- Asian American Cultural Center
- Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center
- Diversity & Social Justice Education
- International Education
- La Casa Cultural Latina
- LGBT Resource Center
- Native American House
- Women’s Resources Center
Programs and Events
iCU (Now I See What You Mean) OIIR Intercultural Dialogue Series
Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:30 pm (Central Time) via Zoom. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for event links.
September 16 Peru: Unknown Treasures
Wanting to learn amazing features beyond ceviche, Cusco and Machu Picchu? Join us for a night of discovering the unknown treasures of Peru with personal stories of diversity: new places, food and people.
October 7 Incredible India - Unity in Diversity
India - the name of this country portrays the emphasis on unity. A diverse country with different religions, architecture, food, culture, languages, festivals, and music. It is more beautiful, generous, and welcoming than one can ever imagine. Come and experience the most important aspects of Indian - diversity as well as the importance of it in today's ever changing and globalized world.
October 28 A Peek into Venezuelan Culture
Yes, you have heard a lot on the news about Venezuela. What are the perspectives from our students? Come and explore the importance on the current political and economic crisis the country is facing. We will also learn about its beautiful, rich culture, including Venezuelan food.
November 18 Romania: Slow Leisure in Modern Times (Rescheduled for Spring 2021)
Walking through the phenomena associated with slow travel leisure in Romania, you will learn about how slow food and tourism can thrive in a country that seeks to maintain its traditional heritage while progressing forward with modern times. You will also visit the forests and explore the untamed nature of the country while learning some fascinating facts.
Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at the Asian American Cultural Center, 1210 W. Nevada Street, Urbana, IL (unless indicated otherwise*)
Malawi: Culture, Tradition and Beauty of the Warm Heart of Africa
Experience the diverse cultures and traditions of Malawi. Malawi is a landlocked country in southeastern Africa, and is well known for the beautiful Lake Malawi which has clear beautiful waters, beaches and a myriad of fresh water species of fish that are not found anywhere else. Malawians are warm, friendly and absolutely welcoming, hence the country is known as the warm heart of Africa.
Cosponsored by Center for African Studies, Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, and Asian American Cultural Center
Fighting Cholitas: Indigenous Women of Bolivia
Cholitas are indigenous Aymara and Quechua women identified by their distinctive outfit with high blower hats and puffed skirts. Come find out about the story behind these strong Bolivian women who break stereotypes and overcome struggles such as sexism and discrimination on a daily basis.
Cosponsored by La Casa Cultural Latina, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Women’s Resources Center, and Native American House.
A Peek into Venezuelan Culture (cancelled)
Yes, you have heard a lot on the news about Venezuela. What are the perspectives from our students? Come and explore the importance on the current political and economic crisis the country is facing. We will also learn about its beautiful rich culture and enjoy some homemade Venezuelan food.
Bengali New Year: Pohela Boishakh 1427 (cancelled)
Pohela Boishakh 1427 is Bengali New Year 2020. Celebrated on the 14th of April nationwide in Bangladesh and in some parts of India with singing, processions, and fairs, this is the biggest cultural festival in the country. “Mangal Shobhajatra” organized by the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka, is recognized as a cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO. Traditionally, people of all walks of life welcome the new year wearing new dresses and enjoying traditional foods.
End of the Semester Celebration (cancelled)
Luk Chup: Royal Thai Sweets
Luk Chup is a type of Thai dessert derived from marzipan, originally from Portugal, called massapão. Made only for the king, royal families and people in the palace in the past, Luk Chup has become a common dessert among Thai people. Join us to learn more about Thailand and make your own colored Luk Chup!
Colombia: What You Should Know!
Colombia is a country with high cultural and historic richness, where visitors are welcomed by warm and cheerful people. Owing to its location near the equator, Colombia offers astonishing biodiversity and a wide variety of climates. No matter what time of the year, you can experience any of the seasons in Colombia! Come and learn what you should really know about this country.
Kazakhstan: History, Culture, Tradition and Cuisine
Kazakhstan is the largest country in Central Asia and the world’s 9th. A beautiful country where you can find steppes, deserts, mountains, ancient sea, big rivers, snow leopards, it is home for nearly 131 ethnic groups living in harmony. Come and learn the history of nomads and sense a wild spirit of freedom to expand your knowledge about Kazakhstan, while tasting some tradition food!
