Gender & Women's Studies Demands that Black Lives Matter

We are living through unprecedented times. This is a moment in which the world has been forced to confront the impact of racism, gender violence, and state-sanctioned violence in the United States and globally.

The GWS department at UIC understands that the murder of George Floyd is not an isolated incident, but the continuation of a racist violence that stems from American slavery. We have always believed that Black lives matter, and we rage over the murders of George Floyd, Atatiana Jefferson, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Laquan McDonald, Rekia Boyd, and countless other Black individuals.

Our mission is grounded in the idea that racial, sexual, and gender justice are intrinsically linked, meaning that the disenfranchisement of Black people is a feminist issue. We actively work to be a space of healing for the UIC community and beyond, and we remain committed to supporting those active in the struggle for social justice.