At Governors State University there’s a good chance you’ll meet classmates who look a lot like you – or completely different. The diversity of our learning community is one of the things that makes us stand out – everybody fits in here. Our diversity is just one of the reasons GSU changes lives. We have programs that honor our diversity – and they’re just waiting for you to get involved in - special events, workshops, meetings and organizations. No matter which you choose, each recognizes the ethnic and cultural diversity of the campus as a community strength.

Celebrating Diversity & Social Justice

Let's celebrate diversity with our observance of history and heritage months. Throughout each designated month, Governors State University features a variety of programs and events highlighting the culture, traditions and contributions to society which these groups have made. During these months we host a variety of special events - you are bound to find one (or more) that you won't want to miss.

 

  • 2015 SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH

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    Tuesday, March 31st 

    KICKOFF PROGRAM
    3:30pm, Hall of Governors
    Come receive your teal ribbon as a sign of solidarity for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. There will be information shared about sexual assault prevention as well as resources for survivors. 
     
    Monday, April 6th
    FILM REVIEW: THE INVISIBLE WAR
    7:30pm, Hall of Honors 
    There is no set legal system in the military that properly handles cases as there is in the civilian world. More sexual assaults go unreported because of fear that the situation will not be handled properly. The Invisible War is a documentary that sheds light on sexual assault in the United States military. 


    Tuesday, April 7th

    NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION
    All Day, Hall of Governors

    The SAAM Day of Action is nationally recognized to focus awareness on sexual violence prevention. Highlights will include the We Believe Campaign to promote ways to support survivors of sexual assault.

     

    Tuesday, April 14th-Thursday, April 16th
    ASK ME ABOUT MY SHOES
    Ask Me About My Shoes is a campaign to provide awareness about sexual assault against men and women. Join us in this effort by wearing masculine attire with feminine shoes if you identify as male or feminine attire with masculine shoes if you identify as female. Your participation will encourage conversations that demonstrate how our community is willing to partner with survivors of sexual assault in making the world a safer place. 

     

    Wednesday, April 15th
    INJUSTICE FILM FESTIVAL 
    Showcasing I Believe in Me: Fighting for Trans Rights in Prison & What World Do You Live In
    4:30pm, Hall of Honors
    The power of film to educate and influence, to inspire and engage, and to ultimately exponentially grow the number of active allies in the fight to end the embarrassing injustice that mass incarceration represents, is the catalyst for the (In)Justice for All Film Festival. For more information visit http://www.injusticeforallff.com

     

    Friday, April 17th
    BREAKING THE SILENCE DRAG SHOW
    Sponsored by Gay Straight Alliance
    The National Day of Silence is a day of action in which students across the country vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools. The Breaking the Silence Drag Show purpose is to bring attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment and effective responses. Come explore the diversity of gender and sexuality through education and entertainment. 
     
    Friday, April 17th-Saturday, April 18th
    GENDER MATTERS CONFERENCE
    Gender Matters is an academic conference highlighting research on gender, women, and sexuality across all disciplines and historical periods. Conference planners seek to bring together students, activists and researchers to discuss the ongoing role of gender in structuring society. For more information visit http://www.govst.edu/gendermatters
     
    Wednesday, April 22nd
    CONSENT IS SEXY

    4:30pm, Hall of Honors

    What is consent? Does no mean yes? Does yes mean no? Come learn about the importance of consent in preventing sexual violence through educational resources and role playing.

     

    Tuesday, April 28th
    CLOTHESLINE PROJECT
    10am-3pm, Hall of Governors  
    The Clothesline Project (CLP) is a program started on Cape Cod, MA, in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. It is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. They then hand the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women. 

     

    FILM REVIEW: HUNTING GROUND
    7pm, F1622

    From the makers of the Invisible War comes a startling expose of rape crimes in the U.S. college campuses, their institutional cover-ups, and the devastating toll they take on students and their families.

    Wednesday, April 29th
    Denim Day
    Denim Day was sparked by a 1998 Italian Supreme Court decision that overturned a rape conviction on the grounds that the victim was wearing tight jeans. Jeans are now donned worldwide in solidarity with Sexual Assault Awareness Month in protest against injustice and rape culture. Denim Day intends to raise awareness concerning the prevalence of sexual violence and victim blaming in our society. We encourage all of GSU to wear jeans to work/school on Wednesday April 29th.

