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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. 

Spring 2022 (schedule is still being finalized)


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

April 19: Intersectionality between the Indigenous and LGBT community by Dr. Kai Pyle

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

February 14: "Love is" presented by Bria Thurman and Priyanka Zylstra- Women's Resources Center Domestic Violence Awareness Committee

February 28: Celebrating Black Women's History in Champaign-Urbana, presented by Imani Bazzell, Director-Root Causes and Founder-SisterNet

March 7: Gender Equity and Sustainable Development: U.N. International Women's Day, presented Jackie Genova, Global Goals Ambassador- United Nations Association of Chicago

March 28: LA FUERZA: Creating a Latina Feminist Archive, presented by Mariana Gutierrez, Advocacy and Wellness Coordinator- Women's Resources Center

April 11: Women Also Know Stuff, presented by Dr. Gisela Sin, Professor of Political Science- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

April 25: Period Justice: How You Can Advocate for Menstruation Equity, presented by CodeRed UIUC


Food For Thought | Hosted by the Asian American Cultural Center

February 8: Celebrating Lunar New Year Traditions, presented by Maria Tenuta

February 15: Anti-Asian Hate during the age of COVID-19, presented by Dr. David Chih

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

March 1: South Asian Experiences in Corporate America, presented by Simi Sandhu and Monisah Shah

March 8: Happy Hours: Exploring Drinking Culture and College Success, presented by the Counseling Center Staff

March 22: Title/Topic TBA, presented by McKinley Special Populations

March 29: Asian Americans in Journalism, presented by Erika Hayasaki

April 5: Social Services Resources for the Asian and Asian American Community, presented by Felicia Jia and Shiwei Zhang

April 12: Title/Topic TBA, presented by Jung Kim


Food For The Soul | Hosted by the Bruce D. African American Cultural Center

February 2: Hei Butterfly The Initiative: Study Abroad Reimagined for Black and Brown Scholars

February 9: Welcome to the BNAACC Fam-ILL-y!!, presented by Resse Johnson

February 16: All About Love- A Tribute to bell hooks

February 23: Racial Disparities in Black Birthing People's Mortality

March 2: Making Space for Sounds of Black Girlhood

March 9: Inside Scoop w/Dr. Lerone Martin

March 23: Afro-Latinx Experiences

March 30: Get In Tune With OMSA: Academic Success

April 6: Black Liberation & the #MeTooMovement

April 13: The Impact of Policing in Black Trans and Gender Nonconforming Communities

April 20: Puff, Puff, Pass: A Discussion on Marijuana Decriminalization

April 27: Bridging Cross Cultural Connections Between Black and Indigenous Communities

May 4: End of Year Cookout


Lunch @ La Casa | Hosted by La Casa Cultural Latina

February 3: Bias and Attitudes Towards Spanish in the U.S., presented by Dr. Salvatore Callesano

February 10: Leave your legacy with New Student Programs, presented by Lisa Jackson

February 17: Title/Topic TBA, presented by Mona Fange- CEO of Karma Trade

February 24: Live.Live.Involved, presented by Louis Sommesi- Illini Union Board President


Conversation Cafe | Hosted by Diverstiy and Social Justice Education

February 11: Improvisation & Disruption along the Parable Path CU, presented by Stacey Robinson & Jason Finkelman

February 18: Building Community through Reentry, presented by Marlon Mitchell & Crushion Stubbs

February 25: Faith, Race, Loss, and Radical Hope presented by Jennifer Bailey

March 4: "Born & Raised" Film, presented by Jacqueline Lyon & Christian Mejia

March 25: Bad Fat Black Girl: Notes From A Trap Feminist, presented by Sesali Bowen

April 1: NAACP- Champaign County presented by Minnie Pearson & Thom Moore

April 8: In The Wake of Unit 4's Resolution Against Racism, presented by Ken Salo, Anegla Ward, Brenda Taylor