All events are free and open to the public. If you need an accommodation in order to participate, contact 312-413-9569 or email@example.com 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
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
AARCC Lunchbox: "Asian Parents React to 'I Love You'"
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, October 10 along with your:
Cell Phone Number:
Complimentary Tickets to Ching Chong Chinaman
8:00 pm Friday, October 10, 2014 at Raven Theater Complex (6157 North Clark Street)
Lauren 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
Friday, 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
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
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.
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
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 Network
Alternative Phrases for Hurtful Language by Liz Thomson
Thursday, November 21
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.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Latino Cultural Center, Lecture Center B2
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
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
email@example.com. Free food is first come, first served!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Code of the Freaks: Screening and Discussion
Date: October 15, 2013
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
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!
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!
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.
9th Annual Ice Cream Social!
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.