It is International Week - let us celebrate with dishes around the world! Come and learn the world cultures and try Fairy Bread from Australia, Tortilla de patata from Spain, Soba noodles from Japan, Picarones from Peru, Pani Puri from India, Pretzels from Germany, Semmelknödel and Kaiserschmarrn from Austria, Nachos from USA, and dishes from Korea, China and many more!
End of the Year Celebration with the Serbian Culture
Serbia is a country at the cross-roads between the East and the West. Whether for its rich history and culture, its cuisine, fashion and hand-knit winter sweaters, or its great number of internationally known sports figures, we invite you to explore this mountainous country tucked in the Balkans. It is a small country but with amazingly hospitable and welcoming people, with a large heart. Come and learn about Serbia and try some delicious traditional food!
If you are interested in sharing stories about your country, culture and heritage, please email email@example.com.
iCU Spring 2019
International Education Welcome – Open House
Wednesday, January 23
Join us for our welcome open house to kick off the Spring 2019 with International Education! Meet new friends, enjoy dinner, win door prizes and find your home away from home!
The Oasis of Qatif: Saudi Arabian Culture Night
Wednesday, January 30 (*rescheduled: March 1, 5-6:30 pm)
Enjoy some traditional desserts, dates, and tea while you learn about the Saudi Arabian culture! We'll be showcasing the treasured city of Qatif as seen through the eyes of a local. You could also get your name written in Arabic calligraphy!
Lunar New Year Celebration
Wednesday, February 6
Celebrate Lunar New Year with Chinese dumplings, Korean gimbap and Vietnamese spring rolls, while making your own New Year decoration with papercutting artwork, practicing calligraphy and playing mahjong!
World Music/Dance - Talent Show Night
Wednesday, February 13
Interested in performing? Show other what you’ve got: dancing, singing, stand-up comedy, playing musical instruments from around the world!
Black History Month Special: Articulate while Black: Exploring African-American English
Wednesday, February 20
Ever wonder about the richness of African-American culture(s), specifically African American English (AAE)? Come learn about the linguistic/functional features of AAE that often get stigmatized in our society. The geographical factors that typically influence language, and culturally relevant teaching practices will also be explored.
Korean Cultural Night
Wednesday, February 27
Ever wonder why so many foreigners travel to Korea every year? Come to Korean Cultural Night and we will give a hands-on experience. Try various Korean meals such as Tteok-bokki and Bulgogi. Learn about traditional and modern culture such as fashion and K-pop! Come enjoy a little taste of Korea with this event.
Wednesday, March 6
Sushi is well-known throughout the world! If you think you have had real sushi (served with Teriyaki sauce), and believe it is everyday food that Japanese casually eat, you need to come to enhance your understanding of Sushi and learn the hand roll sushi that Japanese enjoy making by themselves at home.
*Maslenitsa Celebration in Russia
*Thursday, March 7, 4-5:30pm
Maslenitsa is an Eastern Slavic folk holiday, celebrated during the last week before Great Lent. It is all about pancakes or blini. They are freshly made every day and supposedly symbolize the Sun, so by eating pancakes, people consume its warmth and energy. Come join us celebrate the festival and make/taste the blini!
International Board Games Night
Wednesday, March 13
Interested in playing some board games and making some new friends before spring break? We have Monopoly, Parcheesi, Scramble, Sudoku, Go, Chess, Checkers, Cirkis, Mah Jong, Tsuro, Balderdash and many more. You are welcome to bring your own board games too.
What’s My Name in Chinese?
Wednesday, March 27
Ever want to know the meaning of your Chinese friend’s name? Interested in getting a Chinese name yourself? Come enjoy a talk of Chinese names and their stories, and choose one for yourself via interactive activities with volunteers from Chinese Students and Scholars Association.
A Snapshot of Panama
Wednesday, April 3
Panama, a small country in Central America with the size of South Carolina, is the narrowest place of the Americas – with the distance 120 miles from the Pacific to the Atlantic, hence becoming the bridge of the world! Panama is a hotbed of biodiversity, and home to many spectacular beaches, categorized as World Heritage by the UNESCO. Panamanian arroz con pollo, ensalada de feria, and patacones are popular national dishes.
Nepali New Year Tradition - NAYA BARSHA 2076
Wednesday, April 10
This year marks the Nepali New year 2076! Based on the lunar calendar, Nepali year begins with the beginning of spring and ends with autumn planting, a tradition started during Licchavi period by King Bikramaditya. Celebrated across the nation as well as by many Nepalese outside the country, the holiday is a fresh start to many community members, with food, dancing/singing, and temple visits for blessings.
