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Interfaith Literacy Series: Supporting Jewish Students on Campus
Wednesday, November 30th from 9:30–11am
With Erez Cohen and Carly Froomkin from Illini Hillel/Cohen Center for Jewish Life
Location: Asian American Cultural Center Lounge, 1210 W. Nevada St., Urbana

What support do Jewish students need during their four years on campus? What are the different levels of Jewish observance and how does that affect their college experience? Do Jewish students feel safe on campus? Join Illini Hillel staff Erez Cohen and Carly Burak as they facilitate a critical conversation for Illinois staff and faculty about the needs of Jewish students and how we can work to ensure a welcoming religiously diverse campus. Light snacks and coffee will be served. Find out more about the Illinois Interfaith Series.

IPRH Now: What is to be Done? The Work of the Humanities in the Present
Tuesday December 6 from 5:30–8 pm
IPRH Seminar Room, Levis Faculty Center, Fourth Floor (919 West Illinois Street, Urbana, IL)

Pizza and beverages will be provided. Bring a dessert to share if you like!

On December 6th IPRH will host a Work-In designed to help faculty, students, staff and community members learn about what is being done in response to current events and join in those efforts. We envision several Work-In Stations where organizers can speak briefly about their projects. But the majority of the time will be spent in small groups where we will workshop ideas, strategies and plans for short- and long-term activities.

Are you involved in a group that is already organized? Is there a Work-In group you want to start? Teach-ins, “clapbacks,” self-defense clinics, DREAM hubs, art coops, reading groups, archiving projects, community liaison workshops, storytelling fests, media watches, music groups, environmental studies clusters, poetry clubs, LGBTQ outreach services—there is a lot happening at the moment and much more that needs to be done.

Our goal is to showcase what is already unfolding here, bring new ideas to the table and share information about what is going on elsewhere. We need inspiration, purposeful work and many hands to do what needs to be done.

Past Events


Latina/Latino Studies—Two Open Discussion Events
12:00–1:30 and 3:30–5 pm
LLS Conference Room (1207 W. Oregon St., Room 133)

Gender & Women’s Studies Solidarity Hours
Study Together at GWS, 4–6 pm
1205 W. Nevada St, Urbana

La Casa Cultural Latina (1210 W. Nevada St., Urbana) and the LGBT Resource Center (Room 323 Illini Union)
are open all day for anyone who needs a space to process the election.

The Women’s Resources Center will have open discussion hours between 3–4 pm, and then walk to the GWS Solidarity Hours at 4pm.
703 S. Wright St., Champaign, 2nd Floor

Post-Election Healing Spaces at BNAACC
Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center
51 E. Gregory Dr., Champaign

  • Food for the Soul, 12 pm
  • Counseling Center Drop-In Hours, 11 am–2pm
  • Student Healing Spaces, 5–11 pm (in collaboration with Black Student Organizations)

Solidarity Hours hosted by the Asian Pacific American Coalition
Asian American Cultural Center (1210 W. Nevada St., Urbana)
5–9 pm

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Latina/Latino Studies Solidarity Hours
Room 133, 1207 W. Oregon St., Urbana
9–11 am; 12:30–5 pm

La Casa Cultural Latina (1210 W. Nevada St., Urbana) is open all day from 9 am until 10 pm
for anyone who needs a space to process the election.

The LGBT Resource Center (Room 323 Illini Union) and Native American House (1206 W. Nevada St., Urbana) are providing open spaces from 9–5 pm.

Roundtable: “Transatlantic Relations in the Aftermath of U.S. Elections”
Illini Union, Rm 104, 4–5:30 pm
Sponsored by the European Union Center at the University of Illinois; Co-Sponsored Center for Global Studies


  • Valerie Rouxel-Laxton, Head of Economic and Financial Affairs (ECFIN) Section, Delegation of the EU to the U.S.
  • Kostas Kourtikakis, Political Science, University of Illinois
  • Shamira Gelbman, Political Science, Wabash College

Moderator: Niala Boodhoo, Host of ’The 21st Show" on WILL Radio, Illinois Public Media

Post-Election Debrief “Happy” Hour @ Uncorked for Staff & Faculty
5–7pm, Lobby, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Sponsored by Five Days for Change Alumni

Join staff, faculty, and other members of our campus community as we gather together
at Krannert’s Uncorked in the Lobby of KCPA. No program or pressure, just space
to come together and talk.