    RAPE CRISIS HOTLINE

    1-888-293-2080

     

    Chicago Metropolitan Area
    1-708-748-5672

     

    Co-sponsored by

    Anthropology Department

    Community Standards

    Counseling Center

    Intercultural Student Affairs

    Gay Straight Alliance

    Gender Studies

    Graduate Professional Network

    GSU Intellectual Life Committee

    Human Resources

    Psychology Club

    Sexual Assault Response Team

    Sociology Department

    Student Life

    Student Senate

    University Program Council

    Veteran Student Affairs

     
    YWCA Metropolitan Chicago South Suburban Center
     

     

     

  • 2015 WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH

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    EXHIBITS & DISPLAYS 

    WOMEN'S HISTORY LITERARY WORKS & RESOURCES 

     

    GSU Library 

    Are you seeking historical information regarding great women throughout history? GSU Library has a collection of books, DVD's, and eBooks dedicated to women's history. Visit http://www.govst.edu/library and select the Library Catalog located under Library Resources. Type in Women's History Month for your keyword and you will find a listing of items that are currently available in the GSU Library. Visit the library or contact us at library@govst.edu 

     


    March 9th 

    FILM DISCUSSION: WOMEN'S LIFE AFTER PRISON 

    5 pm, Center for Performing Arts
    Join us as we view a documentary on life after prison for women and their challenges and successes of re-acclimation to civilian life.

    March 11th
    INTERNATIONAL FASHION SHOW
    2:50 pm, Hall of Governors

    Come celebrate women of all cultures and diverse backgrounds. There will be a panel discussion with international women and their American experience as well as a fashion show showcasing cultural outfits.

    March 24th

    THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN CIVIL RIGHTS

    6 pm, Sherman Hall

    This presentation will focus on the leadership role that women of all colors and cultures took during the Civil Rights Movement. This will be demonstrated through a power point presentation. The presentation will include; videos of interview excerpts and photos. Additionally, guest performers will reenact a scene from this Era and present spoke word and music.

    March 25th

    INTERNATIONAL COFFEE TALK & FUNDRAISER 

    10 am- 4 pm, Hall of Governors

    Come learn how women have played a major role in the farming of coffee globally. There will be conversations about their experiences throughout the day as well as opportunities to purchase coffee from around the world.

    WOMEN'S HISTORY JEOPARDY

    3:30 pm, Cafeteria Annex

    Are you a guru of women's history? Do you know of the many contributions of women? If your answer is yes or even no, join us as we learn more about women through trivia. 

    March 26th

    OPEN MIC

    6 pm, Cafeteria Annex

    Come join us as we celebrate women through spoken word, song, and other performing arts.

    March 30th

    INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN

    2:30 pm, TBD

    This interactive presentation will model a constructivist instructional delivery process that honors women in primary sources from the Library of Congress.

    March 31st

    SHE SPEAKS

    12:30 pm, Cafeteria Annex

    Inspired by TED TALKS, come here messages of hope and success delivered by GSU wome to empower, encourage and enlighten all that attend as they share stories of being a woman in various arenas. 


    Cosponsored by Student Life, Intercultural Student Affairs, Black Student Union, Education Department, Library, International Culture Club, University Program Council, Criminal Justice Department, Communications Department.


     

     

  • Latino Heritage Month

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    Latin@ Heritage Month


    Latin@ Month celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

    During National Latin@ Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latin@ Americans to the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture. This year's theme is “A legacy of history, a present of action and a future of success.” 
      

    EXHIBITS & DISPLAYS


    August 25th – September 30th
    I AMerican EXHIBIT
    Sergio Gomez, Curator
    GSU Art Gallery
    An art exhibit exploring the meaning of being American by 24 Artists exhibiting work from a variety of ethnic, cultural, and national perspectives.

    September 15th - October 15th
    LATIN AMERICAN COUNTRIES FLAG DISPLAY
    Hall of Governors

    CULINARY EXPRESSIONS
    Campus Café
    Traditional Latin American cuisine will be served in the Café on various days throughout the month

    LATIN@ HERITAGE COLLECTION
    GSU Library
    The library will be highlighting literary works and other resources pertaining to Latin@ heritage and authors Visit, www.govst.edu/library homepage and select the Library Catalog located under Library Resources.  Type in GSU Latino Collection and you will find a listing of over 141 items that are currently in the GSU Library.  For more information, visit the library or contact us at library@govst.edu.

