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February 2015

Leadership & Diversity Summit

February 1, 10 am to 5 pm, Ikenberry SDRP Multipurpose Room

The current events in our country highlight the importance of understanding diversity and identity in our leadership. This powerful and interactive summit will bring together students from across campus to explore your leadership through a diversity lens. Join facilitators from InciteChange! to learn how to reflect, grow, and facilitate as a leader in the 21st century.  Free to Illinois students. Lunch and snacks are included.

iCU OIIR Intercultural Dialogue Series: "Korean Wave"

Wednesday, February 4, 6:30 to 7:30 pm, Asian American Cultural Center

iCU (now I See what You mean) is an intercultural dialogue series hosted by the OIIR to promote meaningful conversations among domestic and international students on a personal level. This spring, the sessions will focus on a variety of different cultures and will be co-hosted by student organizations. Each session also offers authentic/ethnic food, free giveaways, and fun activities. This particular session will be about the "Korean Wave" or Hallyu, and will be co-hosted by the Korean Student Association. Join us for a fun night with exciting discussions, food, and games!

Conversation on Student Concerns About Safety

Wednesday, February 11, 6:30 to 8:00pm
Asian American Cultural Center 2nd Floor

This conversation on safety will be an opportunity for students to discuss concerns that they may be processing and fears that they may have after the recent tragedies at the beginning of this semester. Sgt. Joan Fiesta of the UIPD, staff from the Counseling Center, LGBT Resource Center, Asian American Cultural Center, and La Casa Cultural Latina will be present to help facilitate the discussion, as well as provide information about additional resources available on campus to students.

The Twelfth Black Sacred Music Symposium

Friday, February 19 through Sunday, February 22

The Black Sacred Music Symposium, presented by the University of Illinois Black Chorus, was founded by Professor of Voice Ollie Watts Davis in 1991. This four-day, biennial conference is dedicated to the study of Black Sacred Music traditions.

Closing Symposium Concert

Sunday, February 22 at 7:30 pm, Great Hall of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
featuring the University of Illinois Black Chorus and Friends

Feminist Activist Academy

Saturday, February 21, all day

The Feminist Activist Academy is an opportunity for students interested in women’s issues, feminism, or social justice to explore contemporary issues and receive training on methods and ideas for activism and advocacy work. We’ll explore the contemporary landscape of feminism, as well as intersectionality, solidarity, and thinking creatively about social change. Free and open to enrolled U of I students. Sponsored by the Women's Resources Center and the Strategic Initiative Grant.

Lunar New Year Celebration

Saturday, February 21, 1 to 4 pm, University YMCA
1001 S. Wright St., Champaign

Come celebrate the Year of the Goat with performances by local artists and student organizations, interactive cultural booths, and traditional foods. This event is free and open to all!

Fourth Annual Illinois Interfaith Conference

Friday, February 27 through Sunday, March 1

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. Registration is FREE for University of Illinois students, staff, faculty, and community members. Learn more about the Illinois Interfaith Conference or register now.

Black & Latino Male Summit 2015

Saturday, February 28, 9 am to 4 pm, I-Hotel and Conference Center

The theme of the 2015 Black and Latino Male Summit (BLMS) is An Exploration of Identity: Who Are You? Who Do They Think You Are? This year’s summit strives to provide a forum for Black and Latino men to discuss issues of identity and to create strategies to explore, develop, and protect their identities. Find out more.

March 2015

LGBT Ally Training

Tuesday, March 3, 5:30 to 8:30p, SDRP, Room 2050

The LGBT Resource Center and the LGBTQ Outreach Committee of the Counseling Center offer LGBT Ally Trainings and Transgender Ally Trainings throughout the year. These trainings are open to faculty, staff and students. Due to limited space, registration is required. Please sign up here:

International Women’s Day Celebration

Friday, March 6, 9 am, I-Hotel

The Women’s Resources Center, International Education Program, OIIR, and Women and Gender in Global Perspectives invite you to join us as we honor individuals on campus and in our community whose work elevates the status of girls and women by promoting access and opportunities in work, education and community participation. Our featured guest will be alumna Akshita Siddula, a performance, music, breakfast, and several awards to this year’s honorees!

5th Annual Campus Ecofeminism Summit: Keynote Lecture with Pandora Thomas

Monday, March 9th at 7pm, Unit One Allen Hall (1005 W. Gregory Ave. Urbana)
Parking available in the parking garage across the street. MTD buses drop off in front.

In honor of the 5th Annual Campus Ecofeminism Summit, please join us for a lecture from Pandora Thomas, Keynote Speaker for this year's week-long summit! Pandora Thomas is a passionate global citizen who works as a teacher, writer, designer and speaker. She studied at Columbia and Tufts University and with several permaculture and greenbuilding design programs. Her writing includes a children’s book, various curricula and a manual entitled "Shades of Green" for individuals wanting to teach green building to youth. She has keynoted and lectured on topics ranging from diversity, social justice, youth and women's leadership, social entrepreneurship and sustainability. She has taught groups as diverse as Iraqi and Indonesian youth to men serving in San Quentin creating inspiring and hands on programs around permaculture design, sustainability, and outdoor and environmental education.

