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

     

    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 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

     

    Be sure to attend the Male Success Initiative Fall 2019 Informational Day Party - September 4, 1p-3pm, D-Wing Balcony (above Lakeside Lounge)

    To kick off the fall term, the MSI will host an information day party to welcome all interested students. The Info session will cover how to apply, benefits of being an active participants, and plans for the upcoming semester. The information session is free and includes light refreshments. For more information contact Sean Smith at msi@govst.edu or 708.235.7619 or stop by Rm. A2130 in the Center for Student Engagement and Intercultural Programs.

  • 2019 Latino Heritage Month

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    2019 LATINO HERITAGE MONTH CALENDAR

     

    EXHIBITS & DISPLAYS

     

    SEPTEMBER 15 – OCTOBER 15

    LATINO HISTORY LITERARY WORKS & RESOURCES

    GSU 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 15 – 30

    LATINO HERITAGE MONTH DISPLAY

    B Wing Display Case

     

    PROGRAMS & EVENTS

     

    MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16th

    STUDY ABROAD IN LATIN AMERICAN COUNTRIES INFO SESSIONS

    3pm - 4pm, Brazil; 4:30pm - 5:30pm, Panama, E-Lounge

    CAS Restorative Justice Program in Brazil Info Session will be followed by the Public Health Brigade to Panama Info Session.

     

    TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17th 

    LATINO, CHICANO, HISPANIC...WHAT DOES IT MEAN

    12:30pm – 1:30pm, Lakeside Lounge

    Come celebrate and learn about the rich history of these terms as we kick off the Latino Heritage Month.

     

    FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20th

    AN EVENING OF LOTERIA & SALSA

    Come play Loteria (Bingo) and learn how to Salsa

    7pm – 9pm, Hall of Governors

     

    TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th 

    LUNCH & LEARN: INFLUENCE OF FAITH IN THE LATINO COMMUNITY

    12:30pm − 1:30pm, Jaguar Den

    Bring your lunch and learn about the various faiths in the Latino community and its influence on the culture

     

    THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th 

    HISTORY OF MASKS IN LATINO CULTURE

    1pm - 3pm, Hall of Governors

    Masks have been used for various reasons in the Latino community. Come learn about this amazing art form and even create your own mask.

     

    TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10th 

    LATINO FACULTY, STAFF & STUDENTS RECEPTION

    1pm - 3pm, Lakeside Lounge

    Join us for an opportunity to connect with Latino faculty, staff and students as we celebrate their contributions to our community

     

    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12th 

    TOUR OF THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MEXICAN ART

    1 – 5 p.m.

    Join us as we embark on a Mexican Art experience. Bus will be provided. Seats are limited. Please add the following to the description. For more information, email cseip@govst.edu or call x7362

  • 2019 LGBT History Month

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  • Men's Leadership Summit - Friday, November 22, 2019

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    2019 Men's Leadership Summit

    "When They See Us"

    Friday, November 22, 2019

    Governors State University

     

    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 intersectionality 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.

    This year’s theme, “When They See Us”, uses the backdrop of the recent release of the documentary based on the Central Park Five. “When They See Us” will allow participants to take a deeper dive on do their lives reflect societal assumptions or do those assumptions predicate their livelihood. After attending this year’s conference, participants will be able to define who they are and develop strategies to overcome obstacles and turn them into opportunities towards their success.

    KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

    Dr. Steven Kniffley, Jr.

    Dr. Steven Kniffley

      Associate Director, Center for Behavioral Health

    Assistant Professor, Professional Psychology

    Spaulding University

    Mr. Gabe Lara

    Mr. Gabe Lara

    Associate Dean of Students

    Harper College

    Dr. Richard Craig

    Dr. Richard Craig

    Associate Professor, Communications

    Director, M.A. Program

    George Mason University

     2019 Men's Leadership Summit

     

     

     

  • MLK Commemoration Program and Day of Service

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    SAVE THE DATE

     

     

    Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Commemoration Program & Day of Service
    Monday, January 20, 2020
     
     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 2020

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    2020 BLACK HISTORY MONTH

    Plans are still being made for the 2020 Black History Month Calendar.  Below you will find events from 2019.

    FEBRUARY 1 – 28

    EXHIBITS & DISPLAYS

    February 1 – February 28th   

    BLACK HISTORY LITERARY WORKS & RESOURCES

    GSU Library

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

     

    February 1 - 28

    BLACK HISTORY MONTH DISPLAY

    B Wing Display Case

     

    PROGRAMS & EVENTS

     

    Tuesday, February 5th

    Hands Up, Don’t Shoot Open Discussion

    3:30-4:30 p.m., Engbretson Hall

     

    Students will be able to have a safe space conversation about police brutality in the Black community and how to deal with the ever-present anxiety.