     

    PROGRAMS & EVENTS


    Monday, September 15th
    HISPANIC vs. LATINO: HISTORIES, GEOPOLITICS AND THE COMPLEXITIES, A COSMIC IDENTITY
    Benetiz2Featuring Michael Benitez, Social Justice Educator and Chief Diversity Officer & Dean of Diversity & Inclusion, University of Puget Sound
    4:30pm, Sherman Hall
    Is there a preference for the terms Latin@ and/or Hispanic among the Hispanic/Latin@ community?  This lecture problematizes and critically examines the difference between Hispanic and Latin@ formations and explores different understandings of the terms and how they are situated in Latin American and American contexts shaped by cultural and sociopolitical histories, historic and current migrations, and political agendas and conditions.

    Tuesday, September 23rd
    MOVIE & DISCUSSION: CESAR CHAVEZ
    with Dr. Ellen Walsh, Assistant Professor of History, Dr. Andrae Marak, Chair of Humanities and Social Sciences & Dr. Ileana Baeza, Assistant Professor of Spanish
    7pm, F 1622
    The life and career of legendary civil and labor rights leader Cesar Chavez is dramatized, following Chavez's mission to officialize the rights of immigrants and farm workers, as well as his personal journey as a husband and father. Outspoken but gentle, willful but soft spoken, the organizer's unique presence and unwavering commitment to non-violent protest would make him an enduring symbol of freedom and equality for generations to come.

    Friday, September 26th
    I AMerican RECEPTION
    curated by Sergio Gomez
    5pm, E/F Corridor
    A multi-media exhibition exploring what it means to be an “American” from the perspective of bi-cultural artists living in the United States.

    Dempcracy NowDEMOCRACY NOW! SPEAKER: JUAN GONZALEZ
    7pm, Sherman Hall
    Hear from staff columnist for New York Daily News, co-host of Democracy Now, member of the Hall of Fame of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (2008), and one of the founding fathers of UNITY: Journalists of Color.

    Thursday, October 2nd
    BROTHER 2 BROTHER
    7pm, Prairie Place Great Hall
    A conversation amongst Black and Latino males to connect and share their personal journeys, define manhood and establish brotherhood.

    Tuesday, October 14th
    MOVIE & DISCUSSION: WHICH WAY HOME
    with Elianna Barrios, Clinical Counselor, Heartland Alliance
    7pm, F 1622
    Learn about the dangerous 2,000 mile journey children as young as 8 years old take in order to reach their families in the United States to escape violence and poverty. There will also be a discussion on diagnosis and treatment for the acculturation of undocumented children and how to create awareness and support.

    Wednesday, October 15th
    EL GRITO CELEBRATION
    12pm – 2pm, Hall of Governors
    Close out Latin@ Heritage Month by participating in a festive celebration with food, games, live music and dancing.

    Saturday, October 18th
    IMMIGRATION SERVICE DAY
    8am, Logan Square Neighborhood Association
    7am departure from Main Entrance
    Volunteer and learn more about the process to become an American citizen.  RSVP at civicengagement@govst.edu.


    2014 Latin@ Heritage Month Sponsors


    Art Department
    Association of Latin American Students
    Campus Dining
    Civic Engagement & Community Service
    Dean of Students
    Dual Degree Program
    History Department
    Intercultural Student Affairs
    Library
    Student Life
    University Housing

     
    We are looking for campus community members interested in joining our efforts.  Send an email to Mr. Robert Clay, Director, Intercultural Student Affairs at rclay@govst.edu or call x4551 if interested or for more information.

     

  • Black History Month

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    GOVERNORS STATE UNIVERSITY 2015 BLACK HISTORY MONTH

     

    EXHIBITS & DISPLAYS

    Now through March 27th

    ART OF THE YAKA: RITUAL OBJECTS FROM THE CONGO

     GSU Library 

    Dr. Arthur Bourgeois will display his artwork about the Congo.  His book entitled, “YAKA: VISIONS OF AFRICA” give an overview of the exhibition that will also be available through the GSU bookstore.


