Women’s Leadership Conference: NEW Leadership Illinois 2014


Are you a female leader on your campus?

Are you interested in pursuing a career in public service?

Do you want to be part of the next generation of powerful female leaders who are making a difference in communities across Illinois?


This June 2-6 in Chicago you can take the first step in gaining the skills and connections you’ll need to reach your goals. NEW Leadership Illinois provides college leaders opportunities to network with and learn from many of Illinois’ most prominent female leaders.


NEW Leadership Illinois is a yearly bi-partisan program that strives to educate and empower the next generation of female leaders. This all expenses paid program includes leadership education, hands-on training in public policy, and networking opportunities with leaders from every level of government. Students from all backgrounds and in all majors are encouraged to apply. Students should attend a college or university in Illinois or should be an Illinois resident, and must have junior or senior standing in June 2014. Applications will be accepted until March 3, 2014Click here to learn more and to apply.

NEW Leadership Illinois 2014

June 2-6, 2014

University of Illinois at Chicago


NEW Leadership Illinois is hosted by the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs 

and the Conference of Women Legislators of the Illinois General Assembly. 

To apply, visit: igpa.uillinois.edu/pe/new-leadership

For more information, contact 


 or (217) 300-2365




New, Unrestricted Section, SOCW 300 – Diversity: Identities and Issues

SOCW 300

Diversity: Identities & Issues

Credit: 3 hours.


The School of Social Work has decided to create an additional, unrestricted, section for the overall campus population.  The class will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.  The description for the course is below.  SOCW 300 – Diversity: Identities and Issues fulfills the Gen Ed requirements for both an Advanced Composition as well as a U.S. Minorities/Non-Western.  Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.


This introductory course explores multiple dimensions of diversity in a pluralistic and increasingly globalized society. Using a social work strengths perspective as well as historical, constructivist, and critical conceptual frameworks; the course examines issues of identity, culture, privilege stigma, prejudice, and discrimination. The social construction and implications of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and other dimensions of difference is examined at individual, interpersonal, and systems levels. Students are expected to use the course material to explore their personal values, biases, family backgrounds, culture, and formative experiences in order to deepen their self-awareness and develop interpersonal skills in bridging differences. Finally, students apply learning from the course to identify characteristics of effective social work and other health and human service provision among people culturally different themselves; and to identify opportunities for change contributing to prejudice reduction and cross-cultural acceptance at home, work and in society.

This course satisfies the General Education Criteria in SPRING 2014 for a
UIUC: US Minority Culture(s) course , and UIUC: Advanced Composition course



Trent Shumway, Academic Advisor

SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

1010 W. Nevada St. MC-082 | Urbana, IL 61801

phone | 217.244.5246

email | tshumway@illinois.edu



Spring 2014 Learning in Community (LINC) Service-Learning Courses

Spring semester sections of ENG 315: Learning in Community are online and open for registration. Graduate and advanced undergraduate students wanted for the Project Manager positions.

1. For Students – all majors, all levels—Learning in Community Courses

If you’re interested in real-life projects, service-learning, and gaining valuable teamwork and leadership experience, register for ENG 315-Learning in Community (LINC).  Students in LINC engage in a variety of research, service and fieldwork activities and collaborate on interdisciplinary projects of significance to local and international community partners. In the past, students have built bridges, produced marketing campaigns, improved water systems, developed youth programs, designed rain gardens, and lots more. Students can expect to gain knowledge and skills in conducting research, understanding social and environmental issues, analyzing community and organizational needs and assets, defining problems, generating and analyzing solutions, project scoping, planning, and execution, communication, problem-solving, critical thinking, and professional writing. Don’t miss your opportunity to gain professional experience and make a lasting impact in the community!

Open to all majors and levels (no prerequisites). ENG 315 counts as an elective for the Leadership Studies Minor. To learn more about LINC projects, see linc.illinois.edu and watch the video, “What is LINC?” at http://youtu.be/f7s3aniu_40.


Sections offered for Spring 2014 –

 AP – Allerton Park. Project related to environmental sustainability and education.

BGC – Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club. Projects related to youth programs and community development.

BMP – Bump Nonprofit Design Studio. Projects related to product design for nonprofits.

BTC – Bridge to China. Projects related to international development.

CAD – AON Center for Community Arts and Development. Projects related to youth empowerment, education and arts-based community development.

CAP – Champaign-Urbana Area Project. Projects related to youth development and juvenile delinquency prevention.

CAU – COVE Alliance Uganda. Projects related to international development and education.

CFP – Homer Interpretive Center, Champaign County Forest Preserve. Projects related to museum, education, natural and cultural history preservation.

CHC – Champaign County Healthcare Consumers. Projects related to community health, education, and health advocacy.

CUH – C-U at Home. Projects related to homelessness, support services, and advocacy.

HCS – Haiti Clean Stove Project. Projects related to international development and sustainable clean stoves.

HID – Haiti Infrastructure and Development. Projects related to international development and Haiti reforestation.

MWP – Mali Water Project. Projects related to international development, water issues, health and education.

OKO – Old King’s Orchard Community Center and Krannert Center Office of Engagement. Projects related to community development, youth programs, and arts engagement.

UES – City of Urbana Environmental Sustainability Division. Projects related to energy efficiency, water conservation and recycling.


