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Spring 2016 Lunch on Us Calendar



Hosted by the LGBT Resource Center
All events will be held at the Women’s Resources Center unless otherwise noted
703 South Wright Street, 2nd Floor, Champaign


February 1 :: "Queering Up Your Campus’ Safer Sex Education," Celiany Rivera Velasquez

February 15 :: “Queer Femme Solidarities: Fighting the Revolution in Lipstick and Heels,” Stephanie Skora

February 29 :: “Riding the 4th Wave: Defining Trans and Cis Feminist Solidarity,” Devon Guidoux, Assistant Director, LGBTRC and Rachel Lauren Storm, Assistant Director, WRC

March 7 :: “Neurodiversity within the queer and trans community,” Betsy Basch, Psy. D., Clinical Counselor, Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES)

April 4 :: “YES – the mascot IS a queer and trans issue!” Jodi Byrd, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English & Gender and Women’s Studies

April 18 :: Last Lecture: Cris Mayo, Ph.D., Professor and Associate Head, Dept. of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, Chair, Chancellors and Provost Committee on LGBTQ Concerns

Dish It Up at the WRC

Hosted by Women’s Resources Center, 703 South Wright St, 2nd Floor, Champaign

January 25 :: “Man up, bruh!: Masculinities, Identity, and Stereotypes” Ross Wantland, Director, Diversity and Social Justice Education (DiversityEd)

February 8 :: “A Conversation on Race, Gender, and Disability” In Honor of Black Health Week, M.T. Hudson, Senior Title IX and A.D.A. Specialist, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

February 22 :: “Broadening the Spectrum of Eating Concerns: Food, Exercise, and the Body,” Steve Andrews and Carina Bauer, Clinic Counselors and Co-Chairs of the Eating Disorders Treatment Team, Counseling Center

February 29 * :: “Riding the 4th Wave: Defining Trans and Cis Feminist Solidarity,” Devon Guidoux, Assistant Director, LGBT Resource Center and Rachel Lauren Storm, Assistant Director, Women’s Resources Center

March 14 :: "Gender Equity and Equality: A Ecofeminist Case Study from the Nepalese Forestry Sector” In honor of the 6th Annual Campus Ecofeminism Summit Richa Niraula, Graduate Student/Fulbright Fellow, Department of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences

March 28 :: “A Herstory of Pandora’s Rag, Feminist Zine at the University of Illinois,” Jacque Khan, Academic Advisor & Administrative Coordinator, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies and Janelle Skaloud, J.D., Former Founder/Editor, Pandora’s Rag

April 11 :: “Sexual Assault and Tenant’s Rights: Understanding Your Options Under the Law” In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month,
Brittany Glenn, Program Manager, The Tenant Union, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

April 25 :: “The Trauma Diaspora and the Affective Archive” In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Meadow Jones, PhD. Candidate, Art Education, School of Art + Design

*a 5th Monday cosponsored by the WRC and LGBTRC together


Food for Thought

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

January 26 :: “Asians in Engineering and the Bamboo Ceiling – A Group Panel Discussion,” Society of Asian Scientists & Engineers (SASE)

February 2 :: “Love in Islam,” Faizan Mumtaz, Co-hosted by Muslim Students Association

February 9 :: “On Being Bi-Racial & Multi-Racial," A Group Panel Discussion presented by Mixed Student Union

February 16 :: "Catching a Breath: Managing it all Through Mindfulness-based Coping Practices,” Counseling Center Staffs

February 23 :: “I Don’t Want to be a Doctor Anymore: Exploring Careers off the Beaten Asian American Track,” Katherine Jo, PhD Candidate, College of Education

March 1 :: "Celebrating Asian & Asian American Women Leaders at UIUC – A Group Panel Discussion"

March 8 :: "Why Asian American Studies?" Soo Ah Kwon, Dept Head Asian American Studies

March 15 :: “Alone Together: An Anthropology of Gay Dating Apps and Asian/America,” Mike Paul Atienza, PhD Candidate, Anthropology

March 29 :: “Where are you Really From? Rituals, Relationships and Restrictions,” Fang Ewe, U of I Student

April 5 :: “Life as an International Graduate Student,” Ga Young Jin, Program Assistant

April 12 :: “Forgotten Country: A Public Book Reading,” Author, Catherine Chung

April 19 :: “Role of Alums to Current U of I Students,” U of I Asian American Alumni Network

April 26 :: “Influence and the Growth of the APA Pipeline: Reflections of a Student Activist Turned Corporate Lawyer,” Sandra Yamate, University of Illinois Alumna


Food for the Soul

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

January 27 :: “The New Jim Crow in Champaign-Urbana,” Brian Dolinar

February 3 :: “How I Failed: A Conversation with Forbes 30 Under 30 Honoree Madison Maxey,” Madison Maxey

February 10 :: “Black Girls Speak: More than Sass or Silence,” Various Panelists

February 17 :: “What’s Love Got to Do With It? Exploring Healthy Black Relationships”

February 24 :: “Eating Disorders in African Americans: Debunking the Myths, Changing Attitudes, and Raising Awareness” by McKinley Health Center Health Educators and Special Populations Student Health Concerns Committee.

