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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

75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066 Events

Sunday, February 19th through Tuesday, February 21st
Sponsored by the Asian American Cultural Center

February 19th marks the 75th Anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, which forced the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans in the U.S. during World War II.

On Sunday February 19th, there will be a film screening of George Takei’s Broadway Musical, Allegiance. The screening will be at 12:55pm at the Goodrich Savoy Theatre. The musical is inspired by George Takei’s personal experiences in dealing with Japanese internment during World War II. Tickets are $17.50 and will be sold at the Goodrich Savoy Theatre.

On Monday February 20th, the AACC will be holding a Dialogue on Executive Orders Targeting Minorities. It will be held from 6pm to 7:30pm at the AACC. We will be discussing the impact of Executive Order 9066, the impact of Trump’s executive orders, and how we can learn from past mistakes.

ManTalks | Faith and Masculinity: An Interfaith Panel Discussion

Monday, February 20th, 5 to 6:30 pm
Women’s Resources Center | 703 S. Wright St., 2nd Fl., Champaign
Sponsored by the Women’s Resources Center

A bi-weekly dialogue on men and masculinity for men, masculine-identified people, and their allies.

Please join us this week for a panel discussion lead by faith leaders from the Champaign-Urbana community. All are welcome, panelist announcement to come out soon!

On Tuesday February 21st, we will hold our weekly Tuesday Food for Thought. The featured presenter is Rebecca Ozaki, who is currently the Youth Co-Chair for the Japanese American Citizens League. The title of her presentation is “Facing Japanese American Incarceration 75 Years Later: A Next Generation Perspective” and will speak about her work with the JACL, Executive Order 9066, her insight on incarceration experience, and the aftermath of this policy decision.


Monday, February 20th, 7 to 9 pm
Illini Union Courtyard Cafe
Sponsored by the LGBT Resource Center

In a world filled with white supremacy and transphobia at every turn, to be a Black trans person is an act of defiance and pure magickal manifestation. J Mase III & Vita E., aka #BlackTransMagick, will take you on a journey through poetry, movement, and drums in this brand new show inspired by their lives and the world around them. Part performance duo part thought leaders, when these two are not on stage they make up the administrative team for awQward, the first trans & queer people of color talent agency.

Visioning Justice and Building Solidarity Across Communities

Tuesday February 21st, 6 to 7:30 pm
SDRP, Room 2025C (301 E. Gregory Dr., Champaign)
Guest Facilitator: Dr. Monroe France, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Diversity Initiatives, New York University

Now more than ever, we must show up and do our part to create change. In this interactive session, open to all students, participants will engage in reflective dialogue focused on developing concrete steps and strategies they can take to advance social change and solidarity across communities from a an intersectional approach. Participants will collectively vision revolutionary actions that can be taken to develop spaces where everyone can be seen, heard and how that they matter.

Co-sponsored by the Office of Inclusion & Intercultural Relations, University Housing, Student Affairs Initiative Grant, Disability Resources & Educational Services, Veteran Student Support Services, and the Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education, College of Applied Health Sciences

iCU: 1Malaysia: Exploring Our Diversity Within Unity

Wednesday, February 22nd, 6 to 7:30 pm
Asian American Cultural Center | 1210 W. Nevada St., Urbana
Sponsored by Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR), Asian American Cultural Center (AACC), and Malaysian Student Association (MaSA).

Have you ever heard about Malaysia before? Are you interested to know more about our myriad of people, cultures and traditions? Come and join us for a talk to learn more about our country. We will teach you common phrases in the Malay language and there will be fun traditional games as well!

Black & Latino Male Summit 2017 | Reviving Our Roots: The Cultivation of the Afro-Latino Diaspora

Saturday, February 25th, 2017
I Hotel and Conference Center | 1900 South 1st Street, Champaign

This year’s summit strives to provide a forum for Black and Latino men to discuss the role of history in today’s Black and Latino experience. The summit aims to create an experience that sparks reflection and ignites action from its participants. Furthermore, the organizers and sponsors of this summit seek to promote camaraderie, coalition building, and community between Black and Latino men. To see the Facebook event click here. For more information on registration, volunteering, and the call for proposals click here.

