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Veronica Arreola
University of Illinois at Chicago
Director, Women in Science & Engineering
Chicago, IL

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Veronica I. Arreola is the assistant director of the Center for Research on Women and Gender and the director of the Women in Science and Engineering program at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she also earned both her degrees. Arreola…

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Veronica I. Arreola is the assistant director of the Center for Research on Women and Gender and the director of the Women in Science and Engineering program at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she also earned both her degrees. Arreola holds a bachelors degree in Biological Sciences and a masters in Public Administration, both with concentrations in Gender and Women’s Studies. Her office was recognized with a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring for their mentoring programs in the Chicago community and on the UIC campus.

Arreola is an active member of local and national feminist organizations.She is a member of the National Board of Bitch Media. Arreola has worked with organizations such as the Chicago Abortion Fund, National Organization for Women, Women Employed and the Chicago Foundation for Women. A veteran blogger, she helped launch the Planned Parenthood Action Illinois blog in 2007. Today she is a contributor at The Broad Side and hosts her own award-winning blog, Viva la Feminista, where she discusses the intersection between feminist activism and motherhood.


In 2014 she launched #365FeministSelfie as a feminist response to negative media and stereotypes around selfies. Arreola believes selfies can be empowering for women who do not like to have their picture taken or see the beauty others see in them. After a few hundred selfies, you begin to love that nose, dimple and imperfection...or at least hate it a little less. 


Her writing has been featured in Bitch magazine, Ms. Magazine, USA Today, New York Times, Chicago Sun-Times and RH Reality Check. She is a frequent speaker on all things feminist, especially education equity, reproductive justice, social media and parenting. Her honors include being named as UIC's 2007 Woman of the Year by the Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Women for her professional and volunteer activities on and off campus, received a 2010 Chicago Foundation for Women Impact Award and a 2010 graduate of Leadership Illinois. A die-hard Chicago Cubs fan, Arreola lives on the north side of Chicago with her husband, daughter, and their two rescue dogs . Follow her on twitter @veronicaeye.

Current Affiliations:
Assistant Director, Center for Research on Women and Gender, University of Illinois at Chicago
*Director, Women in Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago National Board, Bitch Media

Past Affiliations:
Academic Advisor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago
Blogger, Planned Parenthood Chicago Area, Kenneth Cole AWARENESS, others
Co-Board Chair, Chicago Abortion Fund, Women in Media and News Blogger, Girl w/Pen

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