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Welcome Week 2016

Welcome Week 2016 Events

Wake-Up Call 2016

Saturday, August 20th, 5 pm
Foellinger Auditorium
Sponsored by 100 STRONG and the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center

The Wake Up Call program was created with several purposes in mind including:

  • To provide incoming African American students with a list of resources that will assist them throughout their college career.
  • To encourage African American students to strive for academic excellence.
  • To promote African American unity throughout the campus and community.

With the assistance of current Illinois students, faculty and alumni, Wake-Up Call provides a forum for discussion on the topics relevant to the African American experience at Illinois via skits, multimedia, and the performing arts. We hope you will join us for informative, yet entertaining event. The theme for this year is A Different World, based on the late 80s/early 90s show. The concept will include ways for students to successfully adjust to college as it is a completely “different world” than what first-year students are leaving behind.

ICelebrate at Illinois

Sunday, August 21st, 3–5:30 pm
Nevada Street, between Mathews and Goodwin, Urbana
Sponsored by the Office of Inclusion & Intercultural Relations, New Student Programs, and University Housing

After Quad Day, celebrate the many diverse cultures of the University of Illinois with live music featuring Bomba Con Buya, an Afro-Puerto Rican Chicago-based ensemble, and Emcee One (Osage/Potawatami/Delaware and Puerto Rican), national speaker, DJ, and recording artist. We’ll also have a variety of games, a mehndi design artist, and an array of food samples, including Jerk Chicken, Chana Masala, and Churros. Make new friends, and learn about the programs offered at the 7 cultural and resource centers, and other university departments.

Paleta Social

Monday August 22nd, 6–8pm
La Casa Cultural Latina, 1203 W. Nevada St., Urbana

After the first day of classes, La Casa holds a social for new students to come and meet other new and returning students, while returning students can catch up with fellow classmates, all while enjoying a paleta/ice cream. It is also an introduction of La Casa to new students in an informal manner.

LGBT Resource Center Welcome Back Event

Wednesday August 24th, 4–6 pm (program starts 4:30 pm)
Illini Union 314 A & B

Celebrate the start of a new year with food, music, and opportunities to meet LGBT Resource Center staff, LGBT RSOs, campus partners, and more! Come find out how to get involved with and stay connected to LGBTQ life at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign! All students, staff, faculty, and community members including partners are invited. Paid for in part by the Student Cultural Programming Fee

Lunch @ La Casa

Thursday August 25th at Noon
La Casa Cultural Latina, 1203 W. Nevada St., Urbana

Meet and Greet La Casa Cultural Latina Staff. Learn about programs and events for the Fall semester.


Thursday, August 25th, 5–7 pm
SDRP Multipurpose Room (2nd floor) 301 E. Gregory Dr., Champaign

For over twenty years, students have been producing “Asiantation,” a new student-welcoming program and resource handbook to introduce first year students, transfer students, as well as graduate and professional students to the Asian and Asian American campus community and resources. Learn more about AAPI student organizations and see how you can get involved.

Women’s Resources Center Open House

Monday, August 29th, 4–6pm
Women’s Resources Center, 703 S. Wright St. 2nd Floor, Champaign

Join us for an Open House at the Women’s Resources Center. Get to know our staff, affiliated organizations, programs, and services over an afternoon of desserts and conversation! Art exhibition on display for viewing. Free and open to the public.

Que Pasa @ La Casa

Monday August 29th at 6 pm
La Casa Cultural Latina, 1203 W. Nevada St., Urbana on the lawn between La Casa and Gender & Women’s Studies

Welcome Reception for International Students

Monday, August 29th, 6 pm
Asian American Cultural Center, 1210 W. Nevada St., Urbana

The Asian American Cultural Center will be holding an open house for all International Students to come and check out the resources available to them.

Student Parent Fall Reception

Wednesday, Aug. 31st, 4–6pm
Illini Union Room 314B
Sponsored by the Women’s Resources Center

Join us for a Fall Reception for students with families sponsored by the Student Parent Advisory Council at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This is a family-friendly event designed for students who are parents.

InterConnect Dialogue Series

Wednesday, September 7th, 6:30–7:30 pm
Asian American Cultural Center, 1210 W. Nevada St., Urbana

International Students Welcome Session
So you have gone through the orientation, and enjoyed your first two weeks of campus life. What’s next? How to make the most of your Illinois experience? Come to hear what advice and tips our senior international students have to share with you.

Fall 2016 Welcome Back Dinner & Community Potluck

Thursday, September 8th from 4–6 pm
Hosted by Native American House, 1206 W. Nevada St., Urbana

Bring a dish to share. Meet your peers and members of the campus community. Take a tour. Connect with RSOs. Get involved. Become informed.

iCU OIIR Intercultural Dialogue Series

Wednesday, September 14th, 6:30–7:30 pm
Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, 51 E. Gregory Dr., Champaign
Sponsored by OIIR, BNAACC, African Cultural Association (ACA), and Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange (IAGE)

A Taste of Africa
Immerse yourself in the rich tradition of African culture with music and dance presented by the members of ACA. Learn to dance, enjoy the cuisine and much more at the first iCU session of Fall 2016!

Fall Family Fest

Sunday, Sept. 18th, 12–2 pm
Orchard Downs Community Center, 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.

Outdoor Film Screening of Ghostbusters

Thursday, Sept. 22nd, Gather at 7:30pm; Film begins at dusk (estimated 8:15pm)
Main Quad/Anniversary Plaza
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 7:30 pm 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!