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NIU's Women and Gender Advocacy Alliance (WGAA)

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About

The Women and Gender Advocacy Alliance (formerly Women’s Rights Alliance) of Northern Illinois University is open to all students and is dedicated to the fulfillment of its mission through quality programs that serve the NIU and DeKalb communities. Our focus is on the status and wellbeing of women and girls, and we are equally focused on improving relations between the sexes. In this way, we contribute to the ongoing effort of society to build a more equitable and civil world for all people. It is our vision that Northern Illinois University, with the aid of our organization, continue to develop as an outstanding leader in the preservation and improvement of women’s rights and safety.

*The Women and Gender Advocacy Alliance (WGAA) is sponsored by the NIU Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality

Activities

Events and activities of the Women and Gender Advocacy Alliance have included performances of Eve Ensler's A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer and her Vagina Monologues; an educational workshop called "The Vagina Seminar;" NIU's annual Take Back the Night March; ,movie screenings and discussions; letter writing campaigns; and fundraisers.

History:

The Women and Gender Advocacy Alliance was founded in 1989 as the Women's Alliance and received Student Association recognition in March of that year. In 2006, the group changed its name to the Women's Rights Alliance, in order to encourage more diverse membership. Then, in 2017, the name was changed to the Women and Gender Advocacy Alliance, in an effort to be more inclusive and encourage a more diverse membership.

For more information and/or to get involved with the WGAA:

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Email

niuwra@gmail.com or wgs@niu.edu 

Phone

815-753-1038

Mailbox

Northern Illinois University
Women and Gender Advocacy Alliance
C/O Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality
Reavis Hall, Room 103
DeKalb, IL 60115

Faculty Advisor

Rebekah Kohli
rkohli@niu.edu
815-753-1038

Spring 2017 Meetings and Events:

  • Group meeting, Monday, January 30, 4:30 p.m., Reavis 103
  • Group meeting, Monday, February 6, 4:30 p.m., Reavis 103
  • Group meeting, Monday, February 13, 4:30 p.m., Reavis 103
  • Group meeting, Monday, Febraury 20, 4:30 p.m., Reavis 103
  • "A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer," 6:00 p.m., Holmes Student Center-Regency Room
  • Group meeting, Monday, March 6, 4:30 p.m., Reavis 103
  • Group meeting, Monday, March 20, 4:30 p.m., Reavis 103
  • Group meeting, Monday, April 3, 4:30 p.m., Reavis 103 (E-board nominations)
  • Group meeting, Monday, April 17, 4:30 p.m., Reavis 103 (E-board voting)
  • "All About Your Bits: A Sexual Health and Wellness Seminar," April 19, 4:00 p.m., TBA
  • Group meeting, Monday, May 1, 4:30 p.m., Reavis 103

(check back for updates)

Contact Us

Center for the Study of Women, Gender & Sexuality
Reavis Hall, Room 103
DeKalb, IL 60115

Main Office Hours
Monday–Friday
8 a.m.–noon and 1:00-4:30 p.m.

Email: wgs@niu.edu
Phone: 815-753-1038

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