsored by the University YMCA, YWCA at the University of Illinois, and U of I’s Diversity & Social Justice Education. Join together with other students who care about social justice issues and celebrate the start of a new school year. All students are welcome! Sponsored by Diversity & Social Justice Education, the University YMCA, and the YWCA of the University of Illinois.

Monday--August 24 @ 12 – 1pm @ Women’s Resources Center; 2nd Floor, 703 S. Wright St., C.Dish It Up Lunch Series Presents Sambaza Knowledge: Feminism and Civic Education by Kenyan Women’s Rights Groups with Brenda Nyandiko Sanya, Doctoral Student in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership. The first in our Lunch On Us | Dish It Up series. Includes free lunch and great presentation. Sponsored by the Women’s Resources Center. Funded in part by SCPF.

Monday—August 24 @ 6 pm @ La Casa Cultural Latina; 1203 W Nevada St, UPaletas Social at La Casa Cultural Latina. After the first day of classes, La Casa holds a social for new students to come and meet other new and returning students, while returning students can catch up with fellow classmates, all while enjoying a paleta/ice cream. It is also an introduction of La Casa to new students in an informal manner. Sponsored by La Casa Cultural Latina.

Tuesday—August 25 @ 4–6 pm (Program begins at 4:30 pm) @ Illini Union Room 314 A&BLGBT Resource Center Welcome Back Event. Celebrate the start of a new year with food, music, and opportunities to meet LGBT Resource Center staff, LGBT RSOs, campus partners, and more! Come find out how to get involved with and stay connected to LGBTQ life at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign! First year students, returning students, staff and faculty partners are all invited. Sponsored by the LGBT Resource Center. Funded in part by SCPF.

Wednesday—August 26 @ 3–5pm @ Women’s Resources Center; 2nd floor, 703 S. Wright St., C.95th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage Party. Join us in a celebration of women’s right to vote! The Women’s Resources Center invites you to an open house and exhibit of photos and artifacts from the movement to secure women’s right to vote. Cake and refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public. All students are welcome! Sponsored by the Women’s Resources Center

Thursday—August 27 @ 5–7pm @ 2nd Floor MPR - Student Dining Residential Program BuildingAsiantation. Asiantation is designed to welcome new students who are Asian and Asian Americans on campus. The Asian Pacific American Coalition (APAC), Asian American Student Housing Organization (AASHO) and Asian American Cultural Center (AACC) have partnered together over the years to create an event where students from Asian descent feel included in the University of Illinois community. This event assists incoming, and even current, Asian/Asian American students to adapt to the college environment by providing resources on campus, getting to know the various Asian and Asian American student organization on campus, along with providing the opportunity to connect with other Asian /Asian American students. Food and Refreshments will be provided. Presented by Asian American Cultural Center and Asian Pacific American Coalition (APAC) with Asian American Housing Student Organization (AASHO). Paid for in part by SCPF.

Saturday—August 29 @ 10 am– 4 pm @ SDRP, Ikenberry CommonsQ-Connect Retreat. Q-Connect is an extended welcome program for first year LGBTQIA identified students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This six week long program will provide opportunities for LGBTQIA identified college students to make a successful transition to the U of I.  The main event is the day-long Q-Connect welcome event on Saturday, August 29th from 10-4pm in the SDRP. Here students will have opportunities to get to know each other, to talk about personal histories and identities, and hear from current students about how what success has looked like for them at U of I. After the day-long workshop, we invite students to attend weekly sessions that will cover a variety of useful topics. Sponsored by the LGBT Resource Center.

Monday—August 31 @ 12 – 1pm @ Women’s Resources Center; 2nd floor, 703 S. Wright St., C.Quench & Dish It Up lunch series jointly present One Doula’s Story Of Challenging Racism, Transphobia, and Capitalism in the Quest for Birth Justice with Kristina Khan, Radical Birth Doula. Includes free lunch and great presentation. Sponsored by the Women’s Resources Center and the LGBT Resource Center. Funded in part by SCPF.

Tuesday—September 1 @ 5:30pm @ Student Dining Residential Program Building (SDRP)¿Que Pasa La Casa? A Latina/o Orientation to meet members of the over 20 student organizations affiliated with La Casa and the people/students who work at La Casa. Learn more about the resources and programs that can make a real difference during your time on campus. Sponsored by La Casa Cultural Latina.

