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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: 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