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Events for the Week of January 16, 2017

BNAACC Design Feedback Sessions

Thursday, January 19, 2017 | 10 to 11 am (Faculty & Staff) & 11am to 1pm (Students)
Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center
51 E. Gregory Dr., Champaign

You are cordially invited to attend the following sessions to give your feedback to the professional design team (Interactive Design Architects) that will be creating the layout for the new Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center/BNAACC building. There will be two feedback sessions for faculty/staff as well as students but please attend the session based on your availability as both sessions will be the same.

Debunking the Racial Democracy Myth: Black and Indigenous Hip Hop Critiques of Brazilian Mestiҫagem

Friday, January 20, 12 pm
Native American House, 1206 W. Nevada St., Urbana
Speaker: Dr. Bryce Henson, Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of African American Studies.

Join us for the first Lunch On Us program of the Spring semester, featuring a FREE lunch and great presentation! All welcome.

Opportunities Fair

Tuesday, January 24, 5 to 6:30pm
The Career Center, 715 S. Wright Street, Champaign

Find out how you can work at one of the OIIR cultural & resource centers during The Career Center and the Office of New Student Programs job fair for student job and internship openings.

Events Around Campus

Poverty Simulation

Friday, January 20, 1 to 3pm
Room 2027, School of Social Work, 1010 W. Nevada St., Urbana

Of all Dr. King’s messages, one of his most prominent was the issue of poverty. The School of Social Work at U of I will be hosting a poverty simulation to help local community members and students to better understand the issues, hurdles, and roadblocks faced by those living in poverty. The simulation will allow participants an opportunity to debrief their experiences and think about how they can begin to tackle the challenge of poverty in Champaign County. To Register:

Martin Luther King Week Community Celebration

Saturday, January 21 @ 10am to 12pm
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Stage 5
500 South Goodwin, Urbana

This event marks the culmination of the week of events surrounding Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy. Interim Provost Edward Feser will provide opening remarks. The keynote speaker with be Dr. Eric McDuffie with the African American Studies Department. The program will include a presentation by Wrapsody, and a performance by the Banks, Bridgewater, and Lewis Drum Corps. The winners and honorable mention recipients of the MLK Creative Expressions Contest awards will be presented. The event will have entertainment for all ages and is free of charge.


Diversity & Leadership Summit

Sunday, February 19, 2017
SDRP Multipurpose Rooms

Join students from across campus and our guest facilitators for this leadership-altering workshop. This training will help participants:

  • Build Connections
  • Develop New Skills
  • Cultivate Passion
  • Create Social Change
  • Explore Identity
  • Lead Consciously

This training is free to Illinois students. Lunch and snacks are included.

Register @ (Click on the Login button and select Diversity & Leadership Summit in the Workshops link). For more information contact

A collaborative experience developed by Campus Recreation, Diversity & Social Justice Education, Illinois Leadership Center, McKinley Health Center, Office of Minority Student Affairs, New Student Programs, and University Housing

Black & Latino Male Summit 2017 | Reviving Our Roots: The Cultivation of the Afro-Latino Diaspora

Saturday, February 25, 2017

This year’s summit strives to provide a forum for Black and Latino men to discuss the role of history in today’s Black and Latino experience. The summit aims to create an experience that sparks reflection and ignites action from its participants. Furthermore, the organizers and sponsors of this summit seek to promote camaraderie, coalition building, and community between Black and Latino men. To see the Facebook event click here. For more information on registration, volunteering, and the call for proposals click here.

Illinois Interfaith Conference

Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Illinois Interfaith Conference (IIC) draws together college students, staff, and faculty from all across the country to learn from each other about faith, meaning making, and the role of interfaith engagement on the college campus.