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Women’s Resources Center Confidential Advising:

WRC is Offering Confidential Advising via Phone. The WRC staff and its services are still available to all students, faculty, and staff! If you need support, give WRC a call at 217-333-3137 or send an email at womenscenter@illinois.edu.

Summer Internship: WRC Advocacy Intern:

The WRC is looking for its first-ever Advocacy Intern to work with it this summer! Read about the position here, and submit your application here.

WRC Fall Internship Now Open:

Applications for the Fall 2020 semester are currently OPEN, and will remain open until all positions are filled. The four different positions are Programming Intern, Advocacy Intern, Graphic Design Intern, and Marketing & Communications Intern. Position descriptions can be found below. Applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview during finals week, or as applications are received.

To apply, complete this form: https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/3244939. Also note that you will be asked to upload PDF files of your cover letter, resume, and portfolio / work sample (Graphic Design applicants only) at the end of the form.

Register for CHLH 199B: Campus Acquaintance Rape Education (CARE):

Are you passionate about supporting survivors and making a positive change on campus? Register for CHLH 199B: Campus Acquaintance Rape Education (CARE), Thursdays @ 3:30 – 4:50 during the fall semester.


To get information about internal and external resources available to undocumented students during this time, visit https://oiir.illinois.edu/la-casa-cultural-latina/undocumented-daca-students/covid-19.

Additional Resources:

For any additional questions, please contact Jorge Mena at jmena2@illinois.edu.

Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR):

To support social distancing practices, OIIR and its units will be closed to the public. Staff in these units will continue to work remotely and can be reached via phone or e-mail during regular business hours (Monday thru Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm).

GWS 275 (The Politics of Fashion):

Explore the Politics of Fashion this Fall! Satisfy your General Education Criteria Fall 2020 for Cultural Studies – U.S. Minority by taking GWS 275: Politics of Fashion (CRN 71454)! The class will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:00 – 11:50 a.m., and discussions are available on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

We CU Community Engaged Scholars:

University of Illinois is launching a new campus-wide program this summer called “We CU Community Engaged Scholars.” The program is aimed at empowering University of Illinois students to respond to community needs and challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Students can participate in this program by applying here https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/2966506. For more information, visit https://healthinstitute.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/WeCU_summer2020.pdf.

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LAS Summer Advising Hours:

Academic advisors are here during the summer and ready to meet with you. You can add your name to the LAS Virtual Advising Queue and speak with someone in just a few minutes via Zoom or phone. If you would like to speak with a specific college-level advisor, make an appointment here and select LAS Student Academic Affairs Advising, LAS AAP Advising, LAS Career Development, LAS International Programs, or LAS Honors. You can also email at las-studentoffice@illinois.edu. Advising hours for summer are 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Fall Internships at the Women’s Resources Center:

Applications for the Fall 2020 semester will remain open until all positions are filled. The three positions are programming intern, graphic design intern, and marketing and communications intern. Position descriptions can be found here. Applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview during finals week or as applications are received. For more information contact Clare Conway at ceconway@illinois.edu.

Verdell Frazier Young Scholarship:

Applications for the Verdell Frazier Young Award are being accepted. The Verdell Frazier Young Award was established to assist women who have had an interruption in pursuing a college degree (undergraduate or graduate). The application is open and accepting rolling applications. Priority consideration will be given to applications submitted by midnight Sunday, May 10. For more information or to apply, visit https://oiir.illinois.edu/womens-center/resources/financial-support/verdell-frazier-young-awards-women .

GLOBE Fall 2020:

Apply today to become a GLOBE member! Blue applications are now being accepted with a priority date of Wednesday, July 1. Details and application links are here. Global Leaders Orange and Blue Engagement (GLOBE) offers you an opportunity to make connections with orange members (incoming students), build intercultural communication skills, leadership experience, and lifelong friendships.

Online Workshop:

As COVID-19 forces society to distance ourselves from each other, the Illinois Leadership Center (ILC) has been and continues developing online modules designed to enhance a variety of competencies from the Illinois Model of Leadership. Below are the current modules available or in progress:

  • Inclusive Conversations
  • Interpersonal/Team: Psychological Safety
  • Productivity & Goals (in progress)
  • Systems Thinking
  • Virtual Teams (in progress)

For full descriptions and instructions to self-enroll into the modules, go to: https://leadership.illinois.edu/onlinetraining

Online Integrity i-Program:

The Online Integrity i-Program focuses on skills necessary for interpersonal and organizational ethical leadership. Students who participate in online Integrity will engage in virtual discussions and complete activities around values, ethics, and morals and discuss how to successfully navigate them. Go to: https://leadership.illinois.edu/onlinetraining for instructions to self-enroll into this program.