    BLACK HISTORY LITERARY WORKS & RESOURCES 

     GSU Library  

    Are you seeking historical information regarding Black History makers?  GSU Library has a collection of books, DVD’s and eBooks dedicated to Black History. Visit  www.govst.edu/library  and select the Library Catalog located under Library Resources.  Type in Black History Month for your keyword and you will find a listing of items that are currently available in the GSU Library. Visit the library or contact us at library@govst.edu  


    PROGRAMS & EVENTS

    Tuesday, February 3rd

      BLACK HISTORY IN THE BIBLE 
    5PM, A2150
    Come learn about the African presence in the bible with Lambada Pi Eta Honor Society 

      

    Thursday, February 5th

    NATIONAL BLACK HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY 10am – 4pm, F1622

    National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), a national HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative targeted at Blacks in the United States and the Diaspora. 

     

    IMPACT OF THE PRISON SYSTEM ON THE BLACK COMMUNITY 

    5pm, Engbretson Hall

    This panel discussion will address the long term consequences of the mass incarceration of blacks. Panelists will include faculty and formerly incarcerated individuals.

    Monday, February 9th

    DEVELOPING CULTURAL COMPETENCE

    3:45pm, The Cube

    Participants will receive a brief overview of Culturally Responsive Teaching Pedagogy, and will consider the connection to social justice, multicultural education, and diversity.

    Tuesday, February 10th

    THE “N” WORD

    6pm, Sherman Hall

    Sponsored by University Program Council

    A panel discussion/ talk show format that will cover the history, usage and impact of the N-word.

    Wednesday, February 11th

    Reflections of the CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT

    with Mr. Leon Anderson

    3:30 pm, A2150

    Come learn about the civil rights movement through the lens of elders in the community through first-hand accounts 

    Tuesday, February 17th

    TEACHING BLACK HISTORY THROUGH PRIMARY SOURCES

    7:30pm, D34011

    Participants will be introduced to the celebration of Black History Month through the eyes of the Library of Congress' Primary Sources.

    Wednesday, February 18th

    MOVIE: DEAR WHITE PEOPLE

    4:30pm, F1622

    With tongue planted firmly in cheek, Dear White People explores racial identity in 'post-racial' America while weaving a universal story of forging one's unique path in the world. An educational discussion will follow the viewing of the movie. 

    Thursday, February 19th

    THE AFRO-LATINO EXPERIENCE

    7:30pm, B1240

    Over the last two decades Afro-Latinos have begun to be written back into the history of the Americas.  Our panel will explore some of the key roles that Afro-Latinos played in the region and the lasting impact that they have made.  

    Friday, February 20th

    VENDOR & RESOURCE FAIR

    10am – 4pm, Hall of Governors

    The Resource and Vendor Fair will provide an opportunity for local business and agencies to sell products and showcase their services as a precursor to Black Women Rock.  Please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XJGVQ62 to complete the form below by February 9th.

    Saturday, February 21st 
      BLACK WOMEN ROCK  

    6:30pm, Center for Performing Arts

    “Black Women Rock” (BWR) celebrates the outstanding achievements of Black female students, faculty & staff at Governors State University and community members in surrounding areas.

    Monday, February 23rd

    AFRICAN AMERICAN READ-IN

     6pm-8pm, Hall of Honors

    Come read your favorite book by an African American author

    Tuesday, February 24th

    MUSIC: CROSSING THE CULTURAL DIVIDE

    5pm, Sherman Hall

    Music has always played such a pivotal role in the progression of the Black culture. This program will focus on the platform music has provided for inclusivity.

    Wednesday, February 25th

    ARE BLACK FRATERNAL & CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS RELEVANT?

    6pm, Engbretson Hall

    Do you believe Black fraternal and civic organizations are still relevant today?  What issues should these organizations champion to help our communities advance?  Come participate in a discussion about the history and relevancy of these organizations in the 21st century. 

    BLACK INVENTIONS 

     12 m-5pm, Hall of Governors

    This exhibition displays inventions by African Americans as well as highlight how African American have used their ingenuity to create career paths and opportunities for themselves through their invention in the fields of science, technology, business, and other arenas.

    Thursday, February 26th

      HELP!!! DEBT STRESS IN BLACK COMMUNITY

    12pm – 2pm, TBD

    New research from a survey sponsored by the NAACP suggests credit cards have become a “plastic safety net” trying to replace low wages and sagging assets for African Americans. Participants will engage in dialogue about coping with debt as well as potential solutions tailored to the Black community.

