Category Archives: Diversity

Roundtable discussion on Racism and Antisemitism

A Roundtable Discussion of Racism, Antisemitism….
On Campus and Beyond

Thursday March 31 1092 Lincoln Hall, 5-6:30pm

The Program in Jewish Culture & Society organized this event on the heels of recent racist and antisemitic acts on campus. What proactive steps can we take to foster an environment locally and nationally that discourages such acts and encourages diversity?
Each discussant will speak for 5 minutes so there will be ample time for open conversation Professor Virginia Dominguez, Anthropology, co-moderator.

  • Brett Ashley Kaplan, Director, Program in Jewish Culture & Society, Introduction
  • Erik McDuffie, Professor of African American Studies and History, “The Future in the Present: Transforming the Racial Climate at UIUC.”
  • Stephen Kaufman, Emeritus Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, “Roadblocks to Diversity”
  • Scott Gendell, Jewish National Fund National Vice-President, supporter of the Program in Jewish Culture & Society, “The
    Convergence of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel Rhetoric on Campus, and Their Goal of Delegitimizing the Jewish State”
  • Sayed Kashua, Visiting Professor in Jewish Studies, “Cinderella”
  • Rabbi Alan Cook, Sinai Temple, “Do We Not All Have One Father? Has Not One God Created Us?”
  • Philip Phillips, Professor of Physics, “From Campus to the Nation: Racist Ideology”
  • Erez Cohen, Director, Hillel, “From Safe Space to Safe Campus”
  • Ruby Mendenhall, Professor of Sociology, African American Studies, Urban and Regional Planning, and Social Work, “The
    Hard Work of Building a Diverse and Inclusive University Community”

In Focus Group – spring 2016

Attached is the flyer for this semester’s In Focus Group, the Counseling Center’s ADHD Coaching Group. Please feel free to distribute and refer students who may benefit. Students do not need an ADHD diagnosis and are asked to contact me to register. Space is limited to 10 students.

IN FOCUS is a six-week group that offers education and peer support for students who experience difficulties commonly associated with ATTENTION-DEFICIT/HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER (ADHD). Group meetings will be interactive and help students develop valuable skills for succeeding in school, career, and daily life.

in focus flyer spring 2016

Film Screening: “Room to Breathe”

Documentary Screening & Discussion
THURSDAY, February 18, 2016

7:00pm – 8:30pm

Room 22 Education Building

All campus community members welcome

Room to Breathe tells the story of a San Francisco public middle school that introduced students to mindfunlness meditation practice. We will view the film and then have time for reflection and discussion.The concept of mindfulness can encompass a number of practices and programs, most of which conceptualize mindfulness as a state of purposeful awareness, acceptance of what is, and being grounded in the current moment.

An explosion of research during the past decade or so has generated a long list of positive cognitive, physical and interpersonal benefits. Public schools across the US are seeing the potential of some of these practices to help their students manage stress, develop tools needed for emotion regulation and healthy interpersonal relationships as well as building cognitive strengths that allow them to focus and concentrate better, among many other benefits.

The founder and other members of the local non-profit organization, The Mindful Teacher Foundation, will share information about their organization’s efforts and to answer questions you may have about mindfulness.


Solidarity Hours

Solidarity Hours. . . with Snacks
Gender and Women’s Studies
1205 W. Nevada
Tuesday-Thursday, December 1-3

GWS is inspired by recent student activism challenging anti-black racism and institutional racism against people of color.
In support of students working for racial justice on our campus,
GWS will be open during the evenings this week for any students interested in sharing ideas for activism – or who just want to study in a supportive, anti-racist space.

All students are welcome. Snacks will be provided!

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Yiddish Film on Wednesday: Yidl With His Fiddle

Please join us at 5PM on Wednesday, December 2 in the Program for Jewish Culture and Society (109 English) for the final film of our fall series, Yidl With His Fiddle (Poland, 1936, 92 minutes). Pizza will be served, bring your own beverage.

From the National Center for Jewish Film:

Director Joseph Green returned to his native Poland from America to produce this film, the most commercially successful musical in the history of the Yiddish cinema, starring Molly Picon, consummate comedienne of Yiddish theater, vaudeville, and film. This is the classic folk comedy about a man and his daughter who, penniless, decide to become travelling musicians. The daughter disguises herself as a boy to relieve her father’s anxiety about unforseeable problems that could befall a young woman “out in the world.” They then join together with “another” father-son duo for music, comedy and romance.

Green’s original screenplay was enhanced by the folksy lyrics of Yiddish poet Itzik Manger and the memorable musical score of Abraham Ellstein, as well as the talents of Leon Leibold, the romantic lead who later starred in The Dybbuk and Tevye, and Max Bozyk, a character actor par excellence.

Breaking away from the studio-bound cinematography of the early Yiddish talkies, Yiddle with His Fiddle was shot on location in the picturesque town of Kazimierz and nearby Warsaw. With shtetl inhabitants as extras, the film captures the vitality and invincible spirit of traditional small town Jewish life.


Dr. Sara Feldman

Hebrew and Yiddish Lecturer

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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The Role of Professionals and Allies

The Central Black Student Union at Illinois invites YOU (faculty, advisors, counselors, etc.) to join them at their 2015 Conference: “Our Place at a Predominantly White Institution”. In addition to full-day workshops and speakers, the conference will include a session on how YOU can support the university’s black students.


“The Role of Professionals and Allies”

Saturday, December 5th at 10:10am | SDRP Building

Facilitated by Cory Major, Associate Director of the Office of Minority Student Affairs, and Manuel Colón, Undergraduate Recruiter for the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences.

CBSU Professional Invite


To register, please visit:


If you have any questions/concerns, please contact us at




Cory L. Major

Associate Director for Retention and Student Success

Office of Minority Student Affairs

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign