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Fall 2017 Lunch on Us Calendar

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Join us for Lunch on Us every weekday! Programs take place from noon to 1 pm. Lunches are paid for in part by the Student Cultural Programming Fee.


Quench | Hosted by the LGBT Resource Center

Location: Women’s Resources Center, 616 E. Green St., Suite 202, Champaign **New Address**

September 18 :: Undocuqueer: Coming Out of the Shadows & Coming Out of the Closet, Jorge Mena Robles, Assistant Director, La Casa Cultural Latina

October 2 :: Embodying Your Authentic Self: Your Key to Success, LaTonya Wilkins, Director of Talent Management, College of Business

October 16 :: Queering Family, Culture, & Religion in the Filipino-American Community, Kenny Importante, Asst. Director, Asian American Cultural Center

October 30 :: Changing Expectations: What to Expect When You’re a Queer Rabbi in the South, Rabbi Ari Nevah, Hillel Center for Jewish Life

November 6 :: Social Access, Mark McCarthy

December 4 :: A Shell of Many Colors, Crystol Smith

Dish It Up | Hosted by the Women’s Resources Center

616 E. Green St., Suite 202, Champaign **New Address**

September 11 :: Womxn in Prison: A Closer Look at the Rising Rates of Womxn’s Incarceration, Araceli Diaz, Assistant Director, La Casa Cultural Latina

September 25 :: Networks of Care and Consciousness: Black Doulas and Birth Work in Post-Katrina New Orleans, Isis Rose, Doctoral Student, Department of Anthropology

October 9 :: Trigger Warnings: History, Theory, Context, Emily Knox, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Information Sciences. In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 23 :: Domestic Violence and the Law: Reflections from a Court Advocate, Lisa Little, ICADV, Court Advocate, Courage Connection. In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

November 13 :: A Journey Through Expressive Arts, Kathleen Horne & Tamara Teeter Knapp, Co-founder and Core Faculty, Expressive Arts Florida Institute

November 27 :: Sisterhood Remixed: Women of Color Reflect on Greek Life, Christina Carpio, Assistant Director, Asian American Cultural Center

December 11 :: Disney’s Latina Pre-tween Audience: A Critical Discursive Analysis of Disney’s First Latina Princess, Diana Leon-Boys, Doctoral Student, Institute of Communications Research


Food for Thought | Hosted by the Asian American Cultural Center

1210 W. Nevada St., Urbana

September 5 :: The Problem of Cultural Appropriation: The Culinary Case, Martin Manalansan, Associate Professor, Department of Asian American Studies 

September 12 :: Let’s Talk About It: Mental Health and College Students, Counseling Center Team

September 19 :: Talk Time with Eddy: Pursuing My Interests, Eddy Wong, Asian American Association

September 26 :: Emerging Diversity and Inclusion Frameworks for South Asian Students, Purvi Patel, Center for Diversity & Inclusion, Wash U. St. Louis

October 3 :: Islam, A Liberal Agenda, Ahsan Ali, Muslim Student Association

October 10 :: Addressing Inclusion & Intersectionality of  Living Out Loud, Queer Student Panel

October 17 :: Diwali Celebration, Indian Student Association

October 24 :: Post-US Election Impact on Academic Life and Activity at UIUC, Anita Chan, Associate Professor, and Veronica Paredes, Assistant Professor, Media & Cinema Studies

October 31 :: Wellbeing in Asian Cultures, Counseling Center

November 7 :: Mongolia: Unleashed, Mongolian Cultural Organization

November 14 :: Yuki Speaks Out, Yuki Llewellyn and Karen Su

November 28 :: Executive Order 9066: Could it Happen Again? - A review of the Coram Nobis Case and the EO that Started It All, Debbie Ikeda, U of I Alum

December 5 :: Myths on Asian Americans: Affirmative Actions, Model Minority, & Racial Microaggressions, HyeJin Tina Yeo, PhD Candidate


Food for the Soul | Hosted by the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center

51 E. Gregory Dr. Champaign

August 30 :: “Welcome Black” picnic

September 6 :: “I Am Not Your Negro” Partial Screening & Discussion

September 13 :: Let’s Talk About It: Mental Health and College Students, Sankofa Outreach Team, Counseling Center

September 20:: Everyday Leadership, Ashley M. Davis, MBA, Assistant Director, BNAACC

September 27 :: Yet With a Steady Beat: Celebrating Black Chorus at 50, Dr. Ollie Watts Davis, Professor of Voice, Director, Black Chorus

October 4 :: My PhD Journey: A Panel

October 11 :: In the Black: Understanding Our Finances, Ashley M. Davis, MBA, Assistant Director, BNAACC

October 18 :: Hoodies and Handcuffs: Black Men and the Prison Industrial Complex, Nathan Stephens, MSW, Director, BNAACC

October 25 :: 100 Strong: Together We March On, 100 Strong E-Board 

November 1 :: TBA

November 8 :: A Chat with Your New Vice Chancellor, Dr. Danita Brown Young, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

November 15 :: Protest at Mizzou: CS 1950, CS 1950

November 29 :: Black Wellness: Physically, Mentally, & Socially, Kia Williams, Assistant Director Fitness Programs

December 6 :: Developing Our Student Leaders, Dr. Nameka Bates, Assistant Director, Office of Minority Student Affairs


Lunch @ La Casa | Hosted by La Casa Cultural Latina

1203 W. Nevada St., Urbana

September 7 :: Meet ’n Greet, La Casa Cultural Latina Professional Staff

September 14 :: GEO 101: What is the Graduate Employees’ Organization? Graduate Employee Organization

September 21 :: Myths and Realities about Undo/DACAmented Individuals, Illinois Coalition Assisting Undocumented Students’ Education (I-CAUSE)

September 28 :: Early Students from Latin American and the Caribbean at the University of Illinois, Salvatore Victor De Sando, Archives Assistant, University Library

October 5 :: Access to Health Care, America Carrillo, UIC Nursing Student & La Casa Cultural Fall Intern

October 12 :: Día de la Resistencia, Student Panel

October 19 :: Latinx Communities Health Disparities, McKinley Health Center’s Special Populations

October 26 :: TBA, Heather A. Hathaway Miranda, Illinois Latina/Latino Alumni Association

November 2 :: Dia de Muertos conversation from an Indigenous Oaxacan Perspective, Carlos Orozco from Puech Ikots

November 9 :: How Our Illinois Latinx Community Organizes After a Tragedy, MEChA, Puerto Rico Rises, and more

November 16 :: Latinx in the STEM, Panel of Illinois Students & Staff

November 30 :: Cultural Survival and Land Dispossession: A Photographic Essay on The Sioux and the Embera Peoples of North and South America, Alexandra McNichols-Torroledo

December 7 :: Holidays in Latin American, Las Posadas Group

December 14 :: Reading Day. Just relax! Finals start tomorrow!


Chat n Chew | Hosted by Native American House

1206 W. Nevada St., Urbana

September 1:: Native American House: Meet ‘n Greet, Gioconda Guerra Perez, Interim Director & Beverly Smith, Assistant Director, Native American House

September 15 :: American Indian & Archives at UIUC Archives Research Center, Anna Trammell, Archival Operations & Reference Specialist

October 6 :: American Indian Studies Library Services: An Information Session, Cynthia Ingold, Gender Studies and Multicultural Services Librarian

October 20 :: The Colonial Context of the Standing Rock Protest and Dakota Access Pipeline, Issac Akande, Doctoral Candidate, Education Policy Organization & Leadership

November 3 :: American Indian Healthcare Utilization: Challenges and Policy-Driven Solutions, Elise Ann Geist Meyer, Medical Scholars Program, College of Medicine

November 17 :: Cash to Careers: Success for Youth in Illinois,sSamantha Selby, Youth Coordinator, California Indian Manpower Consortium Inc., Chicago Based Operations

December 1 :: Cultural Awakening: Lessons Learned Working on the “Rez”, Antonio Franklin, Associate Director of Field Operations, Office of Extension and Outreach

Conversation Café | Hosted by Diversity & Social Justice Education

at the University YMCA Latzer Hall in collaboration with the YMCA’s Friday Forum series, 1001 S. Wright St., Champaign
Paid for in part by the Student Sustainability Fee

September 8 :: Standing Rock and the Power of Indigenous Youth Voices, Thomas Tonatiuh Dominguez-Lopez, International Indigenous Youth Council

September 22 :: A Half Century of Protecting and Restoring the Waters of the United States, David Ullrich, The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative

September 29 :: Neighborhood Approaches to Environmental Justice, Local Panel featuring Lierman Neighborhood Action Committee and 5th and Hill Neighborhood Rights Campaign

October 13 :: One Barrier Too Many: Understanding What It Means To Bicycle in Black and Latino Communities, Charles Brown, Voorhees Transportation Center and Rutgers University

October 27 :: Environmental Changes and Indigenous Peoples: The Interconnectedness of Land Loss, Shared Cultural Experiences, and Trauma, Shanondora Billiot, School of Social Work

November 10 :: Circular Economies of Food Production in Back of the Yards, Jonathan Pereira, The Plant Chicago