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I-Unite 2013

Building a Sense of Belonging

Thursday, September 19 through Saturday, September 28, 2013

Embracing the value of differences in individuals and communities, I-Unite draws together over 30 events for all members of the university community. As part of OIIR’s mission to create transformative learning, this campus-wide event is an exciting opportunity to learn about and celebrate the unique cultures and contributions of faculty, staff, and students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

We hope to see you at I-Unite 2013!

Schedule of Events

Thursday, September 19

Get Involved! OVP Volunteer Fair

Illini Union, I-Rooms ABC, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Meet representatives of over 60 different community non-profits without having to leave campus! Discuss volunteer opportunities and take this chance to get started making a difference in C-U. All majors welcome. No registration needed, but bring your I-Card.

Cultural Movie Night, featuring the film Om Shanti Om

On the Quad, 8 p.m.
(Rain Location: Illini Rooms ABC)
Come on out to enjoy a free Bollywood film with the Illini Union Board.

Friday, September 20

Chat 'n Chew Lunch: Racial Microaggressions and the Experiences of Student of Color at the University of Illinois

Native American House, 12 p.m.
1206 W. Nevada St., Urbana
Presented by Stacy Harwood, Associate Professor, Department of Urbana & Regional Planning; Ruby Mendenhall, Associate Professor of Sociology and African American Studies; Margaret Browne Huntt, Research Development Specialist, Division of Biomedical Sciences

Saturday, September 21

Culture Shock

Illini Union, 6-10 p.m.
Come and experience world cultures through performances, music and great food!

"Insight" i-Program

9 a.m.
Insight is an Illinois Leadership Center i-Program focused on building self-awareness, identifying values, and investigating the role identify plays in leadership. Register at

Monday, September 23

Dish It Up Lunch Series | A Photographic Retelling: Creative Community Organizing Among Feminists in Rural Ecuador

Women’s Resources Center, 12-1 p.m.
703 South Wright St., 2nd Floor, Champaign

Assemblages & Affinities: Reimagining Interdisciplinarity, A Symposium

Asian American Cultural Center, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
1210 W. Nevada St., Urbana
Participate in this critical discussion by identifying and crafting new questions for reimagining (and reclaiming, if necessary) interdisciplinarity. Invited speakers include: Ruth Nicole Brown (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Kandice Chuh (CUNY Grad Center), Jodi Melamed (Marquette University), Wesley Chrichlow (University of Ontario Institute of Technology), Maria Josefina Saldaña-Portillo (New York University), and Suzanne Oboler (CUNY Grad Center). This event is sponsored by the Research Board Diversity Funding Pilot Initiative with Asian American Studies, Gender & Women’s Studies, and Latina/o Studies. Symposium website.

Our Place at the Table: Understanding Food Insecurity

Levis Faculty Center, 2nd Floor, 7-9 p.m.
(across from ISR and Krannert)
Listen to area experts who work daily with hunger issues present the reality of hunger in East Central Illinois, and their suggestions for policy, advocacy and action. Then ask your burning questions and share your suggestions.

Hot Topics Dialogues | “The Only Girl in the Room: A Panel on Challenges and Opportunities for Women in the STEM Fields”

Women’s Resources Center, 7-9 p.m.
703 South Wright St., 2nd Floor, Champaign

Tuesday, September 24

Food for Thought Lunch Series | Impact of Sports in Asian American Communities

Christina Chin, Post-Doc, Asian American Studies & Constancio Arnaldo, Ph.D. Candidate, Anthropology
Asian American Cultural Center, 12 p.m.
1210 W. Nevada St.

Soul Food Junkies Film Screening & Soul Food Cooking Demo

Cooking Healthy Soul Food Demo, ARC Kitchen, 6 p.m.
Film Screening, ARC Auditorium, 7 p.m.
301 E. Peabody Dr., Champaign
Come screen I-Unite keynote Byron Hurt's film Soul Food Junkies, about the history and social significance of soul food to black cultural identity and its effect on African American health, good and bad. Soul food will also be used as the lens to investigate the dark side of the food industry and the growing food justice movement that has been born in its wake. Come beforehand and get in touch with your inner "soul" at the instructional kitchen with a demo for a quick and easy Soul food dish that will broaden your taste buds!

Wednesday, September 25

Inclusive Illinois Day

Campus-wide locations
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

BNAACC's Food for the Soul Lunch Series | Are We Numb?

Presented by Ms. Ashley Davis & Dr. Deidre Weathersby, Counseling Center
Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, 12pm
708 S. Mathews

Inclusive Illinois Day Speaker: Alan Goodman, Ph.D.

Co-director of “RACE: Are We So Different?” Project
“Race is a Myth; Racism is Real.”
Alice Campbell Alumni Center Ballroom, 4–6 p.m.

Caring For Your Brother (And Sister): An Evening with Filmmaker Byron Hurt

112 Gregory Hall, 7 p.m.
Join filmmaker Byron Hurt as he explores healthy masculinity and challenges to creating a nurturing, compassionate manhood. Learn more.

Thursday, September 26

Lunch @ La Casa | A Conversation with Yadira De la Riva, performer and activist

La Casa Cultural Latina, 12 p.m.
1203 W. Nevada St.

One Journey: Stitching Stories Across the Mexican “American” Border with Yadira De la Riva

Illini Union Courtyard Cafe, 7 p.m.
One Journey is a woman’s coming of age story on the United States/Mexico border cities of El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. This play is a multi-character theater piece that incorporates comedy, poetry, movement, dance, music, and multimedia projections to convey El Paso/Juarez border life and culture.

Sex + Gender Film Series | Our Nation: A Korean Punk Rock Community

Women's Resources Center, 7-9 p.m.
703 South Wright St., 2nd Floor
Our Nation is a stunning portrayal of how Korean youth are using punk rock to find their voices in a rapidly changing culture.

Friday, September 27

DiversityEd's Conversation Cafe Lunch Series | The Inflexibility Around Us: Neuroflexibility on Campus

Dr. Betsy Basch, DRES
Women's Resources Center, 12pm
703 S. Wright St., 2nd Floor
Cognitive diversity affects every interaction we have with others, every day, even our thoughts and ideas about others’ actions. Have you ever heard yourself say, “why would you do things that way” to another person you either knew or didn’t know? Has anyone ever uttered those words to you? Have you ever wondered why?

Are Prisons Obsolete? A Talk with Professor Angela Davis

University YMCA Latzer Hall, 12-1 p.m.
1001 S. Wright St., Champaign
The University YMCA hosts well known scholar, author, and activist, Professor Angela Davis, who will give a noontime talk of how and why more than 2 million Americans are presently behind bars, and the corporations who profit from their suffering.

I-Unite is paid for in part by Student Cultural Programming Fee. Co-sponsored by Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Illini Union Board, Illinois Leadership Center, Campus Recreation, University Housing Residential Life, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Access, Illinois Public Media, Office of Volunteer Programs, Interfaith in Action, and the University YMCA.