Traditions and Culture in Chile
Wednesday, April 17
With a unique climatic and landscape variety, from the arid lands of the north to the lush scenery in the south, Chile is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Come to learn a little bit more about the culture, the people and the traditions of this place situated in the end of the world, while getting a "taste" of some traditional foods and dances.
Illinois Abroad: Students' Experience in the Middle East
Wednesday, April 24
Interested in studying abroad in the Middle East? Want to interact with students who have or students from the Middle East studying at Illinois? They will be sharing their experiences and tips, as well as the culture and landscape.
Sponsored by OIIR-IE, AACC, Illinois International Programs (IIP), Global Leaders Orange and Blue Engagement (GLOBE), Family and Graduate Housing, Saudi Student Association, Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center (BNAACC), Korean Cultural Center (KCC), Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA), La Casa Cultural Latina, and Illinois Abroad and Global Engagement (IAGE)
iCU Fall 2018
India to the United States – The Transition
Wednesday, September 5th
Sai came in to Champaign-Urbana as a Masters student in Fall 2015 and he is a PhD student now. Come along and enjoy his talk filled with humor and valuable information: his adjustment to campus environment during his first year, involvement with campus life as the President of Indian Graduate Students Association, and some major differences in student life, both academic and cultural, in India and the United States.
Sponsored by Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR) - International Education (IE), and Asian American Cultural Center (AACC)
Moon Festival Celebration with JFO
Wednesday, September 19th
Moon Festival, also known as Mid-Autumn Festival is a harvest festival celebrated notably by Chinese and Vietnamese people. During this event, Jasmine Field Orchestra (JFO) will celebrate with us by performing classical Chinese folk music. Come learn about traditional Chinese instruments and famous Moon Festival celebration practices! Delicious Chinese cuisine will be provided.
Sponsored by OIIR - IE, AACC, and Jasmine Field Orchestra
Hispanic Heritage Month with CAUSA
Wednesday, October 3rd
Come and join us to celebrate Hispanic heritage with Central American United Student Association (CAUSA).
Sponsored by OIIR - IE, La Casa Cultural Latina, Central American Union Student Association (CAUSA) and Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)
Warung Kopi, Nasi Sayur (Coffee Stands, Simple Curry) - Introducing the Diversity of Indonesia
Wednesday, October 17th
In more than 6,000 inhabited islands of Indonesia, instant sachet drinks and simple curry are accessible to the diverse population, unifying the diverse nation. Come and learn about the diversity of Indonesia along with opportunities and challenges that come with the diverse reality, while enjoying some traditional food and drinks.
Sponsored by OIIR - IE, AACC, College of Education - Office of International Programs, and Indonesian Students Club (ISC)
Illinois Abroad: Students' Experience in Africa
Wednesday, October 31st
Interested in studying abroad in African countries? Want to interact with students who have or students some African countries studying at Illinois? They will be sharing their experiences and tips, as well as the culture and landscape.
Sponsored by OIIR - IE, and Illinois Abroad and Global Engagement (IAGE)
Puerto Rico with Music
Wednesday, November 14th
The Caribbean island of Puerto Rico often referred to as the Island of Enchantment, is a cultural mix of West African, Taino and Spanish influence. The mixing of these traditions for over 500 years has resulted in the very rich musical genres of Bomba, Creole, Plena and Salsa. Come and enjoy an evening with accomplished Puerto Rican musicians as they share the history, rhythms and flavor of Puerto Rican music.
Sponsored by OIIR - IE, La Casa Cultural Latina, Puerto Rico Student Association and CLACS
iCU Spring 2018
Chinese Hot Pot: Beyond Food
Wednesday, January 24th
Hot pot, a traditional Chinese cuisine, is very popular here in Champaign Urbana among Chinese students. It’s not just food, but a cultural heritage, a way to build close friendships and communities. Tingting, a Chinese international student, will share how she finds a sense of belonging through hot pot and involvement on campus – a story of preserving cultural traditions, stepping out of the comfort zone and finding true passion!
Sponsored by Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR) - International Education (IE), Asian American Cultural Center (AACC), Illinois International Programs (IIP) and UNICEF@UIUC
A Dive into Greek Life
Wednesday, February 7th
Interested in joining a sorority or fraternity, but don't know where to start? With over 91 organizations, it can be pretty daunting. Join us as the sisters of Sigma Psi Zeta help answer your questions as they break down Greek life here at U of I. Also, hear from international students that are already part of an organization as they share their personal experiences.
