Fall Events

Fall 2013 Events

For all events, if you need accommodations,

please contact AARCC at (312) 413-9569 at least one week ahead of time.


AARCC After Hours: Final Exams

Monday-Wednesday, December 9-11
5:00-7:00 p.m.

Need a quiet place to study? Everyone is welcome to open those books, write those final pages, and review those notes in a quiet and study affirming space.


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Honoring Mandela

When: Thursday, December 12
Time: 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Where: African-American Cultural Center, room 207 Addams Hall

Hear and/or read Mandela's speeches; share your reflections. Come and stay however long or short as you would like. Light refreshments provided.


Sponsored by the Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change and the Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Blacks


PDF of flyer here.

Text file for flyer here.





Handling Distressed Students in the context of Asian and Asian American communities

Thursday, November 21

9:30-10:50 a.m.

165 BSB, 1007 W. Harrison St.

Facilitated by UIC Counseling Center staff member and AARCC Advisory Board member
Seunghee Kwon; primarily geared towards faculty and staff who work with Asian and Asian American student.


REAL TALK by the Campus Advocacy Networkimage flyer for alternative phrases workshop

Alternative Phrases for Hurtful Language by Liz Thomson

Thursday, November 21
12:30-1:30 p.m.

4th floor Conference room, University Hall

REAL TALK is an on-going, monthly series bringing up a variety of topics for students, faculty, and staff to dialogue about.



Shadows then Light: Cultural Citizenship on the Groundshadows and light flyer image

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Latino Cultural Center, Lecture Center B2

5:00-7:00 p.m.

Learn how undocumented students and community activists are challenging ideas of citizenship and identity through music, photography, spoken word, and storytelling. Be a part of this inspiring collective and share a story on Migration & Transformation. Free and open to the public. The Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change have collaborated in creating postcards with students showing support for immigration reform and undcoumented students.




AARCC Volunteers at Holiday Delight (Kodomo Matsuri)
What: Volunteering for Japense American Service Committee's annual Christmas festival
Where: Japanese American Service Committe (4427 N. Clark Street)
When: November 9, 2013 from 1-4pm

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Topic: UIC Heritage Gardens and Culture

Friday, November 1, 2013

Daley Library, Room 1-470

12:00pm - 1:00pm

The focus of this AARCC lunchbox will be on the UIC
Heritage Gardens and highlighting the ways in which
sustainability is a multilateral issue that can be addressed
through various and creative means. What is sustainability
to you? How do you find yourself, friends, and/or family
members being sustainable? Join us for a discussion
facilitated by student leaders Christian Alfaro and Lulu
Martinez from the Heritage Garden. For more information
or accessibility accommodations, e-mail Jeff Alton at
jalton@uic.edu. Free food is first come, first served!


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Topic: Ethnic-Themed Halloween Costumes

Date: October 15, 2013

Time: 12:00-12:50 p.m.

Location: Library 1-470 (first floor)

The focus for this AARCC Lunchbox will be on Ethnic-Themed Halloween Costumes with a focus on Asian themed costumes. 

Are these types of costumes done in good humor, or are they offensive?  Is there a line to be drawn, and if so, where? 

Join us for an in-depth discussion facilitated by Jeffrey Alton, Associate Director of the Asian American Resource and Cultural Center.

Lunch will be provided, and space is limited on a first-come, first-served basis.  If you have any questions or if you require accommodations, please contact Jeff at jalton@uic.edu.


Code of the Freaks: Screening and Discussion

Date: October 15, 2013Code of Freaks flyer image
Time: 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.
Location: Student Center East, Room 302

The Disability Resource Center and the Disability Culture Advisory Committee invite you to a screening of Code of the Freaks , a collaborative film project produced by artists and scholars in the Chicago area examining Hollywood images of disability. Following the screening, the filmmakers will be present to facilitate a discussion about their work as well to provide an introduction to disability culture.

Carrie Sandahl, Associate Professor in Disability and Human Development, UIC; Salome Chasnoff, Personal Heritage Productions; Susan Nussbaum, playwright and novelist; Aly Pastavas, Graduate Student in Disability Studies

Personal assistants, close captioning, ASL interpreation will be provided. Program will be fragrance/scent free.

AARCC is a co-sponsor for this program.

AARCC Volunteers for Be The Change!

What: Be the Change 2013 - National Day of Service

When: October 5, 2013, 11:00-1:30pm
Where: Hamdard Center, 1542 W. Devon Avenue, Chicago, IL 60626


OUT for Work National LGBTQA Career College Conference OUT for work logo

When: September 28-29

Where: Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St.

AARCC was a co-sponsor for this conference that gives

education around identifying as LGBTQ and ally in the workplace. Keynote speakers; educational workshop;

resume review; and career fair.



