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South Asian American Leadership Conference

Information for SAALC 2022 is coming soon! If you would like to join the planning committee, please contact Jennifer or Prthivi at AACC@Illinois.edu.
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The Asian American Cultural Center is hosting our 2nd annual South Asian American Leadership Conference virtually from on Monday, March 1 to Thursday March 4, 2021. South Asian Americans are one of the most rapidly growing groups in Illinois and the nation. The South Asian American Leadership Conference was created to educate and empower students to network and develop relations among South Asian students to foster unity, strengthen the community, provide opportunities for leadership development, and offer safe spaces to talk about the issues and challenges South Asian American students face. 
 
This conference is FREE for all University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students. We will have one workshop per day. If you're interested in attending, you can register for the workshops below: 

Monday, March 1 at 7pm

എന്റെ കഥ (Ente Katha): From Colorism to Racism to Homophobia

Join Dr. Chacko as he shares his experiences and stories from tackling colorism, racism, and homophobia in his lived experiences and supports college students through affinity/identity centers.

When: Mar 1, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) 

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://go.illinois.edu/SAALC31 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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Tuesday, March 2 at 12pm

“Being in a Bi-Racial Relationship and Preserving and Passing Down a Strong South Asian Identity”

When: Mar 2, 2021 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) 

Register in advance for this meeting. Select March 2nd Meeting:

https://go.illinois.edu/SAALC32 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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Wednesday, March 3 at 4pm

“Claiming an Indian American Heritage for a National Museum”

The National Indo-American Museum (NIAM), founded in 2008 as the Indo-American Heritage Museum, turned national with its name change in 2018. Its mission statement declares that it "builds bridges across generations and connects cultures through the diverse colorful stories of all Indian Americans."

But is there a common "Indian American" heritage? Given the differences among Indian Americans in language, socio-economic status, religious beliefs and practices, regional origin in India and intergenerational differences here in the US, to name only a few, can Indian Americans claim to have a common or cohesive culture? Is the culture expansive enough to accommodate all the diverse, colorful stories under a single NIAM umbrella, no matter how inclusive? To what extent do family and mainstream perceptions shape Indian American identity and influence the desire to connect with one’s heritage?

Explore these critical questions about Indian American identity and culture in this workshop, by NIAM's Executive Board Member and Past President Padma Rangaswamy. You will be challenged to think anew about Indian American heritage and the role of a museum in shaping a community's quest for a distinctive national identity in the American mosaic.

When: Mar 3, 2021 04:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) 

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://go.illinois.edu/SAALC33 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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Thursday, March 4 at 6pm

Mentorship, Practice and Servant Leadership”

Leadership development comes in many forms. Samarth Bhaskar will share lessons on the importance of mentorship, practice and servant leadership in his academic, professional and personal development while at UIUC and since graduation. Bhaskar will then moderate a discussion among attendees on their approaches to leadership development. 

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://go.illinois.edu/SAALC34 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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*Paid for in part by SCPF