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Fall 2015 Lunch on Us Calendar

All programs take place from noon to 1 pm. Space is limited. Please arrive early! Lunches are paid for in part by the Student Cultural Programming Fee.


Dish It Up at the WRC

Hosted by Women's Resources Center, 703 South Wright St, 2nd Floor, Champaign
“Intersecting Feminism(s)”

August 24 :: Sambaza Knowledge: Feminism and Civic Education by Kenyan Women’s Rights Groups feat. Brenda Nyandiko Sanya, Doctoral Student in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

August 31 :: (Joint Quench/Dish It Up) One Doula’s Story of Challenging Racism, Transphobia, and Capitalism in the Quest for Birth Justice, Kristina Khan, Radical Birth Doula

September 14 :: Aha! Moments of Privilege and Oppression: My Story” Kimberly D. Hodges, MSW. Program Director, University Housing

September 28 :: Exploring Expectations of Fairness in Infancy Melody Buyukozer Dawkins, PhD Student in the Department of Psychology

October 12 :: The Gendered Dynamics of Domestic Violence and Homelessness Katie Sissors Harmon, LCSW., Student Affairs Coordinator, School of Social Work

October 26 :: An Ecological Examination of the Formal Response to Violence against Women in India, Suvarna Menon, PhD Student in the Department of Psychology

November 9 :: Touching the Heart, Mending the Soul: Healing Through Expressive Arts with Dr. Theresa Benson, Assistant Director, The Counseling Center


Food For Thought at the AACC

Hosted by Asian American Cultural Center, 1210 West Nevada Street, Urbana

September 1 :: A Celebration of Onam, a Hindu Festival, Jacob Chacko, AACC Graduate Assistant

September 8 :: Asian Americans in Higher Education: Charting New Realities, Dr. Yoon Pak & Xavier Hernandez, Associate Professor, Asian American Studies & Doctoral Student in the Department of Education Policy, Organization, & Leadership

September 15 :: Why I Chose to be part of the Asian American Greek Letter Organization—A Group Panel Discussion

September 22 :: Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle through Positive Choices, Akila Prasad, Eunice Hong, & Heidi Hardt, McKinley’s Special Populations & Sexual Health Peers

September 29 :: “Guam: Where America’s Day Begins,” Bing Wang, Senior in Political Science, APAC Co-Director

October 6 :: Multiethnicity and Multiculturalism: An Emerging Demographic and Identity, Crystal Ponce, Vice President, Philippine Student Association

October 13 :: LGBT AAPI Panel

October 20 :: Gender Differences In Student’s Experiences of Studying Abroad—A Group Panel Discussion

October 27 :: Racial Microaggressions among Asian American College Students, Shinwoo Choi, MSW, PhD Candidate in School of Social Work

November 3 :: Am I Asian Enough? Am I American Enough? A Discussion on Being Asian American, Counseling Center

November 10 :: TBA

November 17 :: A Public Booking Reading: Bodies in Motion, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Author

December 1 :: World AIDS Day: Getting to Zero through Prevention. Education. Advocacy. Support, McKinley Special Populations


Food for the Soul at BNAACC

Hosted by Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, 51 East Gregory Drive, Champaign

August 26 :: Welcome Mix & Mingle with BNAACC, Staff Members of the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center

September 2 :: A Brave New World: Technology, Social Justice, and the Future,
Onyeama Osuagwu, Doctoral Candidate, Electrical and Computer Engineering, M.S. Applied Mathematics

September 9 :: The Balancing Act of Black Academia, Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA)

September 16 :: 250 Years and Still a Slave … Janice Marie Collins, Ph. D., Assistant Professor, Journalism Department, College of Media, and Institute of Communications Research

September 23 :: LeBroning: Social and Political Activism of Black Athlees Then and Now, Nameka Bates, Doctoral Candidate, Kinesiology – Cultural Studies of Sports

September 30 :: Making Media Matter: African Americans in Broadcasting, Kimberly Shine, Reporter for FOX Champaign News at Nine

October 7 :: Co-Conspirators for Racial Justice, Andrea Rundell, Executive Director, YWCA of the University of Illinois

October 14 :: The Wonderful World of OMSA, Office of Minority Student Affairs

October 21 :: Connecting Conversations: The Student Pan African Movement, Amira Al Mutairi, International Advising Specialist, International Student and Scholar Services & the Student Pan African Movement (SPAM)

October 28 :: CANCELED Culture Jamming: An Introduction to Critical Cultural Media Literacy, Nicole A. Cooke, Ph. D., Assistant Professor, The Graduate School of Library and Information Science

November 4 :: NO LUNCH

November 11 :: Exploring Racial Discussion Fatigue Syndrome, Counseling Center

November 18 :: Eating Disorders In African Americans: Debunking the Myths, Changing Attitudes, and Raising Awareness, Special Populations Students Health Concerns Committee –MHC Health Education Unit

December 2 :: Fight for Life: Critical Discussions of the Motion Picture “Creed,” Nuno F. Ribeiro, Ph. D., Assistant Professor, Department of Recreation, Sport & Tourism


