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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.



Spring 2021 Schedule - Please note topics/sessions are subject to change. 

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 - TBA Artist Discussion Panel *Rescheduled from April 13th
Presented By: Diem Le, AACC Undergraduate Intern

 

Register in advance: https://bit.ly/2YjiYGo You will receive Zoom meeting information after registering.

 

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

 

Fall 2020 Archive: 

Sept 7  -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.

 

Summer 2020 Archive: 

July 7 - “Korean Food for Thought”: Reflection of Being a Korean

Presented By: Eunbyul Park

 

July 14- Focusing on You and Your Academic Success  

Presented By: Office of Minority Student Affairs  

 

July 21 -Social Change Behaviors Among Asian American Students

Presented By: Jacqueline Yi  

 

July 28 - Job Searching in an Increasingly Virtual World

Presented By: The Career Center


Food for Thought is hosted on Tuesdays via Zoom. For any event-related questions, please contact Jennifer at AACC@illinois.edu.