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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 issues of queer Asian Americans.


Summer 2019 

Free ramen and light snacks every Tuesday 12-1pm on July 2 / July 9/ July 16 / July 23 / July 30. 

Please contact Jennifer at if you would like to reserve a session. 

Spring 2019 

Jan. 29 Title: University Library Resources for Gender and Multicultural-Focused Research
Presenter(s): Cindy Ingold, Associate Professor, University Library, Gender & Multicultural Services Librarian, University Library

Feb 5 Title: Asian Americans in the Media
Presenter(s): Teresa Mok, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Feb 12 Title: Learning About Our Community: Why Asian American Studies
Presenter(s): Soo Ah Kwon, PhD, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies

Feb 19 Title: Building and encouraging cross-cultural understanding through Peace Corps Service
Presenter(s): Peace Corps Illinois Recruiter, Sydney Lazarus

Feb 26 Title: Happy Hour: Exploring Drinking Culture and College Success
Presenter(s): Counseling Center, Zhenni Wang and Nupur Sahai

Mar 5 Title: Global Citizenship: Study Abroad Returnee Experiences, Study Abroad Panel
Presenter(s): Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange Office

Mar 12 Title: Experiences of South and Southeast Asian Students at UIUC
Presenter(s): Undergraduate student presenters

Mar 18 CANCELED - Spring Break

Mar 26 Title: CEAPS Presentation on Zhuang Culture
Presenter(s): Dr. Shih and Shanshan Wei, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies

Apr 2 Title: Us too in the age of #metoo: An Introduction to Trauma Responses and Strategies for Intervention
Presenter(s): Rape Advocacy, Counseling, & Education Services of Champaign-Urbana

Apr 9 Title: Songkran Festival: Thai New Year
Presenter(s): Thai Student Association

Apr 16 Title: Set Sail on your Leadership Journey
Presenter(s): Illinois Leadership Center

Apr 23 Title: Reflections of a Student Leader
Presenter(s): Deborah Ikeda, UIUC Alumna

Apr 30 Title: Women and hip hop in the Middle East and North Africa region
Presenter(s): Angela Williams, Associate Director at the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Paid for in part by Student Cultural Programming Fee. For a complete listing of OIIR’s Lunch on Us program, click here for SPRING 2019