Dr. Ada Cheng is available to speak at colleges, universities, businesses, nonprofit organizations, conferences, and all institutions working to improve organizational racial and gender dynamics.

Speaking Topics Include …

  • Critical Personal Narratives: Integrating Storytelling and Social Critiques
  • Storytelling in the Context of Higher Education
  • Storytelling and Social Justice
  • Sexual Assault on College Campus and Asian American Experiences
  • Decentering Whiteness in Sexual Assault Discourse
  • Race and Gender-Based Violence
  • Bystander Intervention Training
  • Intimate Partner Violence/Dating Violence
  • Sexual Assault
  • Maintaining Healthy Relationships
  • Consent
  • Rape Culture

Recent Keynote Addresses

2021 — Navigating Citizenship and Belonging

Immigrants in Our Midst Virtual Conference
The Latino Roundtable of Southwestern Illinois

2021 — Lead from Where You Are

Asian American Heritage Month,
Environmental Protection Agency

2021 — Not Quite: Asian Americans and the “Other” in the Era of the Pandemic and Anti-Asian Racism

Asian American Heritage Month, Dominican University

2021 — A Letter to My Younger Self

Activating Heritage Conference, Chicago Cultural Alliance

2019 — Not Quite: Navigating Citizenship and Belonging

Women and Girls in Georgia Conference, Institute for Women’s Studies, University of Georgia

2019 — Finding My Way Home

Monarch(a) Showcase, Undocumented & Immigrant Allyance, Dominican University

Contact to Book Ada Directly

Chicago storyteller and speaker Dr. Ada Cheng delivers a keynote address at the University of Georgia.
Pictured above: Dr. Ada Cheng delivers the
keynote address at the University of Georgia

Book Ada through the Road Scholars Speakers Bureau, Illinois Humanities (2019-2022) 

The Road Scholars Speakers Bureau helps local nonprofit organizations in Illinois bring cultural and educational programs to their communities.  

Ada’s programs are currently available until the year 2022.

  1. Not Quite: Asian American Experiences the Question of “Home” in our Immigration & Citizenship Debates
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  2. Our Words, Our Truths: Storytelling as a Performative Memoir for Collective Identity and Community Engagement
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Chicago storyteller and performer sits in a group circle at the National Storytelling Conference in 2017.
Logo for Illinois Humanities, offering programming from Chicago-based gender and diversity speaker Dr. Ada Cheng.

To Book Ada through Illinois Humanities …

  1. Contact Ada to confirm her availability for the desired booking date
    (allow six weeks from date of event)
  1. View Road Scholar eligibility requirements and apply

I’m always inspired and moved by Ada Cheng’s words and journey. Her honesty and vulnerability fuses with her wisdom and humor to bring unforgettable stories to the page and stage alike.

— Eileen Tull
Performing artist and Co-Producer/Curator at Sappho’s Salon

Chicago college and university speaker Dr. Ada Cheng