Lunch @ La Casa

Hosted by La Casa Cultural Latina, 1203 W Nevada St, Urbana, IL 61801

August 29 :: Meet the La Casa Staff, La Casa Cultural Latina Staff

September 3 :: Queer Latinidades, Dr. David Luis Glisch Sanchez, Latina/Latino Department

September 10 :: Fighting the New Jim Crow at the Local Level, Brian Dolinar & Martel Miller, Champaign-Urbana Citizens for Peace and Justice

September 17 :: Traveling Museum of Mexican Culture and History, William Guillermo Luna, Mexican Art Museum


Chat ’n Chew at NAH

Hosted by Native American House, 1206 West Nevada Street, Urbana

September 4 :: Heather Wright

September 18 :: Special Populations, Registered Student Organization

October 2 :: James Anderson, Edward William and Jane Marr Gutsgell Professor of Education, College of Education

October 16 :: Brenda Farnell, Professor, Department of Anthropology & American Indian Studies Affiliate. Location this Week: Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, 51 E. Gregory Dr., Champaign

November 6 :: Jennifer Davis (Chickasaw), Assistant Professor, American Indian Studies

November 20 :: Culture Matters: Health and Lesiure Among First Nations Youth, Nuno Riberio, Department of Recreation & Tourism. Location: Asian American Cultural Center

December 4 :: I’m an Indian Too, Jodi Byrd (Chickasaw), Associate Professor, Department of English & Gender and Women’s Studies. Location: Asian American Cultural Center

Conversation Café

Hosted by Diversity & Social Justice Education
Location: Women's Resources Center, 703 S. Wright St., 2nd Floor, Champaign

September 11 :: Totally Biased: How News Media Racial Bias Affects You, Dr. Travis Dixon, Department of Communication

Professor Dixon will discuss how the news produce bias among viewers. He will provide an overview of the content and effects of mediated stereotyping. He will also invite a discussion from participants regarding their experiences with news media frames. Dr. Travis Dixon, professor in the College of Communications, is a media effects scholar dedicated to investigating the prevalence of stereotypes in the mass media and the impact of stereotypical imagery on audience members. He has been honored as a faculty fellow with the Center on Democracy in a Multiracial Society and as an invited fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Much of Dr. Dixon's work has been focused on racial stereotyping in television news. His more recent investigations examine the content and effects of stereotypes and counter-stereotypes in major news events, online news, and musical contexts.

September 26 :: The Significance of ADA: A Conversation with Illinois Wheelchair Basketball Team Players

Student wheel chair athletes will come to speak about their life experiences and the how ADA has given them the opportunities to be successful. Sports is only a vehicle to get the student from where they are to where they want to be. The rest is up to the individual.

October 9 :: Power + Class + Race = Mathematics Teaching? Juan Manuel Gerardo, Math Teacher and Curriculum & Instruction Graduate Student

How do beginning secondary mathematics teachers grapple with mathematics teaching. Teaching is not only about content but also about their identity (and that of their students) and the relationships they develop. Math teacher and graduate student Juan Manuel Gerardo will discuss methods to teach mathematics for equity, in particular to Latino, Black, Native American and other historically marginalized students.

October 23 :: What’s Langar Got to Do With It? Or How A Sikh Religious Event Teaches Us About Community, Members of the Sikh Student Association

Members from the University of Illinois Sikh Student Association will talk about their annual Langar on campus, a religious tradition that provides a community meal to anyone who would want it. Over the past four years, the Sikh Student Association has hosted a campus Langar, feeding over 1500 individuals with food cooked by members and their families. Since that time, this community Langar has been duplicated in Washington, DC and other areas. Come learn about the tradition of Langar and the ways that Langar promotes interfaith and interracial community.

October 30 :: Police Reform and Social Justice at the Police Training Institute, Dr. Michael Schlosser, Police Training Institute

Dr. Michael Schlosser, Director of the University of Illinois Police Training Institute, will speak about training police officers to become ?peace officers? that can successfully police in a multiracial society. These efforts include intense training on communication skills through scenario based training, an additional 12 hours of diversity training with the creation of the ?Policing in a Multiracial Society Project,? and a new collaboration with the Illinois Innocence Project. Michael Schlosser is a retired police officer and director of the University of Illinois Police Training Institute. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in Education. His research interests include: the intersection of police and race; police use of force; and police officer wellness.

November 13 :: Making Sense of Power, Joe Minarik (DiversityEd) & Rachel Storm (Women’s Resources Center)

Working for fairness has something to do with power, but what? From #Being Black at Illinois to efforts around transgender inclusive healthcare, this campus has seen a number of movements over the past two years designed to address fairness and equity. In this session, we will explore the term "power" collaboratively, examine how it relates to race, gender, disability status, and other aspects of social identity, and how we might relate to power in ways that promote greater fairness and justice. Presenters: Joe Minarik (Diversity & Social Justice Education) and Rachel Storm (Women's Resources Center).