The goal of this event is to bring people together who want to work toward inclusive solidarity create a space for us to share our experiences and listen to each other’s perspectives.
About: The Decolonization Dinner was created Fall 2015 as a collaborative effort between UNIDXS, Indigenous@SAIC, and the Black Student Union. This initial collaboration worked to actively resist oppressive cultural-erasure and create a space for marginalized peoples to reassert their presence in historical and contemporary societies, particularly within the narrow narrative of Thanksgiving. The event has grown exponentially and continues to parallel the communal meal-sharing practice while aiming to perpetuate an inclusive environment where decolonization ideologies can be explored. This year is the 3rd Annual Decolonization Dinner hosted by participating affinity groups that also includes Students for Justice in Palestine, Asian and Asian American Students, and Namaste. The Dinner is utilized as a platform to highlight how colonialism operates in a contemporary context and affects communities on macro and micro scales. This year’s themes are a foundation for our dinnertime conversations. Guest speakers include SAIC faculty, alumni, local artists and community leaders. The entire SAIC community including students, faculty, and staff as well as the greater public are invited to participate.
Guest Speaker Lineup:
Rashayla Marie Brown
Nicolas Rodriguez Melo & Taykhoom Biviji
Food Provided by:
Oasis Cafe Oasiscafechicago.com
Ghareeb Nawaz ghareebnawazonline.com/
Native American Foods Catering Cyndee Fox-Star (219-201-2247)
Food For Thought saiccampus.fftchicago.com
The dinner is entirely organized by undergrad students with the generous support of Campus Life, Student Government, and Multicultural Affairs; a collaborative effort between UNIDXS, Indigenous@SAIC, the Black Student Union, Students for Justice in Palestine, Namaste / South Asian Students Association, and Asian & Asian American Students.
Persons with disabilities can request accommodations at saic.edu/access.