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.


  • Latino Heritage Month, Sept. 15 - Oct. 15, 2016




    Latino Heritage Month

    Latino Heritage 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 Latino 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.”

    Plans are underway for the 2016 Latino Heritage Month.  Please forward program ideas and questions to  Below are programs and events held last year.

    September 15th – October 15th 
    GSU Library
    GSU Library has a collection of books, DVD’s and eBooks dedicated to Latino Heritage.  Visit   and select the Library Catalog located under Library Resources.  Type in Latino 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  
    September 15th – September 30th 
    B Wing Display Case
    Wednesday, September 21st 
    3:30pm, A2110
    Thursday, September 22nd
    3pm, Lakeside Lounge
    Come learn the basic fundamentals of one on the many traditional Latino dance forms.  
    Wednesday, September 28th 
    7pm, E Lounge
    Learn about the independence of Latin American countries and the importance of Latino Heritage Month through cultural expressions and cuisine.  
    Thursday, September 29th
    6pm, Lakeside Lounge
    Come join us as we celebrate Latino Heritage Month through spoken word, song and other performing arts.
    Tuesday, October 4th 
    2pm, Lakeside Lounge
    Join ALAS as they partner with the Family Development Center to teach children how to make piñatas and learn about Latino culture.
    Wednesday, October 5th
    facilitated by Dr. Reynolds Andujar
    Visiting Assistant Professor
    Humanities and Social Sciences 
    2pm, D34165 
    Under the threat of a Hurricane pending over the city, Lubrini is looking for his lover, who 
    disappeared in the streets of Havana. Gradually, this threat and greed push Lubrini adrift on a dark city full of despair, in between characters that embody frustration, apathy and Caribbean fatalism.
    Monday, October 10th 
    7pm, Hall of Honors
    Maria Luiza Gonzalez, also known as “Coach Marilu,” was born in Michoacán, Mexico and raised in Harvey, IL.  Her journey speaks to the influence of family, athletics and education plays in her life as rising leader in the Illinois chapter of the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (IALAS). Through her many experiences as an educator and as a coach, she co-wrote, Who Coaches the Coach with Ovidilio D. Vazquez in 2015.  
    Tuesday, October 11th 
    featuring Dr. Christopher Boyer
    Professor, Latin American Studies and Latino Studies
    University of Illinois Chicago
    3:30pm, Hall of Honors
    This program will trace the path that led certain social groups within what we now call Latin America to seek independence from Spain (and Portugal) in the 1810s-1820s, and how formal independence opened the way for discussions of social equality. What can it tell us about the Latino quest for equality in the United States over the past half-century and up to the present time? Finally, what are the links between the search for equality in Latin America and in the United States?
    Thursday, October 13th 
    2pm, Hall of Honors
    How can texts and techniques from the humanities disrupt unexamined positions, put human faces to abstract ideas, and help open up spaces where dialogue and consensus might emerge on historic and contemporary questions about citizenship and who deserves it? What models exist for training dialogue facilitators who can help encourage listening and perspective taking across seemingly intractable positions? 


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





    Thursday, June 23, 2016 


    Meditation & Interfaith Prayer Room


    facilitated by Dr. Shaniqua Jones

    On June 12, Orlando experienced unspeakable violence that left 49 people dead and injured 53 others. This week, families are laying their loved ones to rest, many are still recovering from injuries, and people across the nation, and at GSU, remain shaken as they attempt to make sense of this horrendous crime.

    Timing deepened the event’s impact. As members of the LGBTQ community began their month of pride festivities, some now question their safety during a period that should be celebratory. Additionally, the Muslim community has been reinserted into a public debate fueled by Islamophobia during their holy month of Ramadan.

    GSU offers support and condolences to all those who have been affected by this tragedy. GSU affirms its commitment to diversity, inclusion, and stands firmly in support of our LGBTQ, Latinx and Muslim communities. It is from this sense of oneness that we draw our strength to support each other.

    For those who wish to work through their feelings as part of a larger community dialogue, GSU invites faculty, staff, and students to participate in a Talking Circle, hosted by Intercultural Student Affairs.  The Talking Circle provides a venue to process personal feelings and reactions to the violence in Orlando and in our own communities.

    As the significance and scope of this tragedy continue to unfold, we acknowledge that feelings can surface that may be difficult to manage and encourage you to ask for help. Find people (friends, family and mental health professionals) who can provide you with a listening ear, and please know that support is available for GSU students on campus. You can contact the Counseling Center at (708) 235-7641 or email Student Counseling for free and confidential service.