Wednesday—September 2 @ 6:30–7:30 @ Asian American Cultural Center; 1210 West Nevada Street, U.iCU: OIIR Intercultural Dialogue Series. Dr. Feiz, Director of Persian Studies, presents the importance of Persian language, the native speakers, the population, the history of the language which is the predominant modern descendant of the Old and Middle Persian (the language of Persian Empire) and its considerable influence on neighboring languages. Learn the difference between 'Persian' and 'Farsi' and how the name of the country changed from "Persia" to "Iran". Also discussed in the session the wealth of cultural contributions of Persian language to the world; and different aspects of Persian culture including its literature (major epic and Sufi poets such as Rumi and Hafez), calligraphy, miniature, architecture, tile works, fine rugs, and cuisine. Sponsored by International Education.

Thursday—September 3 @ 6–8pm @ Arcade Courtyard (Behind Financial Aid, Career, and Student Services Bldgs.)Welcome Back(yard) BBQ. The Women’s Resources Center and the Career Center will be hosting a Welcome Back(yard) BBQ  featuring picnic foods, games, music, and dancing in the Arcade Courtyard behind the Financial Aid Office. Following the BBQ, there will also be a Quad Film Screening beginning at 8 pm. Don't miss out on an evening of fun and a chance to kick back and celebrate the beginning of another year on campus! Vegan and gluten-free food options will be available. All students welcome. Sponsored by the Women’s Resources Center and the Career Center.

Thursday—September 3 @ Film begins at dusk (Estimated start time: 8:15pm) @ Main Quad (Anniversary Plaza; outdoors facing the Illini Union)—Outdoor Film Screening of Selma. Academy Award winning film, SELMA is the story of a movement. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement.  Director Ava DuVernay’s SELMA tells the real story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history. Designed for all incoming students. Our film will be closed captioned with audio descriptions. If our WRC staff can assist with any additional accessibility needs, please contact us at 217-333-3137. Sponsored by the Women’s Resources Center together with Inclusive Illinois, the Illini Union Board, The Career Center, Bruce D. Nesbitt African-American Cultural Center, & DiversityEd | Funded in part by Inclusive Illinois.

Monday—September 14 @ 12 – 1pm @ Women’s Resources Center; 2nd Floor, 703 S. Wright St., C.Dish It Up Lunch Series Presents Aha! Moments of Privilege and Oppression: My Story with Kimberly D. Hodges, MSW. Program Director, University Housing. Includes free lunch and great presentation. Sponsored by the Women’s Resources Center and the LGBT Resource Center. Funded in part by SCPF.

Monday—September 14 @ 7pm @ Women’s Resources Center; 2nd Floor, 703 S. Wright St., C.Hot Topics Dialogue Series | #BlackLivesMatter: Police Brutality and Standing Up for Racial Justice. Since its birth the #BlackLivesMatter movement has drawn critical attention to police treatment of African-Americans. This panel will explore racial justice issues and how we can engage in dialogue and actions to address anti-blackness, build police accountability, and create critical conversations within our communities. Sponsored by Women’s Resources Center and the YWCA. Light refreshments will be served.

Sunday—September 20 @ 12–2pm @ Orchard Downs Community Center; 510 W George Huff Dr., U. Fall Family Fest. Join the Women’s Resources Center and Orchard Downs Family and Graduate Housing for a fun and festive Fall Family Fest program, especially designed for students who are parents and their children featuring a sing-a-long, outdoor and indoor activities, food, and a resource fair! Vegan and gluten-free food options will be available. Designed for incoming and returning pregnant and parenting students and their children. If our WRC staff can assist with any additional accessibility needs, please contact us at 217-333-3137. Sponsored by Family and Graduate Housing and the Women’s Resources Center.


The Women's Resources Center at the University of Illinois was established to:

  • empower women and strengthen alliances with men

  • offer opportunities for all students, including trans and gender non-conforming students to participate in all programs and services

  • build leadership skills

  • challenge sexism, racism, heterosexism, ableism and all forms of social oppression

  • achieve greater gender equity and cultural diversity

We’re committed to creating a diverse community among students, student groups, and the University of Illinois. We’re committed to YOU! Check out what we are doing! All genders are welcome at the Women’s Resources Center!

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