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

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    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 diversity@govst.edu.  Below are programs and events held last year.

    EXHIBITS & DISPLAYS
    September 15th – October 15th 
    LATINO HISTORY LITERARY WORKS & RESOURCES
    GSU Library
    GSU Library has a collection of books, DVD’s and eBooks dedicated to Latino Heritage.  Visit www.govst.edu/library   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 library@govst.edu.  
     
    September 15th – September 30th 
    LATINO HERITAGE MONTH EXHIBIT
    B Wing Display Case
     
    PROGRAMS & EVENTS
    Wednesday, September 21st 
    ALAS MEETING
    3:30pm, A2110
     
    Thursday, September 22nd
    SALSA LESSONS 
    3pm, Lakeside Lounge
    Come learn the basic fundamentals of one on the many traditional Latino dance forms.  
     
    Wednesday, September 28th 
    INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION
    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
    OPEN MIC
    6pm, Lakeside Lounge
    Come join us as we celebrate Latino Heritage Month through spoken word, song and other performing arts.
    Tuesday, October 4th 
    ALAS SERVICE DAY
    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
    MOVIE & DISCUSSION: “TIZNAO” 
    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 
    AN EVENING WITH MARIA LUIZA GONZALEZ
    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 
    UNLEARN, RELEARN, LEARN: INDEPENDENCE
    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 
    CITIZENSHIP: FROM FRACTIOUS DIFFERENCES TO ENGAGED DIALOGUES 
    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 rclay@govst.edu or call x4551 if interested or for more information.

     

     

  • WE ARE ORLANDO TALKING CIRCLE

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    Thursday, June 23, 2016 

    12:30pm

    Meditation & Interfaith Prayer Room

    A-2150

    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

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    Plans are underway for the 2017 Black History Month Calendar.  Please forward program ideas and questions to diversity@govst.edu.  Below you will find programs and events held for the 2016 Black History Month.

     Download a printable 2016 GSU Black History Month Calendar (pdf file)

     

    EXHIBITS & DISPLAYS

     

    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.   Visitwww.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 atlibrary@govst.edu

     

    PROGRAMS & EVENTS

    Monday, February 1st

    BSU MEETING

    5pm, Engbretson Hall

     

    Tuesday, February 2nd

    BLACK JEOPARDY

    3pm, Hall of Honors

     

    Wednesday, February 3rd

    LET'S TALK ABOUT SEX: NATIONAL BLACK HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY

    6pm, Prairie Place

    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.

     

    Thursday, February 4th

    SPADES TOURNAMENT

    3pm, Hall of Honors

     

    Monday, February 8th

    HIDDEN COLORS 1:  THE UNTOLD HISTORY OF PEOPLE OF ABORIGINAL, MOOR AND AFRICAN DESCENT

    5pm, Engbretson Hall

    Hidden Colors is a documentary about the real and untold history of people of color around the globe. This film discusses some of the reasons the contributions of African and aboriginal people have been left out of the pages of history. Traveling around the country, the film features scholars, historians, and social commentators who uncovered such amazing facts about things such as: The original image of Christ; The true story about the Moors; The original people of Asia; The great west African empires; The presence of Africans in America before Columbus; The real reason slavery was ended And much more.

     

    Tuesday, February 9th

    THE RACIAL CONTRACT: WHITE SUPREMACY AS A POLITICAL SYSTEM

    4:30pm, TBD

    Dr. Ben Almassi invites all GSU students, staff, and faculty are invited as visitors to this class of POLS 4600 Political Theory for an open-classroom lecture and discussion of Charles Mills' critical race theory, specifically, his work on white supremacy as a political system.

     

    Thursday, February 11th

    CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS

    7pm, Center for Performing Arts

     

    Friday, February 12th

    BLACK CINEMA

    7pm, Prairie Place

     

    Monday, February 15th 

    HIDDEN COLORS 2: THE TRIUMPH OF MELANIN

    5pm, Engbretson Hall

    "Hidden Colors 2" is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed 2011 documentary about the untold history of people of African and aboriginal descent. This installment of goes into topics such as the global African presence, the science of melanin, the truth about the prison industrial complex, how thriving Black economic communities were undermined in America, the hidden truth about Native Americans, and much more.

     

    Tuesday, February 16th

    RETHINKING BRAZILIAN RACE RELATIONS IN THE ERA OF AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

    featuring Dr. Jerry Davila, Professor of History, University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign

    4:30pm, TBD

    This is a lecture will explore how Brazil, which used to tout itself as a "racial democracy" has recently come to embrace affirmative action just at the time that the United States, through a series of Supreme Court decisions, is rejecting it.

     

    Wednesday, February 17th

    BLACK INVENTIONS

    All day, 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

     

    Friday, February 19th

    EBONY BALL        

    7pm, Lakeside Lounge

     

    Monday, February 22nd 

    HIDDEN COLORS 3: THE RULES OF RACISM

    5pm, Engbretson Hall

    Hidden Colors 3: The Rules of Racism is the third installment of the critically acclaimed documentary series Hidden Colors 1 and 2. This installment of Hidden Colors tackles the taboo subject of systematic racism. The film explores how institutional racism effects all areas of human activity, and the rules, laws, and public policies that are utilized to maintain this system. Hidden Colors 3 features commentary from a diverse group of scholars, authors, and entertainment icons.

