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Join OIIR for a noontime discussion, and learn something new. Featuring speakers, panels, and resources at the University of Illinois, all lunches introduce you to the cultures, histories, and societal issues that the diverse communities of our campus face. Programs take place from noon to 1 pm and at the specific center hosting (unless otherwise noted). Lunches are paid for in part by the Student Cultural Programming Fee. 

Fall 2021


Quench | Hosted by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center

Location: Illini Union 210 General Lounge

September 20: "Suicide Prevention Week: Supporting Trans & Non-binary Students" by Chris Lofton, LCSW & Elise Lanker, LCSW

October 25: "Killing me Softly.... Discrimination and Inequality in Medicine" by Dr. Ranchero, MD, MS, MBA

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

August 30: Unapologetic: "I Think" by Dr. Xiomara Verenice Cervantes-Gomez

September 13: Suicide Prevention Week: "It's ok to not be ok." by Amy Wiedmann & Emily Barnum- Counseling Center

September 27: Cyntiha Bruno & Kelly O'Neill- Co-Founders of The Miss Market and Girls Go For It

October 11: Darlene Johnson- Associate Director, Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women

October 25: "Ancestors in the Making: Finding Balance & Restoration in Community Trauma Work" by Karla Aguilar Martinez- Graduate Student Researcher, Campus Assault Resource & Education Office, UCLA

November 8: Pamala Silas (Menominee and Oneida)- Associate Director for the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research, Northwestern University

November 29: Jazmyne Kellogg- Associate Director, Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center

December 6: "Home for the Holidays- Navigating New and Old Relationships Over Winter Break"


Food for Thought | Hosted by the Asian American Cultural Center

September 7: Supporting Students in Distress and Mental Health Tips by the Counseling Center

September 14: Exploring International Student Experiences: A Closer Look at Focus Group Findings by Jaki Yi and Emma Park

September 21: Mid-Autumn Festival: A Celebration of Cultural Traditions 

September 28: Kofi: Boxing and Manga in Japan by Kofi Bazzell-Smith, MFA candidate and 2021 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship

October 5: Proud to be First: Overcoming First-Generation Obstacles in Higher Education Panel Discussion by OMSA

October 12: Domestic Violence Awareness Month by Felina Kelly and Mariana Gutierrez

October 19: Asian Family Experiences with Adoption by Elana Schuster

October 26: Addressing Mental Health Stigmas in the Asian American Community by Dr. Matthew Lee

November 2: Celebrating Diwali Cultural Traditions by the Indian Graduate Students Association

November 9: Historical Trauma in the South Asian Diaspora by Dr. Ranjit Bhagwat

November 16: Grad School & Career Explorations by Surabhi Kiran


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

September 1: SANKOFA- the Counseling Center's Black Student Outreach Team

September 8: TBD

September 15: Your Voice. Your Power. Your Cultural Center! Learn about BNAACC Committes

September 22: Community Care Kickback

September 29: Get Ready With Me by GLAM Squad and Men of Impact

October 6: Overcoming Adversity in the Black Collegiate Experience- Alumni Panel

October 13: Family Feud: How Well do you Know your Resources?

October 20: Sneaky Links: Discretion and Boundaries

October 27: Networking 101: Career Development Workshop

November 3: Hey Friend by BNAACC

November 10: Social Media vs. Reality by SANKOFA

November 17: Nutrition While Traveling by McKinley Health Center

December 1

December 8


Lunch @ La Casa | Hosted by La Casa Cultural Latina

September 9: Get to Know Us: Open House by La Casa Staff

September 16: How Mexican Food Conquered America by Gustavo Arellano

September 23: Global Leaders Program by Karla Gilzzette Sanabria-Veaz

September 30: Advocating for Puerto Rico by Dr. Luis Rodriguez

October 7: Educate Ourselves to Protect Ourselves by Heather Hathaway Miranda

October 14: Indigenous Movements in Latin America by Korinta Maldonado

October 21: A Just Transition for La Villita by LVEJO

October 28: Day of the Dead in Latin America by Spurlock Museum

November 4: Mis XIV Anos: Affect, Joy, and Cultural Production in Contemporary Mediated Quinceaneras by Stephanie Perez

November 11: Study Abroad for Blk and Brown Folxs & Gilman Scholarship by Angelique Evans and Daniella DiStefano

November 18: Black P Stone Nation by Lance Williams


Conversation Cafe | Hosted by Diversity and Social Justice Education

September 17: Intersection of Racism and Migration by Lauren Aronson, Judge James R. Fujimoto, Michael H. LeRoy and Dr. Susan Ogwal

September 24: Rebecca Ginsburg, Executive Director at the Education Justice Project

October 1: Future Spaces in Community Places: Closing the Gap on Town and Gown with Stacey Robinson

October 8: Sundiata Cha-Jua, Associate Professor of African American Studies and History

October 15: Karen Simms, Executive Director of CU Trauma and Resilience Initiative

October 22: Moving Upstream: An Anti-Racist Approach to Healthcare Education

October 29: Catherine Sheih, Anita-Hate Training Coordinator at Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago

November 5: Unpacking Racism: What are we Carrying?