Sponsored by OIIR - IE, AACC, IIP and Sigma Psi Zeta
Lunar New Year Theme Meal (5- 8pm @ all dining halls)
Wednesday, February 21st
There will be performances, crafts and activities for you to learn about Lunar New Year, starting at 5pm at SDRP (301 E Gregory Dr, Champaign, IL 61820)
Sponsored by OIIR - IE, AACC, IIP and Dining Services
YAS QUEEN: The Mongolian Perspective
Wednesday, March 7th
To celebrate International Women’s Day, Mongolian Cultural Organization(MCO) will be presenting YAS QUEEN. For centuries, Mongolian women have played a central role in their society, holding positions of power ever since the Mongol Empire – hundreds of years before their counterparts in Europe, or elsewhere in Asia. MCO will explore the stories of these influential figures in Mongolian History as well as how women continue to be integral part of Mongolia’s success.
Sponsored by OIIR - IE, AACC, IIP and Mongolia Cultural Organization (MCO)
Honduras: Through Brand New Eyes
Wednesday, March 28th
There, in the heart of a continent, bathed by two oceans, blessed with forests and rivers, mountains and coral reefs, is Honduras. A small country with social and political problems like any other but also home of fighters and poets, humble and warm hearted people, delicious food and amazing wildlife. Come to learn about the beauty of this country and its people.
Sponsored by OIIR - IE, La Casa Cultural Latina, IIP and Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)
Treasures, Traditions and Delights of the Millennial Peruvian Culture
Wednesday, April 11th
The magic of Peru comes from its diversity: culture, people, climate and natural resources. From the most ancient civilization in America to the most marvelous Incan arquitectonic Machu Picchu, Peru has a lot of stories worth to tell. Join us in this imaginary travel to Peruvian music, culture and history, learn a few phrases in Quechua and taste the delicious Peruvian food!
Sponsored by OIIR - IE, La Casa Cultural Latina, IIP, CLACS, and Peruvian Student Association
Illinois Abroad: Students' Experience in Russia, Switzerland, and Italy
Wednesday, April 25th
What do you know about Russia, Switzerland, and Italy? Russia, the world’s largest nation; Switzerland, known for its ski resorts, hiking trails, and chocolate; Italy, home to the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Join us to hear from study abroad returnees and international students about their experiences in these fascinating countries.
Sponsored by OIIR - IE, IIP, Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange (IAGE) and Global Leaders Orange and Blue Engagement (GLOBE)
iCU Fall 2017
Belonging to no Borders
Wednesday, August 30th
International travel and immigration, common nowadays in this globalized world, has created a group of people who lose their identity in terms of borders, countries and cultures. Join us for a talk on such experiences by Sraddha Acharya, who was born to Nepalese parents in the U.S., and grew up in a Hindu household in Switzerland.
Sponsored by Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR) and Asian American Cultural Center (AACC)
A Snapshot of Costa Rica
Wednesday, September 13th
Costa Rica in Central America surrounded by Atlantic and Pacific, is a small country that covers only 0.03% of the surface of the globe; it yet proudly shelters a 6% of the existing biodiversity in the entire world. Costa Ricans (Ticos) of different ethnic heritages boast Costa Rican food such as Gallo Pinto, Olla de Carne, Empanadas, and coffee! Come learn about Costa Rica and taste the traditional dish with sweet corn, rice and beans.
Sponsored by Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR), La Casa Cultural Latina, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) and Global Leaders Orange and Blue Engagement (GLOBE)
Hispanic Heritage Month Special - The Best Chocolate Bars are From Ecuador
Wednesday, September 27th
It is impossible to talk about Ecuador without mentioning its Cacao, misspelled as "cocoa" once upon a time, in English. Ecuador has been one of the largest high quality cacao producers since the end of the 19th century, but the quality of its chocolate bars has only been recognized internationally for a decade. Come and join a special tasting session to learn and experience the Ecuadorian chocolate bars that have just won the World Chocolate Awards.
Sponsored by Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR), La Casa Cultural Latina, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), Ecuadorian Student Association and SCPF.
Cultural Celebration: Chuseok - Korean Thanksgiving Day
Wednesday, October 11th
Wonder how Korean Thanksgiving Day (Chuseok) is celebrated? Interested in learning about the tradition and recipes of tasty Korean Thanksgiving dishes and dessert? Come to experience fun mini games with special prizes, and join us for delicious food!