     

    Thursday, February 25th

    OPEN MIC NIGHT

    5pm, Lakeside Lounge

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

     

    Saturday, February 27th 

    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 29th 

    BSU MEETING

    5pm, Engbretson Hall

     

    AFRICAN AMERICAN READ IN

    6pm, 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 rmuhammad@govst.edu or call 708.534.6974 to sign up or receive additional information. All are invited to participate.

     

  • LGBT History Month 2016

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    2016 LGBT HISTORY MONTH

     

    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
    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.

    October 17th—October 31st
    LGBT IN AMERICA: PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE
    B Wing Display Case


    PROGRAMS & EVENTS
    Tuesday, October 4th
    SEXUAL ASSAULT & DOMESTIC VIOLENCE WORKSHOP
    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
    NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY CELEBRATION
    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
    orientation.

    Monday, October 17th
    MOVIE & PIZZA NIGHT
    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
    QUEER MEDIA REPRESENTATION
    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
    GAY STRAIGHT ALLIANCE INFORMATIONAL
    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
    LGBT...IT’S MORE THAN ALPHABET SOUP
    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 www.govst.edu/diversity or email diversity@govst.edu

     

  • Male Success Initiative

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    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

     

    PILOT YEAR HIGHLIGHTS

    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 https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SCTWCDZ 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 msi@govst.edu or call 708-534-4551. 

  • Men's Leadership Retreat, April 8, 2017

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    More details to come.

  • NON TRADITIONAL STUDENT WEEK

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

     OPEN HOUSES

    Monday, November 2nd

    FINANCIAL AID

    5pm – 7pm, D1400

     

    Tuesday, November 3rd

    CAREER SERVICES

    6pm – 7pm, A1120

     

    Wednesday, November 4th

    ACADEMIC RESOURCE CENTER

    5pm – 7pm, B1215

     

    CAREER SERVICES

    6pm – 7pm, A1120

     

    Thursday, November 5th

    VETERANS RESOURCE CENTER

    3pm – 7pm, A2250

     

    PROGRAMS & EVENTS

    Monday, November 2nd

    NON TRADITIONAL STUDENT WEEK CELEBRATION

    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

     

    FUTURE EDUCATORS CAREER WORKSHOP

    4pm – 5:30pm, B2200

     

    Tuesday, November 3rd

    OPEN FORUM

    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

    INTERNSHIP TIPS & STRATEGIES

    3:30pm, A1122

     

    Thursday, November 5th

    ALPHA SIGMA LAMBDA INDUCTION

    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

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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 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 diversity@govst.edu.

  • Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration, Decemeber 2, 2016

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    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

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    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 diversity@govst.edu

     

     

     

  • Inclusive Leadership Conference - January 20, 2017

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    Community Leadership Engagement Promo 

    STOP THE VIOLENCE
    Listen, Learn, Lead!!!
    Friday, January 20, 2017 

    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 and workshop proposals are due by December 9.

    Register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/inclusive2016

    Submit a workshop proposal at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/inclusivegsu

    Volunteers for the program are also needed as well.

    For more information call 708-534-4551 or email diversity@govst.edu

  • Black Women Rock, Feb. 18 2017

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    BLACK WOMEN ROCK

    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.

  • First Matters 2015

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    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

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    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 diversity@govst.edu 

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

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    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 diversity@govst.edu or call x4551. 

  • Connections

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    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 mailto:connections@govst.edu

  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month, April 2016

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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
     

     

     

  • Women's History Month 2017

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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 2017 Women's History Month Calendar.  Please forward program ideas and questions to diversity@govst.edu.  below are events from last year


    2016 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 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 10th

    WE ARE MORE THAN ASSISTANTS

    3:30pm, G015 Nursing Lab

    In 1903 North Carolina became the first state to pass permissive licensure legislation. Women's Suffrage didn't occur until 1920. This presentation will discuss the strategies used by a women's profession to influence legislators when the legislators could not anticipate their votes.  For more information call 708-235-2133.

     

    March 28th

    YONI KI BAAT

    6pm, Sherman Hall

    "Yoni Ki Baat was inspired by Eve Ensler's book, "Vagina Monologues," which was later made into a monologue production that has been performed at various universities/cities all over the US. "Yoni Ki Baat" brings awareness about the South Asian Community and share stories that are considered very "taboo" in South Asian culture. Yoni Ki Baat literally means talks of the vagina in Sanskrit.  The stories includes the struggles and truths of growing up as a South Asian Women, but also some topics that are just never spoken about in South Asian Culture.  For more information call 708-534-8950. 

     

    March 29th

    HEELS OF BUSINESS BREAKFAST

    8:30am, E Lounge

    Join the discussion as a panel of existing women business owners share their challenges and successes. Learn from them and network with other women to grow your business and overcome the barriers women face in business.  For more information call 708-534-4929.

     

    March 30th

    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 31st

    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.