"Serious Games for Serious Problems" featuring Dr. Melissa Gilliam

Join the CWA for a presentation on the work of the Game Changer Chicago Design Lab presented by Dr. Melissa Gilliam, followed by a reception in the Knapp Center lobby

Cost: $25
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. Please register by Thursday, May 19.

Join the Chicago Women's Alliance as Dr. Melissa Gilliam presents, "Serious Games for Serious Problems: The Work of the Game Changer Chicago Design Lab."

Ci3 is an interdisciplinary research center that uses games, narrative, and design to inform research and policies on the health and well-being of young people. This talk will describe Ci3 and how it leverages the rich resources of the University of Chicago. Dr. Gilliam will also discuss research and programs from Ci3’s Game Changer Chicago Design Lab (The GCC Lab). Projects include live action role-playing games with youth from the South Side of Chicago featuring the university campus as a giant play space. GCC’s board game suite examines racial-ethnic health disparities in the city of Chicago. Dr. Gilliam will also discuss a recent project called Bystander aimed at engaging young people in reducing rates of sexual misconduct.

Event Details:
1:30pm Registration
2:00pm Program and Audience Q&A
3:00pm Reception

About the presenter:
Dr. Melissa Gilliam is Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Pediatrics, Chief of the Section of Family Planning & Contraceptive Research, and Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion in the Biological Sciences Division, as well as Director of Ci3 at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Gilliam’s research builds on her clinical experience as a pediatric and adolescent gynecologist, using qualitative and quantitative methods to understand and find innovative approaches to the issues that affect the health and well-being of young women. Her community-based research seeks to identify adolescent attitudes towards sexual activity, pregnancy and contraception.

Recognizing that the complex interplay of systems that affect sexual and reproductive health, Dr. Gilliam has long incorporated partners from many disciplines in her research. She created the Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Ci3) at the University of Chicago to facilitate collaborative research and programming, and to leverage the university’s resources to make significant improvements in the sexual and reproductive health of vulnerable communities.

View one of Dr. Gilliam's TEDxUChicago talks here.

Event Contact
Susan Smoley

Staff Liaison
Alexandria Schultz, AM'13