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.

 

  • LGBT History Month 2015

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    2015 LGBT HISTORY MONTH

    LGBT History Month Icon 2015

    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

     

    31 Days, 31 Icons
    October 1st – 31st
    Online at: http://www.lgbthistorymonth.com/

    31 leaders, heroes, and community members who have made a difference in the LGBT community will be highlighted throughout the month.  Each day in October, a new icon is featured with a video, biography, bibliography, images and other 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.

    transFORMATION: PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAITS OF TRANSGENDER MEN

    October 5th – December 4th
    GSU Visual Arts Gallery
    Artist Lorenzo Triburgo created oil-painted landscapes using instructions from Bob Ross’, The Joy of Painting. The backdrops call attention to the artist’s hand and set the stage for nature as fabrication while
    examining the connections between gender and photography as sites of misplaced veracity. This artwork invites viewers to question these constructs while simultaneously depicting a
    sincere heroism.

     

    PROGRAMS & EVENTS


    A RAINBOW OF OPPORTUNITIES

    Tuesday, October 6th
    6pm, E-Lounge
    This presentation will discuss the benefits of working within an inclusive workplace and how to begin networking with such employers. Students will also be provided with information and resources from the Chicagoland area and online to assist the LGBT community with career planning and professional development.

    ARTIST RECEPTION & DISCUSSION

    featuring Lorenzo Triburgo
    Thursday, October 8th
    4:30pm – 7:30pm
    GSU Visual Arts Gallery
    Come meet Artist Lorenzo Triburgo creator of transFORMATION: photographic portraits of transgender men. This exhibit calls attention to the artist’s hand and set the stage for nature as fabrication while examining the connections between gender and photography as sites of misplaced veracity.

    NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY CELEBRATION

    Friday, October 9th
    11am – 2pm, Hall of Governors
    Join us as we celebrate coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBT) or as an ally. Hear stories from the LGBT community, their fami-lies 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.

    SAFE ZONE TRAINING

    Tuesday, October 20th
    1:00pm – 3:30pm, Hall of Honors
    SafeZone is a training 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. SafeZone Training is for faculty and staff ONLY. Participants must RSVP at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GSUSafeZone by October 16th.

    TRANSGENDER IN THE USA: HOW ARE WE REALLY DOING ON THE “NEW CIVIL RIGHTS FRONTIER?”

    Thursday, October 22nd
    4:30pm, Engbretson Hall
    This one-hour lecture and discussion regarding the efforts to access equal rights for transgender people in the United States, which was identified as "the new civil rights frontier" in a popular 2014 Time magazine article. Recent advances, and current concerns of transgender Americans in a historical context will be reviewed.

    GAY STRAIGHT ALLIANCE INFORMATIONAL

    Monday, October 26th
    7pm, Engbretson Hall
    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.

    LGBTQ 101

    Wednesday, October 28th
    3:30pm – 4:15pm, Engbretson Hall
    LGBTQ 101 is a program designed for students to help them become aware of the diverse identities within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning community.


    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.

  • Male Success Initiative 2015

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    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

    REGISTER TODAY at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SCTWCDZ to be a part of this movement.  !!!  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, Sept. 26, 2015

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    Redefining Manhood: Finding your story

     

     SATURDAY, September 26th, 9am-5pm, Engbretson Hall  (free but, registration required)

     

    http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MensLeadershipSummit

  • NON TRADITIONAL STUDENT WEEK

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    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, Nov. 15, 2015

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    Saturday, November 14th, 9am-5pm, Engbretson Hall

     

    More information to come 

  • Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration, Nov. 23 2015

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    Monday, November 23rd, 7pm, Sherman Hall

     

     More information to come  

  • MLK Commemoration Program, Jan. 25, 2016

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    2016 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Program

