Blackboard, WE's policy newsletter, provides regular updates on our work to improve the college system in Illinois to ensure that adult students achieve success.

September 20, 2022

Excellence In Action | Equitable Funding Commission | Student Loan Forgiveness

Register for the 2022 Forum for Excellence, learn what’s on the agenda for the Equitable Funding Commission, read about the Biden Administration’s announcement of federal student debt cancellation, join us for Silenced No More and learn your rights related to sexual harassment, and more!

July 8, 2022

College Changes Everything | 50 Years of Title IX | Share Your Experience | And More!

Register for the College Changes Everything conference, read about the far-reaching impacts of Title IX, tell us your experience balancing work and school, read the report on COVID’s impacts on women in the workforce in Chicago, and more!

May 11, 2022

Federal Student Loan Forgiveness | Legislative Wins | Dev Ed Stories | College Changes Everything

Learn about the Public Student Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, find out about our 2022 legislative wins, tell us your developmental education story, join us at College Changes Everything, and more!

March 11, 2022

2022 Legislative Agenda | Student Loan Forgiveness | Intersecting Barriers

Check out WE’s 2022 Legislative Agenda, find out if your student loans could be forgiven through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, read our new Intersecting Barriers report, and more in this issue of Blackboard!

December 22, 2021

Happy Holidays + Women Employed is Hiring!

Happy holidays from Women Employed! In this issue, we take a moment to thank you for your support and commitment to improving the lives of working women. Plus, hear from former summer intern Reyna Moreno, and read about an exciting job opportunity at Women Employed for a Senior Career Pathways Manager!

October 19, 2021

Rethinking Dev Ed | Student Parents Need Childcare | Policy Supports for MSI

Learn about our recently-launched ASPIRE Project and the ten colleges partnering with us to rethink and rework developmental education, see what happens when student parents can’t find child care, help us better support Illinois’ Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) by taking our survey, learn about HB 12—a new law which makes more education support staff eligible for family and medical leave, and more!

August 12, 2021

Closing the Racial Equity Gap | Spring Legislative Wins | Policy Supports for MSI

Watch a recording of our July 21st event with Chicago State University on their recently released “Equity Working Group for Black Student Access and Success in Illinois Higher Education” Action Plan.” Plus, learn about our higher ed wins in Springfield, take our survey to help survivors of domestic violence, share your insights on supports that Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) need, and more!

July 8, 2021

2021 College Changes Everything + WE and CSU Fireside Chat

You’re invited! Join us on July 12th for a presentation with Young Invincibles on our Advocacy in Action workshops at the 2021 College Changes Everything Conference, and register for our July 21st event with Chicago State University for a discussion about their recently released “Equity Working Group for Black Student Access and Success in Illinois Higher Education” Action Plan.”

April 19, 2021

ASPIRE to Improve Dev Ed | College Changes Everything | Digitized Career Foundations

Learn about Women Employed’s Accelerating Student Progress and Increasing Racial Equity (ASPIRE) project, register to attend the College Changes Everything Conference, join us to learn about the digitized Career Foundations curriculum, read about the what’s new with Ability to Benefit in Illinois, and provide comments on the IBHE strategic plan!


February 9, 2021

Paid Internships | Victory in Springfield | WE Job Postings

Learn more about Women Employed’s paid summer internships through The Pattis Family Foundation Summer Leadership Program, read about our latest victory in Springfield, access free workshops for students to become equipped advocates, help us spread the word about current job openings on our team, and join us in celebrating Senator McGuire!