Illinois Interfaith Conference

Saturday, February 25th, 2017
Student Dining and Residential Programs Building (SDRP) | 301 E Gregory Dr, Champaign
Register at

In today’s world, religion can sometimes feel like a dividing line. But could our different religious, secular, and spiritual identities actually help us build community and meet society’s grand challenges?

Join us for the 6th Annual Illinois Interfaith Conference on Saturday, February 25th in the Ikenberry SDRP Building. Starting with a series of mini-talks, national and local guest speakers - such as Rev. J. Cody Nielsen, nationally recognized expert on interfaith work on public campuses – will answer the question: how could interfaith collaboration help us address local, national, and global issues of equality and justice? The afternoon will engage the Illinois campus community in generating real solutions for building stronger communities in a world of diverse faiths and beliefs. In the evening, the Midwest Interfaith Poets will take the stage with diverse lyric monologues that have a simple goal, to share their lived experiences and promote unity-in-diversity.

All are welcome, and it is FREE for all UIUC students, faculty, and community religious workers ($35 for students/staff from other campuses) and meals are included! Be part of an amazing opportunity to create solutions together as a community. You must register to attend, so REGISTER TODAY!

The Illinois Interfaith Conference is hosted by the Illinois Interfaith Challenge Initiative, a partnership between Interfaith in Action (RSO), Muslim Student Association (RSO), the University of Illinois Diversity & Social Justice Education, University Housing Social Justice & Leadership Education, the University YMCA, Illini Hillel/Cohen Center for Jewish Life, and the Community United Church of Christ. The conference is funded in part by SORF and CRFB.

Hot Topics Social Justice Dialogues | Beyond the March: Why Our Feminism MUST Be Intersectional!

Monday, February 27th, 7 pm
Women’s Resources Center (703 S. Wright St., 2nd Fl., Champaign)

Panelists include: XUXA RODRIGUEZ, Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow and Doctoral Candidate in Art History; FRANCENA TURNER, Doctoral Student, Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership; KRISTINA KHAN, Activist/Organizer, Black Rose/Build Programs, Not Jails …; VERONICA PAREDES; Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Media and Cinema Studies.

Presentation of the New BNAACC Facility Design Proposals

Wednesday, March 1st
10:30 am to 12 pm — Faculty and Staff
12 to 1:30 pm — Students (Lunch will be provided)
Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center (51 E. Gregory Dr., Champaign)

You are cordially invited to see the design proposals for the new BNAACC building presented by Interactive Design Architects. Two sessions will be offered for faculty/staff & students, but both are open to everyone.

Interconnect Dinner Dialogue Series

Wednesday, March 1, 6–7 pm
Asian American Cultural Center (1210 W. Nevada St., Urbana)

You and Food: Building a Healthy Relationship. Learn about self-compassion and having a healthy relationship with food.

Explore Chicago Chinatown

Saturday, March 4th, 7:45 am to 7:30 pm

This trip, hosted by the Asian American Cultural Center, is designed for our students to learn more about Chicago’s Chinatown: its history, immigration stories, and the diverse cultural offerings. Experience will include a guided tour of Chinatown and entry to Chinese American Museum of Chicago. Free time will also be available. Cost: $10 ((including Charter Bus transportation, admission fee for the Chinese American Museum of Chicago, and registration fee for a guided walking tour of Chicago’s Chinatown).

Register at:

For questions and concerns, contact Kenny Importante at or Christina Carpio

Women’s Career Institute

Saturday, March 4th, 9am–4:30pm
STILL SPOTS REMAINING! To register, fill out an application here:

The Women’s Resources Center, together with the Career Center and the YWCA of the University of Illinois are sponsoring the Women’s Career Institute, a day-long women’s leadership and career development institute featuring practical workshops, networking opportunities, and strengths-assessment. This institute is designed for undergraduate students of all genders eager to explore considerations for women in seeking career and leadership opportunities. The Women’s Career Institute will offer meals for attendees and is free of charge.