Lunchbox Series Begins!lunchbox image small; Miss America pageant

Topic: Miss America 2013

When: Friday, September 27

Where: 114 Burnham Hall, Honors College Conference room

Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Join us for a discussion with Dr. Surbhi Malik of UIC's Asian American

Studies Dept. regarding the recent crowning and passionate

social media debate. Lunch is provided, but due to space limitations,

it is first come; first served. No RSVPs needed.



Community Outing to Invasion!
When: Sunday, September 15, 2013
Where: 77 West Washington Street                                           
Time: 2:00-4:00 pm

Invasion! Uses dark comedy as a disarming tool and gets under the skin as it deeply challenges audiences' assumptions about immigrants, prejudices, culture, and language. The New York Times writes that it is a "slyly entertaining comedy with a sharp political edge...it expresses confusion with remarkable clarity."

Heritage Garden Kick-Off! heritage garden kick-off poster

When: Monday, September 9, 2013

Where: Outside Taft Hall

Time: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Join us for the celebration with the other Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change! AARCC will be giving out free DIY wildflower seed paper. Limited quantities. Visit the UIC Heritage Garden web site for more information.


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9th Annual Ice Cream Social!9th annual ice cream social image

When: Tuesday, September 3rd

Where: Lecture Center Quad

Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Join us for the 9th Annual Ice Cream Social, held at the UIC Quad.  The Ice Cream Social is a great time to meet UIC Asian interest student organizations, the Asian American Studies Program, the Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Asian Americans, and the AANAPISI Program.  There will also be FREE ice cream provided by the Village Creamery and music by DJ Steve of clubcircutdj.com.



Past Fall 2012 Events


Poster of portraits for I Define Myself: Undocumented and Unafraid exhibit

Current exhibit presented by the UIC African-American Cultural Center,

Asian American Resourceand Cultural Center, and LatinoCultural Center. On view through December 7th outside of Lecture Center B-2 and the overhead bridges connecting Addams, Taft, and Burnham Halls.






Supporting Immigrant Communities Panel Supporting Immigrant Communities Panel
The African-American Cultural Center and the Asian American Resource and Cultural Center invite you to a panel discussion on how President Obama's announcement on "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA" has had an impact on African and Asian communities. We will discuss the 2012 Presidential Election results and learn more about efforts at UIC to develop methods to make the University a safe space for undocumented students.

Anna Guevarra, Asian American Studies Program at UIC
Jennifer Juarez, Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services at UIC
Rigoberto Padilla, Illinois DREAM Commission and graduate student at UIC
Youngsun Song, Korean American Resource and Cultural Center of Chicago
Sarah Travis, United African Organization of Chicago

Moises Villada, Gender and Sexuality at UIC

when: Monday, November 12, 2012
time: 3:30pm to 4:30pm
where: Latino Cultural Center Lecture Center B2

Event is FREE and open to the public Light refreshments will be served

Co-Sponsors: This is a collaborative project between the Centers for
Cultural Understanding & Social Change, the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
and members of the immigrant campaign Coming Out of the Shadows, INSIDE OUT.

For more info, please call 312-996-9549  
If you require any accommodations please contact the number above at least
two days before the event. 


AARCChat on Cultural Heritage and its Influence on Art

Thursday, November, 2012
4:00 - 5:00 PM
Gallery 400
Art and Design Hall
400 South Peoria Street

This AARCChat is being co-hosted with UIC's Gallery 400 and we will be viewing an exhibition, Radiate: Art of the South Asian Diaspora. We will then be discussing how the artists were influenced by their cultural heritage in the creation and presentation of their artwort, and we will be making our own works of art as well! To see more about the Radiate exhibition, please visit http://gallery400.uic.edu/


Dia de los Muertos- Day of the Dead

Communal Altar InstallationDia de los Muertos
Monday, October 29, 2012; 1pm to 5pm
Latino Cultural Center, Lecture Center B2

Decorate a sugar skull, make paper cempazuchitl flowers, and honor departed loved
ones through storytelling and by sharing a photo or a remembrance item in our communal altar.

Day of the Dead Procession

Thursday, November 1, 2012; 4pm to 6pm

See map for procession route and times. You can join us at any of these locations.

Join us in a procession through the UIC campus to honor loved ones that have passed away and to celebrate the cycle of life. Performer Laura Crotte will lead the
procession with songs by the late singer and lesbian icon Chavela Vargas.


AARCChat: Reflecting on Helen Zia's keynote address

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

4:00 - 5:00 PM

BSB Room 183 (Rainbow Resource Room)

1007 W. Harrison Street, UIC campus

Join us for an AARCChat on what Helen Zia shared during her keynote address for LGBTQ Heritage Month.  We will discuss her theme, "From Vincent Chin to Marriage Equality, From Invisible to Envisioning: Personal Reflections on Interconnectedness and Transformation". We will be sharing stories, building bridges, and connecting with one another!  If you missed the keynote, you are can

still join us!


