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Conversation Café

As part of the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR) Lunch on Us series, Diversity & Social Justice Education hosts the Conversation Cafe lunch series, which is paid for in part, by the Student Cultural Programming Fee (SCPF).  

Please join us Spring semester 2022 as we partner with the University YMCA for Conversation Cafe + Friday Form, where we will hear responses to the following questions from community leaders, scholars, creatives, and leading voices in the fight for racial and social justice:

  • How can we nurture our commitment to faith and radical hope in the face of racism, grief, and loss? 
  • How can we cultivate a community grounded in restorative justice, liberatory education, and racial equity? 
  • How can we find power and resilience through radical printmaking, documentary fiction, and authentic storytelling? 

This series is radio broadcast at 6:00 PM on WEFT 90.1, the Wednesday following the lecture.  Urbana Public Television also provides recordings of past lectures on their YouTube channel.


All presentations will be held February 4, 2022 - April 8, 2022, at noon, in Latzer Hall, within the University YMCA, followed by a conversation with Diversity & Social Justice staff at 1:00 PM.  

Friday, February 4, 2022

William Estrada

Art at the Y: Radical Printmaking

Friday, February 11, 2022

Stacey Robinson & Jason Finkelman

Improvisation & Disruption along the Parable Path CU

Friday, February 18, 2022

Marlon Mitchell & Crushion Stubbs

Building Community through Reentry

Friday, February 25, 2022

Jennifer Bailey

Faith, Race, Loss, and Radical Hope

Friday, March 4, 2022

Jacqueline Lyon & Christian Mejía

Film: Community Resistance to Gentrification in Chicago

Friday, March 25, 2022

Sesali Bowen

Author of Bad Fat Black Girl:  Notes From A Trap Feminist

Friday, April 1, 2022

Minnie Pearson & Thom Moore

NAACP - Champaign County

Friday, April 8, 2022

Ken Salo, Angela Ward, Brenda Taylor

In The Wake of Unit 4's Resolution Against Racism


How to Participate Online

Please click the link below to register for this series:

Webinar ID: 839 1878 3990         Passcode:  074617



This series could not happen without the generous support of local individuals, organizations, and departments.  We would like to thank all the members of the Conversation Cafe + Friday Forum committee, and the following sponsors for helping to bring us this spring 2022 series:

  • Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center
  • Center for Advanced Study
  • Department of Urban & Regional Planning
  • First Mennonite Church of Champaign-Urbana
  • Humanities Research Institute
  • LGBT Resource Center
  • Social Action Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign
  • Urbana-Champaign Friends Meeting
  • Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program
  • Women's Resources Center

Further information for the University YMCA Friday Forum can be located at:

Disability accommodations are available by contacting Teryl Brewster at  A sign language interpreter is available with at least 72-hours notice by contacting the University YMCA at (217) 337-1500.