Sponsored by Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR), Asian American Cultural Center (AACC) and Korean Student Association (KSA)
Illinois Abroad: Students' Experience in Brazil
Wednesday, October 25th
Brazil is one of the world's most captivating places, home to diverse ecosystems and a vibrant culture. Come learn from study abroad students and Brazilian international students about what it is like to be a student in this beautiful country! Mix and mingle, indulge in the delicious Brazilian soda Guarana, and learn a few basic phrases in Portuguese!
Sponsored by Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR), La Casa Cultural Latina, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) and Department of Spanish and Portuguese
An Eye on Mesopotamia: Iraq
Interested in learning about the Iraqi historical issues, different ancient civilizations, ethnicity, and some interesting facts? What about the Iraqi cuisine, and the famous game “Baat”? Come join us to find out and learn a few words spoken in Iraq!
Wednesday, November 8th
Perpetual Outsider Syndrome
Wednesday, November 29th
A term someone made up? Absolutely! But one makes up a lot of things when they spend their childhood traveling with their family to live in 5 countries across 4 continents. One also has many experiences that feel fictional and bewildering. Come join us learning about Virupaksh Agrawal’s experience, along with how the Illinois experience can bring these to fruition!
iCU Spring 2017
Lunar New Year Holiday and Traditions
Wednesday, January 25th
Are you ready for the Lunar New Year holiday celebration? Come to learn the Spring Festival couplets with Chinese calligraphy, lantern riddles, paper cutting and more! Indulge in traditional holiday food and win your red envelop!
Sponsored by Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR), Asian American Cultural Center (AACC), Chinese Engineering Student Association (CESA), and Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange (IAGE)
Morning “Tea” in Guangdong
Wednesday, February 8th
People in Guangzhou China eat morning tea throughout the day, and it has long been an important tradition in Chinese history. It even has similarities to American brunch and British afternoon tea. Hard to believe? Come and experience the Guangzhou, China way to enjoy the "morning tea"!
Sponsored by Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR) and Asian American Cultural Center (AACC)
1Malaysia: Exploring Our Diversity Within Unity
Wednesday, February 22nd
Have you ever heard about Malaysia before? Are you interested to know more about our myriad of people, cultures and traditions? Come and join us for a talk to learn more about our country. We will teach you common phrases in the Malay language and there will be fun traditional games as well!
Sponsored by Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR), Asian American Cultural Center (AACC) and Malaysian Student Association (MaSA).
Life in Taiwan
Wednesday, March 8th
Do you want to know more about Taiwan? Have you ever tasted the world famous Taiwan dish braised pork over rice? You are invited to join us to try a few Taiwanese cuisines and learn the rich culture of Taiwan.
Sponsored by Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR), Asian American Cultural Center (AACC) and Taiwan Intercultural Association (TIA).
Laos Culture and Traditions
Wednesday, March 29th
Have you ever wondered about the origins of Laos and its peoples? Why are there so many Laotian people in the United States and overseas right now? What are their experiences? Join us for an interactive session to learn about Laos and find out its connection to you!
Sponsored by Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR) and Asian American Cultural Center (AACC).
Mexican Culture and Cuisine
Wednesday, April 12th
Quinceañera (Cotillion): this event exhibits traditions found within this coming of age ceremony, such as la última muñeca, the father daughter dance, as well as the switching of shoes from flats to heels. And it comes with the typical food – mole and barbacoa!
Sponsored by Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR), La Casa Cultural Latina, and Mexican Student Association.
Illinois Abroad: Students' Experience in Australia and New Zealand
Wednesday, April 26th
Interested in studying abroad in Australia or New Zealand? Want to interact with students who have or Australian and New Zealand students studying at Illinois? Come learn about the aspects of the culture and landscape that make Australia and New Zealand so beautiful!
Sponsored by Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR) and Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange (IAGE)
iCU Fall 2016
A Taste of Africa
Wednesday, September 14th, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
51 East Gregory Drive
Champaign, IL 61820
Sponsored by OIIR, BNAACC, African Cultural Association (ACA), and Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange (IAGE)
Immerse yourself in the rich tradition of African culture with music and dance presented by the members of ACA. Learn to dance, enjoy the cuisine and much more at the first iCU session of Fall 2016!
A Window to Cuba
Wednesday, September 28th, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Sponsored by OIIR, La Casa Culture Latina, Department of Latina/o Studies, and Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange (IAGE)
During the Hispanic Heritage Month, OIIR International Education and La Casa Cultural Latina partner to educate our campus community about Cuba: Ayer y Hoy (Yesterday and Today). You can also learn about Experiencing Cuba from students who attended one of the first Summer Study Abroad Programs in Cuba.