Solidarity Hours hosted by the Asian Pacific American Coalition
Asian American Cultural Center (1210 W. Nevada St., Urbana)
5–9 pm; 7–8 pm APAC Facilitated Dialogue

COMMUNITY: Coming Together After America’s Decision
Sponsored by 100 STRONG and Central Black Student Union
FAR OG Lounge, 6 pm

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Latina/Latino Studies Solidarity Hours
Room 133, 1207 W. Oregon St., Urbana
9–5 pm

University Y Friday Forum
Bridging the Divide: Encouraging Civil Discourse Between Differing Political Perspectives
Facilitated by Joe Minarik and Scott Bidner, Program on Intergroup Relations
12–1 pm
University YMCA (1001 S. Wright St., Champaign)

Let Us Hear Your Voice: Coming Together in Peace and Positive Proaction
Room 1000 Lincoln Hall, 12–1pm
Sponsored by Hear My Voice RSO

In response to the recent reports of threatening acts towards students on campus and in the community, and the continued mission for the U of I campus to be a Learning Space of Inclusion and Respect of Diverse Voices, The Registered Organization “Hear My Voice” will hold an open forum for discussion, healing, and support. Come join the conversation, let your voice be heard and then let’s take steps for positive change towards a learning environment of respect, inclusion, and tolerance. To learn more about our collective and its work, please see

Department of Landscape Architecture Post-Election Discussion
Temple Hoyne Buell Hall 325, 5pm

We are a community of scholars committed to inclusivity and respect for one another and respect for ideas. Although we are not shy about challenging ideas, critiquing ideas, or re-framing ideas, we are committed to doing so with respect for one another. Please join us tomorrow, Friday, at 5pm in TBH 325 to talk about the election. We'll have a bunch of fresh pizza and some things to drink. All are welcome.


BNAACC Healing Space Session
Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center Lounge (51 E. Gregory Dr., Champaign)
Monday, November 14, 12–3 pm

The purpose of this luncheon will be to provide a safe (debate-free) space for Black students, faculty, staff, and community members to gather resources, congregate, debrief, share, cry, and share resources to promote restorative healing. Representatives from the Sankofa Black Student Outreach team of the Counseling Center will be in attendance for additional support. Feel free to bring your lunch.

Visioning Communities of Care and Compassion through Organizing
Monday, November 14th, 1–4 pm
presented by Se-Ah-Dom Edmo (Shoshone, Bannock, Nez Perce, Yakama), Movement Building Director, Western States Center
Asian American Cultural Center, 1–4 pm
Sponsored by Native American House

Join us for dialog and community building workshop about the challenges we anticipate facing in this next political era that go beyond policy based responses and are rooted in our vision of what social change looks like, feels like and for whom. We will have small group discussions and large group debriefs of what it means for our collective learning and work and how to improve our collaboration across social and political difference during this critical time.

Department of Anthropology Solidarity Hour
Monday, November 14th, 4–5 pm
Students, Faculty, Staff Welcome
109A Davenport

Post-Election Drop-In Hours at the iSchool
Monday from 4–5:30 in Room 012A (basement) and Tuesday from 12–1 in 046 (basement)
501 E. Daniel St., Champaign

Please drop by if you want to talk, find support, or just hang out. Refreshments will be provided. Virtual participation is welcome >cut and paste this link:


Latina/Latino Studies Solidarity Hours
LLS Conference Room (1207 W. Oregon, Room 133, Urbana)

  • Monday, November 14, 9–1:30pm
  • Tuesday, November 15, 9–10:30am, 1–5pm
  • Wednesday, November 16, 9–1:30pm
  • Thursday, November 17, 9–10:30am, 1–5pm
  • Friday, November 18, 9–5pm

There will be food and drinks, games, art supplies, and lots of comfort! All are welcome!

