Disability Dialogue: Identity, Culture & Community Heading link
Explore your disability identity and culture in a safe and affirming space. This series will use your experiences of disability as knowledge. Participants need to commit to all four sessions. Associate Director of DRC Sara Vogt and Disability Studies student Liz Thomson will co-facilitate the interactive sessions.
Tuesdays, October 6, 13, 20, and 27
Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St.
Email Liz Thomson at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 29 with your name and any
accommodation needs. We are committed to a dialogue that is accessible, inclusive,
and welcoming of diverse students. Open to undergraduate and graduate students of
all majors and academic disciplines.
Words Matter! Campaign 2016 Heading link
In academic year 2015-16, the UIC Dialogue Initiative collaborated with the UIC Office of Diversity on the campus-wide Words Matter! campaign. We had professional photographs taken of students, faculty, and staff holding up a word that held significance for them in some way. Then, this summer, we created curriculum and did test pilots with different student groups. We also finalized various graphic designs and the gallery walk posters, which will be used during the fall workshops.
We’re now very excited to debut Words Matter! this fall. We’re ready to engage in dialogue with students, faculty, and staff across both campuses. All workshops are free, open to students, faculty, and staff, and include lunch. For more information and to RSVP, visit: http://diversity.uic.edu/words-matter/.
"Pieces," a Dialogue Initiative Art Series & Exhibit Heading link
In our new program, Pieces, we use UIC students’ expression with art as the vehicle for dialogue and the promotion of identity development through structured dialogues outside of the classroom. The first goal of Pieces is to help promote the building of community and awareness of the diverse people who make up the UIC community of students, professionals, and scholars. The second goal of Pieces is to highlight the use of art as a mode of identity expression and promotion of dialogue to share experiences associated with an individuals multiple and intersecting identities.
To read the full version of the Pieces’ abstract, visit Pieces_abstract
• On September 23, 2015, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., artist Mo Bella Russo ’16, partnered with the UIC Dialogue Initiative to do a live and interactive art-making experience around hope, love, and justice. What will you choose? See photos from the event here.
• Art & Dialogue Series, a four-session dialogue during October 2015 where participants were provided with an opportunity to explore their own identity and experiences, and how art has been a vehicle for personal expression.
• An exhibit in the Montgomery Ward Gallery at UIC from January 11-Feburary 26, 2016. This exhibit will contain the artwork of dialogue participants as well as UIC student and alumni artwork. See photos from the opening reception
These photos are from the September 23, 2015 art event, which is the first part of “Pieces.” What started out as three, large scale blank canvases, concluded in a triple panel of color, which represented the themes – hope, love, and justice. People passing by in the East Campus Quad were asked to select one word that they were feeling or valued. Then, they put that word in the appropriate box, which got them closer to the artist and the art. Additionally, students could get their picture taken, which would also be incorporated into the painting. Photos courtesy of the UIC Dialogue Initiative
The result – 86 participated, with 40 choosing hope, 30 love, and 16 justice.