Global Engagement Lounge (GEL)

Global Engagement Lounge (GEL)

GEL is a unique place where you can meet other international and domestic students, enjoy interactive activities and transform your Illinois experience. All are welcome! Cosponsored by OIIR-IE, AACC and Office of Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Time: 5:30-7pm, Wednesday (unless indicated otherwise)
Location: Asian American Cultural Center, 1210 W. Nevada Street, Urbana

Spring 2020 Schedule

February 12     Love Yourself Berry Much 

Come discuss healthy relationships with yourself and with food with McKinley’s Dietitian and Sexual Health Educator, while making smoothie berry bowls over dinner.

March 4 International Women's Day   

Come and celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) featuring the IWD photographs, which highlight women’s achievements, experience and resilience around the world. Top awards to the winners will be announced with the kick-off of March 2020 Art Exhibit at the Asian American Cultural Center. Co-sponsored by Women's Resources Center and International Student and Scholar Services.

April 1  D.I.N.E. -- Diversity and Inclusion Network Exchange   

Time: 6:30-8 pm
Location: Illini Union, Room B

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  • Connect with American employers that value diversity
  • Practice networking in a casual setting
  • Hear what American employers look for in new hires
  • Learn what questions you can ask to determine if an organization meets your needs.

April 22 Getting Started with Exercise

An interactive presentation that focuses on the major aspects of physical health (strength, aerobic activity and flexibility) in global perspectives and how to fit exercise into your lifestyle.

Fall 2019 Schedule

September 18     Ask Americans Anything!   

Have you always had questions about American culture, academic expectation, living on and off campus, student organizations, home life, holidays, and more? Come to the first Wednesday's GEL where you can have a safe space to Ask Americans Anything!

October 9           Ask International Students Anything!

Interested in studying abroad? Wondering about the student life in another country? Wanting to get connected with our international students on campus and having a safe space to Ask International Students Anything? Join us on 10/9 at GEL!

October 30         International Candy Tasting

Come and explore some popular American Halloween candies and bring some from your culture to share. Explore popular sweets and treats from around the world and learn from McKinleys Dietitian how to use mindfulness when indulging in treats! 

November 20     International Games

Interested in playing some board games and recharging before the end of the semester? We have Monopoly, Parcheesi, Scramble, Sudoku, Go, Chess, Checkers, Cirkis, Mah Jong, Tsuro, Balderdash, Carrom, Ramen Fury, Kodama, Sushi Go Party, and many more. You are welcome to bring your own board games too. Dinner is provided.