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



    Male Success Initiative Retreat


    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 Spring 2019 Informational - January 24, 3:30pm, Jaguar Den (A-2140)

    To kick off the spring term, the MSI will host an information session for 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 or 708.235.7619 or stop by Rm. A2130 in Student Life.

  • Men's Leadership Summit - Friday, November 15, 2019



    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.

  • MLK Commemoration Program and Day of Service




    Due to inclement weather and below freezing temperatures 

    predicted for Monday, January, 2019 


    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.” 






  • Inclusive Leadership Conference - February 1, 2019



    The Inclusive Leadership Conference is designed to help our academic communities 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. Through interactive workshops and guided group discussions, participants will be able to:


    -Articulate principles of social justice

    -Recognize how their own experiences inform their leadership style and perceptions

    -Understand the importance of diversity in leadership

    -Identify dynamics of power and privilege when working in groups



    The conference theme for the 2019 Inclusive Leadership Conference is "This Is America". Inspired by Childish Gambino, This Is America challenges us to examine the fore and background of our lives, to pose questions that address how are “all men are created equal” depicted in our society. This year’s conference theme will help us to be transparent and redefine what does liberty and justice for all mean through the inequities that impact various aspects of our identity.



    Michael Benitez, Ph.D., is a nationally-acclaimed activist-scholar, practitioner, and educator with extensive experience with diversity issues in higher education.  Dr. Benitez has served higher education in different capacities over the last two decades, including academic and student affairs, equity and inclusion, Title IX, and teaching. Currently, he serves as the Dean of Diversity and Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer and Title IX Officer, at the University of Puget Sound. 

    Dr. Benitez is co-editor of the anthology, Crash Course: Reflections on the Film “Crash” for Critical Dialogues About Race, Power and Privilege (2007).  His most recent work on supporting faculty of color can be found in AACU’s Liberal Education (2017) ,and his work on creating campus community participatory frameworks for difficult conversations and institutional action, in New Directions in Institutional Research (2017). Benitez has appeared on talk shows such as Worlds Apart, Hard Knock Radio, and Speak out with Tim Wise.

    Part of his success lies in his ability to speak heart-to-heart while bridging theory and scholarly inquiry with everyday life and peoples’ lived realities, his use of accessible language that multiple audiences can relate to, and his deep knowledge and practice of innovate equity and inclusion based strategies and approaches to address some of higher education’s more pressing campus climate issues of today, while providing multi-context and -issue frameworks for empowerment and transformation. 



    Submit your workshop  at  DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS IS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2018



    Submit your registration by visiting  Deadline to register is Friday, January 25, 2019

  • Black History Month, February 2019




    FEBRUARY 1 – 28


    February 1 – February 28th   


    GSU Library

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


    February 1 - 28


    B Wing Display Case




    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@ 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, April 5, 2019


    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, April 5th, 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, April 5th 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.   




    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.





    Figure 1- Sharva Hampton-Campbell

    Dr. Debbie Baness-King

    Dean, Academic Success / Interim Dean, Student Services

    Triton College