Argentina Tradition, Culture and Mate
Wednesday, October 12th, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Sponsored by OIIR, La Casa Cultural Latina, Comunidad Argentina en Urbana Champaign (CAUC), Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), Department of Latina/o Studies and IAGE
Interested in Argentina tradition and culture? Ever made Mate (pronounced Matte) tea and curious about its ritual? Join us for a hands-on session to make and enjoy Mate, a traditional drink in the south part of many Latin American countries and learn about the rich culture of Argentina.
Basque Language and Culture
Wednesday, October 26th, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Sponsored by OIIR, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, and IAGE
Have you ever heard of the ancient people living across the borders of Spain and France? The Basque people have been living in this area for over 2 millennia and they are known for their mysterious origins! Have you ever wondered what the Basque language sounds like or how their traditions have been maintained for so long? If you are interested in different languages and cultures you will now have the opportunity to learn more at this exciting iCU event!
Illinois Abroad: Students' Experience in Europe
Wednesday, November 9th, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Sponsored by OIIR, IAGE and Global Leaders Orange and Blue Engagement (GLOBE)
Wondering what it is like to study abroad in Europe? Want to know more about the college student experience in Europe? Come hear from both domestic and international students about classroom culture, extracurricular activities, daily life, and more! Students will present their experiences in a poster fair style format. Mingle, learn, and indulge in food commonly eaten in Europe!
Chinese Ethnic Minorities
Wednesday, November 30th, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Sponsored by OIIR, AACC, and IAGE
China is a big country with a huge population. Among 1.4 billion people, 56 different ethnic groups can be identified. The majority of Chinese identify themselves as Han people, while many others identify themselves as one of the 55 distinct ethnic minorities.
Join the session to learn about 56 Chinese ethnic groups, their unique lifestyles and customs!
iCU Spring 2016
Egypt Beyond the Pyramids
Wednesday, January 27, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Sponsored by OIIR, AACC, and Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange
Interested in fun facts about Egypt? What is it like in terms of education system, work, marriage, religion, customs, college life and more? You are invited to interact with our international students from Egypt and listen to their stories. Try the tradition dish and dress, and win souvenirs from Egypt!
Saudi Arabia: Culture Behind the Veil
Wednesday, February 10, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Sponsored by OIIR, AACC, Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange and Intensive English Institute (IEI)
What comes to mind when you hear Muslim/Arab Women? Join us for an interactive session hosted by the OIIR and the Intensive English Institute. We hope that this event can debunk common stereotypes and answer some questions you have about women from the Arab world-- especially Saudi Arabia.
Iranian Cultural Show
Wednesday, February 24, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Sponsored by The Iranian Cultural Association (ICA), OIIR, AACC, and Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange
Iran is home to many different ethnic groups: Persians, Turks, Kurds, Lurs, Baluchis, Arabs, Gilakis, etc. Learn the uniqueness of each and come enjoy the folkloric music from these regions. Also, learn to sing a Persian song and get a gift of Persian Tazhib paper with your name in Persian calligraphy on it!
Illinois Abroad: Students' Experience in Latin America
Wednesday, March 9, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Sponsored by OIIR, La Casa Cultural Latina, and Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange
Wondering what it is like to study abroad in Latin America? Want to know more about the college student experience in Latin America? Come hear from both domestic and international students about classroom culture, extracurricular activities, daily life, and more! Students will present their experiences in a poster fair style format. Mingle, learn, and indulge in food commonly eaten in Latin America!
World Cultures of Small Talk
Wednesday, March 30, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Sponsored by OIIR, AACC, Intensive English Institute (IEI), Chinese Engineering Students Association (CESA), The Career Center, and Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange
What is the big deal of small talk? How are they different in various parts of the world? Come and interact with our international and domestic students to share their experience on small talk, and learn some tips from staff of Career Center and Intensive English Institute to make your next job fair or social event a stress-free experience.
Tibetan Buddhism: Art, Music and Mindfulness
Wednesday, April 13, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Sponsored by OIIR, AACC, Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA), and Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange
Interested in Tibetan Arts? Ever wanted to try sand painting or play singing bowls? Join us for an interactive session to learn more about the ancient rich culture of Tibet. This session will be focused through a Buddhist lens presented by a Tibetan and a Chinese Buddhist student.