    Monday, January 25, 2016

    10am

    Center for Performing Arts

    featuring GSU Acapella, Rich East Band and other perfromances

    Mr. Will Hightower, Keynote Speaker

    William Hightower is the President of Hightower Financial Solutions (HFS), a financial consulting firm dedicated to helping people accomplish their goals in their personal finances. Prior to serving as President of H.F.S. William was a financial advisor for 8 years working with major investment firms and financial institutions. Starting his career in banking with JP Morgan Chase, William is an expert when it comes to banking, lending, mortgages, loan underwriting and credit repair. He decided to further his career by entering into the investment industry working for Fidelity Investments. He later furthered his career by becoming a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney where he dealt with high net worth clients in wealth management, preservation of assets and tax shelters.

    After working many years in corporate America, William decided to pursue his original passion and educate individuals about financial literacy and wellness. By sharing his years of experience with finance and investments, he realized he could help people become financially free through his own consulting firm. With H.F.S William has worked with high school students on financially literacy and money management. Adults who were in need of financial stability, position themselves to manage their finances more efficiently and effectively. Families who wanted to rebuild a financial foundation and position themselves for success. William holds a Bachelor of Art degree from Michigan State University and is a fully licensed financial representative with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority 

     

     

  • Inclusive Leadership Conference - Fall 2016

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    An increased self-awareness encourages students to be free of misconceptions and prejudices as student leaders. The Inclusive Leadership Conference is designed to create an understanding and appreciation for diverse identities amongst students through social justice education. The Inclusive Leadership Conference further helps students understand the intersection of leadership, diversity and social justice. 

     

     

  • Black Women Rock, Feb. 27 2016

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    Saturday, February 27th, 6pm, Center for Performing Arts

    "Black Women Rock" (BWR) celebrates the outstanding achievements of Black female students, faculty, & staff.  

     

     

  • 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, 2015-2016

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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 23rd, 12:30 pm, Hall of Honors

    Wednesday, October 28th, 12:30 pm, Hall of Honors

    Wednesday, November 18th, 12:30 pm, Hall of Honors

    Wednesday, January 27th, 12:30 pm, Hall of Honors

    Wednesday, February 24th, 12:30 pm, Hall of Honors

    Wednesday, March 23rd, 12:30 pm, Hall of Honors  

    Would you like to Speak? mailto:Rclay@govst.edu

  • Unlearn, Relearn, Learn: Cultural Conversations 2015-2016

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    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.  

    This event takes place quarterly during the academic year unless noted otherwise.

     

    Tuesday, October 6th, 7:30pm, Engbretson Hall

    Tuesday, November 3rd, 7:30pm, Engbretson Hall

    Friday, January 29th, 10:00am, Sherman Recital Hall (Special Edition focused on JUSTICE Talks)

    Tuesday, April 2nd, 7:30pm, Engbretson Hall 

     

     

  • 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 2015

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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 2015

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    EXHIBITS & DISPLAYS 

    WOMEN'S 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 http://www.govst.edu/library and select the Library Catalog located under Library Resources. Type in Women's 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 9th 

    FILM DISCUSSION: WOMEN'S LIFE AFTER PRISON 

    5 pm, Center for Performing Arts
    Join us as we view a documentary on life after prison for women and their challenges and successes of re-acclimation to civilian life.

    March 11th
    INTERNATIONAL FASHION SHOW
    2:50 pm, Hall of Governors

    Come celebrate women of all cultures and diverse backgrounds. There will be a panel discussion with international women and their American experience as well as a fashion show showcasing cultural outfits.

    March 24th

    THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN CIVIL RIGHTS

    6 pm, Sherman Hall

    This presentation will focus on the leadership role that women of all colors and cultures took during the Civil Rights Movement. This will be demonstrated through a power point presentation. The presentation will include; videos of interview excerpts and photos. Additionally, guest performers will reenact a scene from this Era and present spoke word and music.

