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iUnite 2016

iUnite Week 2016

Monday, September 19th through Friday, September 23rd

Embracing the value of differences in individuals and communities, iUnite draws together events throughout the week 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.

Sponsored by the Office of Inclusion & Intercultural Relations, Inclusive Illinois, Campus Recreation, University Housing, Office of the Dean of Students, The Career Center, and the Illini Union Board.

Schedule of Events

Saturday, September 17

Culture Shock: Reloaded
Illini Union, Rooms ABC, 6–8 pm
Sponsored by the Illini Union Board

The Illini Union Board is proud to host Culture Shock: Reloaded as part of the annual iUnite Week promoting cultural awareness and diversity. Come out and enjoy performance by various culturally-based RSOs featuring dance, music, and other performances! Contact the Illini Union Board at for more information. Free.

Sunday, September 18

American Indian Center Pow Wow Trip
Chicago, IL, all day
Sponsored by International Student & Scholar Services and Native American House

International Student & Scholar Services and Native American House invite you to attend Chicago's American Indian Center 63rd Annual Pow Wow. Come see and learn about American Indian people and culture in the United States! Sign up today for $45, which includes transportation and admission.

Mandatory orientation: Tuesday, September 13 or Thursday, September 15 from 6-7 pm, at Native American House.

For more information, contact ISSS at or Native American House at

Fall Family Fest
Orchard Downs Community Center, 12–2pm
510 George Huff Dr., Urbana
Sponsored by the Women’s Resources Center

Attention student parents! The Women’s Resources Center and Orchard Downs Family and Graduate Housing are housing a family-focused social for student parents and their kids! Join us for games, food, crafts, a music show (sing-a-long), and resource fair for parents! This event is free and open to the public.

Monday, September 19

Exploring Intersex with an Intersectional Framework
Alishia Alexander, Doctoral Student, Department of Sociology
Women’s Resources Center, 12–1pm
703 S. Wright St., 2nd Floor, Champaign
Part of Quench, Lunch on Us Discussion Series, hosted by the LGBT Resource Center

iUnite with Cultures Around the World
ARC Instructional Kitchen, Concourse Level, Time TBD

We will prepare hors d’oeuvres/tapas from different countries such as Spain, Brazil, China, Germany, India, and the U.S.A.

ManTalks: Fatherhood Forum
Women’s Resources Center, 7–8:30pm
703 S. Wright St., 2nd Fl. Champaign
Sponsored by the Women’s Resources Center

Join us for our Fatherhood Forum, a roundtable discussion for connecting and reflecting on parenthood and masculinity as part of our ManTalks series at the Women’s Resources Center and in collaboration with Students with Families. ManTalks is a bimonthly dialogue exploring men’s and masculinity issues led by Josh Stabinsky and Jesus Monroy, Interns for the ManTalks program.

Tuesday, September 20

“My Life In China”
Kenneth Eng, Director and Documentary Filmmaker
Asian American Cultural Center, 12–1pm
1210 W. Nevada St., Urbana
Part of Food for Thought, Lunch on Us Discussion Series

Cycling Class: “Cycle Around the World”
ARC, Cycling Studio, Lower Level, 6–6:45 pm

Music videos and terrains from countries across the globe.

iUnite Week 2016 Keynote
Tearing Hatred from the Sky
Bree Newsome, Community Organizer and Activist Who Removed the Confederate Battle Flag from the South Carolina State House
Illini Union, Rooms ABC, 7 pm
Sponsored by the Office of Inclusion & Intercultural Relations, Inclusive Illinois, and the Illini Union Board

Driven by an unwavering belief in the power of the individual to make change, Bree Newsome established herself as a touchstone of empowerment for disenfranchised people around the world when she tore down the Confederate flag in front of the South Carolina statehouse in 2015, in the name of social justice and equality. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Newsome seamlessly blends her artistic talents with her passionate activism, educating and inspiring audiences to organize and stand together to transform society into a world where the lives and contributions of all individuals are recognized equally.

To request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact January Boten at by September 13, 2016.

Wednesday, September 21 | Inclusive Illinois Day

Why Buy Black? The Power of Black Economics
Ashley M. Davis, Assistant Director, BNAACC
Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, 12–1pm
51 E. Gregory Dr., Champaign
Part of Food for the Soul, Lunch on Us Discussion Series

Survival Jeopardy: International Edition!
Asian American Cultural Center, 6:30–7:30pm
Sponsored by the Counseling Center, OIIR, AACC, ISSS and Graduate and Family Housing

“This is Jeopardy! - America’s Favorite Quiz Show” If you think you know all about campus resources (or want to learn about them), join us for this fun game! You might even win some prizes! Part of InterConnect Dialogue Series

Log Rolling at the ARC
ARC, 7–8pm

Key Log Rolling is a low impact fitness activity for all ages and sizes with high rewards. Stepping back and forth on a spinning Key Log improves balance, footwork, core strength, and cardiovascular endurance. A true sport in itself, Key Log Rolling is also a fun way for athletes to cross train for other sports.

Writ n’ Rhymed Poetry Open Mic: “Unity”
Women’s Resources Center, 7–9pm
703 S. Wright St., 2nd Fl. Champaign
Sponsored by the Women’s Resources Center

Join us for a poetry open mic night devoted to poetry that speaks to unity, solidarity, and justice. Bring your own work, work by someone you admire, or simply your listening ears. Refreshments will be provided. Free and open to the public!

SDRP, 7pm
Sponsored by Residence LIfe

Thursday, September 22

Hispanic Heritage Month Series: Puerto Rico
Angel Velez, Graduate Student, Education Policy, Organization & Leadership
La Casa Cultural Latina, 12–1 pm
1203 W. Nevada St., Urbana
Part of Lunch @ La Casa, Lunch on Us Discussion Series

Human Library Champaign-Urbana
Krannert Center for Performing Arts lobby, 5-9pm
Sponsored by the University Library

Human Library is an international organization that aims to create a safe space for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. During a Human Library event, a ‘reader’ (any member of the community) browses out catalog and decides to have a conversation with a book. Volunteer books are individuals from all walks of life who have experienced discrimination/marginalization based upon race, religion, sexual preference, class, gender identity, sex, age, lifestyle choices, disability and other aspects of their life and who want to share their experiences to promote knowledge and challenge stigma surrounding their identity.

Outdoor Film Screening of Ghostbusters
Main Quad/Anniversary Plaza, Gather at 7:30pm; Film begins at dusk (estimated 8:15pm)
Sponsored by the Women’s Resources Center

Join the Women’s Resources Center, the Career Center, and the Illini Union Board, for a night to remember! We’ll gather in Anniversary Plaza with music, food, and live performances beginning at 7pm followed by a screening of the 2016 blockbuster film, Ghostbusters! Pack a picnic, bring a blanket, and cozy up for a movie on the quad! 

Friday, September 23

Kick Off Your Career at Research Park: A Panel with Research Park Employers
University of Illinois Research Park staff and employers
Women’s Resources Center, 12–1pm
703 S. Wright St., 2nd Fl., Champaign
Part of Conversation Café, Lunch on Us Discussion Series, hosted by Diversity & Social Justice Education