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Spring 2018 Lunch on Us Calendar

AACC Chicago Trip

Join us for Lunch on Us every weekday! Programs take place from noon to 1 pm. Lunches are paid for in part by the Student Cultural Programming Fee.


Quench | Hosted by the LGBT Resource Center

Location: Women’s Resources Center, 616 E. Green St., Suite 202, Champaign

Theme: Your Story Matters

February 5 :: Race, Sexuality & Beyoncé, Derrius Carter

February 19 :: Rainbows, Propaganda and Exploding Closets: Growing Up Queer in Iran, Sadra Aghajani

March 5 :: Stumbling, Leaping, Falling & Flying, Jennifer Bechtel

April 2 :: A Chinese Buffet of Life, Samantha Xu

April 16 :: Stories from a Straight Passing Bi Therapist Mama, Anita Hund-Wantland

April 30 :: Nepantla: Navigating the Intersections of Identity, Rusty Barcelo

Dish It Up | Hosted by the Women’s Resources Center

616 E. Green St., Suite 202, Champaign

Theme: Feminist Reflections: Past, Present, & Future

January 22 :: Students Stand GUARD: Creating and Implementing a Consent and Sexual Assault Prevention Program for Fraternities and Sororities, Molly McLay, LCSW, Assistant Director, Women’s Resources Center and Andrew Hohn, Associate Director for Fraternity and Sorority Affairs

February 12 :: Black Women in the Academy: Reflecting on the Past, Envisioning the Future, Kim Otchere, Program Director - Social Justice & Leadership Education, and members of the Black Faculty and Academic Professional Alliance (BFAFA)

February 26 :: Broadening the Spectrum of Eating Disorders: Education and Services, Halley Farwood, Joey Rea, and Samantha Xu, Counseling Center. In Honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

March 12 :: How to Communicate an Epidemic: Black Women, Media, and the Post-AIDS Era, Carolyn Randolph, Ph.D., Alumna, Institute for Communications Research

March 26 :: The Authentic Engineer: The Intersection of Race and Gender in Engineering, Kelly Cross, Postdoctoral Researcher, Illinois Foundry for Innovation in Engineering Education. In Honor of Women in STEM (WiSTEM) Week

April 9 :: Masculinity & Sexual Violence: Men as Perpetrators, Survivors, and Changemakers, Ross Wantland, Director, Diversity & Social Justice Education. In Honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 23 :: UndocuQueer: Intersections of Immigration and LGBTQ Activism, Jorge Mena Robles, Assistant Director, La Casa Cultural Latina. In Honor of Latinx Awareness Month and Queer It Week


Food for Thought | Hosted by the Asian American Cultural Center

1210 W. Nevada St., Urbana

January 30 :: The Making of a Republic, Sushobhan Sen, Doctoral Candidate in Civil Engineering, Indian Graduate Student Association

February 6 :: The Muslim Ban and Asian American History, Junaid Rana, Associate Professor, Asian American Studies

February 13 :: Early Asian and Asian American Pacific Islander Students at the University of Illinois, Salvatore Victor de Sando, Graduate Assistant, U of I Archives

February 20 :: Resisting Evacuation: Voices Against the Japanese American Incarceration, Augusto Espiritu, Associate Professor, Asian American Studies

February 27 :: Happy Hour: Exploring Drinking Culture and College Success, Counseling Center

March 6 :: Devon: South Asians in Chicago, Reeti Patel, Hermia Soo Intern, Asian American Cultural Center

March 13 :: Engaging in Student Leadership and Pursuing My Passions After College, Simi Sandhu, U of I Alum

March 27 :: Migration of Japanese Farmers in the South, Megan White, Ph.D. Student in History

April 3 :: Holi: Festival of Colors, Annika Kulkarni, President of ASHA for Education, IGSA

April 10 :: Are You Allergic to Tests? Strategies to Cope with Test Anxiety, Counseling Center

April 17 :: Simplify Your Stress, Jennifer Halls-Carson, Wellness Promotion Specialist and Stress Management Coordinator, McKinley Health Center

April 24 :: Reflections of a UIUC Student Leader from the 90’s Turned Director of the Illinois Department of Labor, Anna Hui, Recipient 2018 Outstanding Asian American Alumni Award


Food for the Soul | Hosted by the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center

