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Food for Thought

Food for Thought, part of the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relation's Lunch on Us series, is a weekly noontime discussion focused on topics relevant to the Asian American community. Past discussions include topics such as nutrition, mental health, sexual health, and media representation of Asian Americans.

Food for Thought is back for Spring 2022! 

Note: For health and safety of all attendees, limited in-person seating will be available. Virtual participation is available pending presenter approval. 

Zoom Registration link:

Feb 8 - Celebrating Lunar New Year Traditions: Lantern Festival
Presented by: Maria Tenuta

Feb 15 - Anti-Asian Hate during the age of COVID-19
Dr. David Chih, Director, Asian American Cultural Center

Feb 22 - Understanding Japanese Internment and its connection to Executive Order 9066
Presented by: Ross Harano, U of I Alum

Mar 1 - South Asian Experiences in Corporate America
Presented by: Simi Sandhu & Monisha Shah, U of I Alums & former AACC Interns

Mar 8 - Happy Hour: Exploring Drinking Culture and College Success
Presented by: Counseling Center Staff

Mar 15 - Canceled for SPRING BREAK

Mar 22 - Introduction to Stress Management
Presented by: McKinley Health Center

Mar 29 - Reporting on the Human Condition
Presented by: Erika Hayasaki

April 5 - Asian American Advocates: What Cultural Competency Looks Like in Social Services
Presented by: Felicia Jia & Shiwei Zhang, U of I Alums & former AACC Interns

April 12 - Average Angry Asian: Learning to lean into anger and self-acceptance to make a difference in the world
Presented by: Jung Kim, Assistant Professor/Program Chair for Literacy, Lewis University 

Topics/schedule are subject to change. Food for Thought is paid for by the Student Cultural Programming Fee. 




This program is funded by the Student Cultural Programming Fee.
When recorded, virtual programming can be accessed via the AACC's Media Space Channel HERE

For any event-related questions, please contact Jennifer at