Helen Zia Keynote TalkHelen Zia Keynote Speaker for LGBTQ Heritage Month 2012

LGBTQ Heritage Month Keynote Program

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 4:00-5:30 p.m.

Illinois Room B, Student Center East

750 S. Halsted St.

“From Vincent Chin to Marriage Equality, From Invisible to Envisioning: Personal Reflections on Interconnectedness and Transformation”

Free and open to the public.

More information on the talk can be found on the Gender and Sexuality Center website.

See the Asian American Studies Program website for Asian American Studies events during LGBTQ Heritage Month.


Give back and Volunteer at Be the Change 2012!

Be the Change is a national day of service that will be held on Saturday, October 6th at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago! Last year, the event kicked off at 9:00am at the Indo-American Center where volunteers had the opportunity to listen to some speakers. After the speakers, volunteers were assigned to various service sites around the Chicagoland area focusing on but not limited to the South Asian sector. The entire event lasted from about 9:00am to 2:00pm. More details are to follow about the agenda for this year!

So, if you are interested in joining AARCC in volunteering for Be the Change 2012, please e-mail me the following information: full name, e-mail address, and cell phone number so that I can give you instructions about how to register for the event. You can e-mail me (Shravya) at snadel3@uic.edu. Thanks and hope to see you there!



"Who Killed Vincent Chin" Film Screening and Discussion

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Lecture Center C6
2:00 – 4:00 PM

Just thirty years ago, Vincent Chin died a victim of a hate crime, and despite his brutal killing, the two Detroit men who took his life received only lenient sentencing with no prison time. In response, journalist and community activist Helen Zia and others became involved in an Asian American civil rights movement to bring national attention to this case and its verdict.  Join us for this award winning documentary, directed by Christine Choy and Renee Tajima-Pena.

For more information or disability accommodations, please contact jalton@uic.edu

Helen Zia will present the LGBTQ Heritage Month keynote address: “From Vincent Chin to Marriage Equality, From Invisible to Envisioning: Personal Reflections on Interconnectedness and Transformation” on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 in Illinois Room B, 4:00 – 5:30 PM.

This event is sponsored by the Asian American Resource and Cultural Center and the Honors College



More Than a MonthMore Than a Month

Wednesday September 26th, 2012

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Latino Cultural Center

Lecture Center B2


National Hispanic Heritage Month is here and it is a time of great cultural pride, but how beneficial is this approach to affirming our cultural heritage and history? Should these month-long celebrations be eliminated or should they be preserved?

These are the questions explored by African American filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman as he embarks on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month. Both amusing and thought-provoking, More Than a Month examines what the treatment of history tells us about race and power in contempoary Ameirca.

Approx: 60 minutes

AARCC is a co-sponsor of this event presented by the Latino Cultural Center and the Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change.


CAN-ACAN - A documentary film by Pearl J. Park
Tue., Sept. 25, 2012 - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Wed., Sept. 26, 2012 - 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

His name is Can Truong, but mental illness is only part of his story. Coming from a culture where only 12% of those with mental illness are willing to mention it to a friend or relative, Can is now one of the few Asian Americans willing to talk about the other battle ---the battle against the stigma and silencing shame with which many Asian Americans view mental illness, including Can’s own parents and friends.

Please join the filmmaker and producer Pearl J. Park at both screenings and a panel of speakers on September 25 and 26 to discuss the film and the ways we can address mental health issues.
For full program details and registration, please visit http://candocumentary.eventbrite.com
This event is co-sponsored by AARCC



Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Registration 10:00-10:55 a.m.
Event 11:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Lunch is included for this FREE event.

KIN-ETIC is a community-campus partnership that will bring students, faculty/staff, community organizers, activists, and other leaders together to engage in civic-community projects centered on the needs and strengths of Chicago’s Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Get full program details and registration.

This event is co-sponsored by AARCC




2012 Ice Cream Social

The 8th Annual Ice Cream Social
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
2:00 – 4:00 PM
UIC Quad (Rain location Atrium)

The 8th Annual Ice Cream Social, which is being held on Tuesday, September 4th from 2:00 – 4:00 PM in the UIC Quad. (Rain location, UIC Atrium) Ice Cream Social is an event where you can learn about the Asian American resources on campus, like AARCC, the Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) grant, Asian American Studies Program, and the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Asian Americans.  You will also get to meet members of Asian American Student organizations and learn more about their orgs and how to become a member.  There will also be delicious ice cream provided by the Village Creamery, and a live DJ, at no cost to you!



All events are free and open to the public. If you need additional information or have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate in this event, please contact 312-413-9569 or aarcc@uic.edu.