    OPEN MIC

    featuring PRIME HIPSTERS DYNASTY

    5pm, Café Annex

    Sponsored by University Program Council 

    Come join us as we share Black history through spoken word, song and other performing arts  

    FOR COLORED BOYS 

    7pm, Center for Performing Arts

    $10- students with ID

    $20 general admission 

    "For Colored Boys" is an original stage play that depicts the interconnected lives of five men, exploring their lives and struggles as men of color. 

     

    Co-sponsored by

    Black Student Union

    Psychology Department

    University Program Council

    Intercultural Student Affairs

    Student Life

    Humanities Department

    Career Services

    Criminal Justice Department

    Education Department

    Fine Arts Department

    Communications Department

    Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society

     

     

     

     

                                          

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    February has been annually recognized as a time to celebrate Black History, since 1926 as a weeklong celebration, and since 1976 as a month-long celebration; commemorating the historical and cultural experiences and contributions of African Americans.  Governors State University celebrates Black History Month with a series of events throughout February in association with student organizations and academic programs. 

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  • Women's History Month

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    Celebrating: Women of Character, Courage and Commitment.

    Governors State University proudly celebrates Women’s History Month with a series of events throughout March. Prior to the 1970’s, the topic of women’s history was largely missing from general public consciousness. To address this situation, the Commission on the Status of Women initiated a “Women’s History Week” originally celebration in 1978 and chose the week of March 8 to coincide with International Women’s Day. The celebration was met with positive response, and in 1987, the National Women’s History Project successfully petitioned Congress to expand the celebration to the entire month of March.

    Click here for printable calendar >>>

    Women and STEM Tribute
    March 1 – 31
    Display Case: 1st floor, B-Building
    When you are walking down the hall of the B-wing; stop and take a look at the display of exceptional women involved with STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. For more information, email vnewby@govst.edu.

    Multicultural Fashion Show & Contest
    March 4
    4:00p.m. – 5:30p.m., Hall of Governors
    Students will model an outfit to represent the country of their choice or a particular culture. Viewers will vote on the most creative outfit. There will also be a Henna Fundraiser. Come out and support!
    For more information, email gzapolskaya@student.govst.edu.

    Be Prepared! Rape Aggression and Defense (R.A.D.) Class
    March 8
    9:00a.m.-5:00p.m., Recreation and Fitness Center
    R.A.D. is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. This course is a comprehensive course for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. (Workshop open only to women.) For more information, email vgriffin@govst.edu.

    Panel Discussion with Movie Screening: “Not My Life”
    March 11
    6:00p.m. – 8:30p.m., Center for Performing Arts
    A viewing the movie “Not My Life” followed by a panel discussion on the effects of human trafficking on women and children. For more information, email gzapolska@student.govst.edu.
    Labor Unions in the 21st Century: What is your [S]Take?
    Dr. Dan Gilbert, who is an Assistant Professor at the School of Labor and Employment Relations, University of Illinois, Urbana – Champaign. Will give a brief overview of the history of unions, perhaps with an emphasis on the role Chicago played, and talk about contemporary labor issues that might be more interesting to the students.  For more information, email eruiz@govst.edu.

    Film and Discussion: "Want I Want My Words to do to You"
    March 13
    12:30-3:30 p.m., Sherman Music Recital Hall
    This film looks at what brings women to prison throught their own voices as they write a play about their lives.
    For more information, email cjacobson@govst.edu.

    Hot Flashes
    March 19
    6:30p.m., Center for Performing Arts
    Cost: Free - GSU Students with ID, $10 - General Admission
    A play about the strength of women-young and old-as they overcome obstacles, face their issues and become "Phenomenal" in their own right. For event information, email vnewby@govst.edu.

    "The Miracle Worker" Presented by Montana Repertory Theater
    March 21
    8 p.m., Center for  Performing Arts
    Cost:$25 / $35 / $45
    Montana Repertory Theater returns with "The Miracle Worker," telling the story of Helen Keller, deaf and blind since infancy, who finds her way into the world of knowledge and understanding with the help of Anne Sullivan, her gifted tutor. In some of the most turbulent and emotion-packed scenes ever presented on the stage, Helen overcomes rage and confusion to triumph over her physical disabilities.  For more information, email pguy@govst.edu.