    March 25th

    INTERNATIONAL COFFEE TALK & FUNDRAISER 

    10 am- 4 pm, Hall of Governors

    Come learn how women have played a major role in the farming of coffee globally. There will be conversations about their experiences throughout the day as well as opportunities to purchase coffee from around the world.

    WOMEN'S HISTORY JEOPARDY

    3:30 pm, Cafeteria Annex

    Are you a guru of women's history? Do you know of the many contributions of women? If your answer is yes or even no, join us as we learn more about women through trivia. 

    March 26th

    OPEN MIC

    6 pm, Cafeteria Annex

    Come join us as we celebrate women through spoken word, song, and other performing arts.

    March 30th

    INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN

    2:30 pm, TBD

    This interactive presentation will model a constructivist instructional delivery process that honors women in primary sources from the Library of Congress.

    March 31st

    SHE SPEAKS

    12:30 pm, Cafeteria Annex

    Inspired by TED TALKS, come here messages of hope and success delivered by GSU wome to empower, encourage and enlighten all that attend as they share stories of being a woman in various arenas. 


    Cosponsored by Student Life, Intercultural Student Affairs, Black Student Union, Education Department, Library, International Culture Club, University Program Council, Criminal Justice Department, Communications Department.


     

     

  • Latino Heritage Month, Sept. 15 - Oct. 15, 2015

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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.” 
      

    EXHIBITS & DISPLAYS

    September 15th – October 15th

    LATINO HISTORY LITERARY WORKS & RESOURCES

    GSU Library

    Are you seeking historical information regarding Latino history makers?  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 Heritage 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

     

    September 21st – September 25th

    LATIN AMERICAN COUNTRIES EXHIBIT

    Hall of Governors

     

    PROGRAMS & EVENTS

    Tuesday, September 15th

    LET’S TALK ABOUT RACE

    11am & 6pm, D3400

    How does race shape your identity?

     

    Wednesday, September 16th

    INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION

    7pm, Cafeteria Annex

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

     

    Wednesday, September 23rd

    AN EVENING WITH DR. JESUS “CHUY” NEGRETE

    4:30pm, Engbretson Hall

    Dr. Negrete, founder of the Mexican Cultural Institute, has performed and lectured at various universities across the nation and is considered one of the nation’s foremost musicologists and interpreters of Mexican and Chicano music Through song and storytelling, Dr. Negrete, a Smithsonian and Bannerman Fellow, presents a multi-media “History of Mexican Labor in Illinois” from 4:30-5:30.  After that, he will conduct a workshop on the Mexican “corrido,” a type of popular ballad that tells stories about love, revolution, politics, and everyday life. This is co-sponsored by the Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library and GSU Latina/o Studies, with the support of a National Endowment of the Humanities-American Library Association grant.

     

    Thursday, September 24th

    OPEN MIC

    6pm, Cafeteria Annex

    Come join us as we celebrate Latino Heritage Month through spoken word, song and other performing arts

     

    Tuesday, September 29th

    ALAS SERVICE DAY

    2pm, Cafeteria Annex

    Join ALAS as they partner with the Family Development Center to teach children how to make piñatas and learn about Latino culture.

     

    SEXUAL ASSAULT IN THE LATINO COMMUNITY

    6pm, Engbretson Hall

    YWCA Advocate Sonia Ayala discusses her experience on the border and working with Latino victims of sexual violence in DuPage County. Undocumented immigrants face many unknowns and challenges when immigrating to the United States. Despite the possibility of sexual assault and/or death before they reach the U.S., many continue to come. Many are willing to take the risk in hope for a better life. Hope is what keeps them coming and hope is what helps them make the journey. It is estimated that 12 million people have entered the U.S. from Mexico over the last four decades.