  • Black History Month, February 2017



     Thursday, February 2nd

    11am – 4pm, Hall of Governors
    While times change, and people also change, our memories don't have to. BSU will bring back memories of our childhood and favorite candy and snacks

    Tuesday, February 7th

    6pm, Engbretson Hall
    Come join us as we sing songs written and performed by Black musical artists.

    Wednesday, February 8th

    Noon – 5pm, Hall of Governors
    This is an exhibit of improvements and or inventions that have been made by African Americans. People who have used their ingenuity to create career paths for themselves. The contributions of Blacks are endless and have positively impacted modern day society revolutionizing many industries.
    Such contributions have promoted the civilization of mankind and are being honored during African American History month. Inventions and improvements of inventions can be seen in science, technology, business, and domestic settings.

    Thursday, February 9th

    11am – 3pm
    Come purchase your Valentine a Crush soda or cake pop in honor of Mr. Herbert Smitherman, Sr. Smitherman joined Procter & Gamble in 1966 as its first Black hire with a doctorate in physical organic chemistry and worked on flavors for Crush soda, Safeguard soap, and Biz detergent, among others.

    Friday, February 10th

    6pm, E-Lounge
    We are pairing singles as couples for Valentine's Day, who might not have found their "significant other" during this love season as well as learning how to develop healthy relationships from married GSU faculty/staff.

    Tuesday, February 14th

    This event is for anyone that want a nice date night with their significant other celebrating the love journey of the first Black president and first lady, Barack & Michelle Obama. There will be popcorn and mocktails (non-alcoholic beverages).

    Wednesday, February 15th

    3pm – 4:30pm, Hall of Governors

    3:30pm – 4:30pm, Hall of Honors
    This workshop is designed to give African American women a forum to discuss natural hair in a professional setting. This presentation will not only highlight the plight of the African American woman and their decision of wearing natural hair but it will view this subject from various aspects such as; beauty industry, law, and health.

    Saturday, February 18th

    6pm, Center for Performing Arts
    The 5th Annual Black Women Rock Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 6pm in the Center for Performing Arts. Black Women Rock celebrates the contributions and accomplishments of Black female students, faculty/staff and administrators at Governors State University. This event is FREE and open to the public.

    Wednesday, February 22nd

    11:30am – 2pm, Hall of Governors
    The Soul of GSU is a food competition for students, faculty/staff and administration to showcase who can prepare the Best Soul Food Dishes. The entry fee into this competition is FREE. Participants are asked to prepare a dish that will serve 100 people. Proceeds from this event will support programming efforts of the Black Student Union and support a civic cause. Please express your interest in participating by submitting your entry at no later than Friday, February 17, 2017.

    featuring Dr. Lasana Kazembe

    3:30pm, Lakeside Lounge
    The purpose of this program is to contribute to the bridging cultural divides in the campus community. Participants will be exposed to current cultural issues as well as challenge the GSU community to realize the benefits of living in a multicultural world.

    Thursday, February 23rd

    6pm, Lakeside Lounge
    Come join us as we share Black history through spoken word, song and other performing arts

    Saturday, February 25th

    6pm, Hall of Governors
    $20/person, $35/couple
    This program celebrates Black excellence by acknowledging the accomplishments of African Americans and their legacy. There will be dinner, entertainment and keynote speaker. This event is open to the public.

    Monday, February 27th

    6pm – 8pm, Hall of Honors
    Join over a million readers from all ethnic backgrounds in celebration of Black History Month--we are looking for readers to participate in the African American Read-In. The African American Read-In celebrates literacy as a significant part of Black History Month. The program is endorsed by the International Reading Association. Select a poem, excerpt from a book, or other literary work to read written by an African American author. Please email Dr. Rashidah Muhammad at or call 708.534.6974 to sign up or receive additional information. All are invited to participate.


  • LGBT History Month 2016




    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.

    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

    Visit, 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

    October 17th—October 31st
    B Wing Display Case

    Tuesday, October 4th
    3:30pm - 5pm, Engbretson Hall

    This workshop will be presented by Amanda Evans (former YWCA
    Advocate) and Vicki Meilach (Community Outreach Coordinator) for South Suburban Family Shelter. The workshop will highlight
    domestic violence and sexual assault certifications that can be obtained giving viable experience for program majors such as; Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, and Addictions. This experiential
    learning opportunity will help students to develop in their programs while offering real life experience.

    Tuesday, October 11th
    3:30pm, Hall of Governors

    Join us as we celebrate coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) 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

    Monday, October 17th
    7:30pm, Engbretson Hall

    GNSX is sponsoring this meet and greet to connect members of the GSU LGBT community. There will be a movie discussion and great networking opportunities.

