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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.

Fall 2021 Schedule - Reserve seating in advance or join us virtually!

Zoom Registration link:

Sept 7  -Supporting Students in Distress and Mental Health Tips
Presented By: Counseling Center  
Sept 14 - Exploring International Student Experiences: A Closer Look at Focus Group Findings
Presented By: Jaki Yi & Emma Park  
Sept 21- Mid-Autumn Festival: A Celebration of Cultural Traditions
Presented By: TBA  
Sept 28 - Kofi: Boxing and Manga in Japan
Presented by: Kofi Bazzell-Smith, MFA candidate & 2021 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship 

Additional speaker updates coming soon! Please note all topics/schedule are subject to change. 

Spring 2021 Archive:
Feb 2 - Asian American Children's Literature
Presented By: Sarah Park Dahlen - Associate Professor, Master of Library and Information Science Program at St. Catherine University

Feb 9 - Beyond Balance: APIA Women in Law
Presented By: University of Illinois Alums Panel - Valerie Garcia (UIUC), Natalie Lashinsky (UIC), Paula Kim (UIUC)

Feb 16 - Library Resources for Gender and Multicultural-Focused Research
Presented By: Cindy Ingold - University Library

Feb 23 - Happy Hour: Exploring Drinking Culture and College Success
Presented By: Counseling Center

Mar 2 -  Being in a bi-racial relationship and preserving and passing down a strong South Asian identity
Presented By: Lakshmi Lakshmanan- Immigration Attorney

Mar 9 - Expanding Definitions of Success
Presented 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 Violence
Presented 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-19
Presented By: Dr. Joycelyn Landrum-Brown, Dr. Teresa Mok, Dr. David Chih  

Sept 22- Careers in National Security
Presented By: Carrie Kagawa - UIUC Alumna  

Sept 29 - Reflections on the Model Minority Myth
Presented By: Jocelyn Yin - UIUC Alumna  

Oct 6 - Filipino American Heritage Month: Balikbayan Traditions
Presented By: Maria Conrad, AACC Office Manager  

Oct 13 - Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Anti-Violence Activism in India
Presented By: Women's Resource's Center, Jaya Kolisetty, Associate Director, UIUC Alumna  

Oct 20 - AACC 15th Anniversary Panel
Presented By:  UIUC Students, Alumni and Staff  

Oct 27 - Intersectionality in Higher Education
Presented By: May Kao Xiong, PhD Student UC Merced,Former AACC Senior Assistant Director  

Nov 3 - Election Day - State Holiday
No FFT Presentation  

Nov 10 - Post-Elections Space
Community 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