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.

 

  • Male Success Initiative

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    Male Success Initiative Retreat

     Friday, September 14th - Sunday, September 16th

    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

     

    Male Success Initiative Kick-off Retreat

     At this overnight off-campus excursion, dozens of new and returning male students come together to talk about transitioning to the GSU campus, team-building, sharing successes and overcoming setbacks, personal and collective visioning, and fellowship. The retreat is free and includes transportation there and back, meals, and snacks. For more information contact Sean Smith at ssmith5@govst.edu or x7619 or in A2133. Register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/msi-app-2018

  • Latino Heritage Month, Sept. 15 - Oct. 15, 2018

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    Latino Heritage Month

    Latino Heritage Month celebrates the history, culture and contributions of Latinos in our global society past, present and future.  The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.  The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively.

     

    EXHIBITS & DISPLAYS

    LATINO HISTORY LITERARY WORKS & RESOURCES 

    Governors State University Library

    GSU Library has a collection of books, DVDs, and eBooks dedicated to Latino Heritage. Visit www.govst.edu/library or contact us at library@govst.edu for more information.

    September 18–29

    LATINO HERITAGE MONTH DISPLAY

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    PROGRAMS & EVENTS

    Friday, September 14

    EL GRITO CELEBRATION

    11 a.m–3 p.m., Lakeside Lounge

    Come learn about the independence of Latin American countries and the importance of Latino Heritage Month through cultural expressions and cuisine.

    Wednesday, September 26

    LATINO HERITAGE MONTH PROGRAM

    Time & Location TBD

     

    For updates and/or more information visit www.govst.edu/diversity or email diversity@govst.edu

     

     

  • 2018 Men's Leadership Summit - Friday, November 16th

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    The Men’s Leadership Summit explores the variety, as well as the essential elements of what it means to be a man in a leadership role.  The intersection of male gender and leadership will allow us to explore topics essential to create a cohort and community of male leaders who will begin the work of developing self-awareness and trust among peers to be positive contributors and influencers in their communities. 

     

     

  • LGBT History Month 2018

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    2018 LGBT HISTORY MONTH

     

    Governors State University proudly celebrates LGBTQ HISTORY MONTH with month-long calendar of programs and events!

    LGBTQ LITERARY WORKS & RESOURCES GSU Library

    Seeking to be more aware of the LGBT community? GSU Library has a collection of books, DVDs and eBooks dedicated to the LGBT experience. Visit www.govst.edu/library or contact us at library@govst.edu.

    October 2 – 16

    LGBTQ HISTORY DISPLAY

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    PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

    Wednesday, October 24

    TBA

    For updates and/or more information visit www.govst.edu/diversity or email diversity@govst.edu

     

  • Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration, November 20, 2018

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    The Pre Kwanzaa Celebration will be held on Thursday, November 20, 2018.  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.  More details to come.

  • MLK Commemoration Program and Day of Service

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    Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    Commemoration Program & Day of Service
    Monday, January 21, 2019

     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.”
     

     

     

     

  • Black History Month, February 2019

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    2019 BLACK HISTORY MONTH

     

    FEBRUARY 1 – 28

    BLACK HISTORY LITERARY WORKS & RESOURCES

    GSU Library

    Are you seeking historical information regarding Black History makers? GSU Library has a collection of books, DVDs, 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.

     

    BLACK HISTORY DISPLAY

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    WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27  

    Black History Month Event TBA

    For updates and/or more information visit www.govst.edu/diversity or email diversity@govst.edu 

     

  • SHERO: Women's Leadership Conference, March 29, 2019

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    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 Friday, March 29, 2019.  

    The S.H.E.R.O. (Sharing Her story of Empowerment, Resilience, and Opportunity) Women’s Leadership Symposium inspires women to seek their highest level of personal and professional development through a greater understanding of leadership and the acquisition of new ideas to optimize and sustain personal potential.

    The 2019 S.H.E.R.O. Women’s Leadership Symposium will be held Friday, March 29 at Governors State University. We are currently looking for workshops that pertain to the conference theme “Reclaiming My Time”—a theme that encourages women to use their voices to be heard, celebrate how valuable they really are, and take ownership of their destiny without permission. It is a time of reclamation to celebrate the beauty of their multiple identities that makes them powerful leaders beyond measure.  

    Please submit your proposal by Friday, February 15.  Contact diversity@govst.edu with questions.

     

  • Women's History Month 2019

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    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 2019 Women's History Month Calendar.  Join us in celebrating the contributions of women by submitting a program for Women’s History Month. Click  here by Friday, February 1, to submit your program. This opportunity is open to university departments, student organizations, and GSU community affiliates.

    Below are events from 2017

     

    2017 WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH 

     EXHIBITS & DISPLAYS

     WOMENS 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  www.govst.edu/library 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  library@govst.edu

     

     March 7th

     SAFE ZONE TRAINING

     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 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZWTNGDT by March 3rd. Space is Limited.

     

    March 8th

     INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY TABLE

     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

     SHE SPEAKS

     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

     OPEN MIC

     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

    SHERO WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP SYMPOSIUM

    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 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZPXS5VW. For more information call 708.534.4551 or email diversity@govst.edu