Fall Events

All events are free and open to the public. If you need an accommodation in order to participate, contact 312-413-9569 or aarcc@uic.edu a week ahead of the event.


Past Fall 2014 Events


AARCC Lunchbox! DACA and Education Resources for South Asian Students


When: Tuesday, November 25

Where: African American Cultural Center Library

            Second Floor Addams Hall, Room 200

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 PM

Did you know that there are a growing number of South Asian students and youth who are undocumented, eligible for immigration relief, but have not yet applied for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)?  Hear from UIC alum, DREAMer, (an undocumented immigrant who was brought to the United States as a child and had gone to school here) and SAAPRI volunteer Chirayu Patel about his inspirational story.  Learn how undocumented youth and families can get help from local South Asian organizations.  Hear from Manpreet Teji, youth ambassador for White House Initiative on AAPIs, about the bigger picture on resources for AAPI students.

This event is sponsored by South Asian American Policy & Research Institute, Apna Ghar, Chicago Desi Youth Rising, the Indo-American Center, UIC's Association of Indian Pharmacists in America,and Fearless Undocumented Alliance.

Lunch will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis and no RSVPs are needed or taken!


AARCC Outing to "The Hundred Flower Project" on November 14

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Come join in on this AARCC group outing as we go to The Hundred Flowers Project presented by Silk Road Rising! Click here to learn more about Silk Road Rising 

When: Friday, November 14 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Where: Pierce Hall at the Historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 W Washington St., Chicago
How Much: $10 security deposit (that you will receive back at the play)

Here is a brief description of this play:
Digital media becomes the perfect "ally" for a group of actors collectively creating a play about Mao Tse Tung's Cultural Revolution. The plot turns from the process of creating a play about propaganda, to the play becoming propaganda itself.  The characters become enveloped by their own Cultural Revolution, just as Mao led his people to believe they were in control of their own country.  The play speaks volumes about the role of technology and its relationship with power, agendas, and the politics of group practices. 

Click here to learn more about this play


AARCC Lunchbox: "Asian Parents React to 'I Love You'"

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Friday, October 24
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Daley Library, Room 1-470

Have you seen the youtube video by college student Steven Lim?  In the video, Lim asks a diverse group of Asian American college students if they had ever told their parents they loved them, and vice-versa.  As it turned out, not many of the students had, so he asked them to call their parents and say, "I love you" and see what happens.

This AARCC Lunchbox will be about the concept of "love" between Asian parents and their children. Do you and your parents say "I love you" to one another?  What does it feel like if you do, or what does it feel like if you do not?  How does your family express "love"?



Volunteer for Apna Ghar's Stride Against Violence 5K Walk/Run

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Saturday, October 19

7:00 am - 12:00 pm

Montrose Harbor, Chicago

(Corner of Montrose Drive and Simmons Drive)


Apna Ghar is hosting their annual Stride Against Violence 5k run/walk. For over 20 years, Apna Ghar has been a safe haven for women and children in Chicago who face domestic violence, but don't have the support networks or access to services needed to break free. If you would like to give back to the community with other UIC students then volunteer for this event and help Apna Ghar fight for their cause.

If you would like to volunteer for this event please email atrinh3@uic.edu by Friday, October 10 along with your:

Full name:

E-mail Address:

Cell Phone Number:


Complimentary Tickets to Ching Chong Chinaman
8:00 pm Friday, October 10, 2014 at Raven Theater Complex (6157 North Clark Street)

Poster of Ching Chong ChinamanLauren Yee’s Ching Chong Chinaman satirizes the Asian American identity and explores what happens when a Chinese American family loses all sense of their cultural heritage. The ultra-assimilated Wong family is living the American dream, but not all is perfect. Upton, the Wongs' youngest child, dreams of becoming a World of Warcraft champion and the only things that stand in his way are his daily chores and homework. Desdemona, the Wongs' daughter, has goals of attending Princeton, but her math grades are not up to par. Upton comes up with an idea to solve both their problem by acquiring Jinqiang, a Chinese indentured servant who envisions an American dream of his own. For more information on the play visit http://www.a-stw.org/.

If you would like to sign up for this event, please come to Taft Hall 101 with a $10 deposit which you will be refunded at the time of the event! Last day to sign up is Friday, September 26, 2014


AARCC Lunchbox: "Love in Islam: A discussion of 'Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women

lunchboxFriday, September 26
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Latino Cultural Center Gallery
Lecture Center B2

The AARCC Lunchbox series is BACK! Join us for "Love in Islam: A discussion of "Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women" with guest speaker, Editor and Writer, Nura Maznavi.

Lunchbox is a casual discussion series where participants get to learn and engage with a topic related to the Asian American community.

Lunch is provided, but is served on a first-come, first-served basis- no RSVPs will be taken.


Ice Cream Social

Friday, August 29

2:00 – 4:00 PM

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The 10th Annual Ice Cream Social, which is being held on Friday, August 29 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM in SCE 302. 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!


In the event of bad weather, the Ice Cream Social will be held in room 302 of Student Center East, which is located on the 3rd floor of the tower building at coordinates T-5 on this campus map: http://www.uic.edu/uic/docs/UICVisitorMapMCeastsouth.pdf




Past Fall 2013 Events

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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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.