     

    Wednesday, February 6th

    I Belong Here Too
    10– 3 p.m., Hall of Governors

     

    Students will receive information on what micro aggressions are, examples of micro aggressions, and their impact on people. Afterwards students will be able to post micro-aggressions that they encounter on the daily on a moveable wall to bring attention to them.

     

    Wednesday, February 6th

    Black History Taught Through the Bible

    6:00-8:00 p.m., Engbretson Hall

     

    This five part series will provide history lessons about the African American presence in the Bible.

     

    Tuesday, February 12th  

    Love Match

    6:30-7:30 p.m., Hall of Governors

     

    Black couples on campus will compete with each other in a series of games in front of an audience testing how well they really know each other. This event will be a guaranteed good time while celebrating Black Love.

     

    Wednesday, February 13th

    Natural Hair Portrait Gallery and Exhibit 

    2:00-4:00 p.m., Hall of Governors 

     

    The purpose of this event is to showcase African American Women who have natural hair. This forum is designed to educate and inform participants who are on the natural hair journey.

     

    Wednesday, February 13th

    Black History Taught Through the Bible

    6:00-8:00p.m., Engbretson Hall

     

    This five part series will provide history lessons about the African American presence in the Bible.

     

    Friday, February 15th

    Hidden Truths

    Time, Location

     

    Lecture series focused on the untold truths of African American history with video, engagement, and Google searches to engage the audience.

     

    Monday, February 18th

    The Cook Out

    6:30-8:30 p.m., Prairie Place

     

    You’re invited to the COOK OUT! Join BSU for a night of games, music, and food.

     

    Tuesday, February 19th 

    Chicago Steppers

    3:30 p.m., Hall of Governors

     

    Meet us in the Hall of Governors to experience Chicago Steppers. 

     

    Wednesday, February 20th 

    BSU State of the Campus Address

    3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Hall of Honors

     

    BSU will be hosting their version of the State of the Union Address. During this session they will be having open conversations with professionals on important topics in the Black community and ways for the students on the campus can play an active part in being progressive.

     

    Wednesday, February 20th

    Black History Taught Through the Bible

    6:00-8:00 p.m., Engbretson Hall

     

    This five part series will provide history lessons about the African American presence in the Bible.

     

     

    Thursday, February 21

    Black Inventions

    1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Hall of Governors

     

    The purpose of this exhibit is to highlight the contributions of African American people to modern day society through inventions. Many of which contributed to the entrepreneurship of African Americans in a time that it was not widely accepted.

     

    Monday, February 25th

    30th Annual National African American Read-in

    6:00-8:00 p.m., Hall of Honors

     

    Join over a million readers from all ethnic backgrounds as we read a poem, excerpt from a book, or other literary work written by an African American author in celebration of Black History Month.  We are looking for readers to participate in this event endorsed by the International Reading Association. Please email rmuhammad@ govst.edu or call 708.534.6974 to sign up or receive additional information

     

    Wednesday, February 27th  

    Black History Taught Through the Bible
    6:00-8:00 p.m., Engbretson Hall

     

    This five part series will provide history lessons about the African American presence in the Bible.

     

    Wednesday, March 6th

    Black History Taught Through the Bible

    6:00-8:00 p.m, Engbretson Hall

     

    This five part series will provide history lessons about the African American presence in the Bible.

  • SHERO: Women's Leadership Conference, March 27, 2020

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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 27, 2020.  

    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 2020 S.H.E.R.O. Women’s Leadership Symposium will be held Friday, March 27th at Governors State University. We are currently looking for planning committee members.  If interested please email diversity@govst.edu 

     Below you will find information on the 2019 SHERO Women's Leadership Symposium

    2019 SHERO WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP 


    SYMPOSIUM


    “FROM ONE QUEEN TO ANOTHER”


    Conference Theme

     

    This year’s theme is using the titles of songs from the discography of Aretha Franklin as the backdrop to share leadership lessons.  This theme exemplifies the importance of women sharing stories and experiences that will empower them, increase resilience, and promote opportunities in their personal and professional development.  Participants will leave with renewed sense of identity and purpose to accomplish their goals.

     

    SPEAKERS

     

     

    Figure 1- Sharva Hampton-Campbell

    Dr. Debbie Baness-King

    Dean, Academic Success / Interim Dean, Student Services

    Triton College