    Thursday, October 20th
    4:30pm, Engbretson Hall

    From the network dramas of Empire and How to Get Away With Murder, to sitcoms like The Real O’Neals and Modern Family, on prestige cable in Game of Thrones and Mr. Robot, and streaming everywhere on Transparent, Grace & Frankie, and Sense8, LGBT characters have carved out a small but visible presence in pop culture. Come join the students from Intro to Media Studies and Intro to Gender and Sexuality Studies for an interactive discussion on queer media representation.

    Monday, October 24th
    3:30pm, Student Commons

    Come learn more about the Gay Straight Alliance and become a part of this organization as a member of the LBBTQ community or as an ally.

    Thursday, October 27th
    3:30pm – 4:15pm, Engbretson Hall

    Come learn more about the not so common sexual orientations beyond lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender such as asexual, pansexual and others.

    For updates and/or more information visit or email


  • Male Success Initiative



    Male Success Initiative Retreat

    Fri., September 29th - Sat.,October 1st

    Camp Manitoqua


     On Your Mark, Ready, Set….GROW!!!  These are the words that speak to the awesome experiences you will embark upon as a student at Governors State University.  College is a time of exploring, defining who you are and figuring out what it takes to be successful in college and beyond.  Well there's great news... 

    YOU ARE INVITED to become a part of the Male Success Initiative (MSI).   The Male Success Initiative is an intergenerational enrichment program designed to increase the retention, engagement and graduation rates of male students, particularly men of color at Governors State University.  The Male Success Initiative will focus on the following four tenets to enhance the educational experiences of program participants.


    Civic engagement

    Participants will engage in efforts that will enable them to serve others and gain experiences on how to be better leaders. 

    Cultural exploration

    Participants will engage in a wide range of opportunities to explore their creative, social and intellectual ambitions through immersion in cultural activities.   

    Curricular enhancement

    Participants will engage in seminars focused on study habits, time management and learning styles tutoring through peer to peer tutoring and study groups that will encourage scholastic achievement.

    Character enrichment

    Participants will engage in activities that will increase their consciousness about their own identity through social justice education to enhance personal and professional development

    MSI is committed to "Building Better Men for Greater Success" through weekly programming held on "MANHOOD MONDAYS", a day dedicated to empower participants in unique and motivated ways. Activities include, but not limited to

    • Peer to peer tutoring
    • Group mentoring
    • Identity and leadership development workshops
    • Cultural outings
    • Book club
    • Community service projects



    The Male Success Initiative was launched this year with a symposium in October 2015 with Dr. Shaun Harper, founder and director of Penn’s Center on Race and Equity, to garner more support and inform campus community on the importance of male student of color success.  In April 2016 a follow up symposium was held with Drs. Luke Wood and Frank Harris, founders of the Minority Male Community College Collaborative that spoke more to teaching methods and strategies for male student of color success. 

     All programs and events of the pilot year for the Male Success Initiative reflected the program tenets of civic engagement, curricular enhancement, character enrichment and cultural exploration during Manhood Mondays.  Some programs and events were done in collaboration with Prairie State College to ensure a seamless transition for prospective transfer students.  There were 35 male students of color who participated in the programs and events of the Males Success Initiative in some capacity.  There were 16 faculty/staff mentors as well as a diverse cadre of students, faculty/staff and administrators serving on the advisory council.  A total of 25 Manhood Mondays were hosted. 

    Book Club – 1st Mondays

    A forum for participants to “put their thinking caps on” and begin to think critically and analytically about written works both intercultural and intracultural in nature. It is our hope that these men are inspired to become better leaders on grounds and in their communities.  The book used this year was 7 Habits of Effective Leadership by Stephen Covey.  This was done with Prairie State College.

    Brothers Speak Out – 2nd Mondays

    A monthly meeting that fosters dialogue about issues most pertinent to the lives of program participants.  It will allow these students the opportunity to share their thoughts, questions and/or concerns with their peers in an atmosphere of comfort and privacy. Further, with the support of faculty and staff in attendance, students develop strategies to deal with pertinent issues of recruitment and retention of men of color.  Topics discussed included

    • Defining Manhood
    • I am More than an Athlete
    • Police Brutality
    • Community Responsibility as Men
    • What is Sexuality
    • Who Am I
    • Peer Pressure

     Meeting of the Minds – 3rd Mondays

    A monthly seminar featuring a professional male of color from various fields including but not limited to education, science, arts, business and etc. as a guest speaker.  It gives these students an opportunity to connect with someone who looks like them and who may have shared similar experiences.  Topics will include will include those reflective of the program tenets such as but aren’t limited financial responsibility, health and wellness, healthy relationships, spirituality, social responsibility, cultural awareness and consciousness, and leadership development.

