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September 18, 2020

It is with great excitement that we announce Madeline Farrell and Akua Forkuo-Sekyere, Advocacy and Wellness Coordinators in the Women's Resources Center, have been selected to participate in Emerging Women Leaders. Madeline and Akua were nominated to participate in the 9-week program by senior administrators. The intent of Emerging Women Leaders is to equip participants with leadership skills and strategies that will positively impact their departments, the University, and the communities in which they live and serve. Congratulations to Madeline and Akua!

July 31, 2020

Diversity and Social Justice Education (DiversityEd) has undergone changes in leadership in the past weeks. Ross Wantland, former director of DiversityEd, has accepted a new role in the University. He is the new Director of Curriculum Development and Education in the Academic Inclusive Excellence department of the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Congratulations to Ross, who worked in OIIR for 11+ years and has been a staple of the department. 

With his departure, DiveristyEd's leadership infrastructure will look differently with staff members taking on new roles. Teryl Brewster will be the Interim Director of Educational Programming, Dr. Joycelyn Landrum-Brown is the Interim Director of Assessment and Dr. Joe Minarik is the Interim Director of Pedagogy and Curriculum. 

Women's Resources Director Sarah Colome, who serves as the Sexual and Relationship Violence Prevention, Education and Response Vice-Chair within the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), recently co-authored a blog titled The Difference Between "Being Better" And Just Looking Like It: How We Harm Our Black Communities. OIIR is proud of Sarah's continued contributions to the field of higher education. 

June 11, 2020

The Women's Resources Center is proud to announce its 2020-2021 Verdell Frazier Young Award recipients. The Verdell Frazier Young Award was established to assist womxn who have had an interruption in pursuring a college degree. Through the distribution of more than $18,000 this year, we are thrilled to highlight the following five awardees and their continued successes during, and after their time at Illinois: 

  • Kyndal Gragg, BA in Art History, Class of 2021
  • Jenny Baldwin, BS in Human Development and Family Studies, Class of 2021
  • Omosalewa Agboola, BS in Accountancy, Class of 2021
  • Erinn Dady, BS in Earth, Society & Environmental Sustainability, Class of 2022
  • Journey Slowikowski, BS in Psychology, Class of 2021

May 18, 2020

Asian American Cultural Center Director David Chih recently received the Outstanding Commitment in Education Award from Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs, as Illinois celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Congratulations to David, who is the founding Director of the AACC. Thank you for your continued service to Illinois!

May 7, 2020

Women's Resources Center Students selected for 2020 campus honors:

  • Special recognition in Graduate Student Leadership (awarded by the Graduate College): James Steur, a doctoral student in the Department of Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, for his contributions to sexual assault prevention efforts at the University of Illinois. Steur worked with the Women's Resources Center to enhance the assessment of bystander intervention training and served on a University system-wide task force on sexual misconduct.
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award (awarded by Diversity & Social Justice Education): Jameelah McCregg.
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award (awarded by Diversity & Social Justice Education): Sudarshana Rao.
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Award (awarded by Diversity & Social Justice Education): James Steur.

April 27, 2020

Shawna Patterson-Stephens, Associate Vice Chancellor for the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations, was recently elected to the Governing Board for the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). Dr. Patterson-Stephens will serve as the Member-At-Large, Senior Level for the next three years. 

Shawna is also the recipient of the 2020 Advocate Award. The Advocate Award is afforded to individuals in ACPA who continuously advocate for the voices, experiences, and values of the members of the Coalitions & Networks.

April 17, 2020

Sudarshana Rao (Women's Resources Center peer educator, President of Students Against Sexual Assault, and Director of the ISG Sexual Assault Prevention Department) discusses Sexual Assault Awareness Month with the Daily Illini:

March 27, 2020

Nathan Stephens, Director of the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center (BNAACC), has accepted a faculty position at Illinois State University as an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work. He will continue supporting the educational goals and personal aspirations of students until his departure on July 6, 2020. 

Nathan started his career at the University of Illinois in January 2017. During his tenure as director of BNAACC, he made it his goal to balance old traditions with new and innovative programs to serve our students. A highlight of Nathan's service while at the U of I includes his participation in the planning and construction process that resulted in the construction of a new, state-of-the-art BNAACC facility. He was also instrumental in expanding the services and programs available at BNAACC through collaborative partnerships with the Counseling Center, the Office of Minority Student Affairs, McKinley Health Center, the Center for African Studies, the College of Education, the School of Social Work, the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPHR), the Department of African American Studies, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research in conjunction with the Beckman Institute. In addition, he has supported the soon-to-be relaunched WBML (Where Black Media Lives) radio program that will feature Black media programming.

Effective July 7, 2020, Jazmyne Kellogg, BNAACC Assistant Director, will assume the role of interim-director. Jazmyne has been the assistant director since January 2019 and is excited to assume the role, continue serving students, and foster relationships with internal and external stakeholders. 

The Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR) congratulates Nathan and wishes him the best in his new role and thanks Jazmyne for her willingness to step forward until a new director is identified. 


In recognition of their efforts to support women and gender justice, staff from the Women's Resources Center were invited as honorees to celebrate the Urbana City Council's 2020 Women's History Month proclamation.

February 26, 2020

Jaya Kolisetty, Associate Director at the Women's Resources Center, presented at her first national conference in January (NASPA Stategies) alongside Women's Resources Center Director Sarah Colome. The presentation was titled "More Than Words: Embedding an Intersectional Praxis in Campus Sexual Misconduct Initiatives" More than 60 people were in attendance for the session in New Orleans, LA.

Student Success Story- "When I started at the university I was majoring in biology because I wanted to help people through biomedical research or medicine. However, being involved with the WRC taught me that my true passion is to help survivors of sexual assault and I changed my major to social work. I have also progressed greatly as a leader. Three years ago, I would have never thought that I would be a successful campus leader. However, the WRC has given me the tools to grow and challenge myself as a leader."- FYCARE Facilitator, Class of 2020.