     

    Tuesday, October 6th

    UNLEARN, RELEARN, LEARN

    6pm, Engbretson Hall

    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, October 8th

    MOVIE & DISCUSSION: “FOREIGNERS IN THEIR OWN LAND”

    7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m., F 1622

    Dr. Andrae Marak will lead a viewing, discussion, and workshop on “Foreigners in their Own Land,” the first episode of the Latino Americans PBS documentary.  It will focus on the ways in which language, ethnicity, and race served as tools to undermine the claims to United States citizenship that Californio, Tejano, and Nuevo Mejicano residents made after the U.S.-Mexican War.  This is co-sponsored by the Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library and GSU Latina/o Studies, with the support of a National Endowment of the Humanities-American Library Association grant.

     

    Monday, October 12th

    BLAXICANS

    6pm, Engbretson Hall

    The history of race in the United States is often told in terms of black and white, a binary that leaves many out of the equation. Blaxicans provides insight on what it means to be dual minoritized representing two of the largest ethnic groups and the ways we think about the intersectionality of race, ethnicity and identity in the Latino community, history and countries.

     
    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.

     

  • Black History Month, February 2016

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    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

    Show what you know and learn what you don't - all while having fun competing!

     

    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

    Spades and bid whist were a favorite game among Pullman porters on the railroad cars. Come out to learn and/or play these awesome card games. 

     

    Friday, February 5th
    Black Cinema 
    7 pm, Prairie Place 

    Enjoy an evening of films produced and/or starring African Americans and learn more about Black culture.

     

    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

     

    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

    Noon - 5 p.m., 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.

     

    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.

     

    Tuesday, February 23

    Slavery in Mexico

    In 1829, President Vincente Guerrero became not only Mexico's first Black President but the first president of color in North America. During his administration, he abolished slavery throughout his nation. This presentation addresses his importance while to a forgotten American slave narrative and endorsing the thesis that American Slavery was a leading cause of the Mexican-American War. 

     

    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.

     

  • Women's History Month, March 2015

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    Celebrating: Women of Character, Courage and Commitment.

    Governors State University proudly celebrates Women’s History Month with a series of events throughout March. Prior to the 1970’s, the topic of women’s history was largely missing from general public consciousness. To address this situation, the Commission on the Status of Women initiated a “Women’s History Week” originally celebration in 1978 and chose the week of March 8 to coincide with International Women’s Day. The celebration was met with positive response, and in 1987, the National Women’s History Project successfully petitioned Congress to expand the celebration to the entire month of March.

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    Women and STEM Tribute
    March 1 – 31
    Display Case: 1st floor, B-Building
    When you are walking down the hall of the B-wing; stop and take a look at the display of exceptional women involved with STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. For more information, email vnewby@govst.edu.

    Multicultural Fashion Show & Contest
    March 4
    4:00p.m. – 5:30p.m., Hall of Governors
    Students will model an outfit to represent the country of their choice or a particular culture. Viewers will vote on the most creative outfit. There will also be a Henna Fundraiser. Come out and support!
    For more information, email gzapolskaya@student.govst.edu.

    Be Prepared! Rape Aggression and Defense (R.A.D.) Class
    March 8
    9:00a.m.-5:00p.m., Recreation and Fitness Center
    R.A.D. is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. This course is a comprehensive course for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. (Workshop open only to women.) For more information, email vgriffin@govst.edu.

    Panel Discussion with Movie Screening: “Not My Life”
    March 11
    6:00p.m. – 8:30p.m., Center for Performing Arts
    A viewing the movie “Not My Life” followed by a panel discussion on the effects of human trafficking on women and children. For more information, email gzapolska@student.govst.edu.
    Labor Unions in the 21st Century: What is your [S]Take?
    Dr. Dan Gilbert, who is an Assistant Professor at the School of Labor and Employment Relations, University of Illinois, Urbana – Champaign. Will give a brief overview of the history of unions, perhaps with an emphasis on the role Chicago played, and talk about contemporary labor issues that might be more interesting to the students.  For more information, email eruiz@govst.edu.