51 E. Gregory Dr. Champaign

January 24 :: Selma, Ashley M. Davis, Assistant Director, BNAACC

January 31 :: I’m Not Racist! Or am I?!?!, Nathan Stephens, Director, BNAACC

February 7 :: The Need For Class Struggle In the Black Community, Dr. Sundiata Cha-Jua, Associate Professor, African American Studies

February 14 :: Beautiful Black Love, Nathan Stephens, Director, BNAACC

February 21 :: Meet the Black Faculty and Staff

February 28 :: Eating Disorders Within the Black Community, Sankofa Outreach Team, Counseling Center

March 7 :: Creating Your Powerful Resume, Sparkle Sanders, The Career Center

March 14 :: Air Goddesses: Black Women in Flight and Aviation, Shanita Polk, Pilot and Aviation Faculty, Parkland College

March 28 :: The Need to Lead: Black Women Student Leaders at UIUC

April 4 :: Leadership: A Never Ending Quest, Ashley M. Davis

April 11 :: Documenting Black Students between the 1930–1950s, Jessica Ballard

April 18 :: My Entrepreneur Journey: Allaso Performance Solutions, Regina Stevenson

April 25 :: BNAACC & You: Working Together & Moving Forward


Lunch @ La Casa | Hosted by La Casa Cultural Latina

1203 W. Nevada St., Urbana

January 25 :: Reflections of an Undocumented Immigrant, José Angel N., Author of Illegal

February 1 :: Immigration Rights are Human Rights, Panel Discussion

February 8 :: African American Women and their Experiences in Higher Education, In Celebration of Black History Month

February 15 :: TBA

February 22 :: Out of the Battle Into Freedom, Tanisha King-Taylor, Author

March 1 :: McKinley Special Populations – Self Care Workshop, Audrey LeVault and Melanie Moore

March 8 :: Extraordinary Latinas: A panel of amazing Latinas in our community, Dia Internacional de la Mujer

March 15 :: Community-based Physical Activity Interventions for Aging, Underserved and Clinical Populations, Dr. Susan Aguinaga, Post-Doctoral Fellow

March 29 :: TBA

April 5 :: Setting Goals & Saving Money, Andrea Pellegrini, Assistant Director, Student Money Management Center

April 12 :: TBA, Salvatore De Sando, Graduate Student

April 19 :: Learning from our Indigenous Communities the Art of Alebrijes, Carlos Orozco, Artist from Chiapas, Mexico

April 26 :: *Meet the Women’s Resources Center Director, Sarah Colome, Director of the Women’s Resources Center


Chat n Chew | Hosted by Native American House

1206 W. Nevada St., Urbana

February 2 :: MTV's Rebel Music: 7th Generation Rises viewing and discussion

February 16 :: Sports and Culture

March 2 :: Misrecognizing Tribal Sovereignty through Ethnographic Museum Practices, Courtney Cottrell, 2017–2018 Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in American Indian Studies

March 16 :: Quecha & Indigenous Languages, Carlos Molina-Vital, Quecha Languages, Latin American & Caribbean Studies

April 6 :: Non-Indigenous Researchers & Archaeology in Belize, Aimee Carbaugh & Jeannie Larmon, Doctoral Candidates, Department of Anthropology

April 20 :: The Intersection of Contemporary Trauma and Environment among Indigenous Peoples: How the Social, Physical, and Spiritual Connect, Shanondora Billiot (United Houma Nation), Assistant Professor, School of Social Work

Conversation Café | Hosted by Diversity & Social Justice Education

Location: Women’s Resources Center, 616 E. Green St., Suite 202, Champaign
unless otherwise noted

January 26 :: It’s Not About the Chief: Workshop on Native Heritage and Cultural Exchange, Ross Wantland, Director, Diversity & Social Justice Education

February 9 :: Incarceration Nation: A Talk by Educational Justice Project Staff

February 23 :: Religion and Sexuality on Campus, Panel of student leaders

March 9 :: Using Art to Promote Social Justice: A Discussion with Chicago visual artist Candice Hunter Location: University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St., Champaign, in collaboration with the Friday Forum speakers series

March 30 :: Driving Me Crazy: Ableism and Mental Health, Panel of faculty, alumni, and students

April 13 :: Climate Justice is Racial Justice is Gender Justice: Discussion with Bill McKibben
**Location**--->Ikenberry SDRP room 2025, 301 E. Gregory Dr., Champaign, in collaboration with the Friday Forum speakers series and University Housing. 

April 27 :: #MeToo: Accountability and Sexual Violence Prevention, Sarah Colomé, Director, Women’s Resources Center