March 2 :: “Safety Guide to Unofficial,” Marissa Roberson

March 9 :: “Matryoshka Dolls in Action: Black Women at FSU 1960–1980,” Francena Turner

March 16 :: “I-Watch: Campus Safety,” Marissa Roberson

March 23 :: SPRING BREAK

March 30 :: “It Takes a Village to Raise a Student,” Eric Barbour - City Year Chicago

April 6 :: “Relax & Be Natural: Owning Your Natural Tresses,” Peggi LaFrance

April 13 :: “Hip Hop Around the World,” Charlotte Prieu & International Students

April 20 :: “A Different World: Opportunities for Professional Engagement Abroad,” U.S. Department of State & Peace Corps- Office of University Programs

April 27 :: “What’s Love Got to Do With It? A Discussion of Healthy African American Relationships,” Panel Discussion


Lunch @ La Casa

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

January 21 :: “Recentering Mexico in Mexican Immigration to the United States: Guanajuatenses Mobility in the Twentieth Century,” Carolina Ortega, Ph.D. Student, History and Latina/Latino Studies

January 28 :: "Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color Through Research," Isabel Molina-Guzmán, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Media & Cinema Studies and Latina/Latino Studies

February 4 :: How does it feel to 'come out of the shadows'? The rhetoric of the DREAMers," Dr. Josue David Cisneros, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Communication and Latina/Latino Studies

February 11 :: Happier Hour: Practices in Positive Psychology,” Matt King, Ph.D. Student, Counseling Psychology

February 18 :: “Mirrors of the Heart: Exploring Gender, Ethnicity, Race and Identity” alongside the Latina/o students’ interpretation of Dr. Ruth Nicole Brown’s Hear Our Truths: The Creative Potential of Black Girlhood. Moderator: Tekita Bankhead, Assistant Director, Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center

February 25 :: "Mass Incarceration and the War on Immigrants," James Kilgore, Research Scholar, 
Center for African Studies

March 3 :: "Latinas and Reproductive Justice: Then and Now,” Dr. Natalie Lira, Ph.D., Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Associate, Latina/Latino Studies Department

March 10 :: 'Celebrating Mothers in Academia," Marielisbet Lisa Perez, President, COE Students with Families, Ph.D. Student in Education Policy, Organization & Leadership

March 17 :: Rebecca Ginsburg, Associate Professor -Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

March 31 :: TBA

April 7 :: TBA

April 14 :: “The Sovereign Colony: Olympic Sport, National Identity, and International Politics in Puerto Rico,” Dr. Antonio Sotomayor, Assistant Professor, Librarian of Latin American and Caribbean Studies

April 21 :: Carol Lumbley

April 28 :: Michelle Cruz-Santiago, Ph.D., Researcher & Project Coordinator, Abriendo Caminos, Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition
Department of Human Development & Family Studies


Chat 'n Chew

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

January 29 : : “Writing as a Palestinian in American Indian Studies: The Case of Dr. Steven Salaita,” Eman Ghanayem, Doctoral Student, Department of English **Location: Asian American Cultural Center, 1210 West Nevada Street, Urbana**

February 5 :: “Land Grant Institutions and American Indian Treaties,” Dr. James Anderson, Edward William and Jane Marr Gutsgell Professor of Education, College of Education

February 19 :: “Rebuilding a Mayan World in Chiapas: Awakening, Presence, and Possibilities,” JSilvia Soto, 2015–2016 Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow, American Indian Studies

March 4 :: “Indigenous Modernity in Amazonian Ecuador,” Dr. Norman Whitten Jr, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology & Latin American Studies

March 18 : : "The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America," Sarah Deer, Professor of Law, William Mitchell College of Law

April 1 :: “The Illinois and the Edge Effect: Native American Power in the Early Midwest,” Dr. Robert Morrissey, Assistant Professor, Department of History

April 15 :: “Reproductive Justice On and Off the Reservation,” Brianna Jo Theobald, 2015–2016 Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow, American Indian Studies

April 29 :: “What Exactly Did They Sell? Revisiting Piankeshaw Agency and Land in Johnson v. McIntosh (1823),” Theresa Rocha Beardall, Doctoral Student, Sociology, Cornell University

Conversation Café

Hosted by Diversity & Social Justice Education
All events will be held at the Women’s Resources Center unless otherwise noted
703 South Wright Street, 2nd Floor, Champaign

January 22 :: “A Select View of Earthlings: Conversation with Director and Choreographer Ping Chong” (co-sponsored by Dance at Illinois)

February 12 :: International, Domestic, and Illinois: Lessons Learned from “We Are Illinois,” Intercultural Horizons Interns

February 26 :: “Reclaiming OUR Narrative: How History Can Inform Policy, the Change, the Future,” Pete Haviland-Eduah (Million Hoodies Movement for Justice) (co-sponsored with University YMCA Friday Forum) This event will be held in Latzer Hall, University YMCA (1001 S. Wright St.)

March 11 :: “Of Many”: The Power of Interreligious Cooperation, Facilitated by Illinois Interfaith Interns

April 8 :: “Ways of Being White, other than White Supremacist,” Joe Minarik (DiversityEd)

April 22 :: “Dungeons, Dragons, & Combatting the Orcs of Ableism with alum Jonathan Shinabarger”

April 29 :: Last Lecture with Dr. Ruby Mendenhall (Sociology)