DINE: Diversity & Inclusion Networking Exchange

Tuesday, March 17th, 5:30 to 7:30 pm, Illini Union Ballroom

Join us for a unique opportunity to engage with employers who value the diversity that Illinois students can bring into the workplace. Meet and practice networking with company representatives prior to the All-Campus Career Fair. Learn more about DINE.

DiversityEd Film Screening/Discussion—Grace Lee Boggs: American Revolutionary

Wednesday, March 18th from 6 to 8 pm at YMCA Latzer Hall

Grace Lee Boggs, 98, is a Chinese American philosopher, writer and activist in Detroit with a thick FBI file and a surprising vision of what an American revolution can be. Join Diversity Ed for a free public screening of the POV documentary American Revolutionary, which follows Boggs’ various paths of activism. Afterward, we will host a discussion and resource-sharing of strategies, methods, and associated risks of various approaches for non-violent protests. The discussion will also consider the issues and struggles of women of color in social movements.

Food for Thought - “Lean on Me: Becoming an Active Bystander”

Tuesday, March 31st from 12 to 1 pm, Asian American Cultural Center

This 40 minute interactive workshop provides understanding of rape myths and how they create barriers to intervening, statistics of what is happening in the community in regards to sexual violence, how to be an active bystander, and how to overcome obstacles that may stand in the way of being supportive. Campus and community support resource information will be provided. Presenters: Patricia Ricketts, Ph.D., Counseling Center, Nami Doshi, Graduate Student, Counseling Psychology, and The Trauma Outreach and Consultation Team.

Racial Microaggressions at the University of Illinois

Tuesday, March 31st from 4 to 6 pm, Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium

Presentation and discussion led by Stacy Harwood, Associate Professor, Department of Urban & Regional Planning. She is co-author of numerous articles about Racial Microaggressions at the University of Illinois Urbana campus, including two reports with testimonials from students of color about their experiences in the resident halls and classrooms. Read and download the full report.

#InclusiveIllinois: Campus Conversation on Diversity and School Spirit

Tuesday March 31st from 7 to 9:30 pm, SDRP 2025

Come hear the Rip Chords perform, hear the perspective of fellow student leaders as they share their stories about their University of Illinois experiences and share your voice either to reflect upon the stories shared or to inform our campus of your unique insight about diversity and school spirit at Illinois.

April 2015

International Week

April 6 through 12, 2015, all campus. View the full calendar of events.

IPRH Inside Scoop Lunch For Undergrads: Richard Blanco

The Fifth Inaugural Poet of the United States
Tuesday, April 7th at 12 pm, La Casa Cultural Latina

Richard Blanco is the nation’s fifth inaugural poet and the first Latino, immigrant, and openly gay person to fulfill the role. Join us for lunch and an informal conversation with this award-winning poet and civil engineer, who delivered his poem “One Today” at Obama’s second inauguration. His recent memoir, The Prince of Los Cocuyos, explores his coming-of-age as the child of Cuban immigrants and his attempts to understand his place in America while grappling with his burgeoning artistic and sexual identities.

This IPRH Inside Scoop session offers an opportunity for all interested undergraduates, no matter their majors, to engage with creative minds in the humanities. Lunch will be served.

This event is free and open to all U of I undergrads but registration is required. Places are limited, so please register here by April 1st.

Queer-It Week

April 13th through 18th

Queer It Week is a week long collaboration between the LGBT Resource Center, LGBT Registered Student Organizations, and campus and community partners celebrating LGBTQ identities. Emerging from the concept of "Sprit Week," "Queer-It Week" focuses on Queer Identities and conversations about those identities. View the full calendar of events.

IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas

Monday, April 13 from 5pm to 7pm
at the YMCA Murphy Gallery
1001 S. Wright St, Champaign, IL
(Corner of Wright & Chalmers)

A part of the American story has long been invisible-the story of people who share African American and Native American ancestry. Over centuries, African American and Native people came together, creating shared histories, communities, and ways of life. Often divided by prejudice, laws, or twists of history, African-Native Americans were united by a double heritage that is truly indivisible.

Art @ the Y, will open the Smithsonian traveling exhibition "IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas" on Monday, April 13 focusing on the seldom-viewed history and complex lives of people of dual African American and Native American ancestry.

IndiVisible received financial support from Akaloa Resource Foundation and from the Smithsonian's Latino Initiatives Pool. Sponsored by the Bruce D. Nesbitt African-American Cultural Center, the Native American House, and the Committee on Race and Ethnicity (CORE).

Asian American Leadership Awards

Monday, April 20th, 7 pm
Alice Campbell Alumni Center Ballroom

3rd Annual DiversityEd Awards

Tuesday, April 21st, 6 pm
University YMCA
1001 S Wright St, Champaign

It's On Us Campus Event: Visit by Vice President Joe Biden

Thursday, April 23rd. Doors open at 11 am

Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month AsiaFest Celebration

Saturday, May 2nd from 1 to 3:30 pm at 2000 South Lincoln Ave., Urbana

Please join us for an afternoon of live performances hands on arts & crafts, cultural booths, and more to celebrate and honor AAPI Heritage Month!  This event is free and open to all and will go on rain or shine! This event was made possible in part by the University of Illinois Public Engagement Grant, City of Urbana Arts Grant, and the Student Cultural Programming Fee.