    Film and Discussion: "Want I Want My Words to do to You"
    March 13
    12:30-3:30 p.m., Sherman Music Recital Hall
    This film looks at what brings women to prison throught their own voices as they write a play about their lives.
    For more information, email cjacobson@govst.edu.

    Hot Flashes
    March 19
    6:30p.m., Center for Performing Arts
    Cost: Free - GSU Students with ID, $10 - General Admission
    A play about the strength of women-young and old-as they overcome obstacles, face their issues and become "Phenomenal" in their own right. For event information, email vnewby@govst.edu.

    "The Miracle Worker" Presented by Montana Repertory Theater
    March 21
    8 p.m., Center for  Performing Arts
    Cost:$25 / $35 / $45
    Montana Repertory Theater returns with "The Miracle Worker," telling the story of Helen Keller, deaf and blind since infancy, who finds her way into the world of knowledge and understanding with the help of Anne Sullivan, her gifted tutor. In some of the most turbulent and emotion-packed scenes ever presented on the stage, Helen overcomes rage and confusion to triumph over her physical disabilities.  For more information, email pguy@govst.edu.

    PechaKucha Night
    March 26
    6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., E-Lounge
    It’s a presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. Present your ideas, interests, hobbies …. At this event!  For more information email diversity@govst.edu.

    Our Bodies, Our Labor, Ourselves: Reproductive Technologies and Women’s Rights
    March 27
    4:30p.m. - 6p.m., E1540
    A class discussing modern reproductive technologies such as surrogacy, in vitro fertilization, and prenatal testing as powerful resources. For more information, email balmassi@govst.edu.

    Open Mic Night featuring Women’s Poetry
    March 27
    5:00p.m. - 6:00p.m., Café Annex
    Inviting all women to participate in a poetry reading of your choice; selections must go along with the subject of women’s rights and/or women’s equality. To sign up and or more information, email gzapolska@student.govst.edu or ddent@govst.edu.

    Women’s History Month Closing Event: Mama’s Place

    March 28
    7:00 p.m., Sherman Recital Hall
    Join us for a “Student Performance Spotlight” featuring Allen-Patricia Britten, this year’s GSU Idol winner, who performs excerpts of her original production of “Mama’s Place.” This is a story of one mother’s daily challenges as she struggles to raise five scrappy children with limited resources and negative outside influences. Her story will move you from laughter to tears particularly when a social worker shows up at her door; she risks losing it all as she fights to uphold her Christian values against a system in opposition to her beliefs. For more information, email ssanderson@govst.edu

  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month: SAAM 2015

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    The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. 

     April 26, National Student Leadership Diversity Convention (NSLDC)- Chicago

    The National Student Leadership Conference addresses the most critical topics of diversity and social justice challenging our campuses today.  The Diversity Conference is affordable opportunity for students leaders to learn more about diversity and inclusion.  What are the workshop topics?

    Diversity and Inclusion: What Every Leader & Advisor Needs to Know

    Examining Sexual Orientation on your Campus & Becoming an Ally

    Recognizing and Understanding the Foundation Privilege

    No More Drama: Effective Conflict Resolution skills for Diverse Leaders on Campus

    Foradditionalinformationvisit: www.NSLDC.org

     

     April 28, Clothes Line Project - Hall of Governors 11am                

     

    Plans are under way.... Please submit ideas to Diversity@govst.edu 

  • Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

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    A tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America's history.

     

    Plans are under way.... Please submit ideas to Diversity@govst.edu

  • 2014 UNIVERSAL HUMAN RIGHTS HISTORY MONTH

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     Universal Human Rights - December 2014

    In December we raise awareness to the struggle for human rights. The Presidential Proclamation for Human Rights Day reminds us that more than 60 years ago, the United Nations General Assembly approved the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, declaring the "inherent dignity" and "equal and inalienable rights" of all human beings as the "foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.

    Plans are under way.... Please submit ideas to Diversity@govst.edu