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February 2017

Black History Month Themed Dinner: Neo-Soul Food and Gumbo Cook-Off

Tuesday, February 7th at 4:30 pm
PAR, Busey, and Ike Dining Halls
Sponsored by University Dining Services and the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultrual Center

Dialogue: The Political Atmosphere of Tomorrow

Tuesday, February 7th at 7pm
University YMCA Murphy Lounge
Hosted by Interfaith in Action Dialogue

In light of the recent inauguration, Interfaith in Action is hosting a dialogue this Tuesday February 7th focused on the current political atmosphere and how our country is adapting. Our objective is not to side with any party, but rather converse about immediate thoughts, listen to multiple perspectives and formulate ideas about where our nation is headed. We will discuss how we can move towards being an inclusive nation where individuals with diverse identities and beliefs can feel accepted.  We encourage all to come out to this safe environment to learn and share their viewpoint!  Refreshments and cookies will be provided

Loving Kindness Meditation | Latinx Resilience Network

Wednesday, February 8, 6–7 pm
La Casa Cultural Latina, 1203 W. Nevada St., Urbana
Sponsored by La Casa Cultural Latina

Loving Kindness Meditation has been found to increase positive feelings such as self-love, compassion, and empathy. Join us for our first LRN meditation of the semester and cultivate good feelings.

iCU: Morning “Tea” in Guangdong

Wednesday, February 8, 6–7:30 pm
Asian American Cultural Center, 1210 W. Nevada St., Urbana
Sponsored by International Education

Screening of Katie Couric’s National Geographic documentary “Gender Revolution”

Thursday, February 9, 7 pm
SDRP Multipurpose Room C
Sponsored by the LGBT Resource Center. Co-sponsored by the Women’s Resources Center and University Housing

“Seeking” | A New Art Exhibit

Art Reception: Monday, February 13th, 6:00 – 7:30 pm; Artist talk at 6:30pm
Asian American Cultural Center, 1210 W. Nevada St., Urbana
Sponsored by the Asian American Cultural Center, in collaboration with the Urbana Museum of Photography

In this art showcase, Yashin Chen, Ryan Fang, and Ziang Xiao explore the Chinese culture to its root and its traces in the American society. The project consists of three parts, with each part offering a personal view of each artist, Ziang Xiao, born and raised in northern China, documents the lifestyle and landscapes of mainland China. As a Taiwanese, Yashin Chen feels residing in America only reminds her each and every day the importance of the Chinese culture. For the short period she went back to Taiwan, she brought back photos of the landscape and people. Ryan Fang, as a current international student at the University of Illinois, explores the impact of Chinese culture in the Midwest, particularly Chicago and Champaign-Urbana. The exhibit will be on view at the Asian American Cultural Center until March 31, 2017.

Hot Topics | Borders, Bans, and Barriers: Immigration as a Feminist Issue

Monday, February 13th, 7–9 pm
Women's Resources Center, 703 S. Wright St., 2nd Fl., Champaign

Join the University of Illinois Women's Resources Center and the YWCA of the University of Illinois for this important discussion of immigration policies and support tomorrow evening from 7pm-9pm at the WRC!

Featured speakers include Dr. Gioconda Guerra Pérez of La Casa Cultural Latina, Meagan Smith of Three Spinners, Efadul Huq from Planners Network Champaign-Urbana Chapter, Lucia Maldonado of the C-U Immigration Forum and Urbana School DistrIct. Free and open to the public!

Racial Justice Allies and Advocates Training 1.0

Wednesday, February 15th, 9 am–12 pm
A collaborative project of Student Affairs, coordinated by Diversity & Social Justice Education

Interconnect Dinner Dialogue Series

Wednesday, February 15th, 6–7:30 pm
Asian American Cultural Center, 1210 W. Nevada Street
Sponsored by the Counseling Center, along with International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) and the Asian American Cultural Center

Topic: Homesickness: Just about everyone feels it at some point. Join us to hear real stories and learn strategies from students on managing it. Food and Refreshments are provided!

Undocumented Students Ally Training

Friday, February 17th, 9 am–12 pm
Women’s Resources Center, 703 S. Wright St., 2nd Floor, Champaign
Training hosted by La Casa Cultural Latina and I-CAUSE (Illinois Coalition Assisting Undocumented Students’ Education)

Join us for an insightful training on how to best be a resource to undocumented students on campus. We will provide a comprehensive training regarding:

  • Immigration Legislation
  • Understanding DACA & Administrative Relief
  • Resources for DACA Students
  • Narratives of Undocumented Students

To be added to the waitlist, please email

Diversity & Leadership Summit

Sunday, February 19th, 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

Around Campus

“Hear My Voice”: For Healing, Empowerment and Peace

Monday, February 6, 5:30–6:30 pm
Gregory Hall Room 336
Sponsred by Active Centralized Empowerment and Hear My Voice Registered Student Organization

Come and share your voice, receive and give love and support. Students, Faculty Staff, other members of the Community. All are Welcome! More information: Janice Marie Collins, Ph.D.

“The Populist University: Expanding Public Colleges in the Trump Era”

Tuesday, February 7, 5 pm
Lincoln Hall, Room 1002 (702 S. Wright Street, Urbana)
Sponsored by Campus Faculty Association, Department of English, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, Department of Educational Policy, Organization & Leadership, Center for Advanced Study, Gender & Women’s Studies, and the Higher Education Collaborative

Today, academic leaders will be tempted to double down on the private good definition of universities under a president who reveres private wealth and transactional business relationships. This talk argues that this will further reduce the university’s stature in the eyes of both the Trump administration and the public. In contrast, restoring the university’s broad public impact will fix its public reputation and reenergize its students and personnel. This lecture extends the argument of Newfield’s The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016).

Christopher Newfield is Professor of literature and American studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Much of his research is in Critical University Studies, which links his enduring concern with humanities teaching to the study of how higher education continues to be re-shaped by industry and other economic forces. His most recent books on this subject are The Great Mistake (2016), Unmaking the Public University: The Forty Year Assault on the Middle Class (2008), and Ivy and Industry: Business and the Making of the American University, 1880–1980 (2003). He blogs on higher education policy at Remaking the University, and writes for the Huffington Post, Inside Higher Ed, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.