    • Jason Thomas – Being Your Best Self
    • Dr. Rupert Evans – Importance of Mentoring
    • Will Davis – You Are a Brand
    • Cleo Jamison – Fostering Healthy Relationships
    • Nathan Wright – Etiquette Dinner (collaboration with Prairie State)

    Curricular Enhancement Workshop – 4th Mondays

    A monthly seminar focusing on study habits, time management, and learning styles, tutoring through peer to peer tutoring, and study groups that encourage scholastic achievement and career mapping.

    • StrengthsQuests Assessment – Roshaunda Ross
    • Meyers Briggs Assessment – Jessica Specht
    • Navigating Your College Experience – Anthony Andrews and Nick Hyer
    • The Time Is Now – Daniel Vergara

    The program participants also served as volunteers for Black Women Rock and the Health and Wellness Fair at Governors State University.  They also attended the Men’s Leadership Retreat.  


     REGISTER TODAY at to be a part of this movement for the 2016-2017 academic year.  !!!  The Male Success Initiative is designed to help you navigate this journey to create a game plan to fulfill your destiny.  Do not let this opportunity pass you by.  Space is limited.  For more information email or call 708-534-4551. 

  • Men's Leadership Retreat, April 8, 2017


    More details to come.

  • Black Women Rock, Feb. 18 2017


    5th Annual Black Women Rock Flyer


    Saturday, February 18, 2017

    6:30pm, Center for Performing Arts


    On Saturday, February 18, Governors State University Presents: The 5th Annual Black Women Rock Awards Ceremony (BWR) celebrating the outstanding achievements of black female students, faculty, and staff at GSU.  Inspired by BET's Black Girls Rock, BWR aims to empower women to pursue their personal aspirations, encourage women to support others who are making positive strides, and enlighten women on tools for success. 
    For more information or inquiries, please call x4551 or email.




    2017 Non Traditional Student Week will be held October 31st - November 5th.  Please submit program ideas or send questions to  Below you will programs and events held last year.


    Monday, November 2nd


    5pm – 7pm, D1400


    Tuesday, November 3rd


    6pm – 7pm, A1120


    Wednesday, November 4th


    5pm – 7pm, B1215



    6pm – 7pm, A1120


    Thursday, November 5th


    3pm – 7pm, A2250



    Monday, November 2nd


    3pm – 7pm, Hall of Governors

    Meet and greet student leaders and campus administrators as they honor the great work of non-traditional students with light refreshments



    4pm – 5:30pm, B2200


    Tuesday, November 3rd


    5pm, Cafeteria Annex

    Come share with us your experiences at GSU and ideas to enhance your educational pursuits as a non-traditional student.


    Wednesday, November 4th


    3:30pm, A1122


    Thursday, November 5th


    6pm, F1622

    Join us as we induct students into Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society created to honor those dedicated adult students who, while adroitly handling their life responsibilities, achieve and maintain high scholastic standards.


  • SHERO: Women's Leadership Conference, March 24, 2017


    Governors State University annually coordinates the S.H.E.R.O. Women’s Leadership Symposium (Sharing Her story of Empowerment Resilience & Opportunity) to facilitate students’ professional leadership development.  This year, the program will be hosted on Saturday, March 24, 2017.  If you, or someone you know would be interested in facilitating a small program during this event, please email the following to

  • Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration, Decemeber 2, 2016


    The Pre Kwanzaa Celebration will be held on Monday, November 21, 2017.  This celebration will reflect a key element of Kwanzaa, according to Maulana Karenga, PhD, founder—to bring the community together so that it can collectively reflect on “the rich resource(s) and meaning of a people’s culture” and to individually and collectively affirm how they will contribute to enhancing the culture.  There will be vendors, performances and communal address.  This event is free and open to the public.  

  • MLK Commemoration Program and Day of Service



    Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    Commemoration Program & Day of Service
    Monday, January 16, 2017

     The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Program and Day of Service is an opportunity for members of the Governors State community and surrounding area to join thousands of Americans in honoring the work and legacy of Dr. King through community service. As Dr. King once said, “Everybody can be great, because everyone can serve.”

    Plans are underway.  Please forward questions or service site recommendations to




  • Inclusive Leadership Conference - January 20, 2017


    Community Leadership Engagement Promo 

    Listen, Learn, Lead!!!
    Friday, January 20, 2017 
    11 a.m.  - 3 p.m.