Erhuayin in Mandarin Chinese and American English
Wednesday, April 27, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Sponsored by OIIR, AACC, Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA), and Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange
Only heard about Mandarin or Cantonese as a Chinese language? Did you know there are many similarities between Chinese and American English? Want to advance your understandings of cultures behind the languages? Come join us for a fun and interactive session on April 27 featuring Erhuayin (a special way of pronunciation) in Beijing Hua, which is one of the biggest dialects in China!
iCU Fall 2015
Wednesday, September 2, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Sponsored by Persian Studies, OIIR, AACC, Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange, and The Iranian Cultural Association (ICA)
Immerse yourself in Persian culture with presentation and discussion on the language, history, calligraphy, miniature, architecture, tile works, fine rugs, cuisine and much more!
Wednesday, September 16, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Sponsored by OIIR, AACC, CEAPS, Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange, CSSA and KSA.
Come and enjoy the stories and activities of this traditional Asian harvest festival and make your own moon cake! The event will be preceded by movie screening at 4:30-6:30 pm: “The Tale of Princess Kaguya”, one of the Japan’s best-loved folktales.
Illinois Abroad: The Student Experience in Asia
Wednesday, September 30, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Sponsored by OIIR, AACC, CEAPS, and Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange
Wondering what it is like to study abroad in Asia? Want to know more about the student experience at Asian universities abroad? Come hear from both domestic and international Illinois students about study habits, classroom culture, extracurricular activities, and more! Returned study abroad students and international students will present in a poster fair style format.
Marriage in Nigeria: A Tale of Three Ethnic Groups
Wednesday, October 14, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Sponsored by OIIR, BNAACC, ASO and Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange
Join us for an interactive session hosted by African Student Organization (ASO) about Nigeria and marriage celebrations in the three ethnic groups in Nigeria. Get to learn more about the country, the marriage processes, type of food, music and attire that are used for the ceremony. All are welcome to participate in the event and share the practice in the U.S. and your home countries as well.
Jeon - Making Your Own Korean Pizza
Wednesday, October 28, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Sponsored by OIIR, KSA and Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange
Wonder what Korean royal court cuisine is like? Interested in learning about the history, recipes of this traditional dish, and other fun facts? You are invited to join us for interactive activities and making Jeon to share with international and domestic students.
What's with Those Letters? An International Students’ Guide to Fraternities and Sororities.
Wednesday, November 11, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Sponsored by OIIR, FSA and RSOs
Calling all international and non-international students! Are you perplexed with the idea of a fraternity or sorority? Have you had thoughts about joining a fraternity or sorority but don't know exactly where to start? How about trying to find more information about fraternity and sorority life but not sure where to go?
Fraternity & Sorority Affairs and the Office of Inclusion & Intercultural Relations welcomes you attend our educational workshop on fraternities and sororities where we will address these questions and more! This workshop will also feature a panel discussion featuring members/international students from these organizations who will share their own experiences.
Away for the Holidays
Wednesday, December 2, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Sponsored by OIIR, AACC, Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange, and BIEN (Business International Exchange Network)
International exchange students will present holidays celebrated in their home countries that are generally not observed in the U.S. Let us celebrate them with stories, tradition and holiday food. Come and learn the world holidays without traveling around the world.
iCU Spring 2015
Korean Wave (Hallyu)
Wednesday, February 4, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Let’s Make Kimbap, a hands-on session making Korean picnic snacks
Wednesday, February 11, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Lunar New Year Special: LNY Theme Dinner
Wednesday, February 18, 5:00 to 8:00 pm, at Dining Halls
Purchase your meal ticket or win the raffle during the first two sessions.
ChinaTalks: Life Events
Wednesday, February 25, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
ChinaTalks: Chinese Art – Painting with Ink and Brush
a hands-on session to learn from a famous artist
Wednesday, March 4, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
ChinaTalks: Shopping Strategies
Wednesday, March 11, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Wednesday, March 18, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
ChinaTalks: Martial Arts
Wednesday, April 1, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
International Week Special: Exploring Ecuador!
Wednesday, April 8, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
ChinaTalks: Chinese Characters
Wednesday, April 15, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Study Abroad in Singapore and Singaporean Students Experience at U of I
Wednesday, April 22, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
ChinaTalks: Travelling in China
Wednesday, April 29, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
iCU Fall 2014
The theme for fall 2014 was China, and future series will expand to other countries and regions around the world.