    PechaKucha Night
    March 26
    6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., E-Lounge
    It’s a presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. Present your ideas, interests, hobbies …. At this event!  For more information email diversity@govst.edu.

    Our Bodies, Our Labor, Ourselves: Reproductive Technologies and Women’s Rights
    March 27
    4:30p.m. - 6p.m., E1540
    A class discussing modern reproductive technologies such as surrogacy, in vitro fertilization, and prenatal testing as powerful resources. For more information, email balmassi@govst.edu.

    Open Mic Night featuring Women’s Poetry
    March 27
    5:00p.m. - 6:00p.m., Café Annex
    Inviting all women to participate in a poetry reading of your choice; selections must go along with the subject of women’s rights and/or women’s equality. To sign up and or more information, email gzapolska@student.govst.edu or ddent@govst.edu.

    Women’s History Month Closing Event: Mama’s Place

    March 28
    7:00 p.m., Sherman Recital Hall
    Join us for a “Student Performance Spotlight” featuring Allen-Patricia Britten, this year’s GSU Idol winner, who performs excerpts of her original production of “Mama’s Place.” This is a story of one mother’s daily challenges as she struggles to raise five scrappy children with limited resources and negative outside influences. Her story will move you from laughter to tears particularly when a social worker shows up at her door; she risks losing it all as she fights to uphold her Christian values against a system in opposition to her beliefs. For more information, email ssanderson@govst.edu

  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month SAAM

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    The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. 

     April 26, National Student Leadership Diversity Convention (NSLDC)- Chicago

    The National Student Leadership Conference addresses the most critical topics of diversity and social justice challenging our campuses today.  The Diversity Conference is affordable opportunity for students leaders to learn more about diversity and inclusion.  What are the workshop topics?

    Diversity and Inclusion: What Every Leader & Advisor Needs to Know

    Examining Sexual Orientation on your Campus & Becoming an Ally

    Recognizing and Understanding the Foundation Privilege

    No More Drama: Effective Conflict Resolution skills for Diverse Leaders on Campus

    Foradditionalinformationvisit: www.NSLDC.org

     

     April 28, Clothes Line Project - Hall of Governors 11am                

     

    Plans are under way.... Please submit ideas to Diversity@govst.edu 

  • Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

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    A tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America's history.

     

    Plans are under way.... Please submit ideas to Diversity@govst.edu

  • LGBT History Month

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    2014 LGBT HISTORY MONTH

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    Governors State University celebrates Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) History Month with a series of events during the month of October.

    “For a community deprived of its history, LGBT History Month teaches our heritage, provides role models, builds community, and recognizes our extraordinary national and international contributions,” said Malcolm Lazin, executive director of the Equality Forum, an international civil rights organization.

    LGBT History Month was first celebrated in 1994. October was chosen as the month for the celebration because National Coming Out Day was first held in October, and October commemorated the first march on Washington by LGBT people in 1979.

    EXHIBITS & DISPLAYS

    October 1st - 31st

    31 DAYS, 31 ICONS 

    Student Commons and Select GSU Monitors

    31 leaders, heroes, and community members who have made a difference in the LGBT community will be highlighted throughout the month.  Each day in October, a new icon is featured with a video, biography, bibliography, images and other resources. 

     
    MARRIAGE EQUALITY DISPLAY
    B Wing Hallway 
    This is a brief chronological history of marriage equality in Illinois, the United States, and the world. When and where was the first "gay marriage"? What are some of the triumphs and challenges in the history of marriage equality? Find out by visiting this display. You can even request to have additional events to be added to the timeline that are pertinent to you.
     
    LGBTQ LITERARY WORKS & RESOURCES
    GSU Library
    Seeking to be more aware of the LGBT community?  GSU Library has a collection of books, DVD's and eBooks dedicated to the LGBT experience.   Visit, www.govst.edu/library  and select the Library Catalog located under Library Resources.  Type in Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender or LGBT for your keyword and you will find a listing of items that are currently available in the GSU Library. Visit the library or contact us at library@govst.edu.  
     

    PROGRAMS & EVENTS

    Thursday, October 2nd 
    KICKOFF EVENT
    11am - 4pm, Café Annex
    Join us as we celebrate LGBT History Month.  The kickoff will include light refreshments, highlights for each of the upcoming events, and information about each of the LGBT organizations and resources at Governors State University.