    The Inclusive Leadership Conference is designed to help our campus community create an understanding and appreciation for multiple identities through self-awareness while encouraging them to be free of misconceptions and prejudices through social justice education. This year's theme, Stop the Violence: Listen, Learn, Lead!!!, speaks to how violence impacts multiple identities of diversity. Participants will be empowered knowledge that will help them recognize how their background and skills can play an influential role in ending violence one leader at a time through social change.

    Registration has been been extended

    Register at 

    Volunteers for the program are also needed as well.

    For more information call 708-534-4551 or email

  • First Matters 2015


    First Matters is a program serving first generation students who are those that are first in their families to attend college. This program is dedicated to providing first generation students with support and resources that will help them successfully acclimate to the campus environment and matriculate to graduation. First generation college students include those from other under served student populations such as students of color, those who come from low socioeconomic backgrounds or who are under prepared for college. First Matters goals are as follows:

    • Connect first-generation students with faculty, staff, and peers to affirm their first-generation identity and to enhance a sense of belonging. 
    • Identify hidden stress and barriers for first-generation students and raise awareness to help overcome these barriers. 
    • Provide training programs for academic advisers and students services personnel to enrich the experiences of first generation students.
    • Recognize campus resources to enhance first generation student engagement and retention. 

    First Matters takes place the first Thursday of every month at 3:30pm in room B2203

    Thursday, February 4th

    Thursday, March 3rd

    Thursday, April 7th


  • She Speaks: Journey to Womanhood, 2016-2017


    She Speaks provides an opportunity for faculty, staff and student women to share their stories of victory to empower the community. Their story can be one that highlights overcoming challenges and achieving successes throughout their personal and/or professional journey(s). After sharing their story, participants will serve on a panel to provide attendees an opportunity to gain greater insight on who you are and how we are interconnected through various dimensions of diversity 


    Wednesday, September 28th
    Wednesday, October 26th
    Wednesday, November 18th
    Wednesday, January 25th


    Would you like to Speak? Email 

  • Unlearn, Relearn, Learn: Cultural Conversations 2016-2017




    UNLEARN the myths
    RELEARN the truth
     LEARN to bridge cultural divides


    Tuesday, September 13th
    Tuesday, October 11th
    Tuesday, November 8th
    Tuesday, February 28th
    Tuesday, March 28th
    Tuesday, April 28th

    This program series will provide an opportunity for the GSU community to unlearn myths, stereotypes and fallacies about various subject matters, relearn the truth and learn ways to shape their understanding that will aid in bridging cultural divides in the campus community.   Participants will be exposed to current cultural issues as well as challenge the GSU community to realize the benefits of living in a multicultural world.  


    For more information email or call x4551. 

  • Connections


    Connections provides opportunities for community members to engage in co-curricular opportunities to explore their identity through multiple dimensions of diversity and how they intersect. Participants will become more cognizant of the impact of privilege, power and oppression and how to become advocates and allies to ensure we are a welcoming, inclusive campus and all students have a holistic educational experience.

    For more e-mail

  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month, April 2016


    Tuesday, March 31st 

    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
    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

    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 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
    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


    Friday, April 17th
    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 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
    Wednesday, April 22nd

    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
    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. 


    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.




    Chicago Metropolitan Area


    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



  • Women's History Month 2017


    Women’s History Month can trace its roots back to March 8, 1857, when women from New York City factories staged a protest over working conditions. International Women’s Day was first observed in 1909, but it wasn’t until 1981 that Congress established National Women’s History Week to be commemorated the second week of March. In 1987, Congress expanded the week to a month. 

    Plans are underway for the 2017 Women's History Month Calendar.  Please forward program ideas and questions to  below are events from last year





    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 and select the Library Catalog located under Library Resources.  Type in Womens 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


     March 7th


     2 p.m., D34150

    SafeZone is a training program open to faculty and staff ONLY at this time.  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 by March 3rd. Space is Limited.

    March 8th


     11am, Hall of Governors

    Come celebrate women of all cultures and diverse backgrounds as well as learn about how women have played a major role in the world. There will be information shared about women and their experiences.  For more information call 708-235-7611.


     March 22nd


     12:30pm, Lakeside Lounge 

     Inspired by TED Talks, come hear messages of hope and success delivered by GSU women to empower, encourage and enlighten all that attend as they share stories of being a woman in various arenas. For more information call 708-534-4551.


     March 30th


     6pm, Cafeteria Annex 

    Come join us as we celebrate women through spoken word, song and other performing arts.  For more information call 708-235-7362.


    March 31st


    9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sherman Hall

    The Shero Women’s Leadership Symposium allows women to share stories and experiences that will empower them, increase resilience, and promote opportunities in their personal and professional development.  Register by Friday, March 24th at For more information call 708.534.4551 or email