Gender and Women’s Studies Solidarity Hours
GWS House (1205 W. Nevada St., Urbana)

  • Tuesday, November 15, 4–6pm
  • Wednesday, November 16, 4–6pm, including Bystander/De-Escalation Training
  • Thursday, November 17, 4–6pm
  • Friday, November 18, 4–5pm

We’ll have snacks and drinks on hand and hope you’ll stop in at the GWS house at 1205 W. Nevada if you need a supportive space to talk, study, or share ideas for action. (We are also doing regular dance breaks!)

On Wednesday from 4–6, we will offer Bystander Intervention/De-Escalation Training with NYC-based radical queer feminist social worker and activist Rachel Sarah Levy (on Skype). Both Intervention and de-escalation offer a set of tools which can be employed to assertively calm down a potentially volatile situation. Verbal assertiveness can be used as a preventative measure, whereas verbal de-escalation is for situations that are already getting out of control. In this training, we will be focusing on strategies to de-escalate - both when we are targets, and when we witness violence enacted onto others.

Talking with [Racist] Uncle Joe: An Interactive Exercise on Discussing Race with Family
Led by Joe Minarik, MSW, MPP
Diversity & Social Justice Education

Wednesday, November 16th
12–1pm, Wahl Room (2nd Floor), University YMCA (1001 S. Wright St., 2nd fl)
6–7pm, Rm. 2019, School of Social Work (1010 W. Nevada St., 2nd floor)

Engaging with friends, relatives, or even coworkers about challenging topics can be highly stressful, but also an important part of staying true to yourself and your beliefs. This is especially true when someone is saying things that are insensitive, rude, or hurtful on matters such as race and gender. This interactive exercise – called “Racist Uncle Joe” – is designed to help us prepare how to respond in a group setting, through creativity, compassion, and strategy.

This program is sponsored by Diversity & Social Justice Education and the University YMCA, with the support of the School of Social Work. If you will need disability-related accommodations in order to participate in this program, please email For any additional information, contact Joe at

A Discussion About the Election
Wednesday, November 16, 4–5:30 pm
Sponsored by the Department of African-American Studies
Possible Distinguished Guests: State Representative Carol Ammons or Community Organizer Aaron Ammons, and other faculty
Afro-Studies Conference Room (1201 W. Nevada St., Urbana)

Future of DACA & Know Your Rights: Immigration Project
Thursday, November 17th, 5–6 pm
La Casa Cultural Latina (1203 W. Nevada St., Urbana)

Join us as a Staff Attorney from The Immigration Project discusses the possible future of DACA and immigration under Trump administration (based on the few details we know). They will also provide an overview of The Immigration Project, how to make an appointment, and a brief “Know Your Rights” presentation.

The Immigration Project:


University of Illinois Police Department
Call 911 in an emergency
Call 217–333–1216 (TTY: 217–244–7209) for non-emergencies

Counseling Center
Phone: 217–333–3704
Location: Room 206, Student Services Building, 610 East John Street, Champaign, IL
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
Appointment: Scheduled for same day, recommend calling beginning at 7:50 a.m.

Office of Inclusion & Intercultural Relations

Social Justice and Leadership Education (SJLE), Residence Life
Location: Student Dining and Residential Programs Building (SDRP), Leadership Suite, 2081 (301 E. Gregory Drive, Champaign)
Phone: 217-244-9707

The Social Justice and Leadership Education (SJLE) team coordinates student groups, leadership opportunities, and social justice initiatives in the residence halls.

Faculty Staff Assistance Program
Phone: (217) 244–5312
Location: Advanced Computation Building at 1011 West Springfield, Urbana

How to Report Acts of Intolerance

Reporting Acts of Intolerance | Office for Student Conflict Resolution

How to Report

  • If injured or if there is concern of immediate danger, call 911 or 9–911 from a campus phone.
  • Contact the Office of the Dean of Students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (217) 333–0050.
  • Submit an anonymous report online at
  • Send an e-mail message to
  • Report to any university official.

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