Myths & Facts
Wednesday, October 15, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
What do you know about China? Are these perceptions myths or facts? Come and share your thoughts while enjoying a delicious meal!
Wednesday, October 22, 6 to 7 pm
How are traditional Chinese cultural performances understood today? How might Western audiences perceive them differently? Come share your thoughts and get a chance to win Cirque Peking tickets!
Wednesday, October 29, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
What does a typical school day in China look like? What are the expectations Chinese students live up to? Come and join us to discover a different type of school life!
Holidays and Celebrations
Wednesday, November 12, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
How do people celebrate traditional festivals in China and around the world? Come and join discussions of traditional celebrations, and enjoy Chinese holiday food!
Monday, November 17, 6 to 8 pm
Enjoy a hands-on experience of writing your name in Chinese and Korean ,and join our discussion of tradition, language, and calligraphy!
Food Culture and Etiquette
Wednesday, November 19, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Signature Dishes vs. Homemade Meals, what does Chinese food mean to you? Come join the dinner discussion, and learn about food culture and table etiquette in China!
Monday, December 1, 6 to 8 pm
Learn how to make vegetarian dumplings, and the history behind it. Try new things and make new friends.
2020 Fall Break 6th Annual Cooking with Chefs (Virtual Event Via Zoom)
Monday, November 23 | 9am - 12:30 pm (Central Time)
Are you interested in learning to cook a holiday dish with the chefs at University Housing Dining Services? Our chefs are also interested in learning to cook a traditional dish from your home country, region and culture! Zoom in from wherever you are! Groceries and dishes are available (while supplies last) for pick-up if you are in the campus community. This program is PAID FOR BY THE STUDENT CULTURAL PROGRAMMING FEE. Co-sponsored by OIIR International Education and University Housing. Register here for zoom info.
2020 Summer Self-Care with Friends
Wednesdays in July | 8-9 pm (CST)
Join us at Self-Care with Friends, to share your ideas, projects and struggles of self-care during this challenging time, or just to connect with new and old friends to support each other. This event is open to all UIUC-affiliated students, staff, alumni, and faculty. We hope to see our international students who are currently in their home countries as well! Co-hosted by OIIR International Education and Asian American Cultural Center.
2019/2020 Winter Break Self-Care with Friends
Whether you want to read a book, watch a video, show your knitting/crochet projects, or try a new recipe, we are here for you!
Time: Thursdays, 2:30-4:30pm
Dates: Dec. 12 & 19, 2019 and Jan. 9 & 16, 2020
Location: 1210 West Nevada Street, Urbana
Sponsored by OIIR-IE and AACC
2019 Fall Break Programs
5th Annual Cooking with Chefs @ IKE
Monday, November 25, 8am-2pm
Ikenberry | 301 E. Gregory Drive, Champaign
Sponsored by OIIR-IE and University Dining Services
Are you on campus during fall break? Are you interested in learning to cook a dish with the chefs at University Housing Dining Services? Our chefs are also interested in learning how to cook a traditional dish from your home country, region and culture! This event is free and open to university students. Please register here.
Overnight Field Trip To Cincinnati w/ISSS
Tuesday-Wednesday, November 26-27
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!
Fall 2020 Schedule
Time: Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm (CST) via Zoom. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for event links.
September 2 Speed Friending
Join International Education and the Women's Resources Center for an evening of virtual Speed Friending! Every five minutes, you will join a randomly assigned group of 3 new friends and given a topic or question to discuss. When time is up, you'll be off to make more new friends!
September 23 How to Effectively Job Search Online
This session will help students develop strategies for their online networking and job/internship search. Learning about cultural aspects in online job search and networking will be useful for students who are not familiar with online tools. How to prepare for virtual interviews will be covered in this session too. In addition, students interested in Residential Life Paraprofessional employment opportunities will learn how to apply for RA/MA positions.
October 14 Domestic Violence Across Cultures and Dating Norms in U.S.
Let's talk about domestic violence across cultures internationally, and learn about the support systems and dating norms in the U.S.
November 4 Healthy at Home
McKinley's Dietitian will be providing meal planning tips and tricks to help lessen the burden of cooking at home.
December 2 No Gym, No Stress: Fitness During the Finals
Finals have you stressed? Don't have time to exercise? Come join McKinley's Fitness Peers and Stress Management Peers to learn how important exercise is during stressful times and other ways to de-stress during finals week.
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
Register at go.illinois.edu/dine2020
- 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.