Please note, Online Integrity will not be available from May 7th to May 18th and will be available until June 29th once it’s reopen.

For questions, email leadership@illinois.edu

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Information Session for UK and Ireland Scholarship:

If you are interested in pursuing graduate study in the United Kingdom or Ireland, consider applying for a Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell or Gates scholarship!  NIS will be hosting an information session on May 7th from 2-3 pm that will provide insight about these opportunities from current recipients.

Online webinar link to join the session: https://us.bbcollab.com/collab/ui/session/guest/80712172e2814d8f80ae03df4d322664

For more information visit: https://calendars.illinois.edu/detail/1826?eventId=33337451

Scheduling a Consultation:

Students can schedule a phone consultation with a counselor by calling at 217-333-3704. The Counseling Center will soon be offering telehealth online counseling and will communicate about that on their website once it is available.

It is also offering brief online mental health screenings for depression, anxiety, and other common mental health concerns.

For after-hours emergencies, students who remain in the Champaign-Urbana area can reach out the Champaign County Crisis Line staffed by Rosecrance at 217-359-4141. The Counseling Center also has an extensive list of resources available on its website, including a listing of crisis lines throughout the United States.

RIO Online:

RIO, which is led by Counseling Center clinicians, provides an interactive experience that helps you:

  • Learn mindfulness skills to identify why you’re feeling the emotions you are and accept them.
  • Manage stress, anxiety, and other emotions productively.
  • Identify what’s most important to you and prioritize accordingly.

This series is open to all Illinois students—you do not need to be a current client of the Counseling Center. It strongly encourages you to be available to attend both online sessions. RIO is not considered counseling and is not confidential. The last session for spring semester starts April 28. You can register here.

Drop-in Mindfulness Workshops:

Psychological Services Center is now offering daily mindfulness drop-in workshops on Zoom. The 30-minute workshops are held at each weekday at 4:15 p.m., and each day has a theme.

  • Mindfulness Mondays
  • Intuitive Eating Tuesdays
  • Body Awareness Wednesdays
  • Thoughtful Thursdays
  • Forget-it Fridays

These workshops are not therapy. They are available to any student and are not confidential. To join, use Zoom Meeting ID: 921 6273 4821.

Expressive Arts Drop-in Workshop:

On Monday afternoons from 2 to 3:30 p.m., the Counseling Center offers an Expressive Arts Drop-In Workshop via Zoom. The workshop is open to all students. It is not counseling and participants will not be asked to share their reflections.

Zoom Meeting ID: 695 561 840   Password: CreateArt

Time Management Workshop:

Along with staff, a few of Counseling Center’s  Paraprofessionals have created a brief, online tutorial with practical tips for time management in these difficult times. The tutorial can be accessed any time on this website.

Storytelling Live with Kim Sheahan:

Kim Sheahan, Spurlock Museum’s resident storyteller, will be offering 30-minute live storytelling sessions on Spurlock’s Facebook page (external link). The event will be held on May 1, 2020 at 11:15 am. For more information, contact Beth Watkins (ewatkins@illinois.edu)

Yoga at KAM: Virtual Edition:

Krannert Art Museum will publish a hatha yoga video to its Facebook event each week at our regular yoga time. You can follow along from wherever you are.

Study Abroad Information Session:

LAS International Programs will host a virtual information session on study abroad this Friday (May 1st from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm). During this session, a panel of student returnees will share their experience in applying for scholarships, budgeting, and working abroad. The link is here Funding your Study Abroad .

LAS Scholarship Application:

All full-time LAS students are encouraged to apply for LAS specific scholarships using this one application. For more information click here .