2. Call for Applications: Spring 2014 LINC Project Managers

For Graduate Students and Advanced Undergraduate Students

Consider this significant opportunity to acquire training and experience in project management and classroom facilitation while leading a real project of importance to a nonprofit community partner! There are many positions available to co-manage a LINC-Learning in Community section (ENG 315) with interdisciplinary projects related to social and environmental issues, engineering and technical problems, education, community health, international development, and more!


Project Managers earn 4 credit hours for ENG 598: Applied Project Management and facilitate the regularly scheduled ENG 315 sessions for one of the projects. They assess student work, coordinate communications with the partner, manage the project, and participate in a weekly professional development course. Project Managers will receive preparation for their roles during a pre-semester training on Jan 15-17. Apply ASAP for equal consideration. Applications and interviews are rolling and will continue until positions are filled. For more information and to join the LINC team, see  http://linc.illinois.edu/information-project-managers  and view our introductory video, “What is LINC?” posted at http://youtu.be/f7s3aniu_40. For questions, contact Shikhank Sharma (sharma24@illinois.edu).


Dr. Kazys Grinius Endowment Scholarship

The Dr. Kazys Grinius Endowment Scholarship was recently established to help fund the education of University of Illinois students “of Lithuanian descent as well as to students who have demonstrated interest in Lithuanian history, culture, and/or language.”  We will award two $1200 scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Click here for more details

inner voices Social Issues Theatre presents: The People vs. Power

inner voices Social Issues Theatre presents

The People vs. Power

a new performance piece about class privilege through the lens of labor.


The people have just overthrown power and in the aftermath, they put power and his cronies on trial.  Will they be able to dismantle the system?  Join us in the People’s Court of Public Opinion and weigh in on the trial of the century!



no barrier to entry


*The performance will be followed by an open dialogue




Memphis Teacher Residency

The Memphis Teacher Residency (MTR) is a four-year education program that combines an accelerated Masters in Urban Education, an internship at a low-performing school with a mentor teacher, and support with an experienced coach throughout the required three years of teaching in Memphis. To learn more and apply online: http://memphistr.org. For non-Seniors, get a taste of urban education in Memphis through a paid teaching internship with MTR Camp this summer. To learn more and apply online: http://memphistr.org/initiatives/mtrcamp/.

Spring 2014 Course with Spring Break Study Tour to Washington DC!

ACE 199SC Agribusiness Leadership & Policy is designed to provide students with a well-rounded immersion in the complex issues and constraints involved in policy making and implementation. This class explores the entire policy making process and the complex linkages and relationships between “Who” is involved in policy making; “What” the current topics are; “Where” it occurs, “Why” policy is important & “How” it’s implemented. Preference will be given to juniors and seniors. All majors are welcome. Course fee of $975 includes flight, lodging, transportation, and some meals.

*TO APPLY: email a statement of interest (one paragraph minimum) to jbecker2@illinois.eduwith why you feel that you would benefit from this program.

For More Information Contact:

Jon Scholl, Course Instructor & Former President of American Farmland Trust jscholl1@illinois.edu

Jessa Barnard, ACE Advisor, jbecker2@illinois.edu


Sports Mentoring Research Participation

Did you play sports in high school?

Did you have an adult that made an important difference in your life, someone that acted as a mentor?

If so, we are interested in interviewing you for a study about the role of mentors in the lives of young people.

Please contact Margaret Kelley at mskelley@illinois.edu for more information about participation.

The interviews will last about an hour.

Participants must be between 18 and 26 years of age and full-time undergraduate U of I students.  Your participation is voluntary and confidential.   Each participant will receive $20.

Volunteer Opportunity

Do you want to make someone’s day?

 Would you like to volunteer in a program where you are truly appreciated?

 Healthy Young Families Wants You!!

 If you are interested in volunteering, but have a complicated schedule, Healthy Young Families is the perfect volunteer job for you.

 Enjoy spending time with moms and babies…

Love to be creative….

Thinking of a career in education, psychology, or Social work …….

Or just want to help someone…

This is the place for you !

Healthy Young Families has many volunteer opportunities available that are flexible, and some can be provided by a large group.

 Volunteer opportunities can be a one time only or as often as you would like.  Volunteers are needed on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  You must be 18 or older, with a high school diploma or GED. 

 If you are interested in volunteering with Healthy Young Families, or have questions, please call or email:

Angela  Jackson 217-693-4581



Tzia Hibler   217-693-4573


Spring 2014- ARTS 299: Everyday Arts Lab

Community Outreach Opportunity for Undergraduates

ARTS 299

CRN 60660

3 Credit hours 

The Everyday Arts Lab (EAL) is a new course initiative that explores the School of Fine and Applied Arts’ public engagement capabilities.  Open to graduate and undergraduate students across disciplines, students develop skills in community arts pedagogy, arts administration, and participatory action research. Through collaborative work, EAL students develop and offer a series of free community arts projects that offer young people from low-income backgrounds participation in arts inquiry programming. Students attend weekly seminars on Wednesday and Fridays and offer two-hour after school arts workshops on Wednesday afternoons at sites in Urbana-Champaign, including Figure One, the Independent Media Center, and the Champaign Public Library.

Workshops will take place mainly after public school hours so reserve 1-5 on Wednesday afternoons for planning and presenting.