     

    LECTURE: HOMOPHOBIA IN THE BLACK CHURCH
    featuring Anthony Stanford, Author
    5pm, E Lounge
    Homophobia in the Black Church: How Faith, Politics, and Fear Divide the Black Community explores the various reasons for the Black Church's aversion-and the general black cultural inflexibility-toward homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and acceptance of the LGBT community. It connects black cultural resistance toward homosexuality to politics, faith, and fear; follows the trail of faith-based funding to the pulpit of black mega-churches; and spotlights how members of the black clergy have sacrificed black LGBT Christians for personal and political advancement.
     
    Saturday, October 11th
    NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY CELEBRATION
    11am, B2203
    Join us as we celebrate coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBT) or as an ally.  Hear stories from the LGBT community, their families and allies about their experiences and learn how to support those who came out.  Refreshments will be served.  ALL are welcome to join the celebration regardless of sexual orientation.
     
    Monday, October 13th
    MOVIE SCREENING: PRAYERS FOR BOBBY
    7:30, F1622
    Bobby Griffith was an all-American boy ...and he was gay. Faced with an irresolvable conflict-for both his family and his religion taught him that being gay was "wrong"-Bobby chose to take his own life.  Prayers for Bobby is the story of the emotional journey that led Bobby to this tragic conclusion. But it is also the story of Bobby's mother, a fearful churchgoer who first prayed that her son would be "healed," then anguished over his suicide, and ultimately transformed herself into a national crusader for gay and lesbian youth.
     
    Thursday, October 16th
    LGBT HISTORY AT GSU 
    featuring Eric Vironet, Founder of Gay Straight Alliance 
    4:30pm - 7:30pm; 6pm remarks, E/F Corridor 
     Come learnabout LGBT history at Governors State University as part of the 20th Anniversary of the Gay Straight Alliance. 
     
    Tuesday, October 21st
    A RAINBOW OF OPPORTUNITIES
    6pm, B1200
    Everyone has the right to feel welcomed in a workplace where principles of fairness, respect, and equality are valued and promoted.  An inclusive workplace has policies in place to ensure equality in human rights, employee welfare and fair recruitment practices.  This presentation will discuss the benefits of working within an inclusive workplace and how to begin networking with such employers.  Students will also be provided with information and resources from the Chicagoland area and online to assist the LGBT community with career planning and professional development.
     
    Thursday, October 23rd
    MOVIE SCREENING: LEAVE IT ON THE FLOOR
    3:30pm, F1622
    Been looking all your life for a sizzling mash-up of Paris Is Burning, Rent and Dreamgirls? Leave It On the Floor (2011) is that and more, a supersized musical featuring a family of fierce voguing performers coming together to snatch a trophy in the big ballroom competition. 
     
    Tuesday, October 28th
    SAFE ZONE TRAINING
    3:30pm - 5:30pm, Hall of Honors 
    SafeZone is a training program open to ALL students, staff, faculty, and community members. The goal of this program is to raise awareness about the dynamics of gender and sexual orientation while exploring different ways to embody inclusive allyship for people of all orientations, genders, sexualities, identities, and levels of being out.  Participants must RSVP at safezone@govst.edu by October 20th. 
     

    2014 LGBT History Month Sponsors

     
     Career Services
    Civic Engagement & Community Service Center
    Dean of Students
    Gay Straight Alliance
    Gender & Sexuality Studies
    GSU Program Council
    Intercultural Student Affairs
    Interdisciplinary Studies
    Library
    Math Department
    Student Life
    Visual Arts Gallery
      
    We are looking for campus community members interested in joining our efforts.  Send an email to Mr. Robert Clay, Director, Intercultural Student Affairs at rclay@govst.edu  or call x4551 if interested or for more information.
     

     

  • Universal Human Rights Month

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     Universal Human Rights - December 2014

    In December we raise awareness to the struggle for human rights. The Presidential Proclamation for Human Rights Day reminds us that more than 60 years ago, the United Nations General Assembly approved the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, declaring the "inherent dignity" and "equal and inalienable rights" of all human beings as the "foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.

    Plans are under way.... Please submit ideas to Diversity@govst.edu