LAS Student Academic Affairs Office Virtual Advising:

Academic advisors are ready to meet with you. From 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, add your name to the LAS Virtual Advising Queue and speak with someone in just a few minutes via Zoom or phone. If you would like to speak with a specific college-level advisor, please make an appointment here and select LAS Student Academic Affairs Advising, LAS AAP Advising, LAS Career Development, LAS International Programs, or LAS Honors. You can also email las-studentoffice@illinois.edu

Cancellation of study abroad programs:
The university has made the decision to extend the suspension of all study abroad programs through Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. This impacts students who were committed to participating on a study abroad program for the Fall 2020 semester and academic year 2020-2021. Impacted students are able to defer their spot in the program to a future semester. All students are encouraged to discuss this change with their academic advisor and fill out the Deferral or Withdraw Request Form by Friday, May 15, if possible. Students with questions or concerns are encouraged to schedule an appointment with an advisor in LAS International Programs.

Illinois Cares: COVID-19 Program:

You can submit a request for a grant that does not need to be repaid of up to $1,000 to help with financial challenges associated with COVID-19. If you lost your off-campus job, have additional medical expenses, or have technology needs associated with the pandemic, Emergency Dean Fund can help you.

Out for Undergrad information sessions:
Out for Undergrad is dedicated to helping LGBTQ undergraduates reach their full career potential. O4U hosts four conferences annually to help educate students and connect them to professional opportunities. Click here for information about the application process and upcoming sessions hosted by Illinois O4U ambassadors.

Dates and Deadlines:

Last day to drop or C/NC full semester or second eight-week course
Thursday, April 30

Last day of class
Wednesday, May 6

Reading Day (no classes, no final exams)
Thursday, May 7

Final exams
Friday, May 8 to Friday, May 15

Open enrollment begins for eligible students
Monday, May 11

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HOPE Scholarship

The HOPE scholarship is designed to help students who are unable to apply for federal financial aid. The scholarship also includes an emergency fund for international students who have faced financial barriers to their education due to unforeseen circumstances. The aim of this scholarship is to equip students with the resources to pursue a higher education at Illinois. Each scholarship recipient may be awarded up to $10,000 in aid. The inaugural year for this scholarship’s application period is currently open and closes Friday, May 1st.

The application can be found here . For questions, contact Arnoldo Ayala (arnoldo2@illinois.edu)

Active Minds UIUC

Active Minds is a national mental wellness organization with a branch here at UIUC. Active Minds UIUC’s mission is to improve student wellbeing on campus by addressing mental health. Its main goals are to change the conversation around mental health and advocate for student mental health needs. Currently it is conducting a survey to understand what mental health resources are most beneficial to the student body, and whether there is a need for improvements to those resources. Students are asked to participate in the survey at bit.ly/activemindssurvey. For more information you can visit Active Minds National https://www.activeminds.org/ and Active Minds UIUC https://www.facebook.com/ActiveMindsUIUC/ .

Janelle Joseph Prize for Environmental Writing:

If you are a writer interested in the environment, this is a good chance to win a cash prize by submitting your best work. You will also have the opportunity to have your work published in Q Magazine.

Grand Prize: $1,000 + publication in Q Magazine

Category Prizes: $500 + publication in Q Magazine

You can submit your paper to the following categories:

  • Op-ed: Your research-backed take on a current environmental issue
  • Q&A: Interview an environmental researcher or activist
  • Memoir: Write about an experience that you had with nature, and what it meant to you
  • Feature: In-depth, research-based piece on a topic of your choice

The writing competition is open to all Illinois undergraduates. The writing should be 1,000 to 2,000 words long. Entries are accepted July 1 through September 30, 2020. Email submissions and any questions to qmagazineillinois@gmail.com

2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS):

The 2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) is going virtual! Over 350 students will present their work in an asynchronous format, with the opportunity for viewers to engage in conversation with the presenters through a forum. It will be a multi-day event, running from Monday, April 27 through Friday, May 1. The symposium will kick off on the 27th at noon (CDT) with live (Zoom) featured student presentations. [Zoom link: https://illinois.zoom.us/j/96284074411?pwd=L0ZiV1BaOFZiTDFDckt2T0pKdmxzQT09; Meeting ID: 962 8407 4411; Password: URS2020]. You are invited to drop in, engage with them, and be inspired by their innovation and ingenuity.

Directions for accessing the Symposium are below, but if you have comments or concerns (including problems with access), you can email at ugresearch@illinois.edu.

Accessing the 2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium:

The Symposium is available only for those with a University of Illinois NetID. Campus community members wishing to view the Symposium will first need to enroll to view student presentations and interact with our presenters.