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.
Fall 2021 Schedule - Reserve seating in advance or join us virtually!
Zoom Registration link: https://bit.ly/3yfWci7
Additional speaker updates coming soon! Please note all topics/schedule are subject to change.
Spring 2021 Archive:
Feb 9 - Beyond Balance: APIA Women in LawPresented By: University of Illinois Alums Panel - Valerie Garcia (UIUC), Natalie Lashinsky (UIC), Paula Kim (UIUC)
Feb 16 - Library Resources for Gender and Multicultural-Focused ResearchPresented By: Cindy Ingold - University Library
Feb 23 - Happy Hour: Exploring Drinking Culture and College SuccessPresented By: Counseling Center
Mar 2 - Being in a bi-racial relationship and preserving and passing down a strong South Asian identityPresented By: Lakshmi Lakshmanan- Immigration Attorney
Mar 9 - Expanding Definitions of SuccessPresented By: Samarth Bhaskar - Independent Consultant, Former Senior Editor at NYTimes
Mar 16 - Owning Our Greatest Potential: Asian American Leadership and Empowerment Presented By: Yuri Kim - U.S. Diplomat
Mar 23 - Celebrating Our AACC Stories: Connecting College to Career Presented By: Jeffrey Sichaleune - Librarian, Los Angeles, CA & Linda Luk - Multicultural Student Affairs Staff at Northwestern University
Mar 30 - An AppalAsian Writer On the Importance of Being Yourself Presented By: Lisa Kwong - Writer, Adjunct Lecturer, Asian American Studies Program Adjunct Lecturer, Department of English at Indiana University April 6 - Bridges: Strengthening Communities to Address Intimate Partner and Sexual ViolencePresented By: Shirley Luo - Resource Center Coordinator at the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence
April 20 - Artist Discussion Panel *Rescheduled from April 13th
Presented By: Diem Le, AACC Undergraduate Intern
Fall 2020 Archive: Sept 8 -Mental Health in the Asian Community During the Time of COVID-19 Presented By: Counseling Center
Sept 15 - Anti-Asian Racism during COVID-19Presented By: Dr. Joycelyn Landrum-Brown, Dr. Teresa Mok, Dr. David Chih
Sept 22- Careers in National SecurityPresented By: Carrie Kagawa - UIUC Alumna
Sept 29 - Reflections on the Model Minority MythPresented By: Jocelyn Yin - UIUC Alumna
Oct 6 - Filipino American Heritage Month: Balikbayan TraditionsPresented By: Maria Conrad, AACC Office Manager
Oct 13 - Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Anti-Violence Activism in IndiaPresented By: Women's Resource's Center, Jaya Kolisetty, Associate Director, UIUC Alumna
Oct 20 - AACC 15th Anniversary PanelPresented By: UIUC Students, Alumni and Staff
Oct 27 - Intersectionality in Higher EducationPresented By: May Kao Xiong, PhD Student UC Merced,Former AACC Senior Assistant Director
Nov 3 - Election Day - State HolidayNo FFT Presentation
Nov 10 - Post-Elections SpaceCommunity gathering & support, Drop-in basis
Nov 17 - Diwali Celebration Presented By:Indian Graduate Students Association (IGSA)
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 AACC@illinois.edu.