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Affiliated Student Organizations

Our Affiliated Registered Student Organizations

The Women's Resources Center provides a venue for affiliated RSOs to connect, collaborate, and share leadership on student organizing and support. Meetings are often held at the Women’s Resources Center to encourage building communities and allies in confronting social issues by sharing resources. Student organizations (RSOs) who share our mission can affiliate with the Women’s Resources Center, giving them priority in reserving space for their meetings and events and facilitating collaborations between our unit and the organization. Currently, we have the following organizations affiliated with us:


Advocates for Choice

Mission: Advocates for Choice is an RSO on the UIUC campus that is affiliated with Planned Parenthood. We advocated for reproductive health care and access without judgment. We underscore our steadfast commitment to high quality reproductive health care and education while we innovate to ensure that we are here for those who need us most. We care, no matter what.

Meetings: Thursdays at 6:30 pm at the Planned Parenthood Clinic (302 E Stoughton St, Champaign, IL 61820) To enter the building please go to the east side of the building, press the red button, and head to the second floor. Please be prepared to show your ID.

Contact: President, Elisabeth Larson at:


BOLD Women in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Mission: BOLD is a student organization at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that aims to empower women in innovation and entrepreneurship by building a vibrant community that is inclusive of all students. At its core, BOLD focuses on providing students with the resources they need for personal and professional development. Moreover, BOLD advocates for diverse representation in entrepreneurship and serves as a forum for showcasing the talents of the next generation of innovators, makers, and entrepreneurs.

Meeting Time/Location: Varies

Contact: Riya Swayampati, President, Statistics (




Mission: The Campus Union for Trans* Equality and Support (CUT*ES) is an organization formed in order to provide a unique voice for the trans* community at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, advocate for trans* equality, discuss trans* issues, and provide a safe space for support and discussion for the campus trans* community. We welcome anyone who has a passion for trans* equality and advocacy, or is just curious about the community in general.

Meetings: Wednesdays @ 7pm, in the LGBT Resource Center (323, Illini Union)

Contact: President, Guillermo Pineda at:


Lean In at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Mission: Lean In is committed to offering ongoing education, inspiration, and support to help its members achieve their goals and also strives to teach transferable skills through guided workshops and circle meetings that will be useful to graduates entering the work force.

Meetings: General Circle Meeting on the second Thursday of every month in 1064 Lincoln Hall. If you are interested in our newsletter, please email with your name, year, and email address, to be added to our weekly email newsletter that promotes our social and professional events.

Contact: Contacts: Kasey Koronkowski, President (, Nisha Choksi, President (, Emma Lazar, Programming (


Mission Positive

Mission: Mission Positive seeks to promote healthy body image alongside self-love and self-care.  We will work to facilitate discussion and awareness on campus about eating disorders and those issues that relate to them.  We will try to expose the risks involved in crash dieting, negative self-talk, body shaming, and other radical behaviors that often accompany poor body image or the beginning stages of an eating disorder.  We plan to hold several events and group discussions throughout the school year and work hard to exert a positive influence on campus.

Meeting Times: March 9th, April 6th, and May 4th, 2017 at 6pm at the Women's Resources Center (703 S. Wright St. 2nd Floor)

Contact:  Shannon Ryan President ( or



She’s the First

Mission: She’s the First sponsors girls’ education in low-income countries, giving them the chance to become the first in their families to graduate from secondary school. To fulfill this mission, She’s the First mobilizes supporters to fund scholarships and gives a clearer understanding on complex global issues related to poverty. Harnessing technology and social media, She’s the First is committed to connecting sponsors and scholars around the world in innovative, mutually beneficial ways to foster mentorship, philanthropy, equality, and leadership. Ultimately, our student leaders and scholars become the change agents who break cycles of generational poverty and transform our world.

Meetings: Every other Wednesday @ 6pm (contact email for location of meeting).

Contact: President, Abi Friling at:



Mission: Women4Outreach is an organization that seeks to develop, strengthen, and unify women through service, leadership, and mentorship by making a positive and personal impact on the women in the surrounding community.

Meetings: 1st & 3rd Monday of every month Illini Union rm. 409 at 7pm

Contact: President, Carolina Fidler at:


Women of Color

Mission: Under the leadership of the president, Women of Color will be entirely dedicated to providing support, unity, and education for minority women on this campus and around the community. Members of Women of Color will be responsible for creating fulfilling and long lasting relationships, supporting, unifying, and educating other members, relatives, friends, and other women through substantial programming, service of the campus and community, and exemplary behavior.

Meetings: Wednesdays 5:30pm - 7:00pm, Lincoln Hall 1090.

Contact: Deneen Holmes | President,; Diamond Burgess | Vice President,; Taylor Hoffman | Treasurer,; Daisha Hill | Secretary,

Links: @WOC_UIUC Twitter & Instagram


Students Against Sexual Assault (SASA)

Mission: SASA is an organization that is responsible for facilitating meetings and programs in order to spread awareness about sexual assault, support survivors of sexual assault, and work towards making policy changes on the UIUC campus.
President: Sarah Graves, (she/her/hers)


Meetings: Weekly on Thursdays at 7pm at the Women’s Resources Center



Women in Science

Mission: Women in Science is organized to promote equal opportunity for women to enter the scientific professions and achieve their career goals, to raise the status of women in science, to initiate, encourage and engage in research related to women in the scientific fields and other works of educational and scientific nature, to exchange information with other groups supportive of our goals, and to coordinate activities directed to their fulfillment.

Meetings: One Wednesday and one Thursday during the month around 5:30pm (announced on listserve and facebook)

Contact: Halie Rando, (president) or (board—also contact to join listserv)

Facebook: and Website:


Open Ears

Mission: Our mission is to listen. We wish to be there for people seeking an outlet for their problems and become an informal additive, or for some, alternative to therapy. We hope that our efforts may in time lessen the stigma associated with mental illness and seeking help.

Meetings: Every other Wednesday at 5pm. Check out our calendar on our website for more details.

Contact name/email: Karthik Bala or



Underrepresented Minority Students in Physics

Mission: To establish a community for empowering underrepresented minority students in physics, and to educate all students about racial, religious, cultural, gender, and sexuality biases in physics and at large.

Meetings: Bi-weekly meeting on Wednesday

Location: Loomis Room 222 or Room 276

Contact: Daniel Salazar and Daniel Gardeazabal, Presidents,


Students with Families

Mission: Recognizing that students with families experience unique challenges while pursuing higher education, we aim to foster a feeling of meaningful family-friendly commitment  to the development of the full scholar.

Contact: Lisa Perez (