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.

Women's History Month 

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. For complete and updated information please scroll down for complete schedule of events; for a printable calendar, click here! 

Please note: Mama's Place has been rescheduled to April 8, 6 p.m., in the Center for Performing Arts.

 

Celebrating Diversity & Social Justice Through Themed Months and Events

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.

  • PechaKucha Nights

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    What is PechaKucha?


    PechaKucha, the Japanese term for the sound of conversation (“chit chat”,) began in Tokyo, back in 2003. Conceived by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham, their original goal was to create a space where designers could share their ideas/passions with others. Governors State’s PechaKucha 20x20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. Because of this constraint every single PechaKucha presentation, regardless of speaker or topic, is exactly 6 minutes and 40 seconds in length.PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, holiday snaps -- just about anything.

     

     PechaKucha Nights, E-Lounge 6 pm

    •  January 29
    •  February 26
    •  March 26
    •  April 30

  • Black History Month

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    Governors State University celebrates Black History Month with a series of events throughout February in association with student organizations and academic programs. Events will include on-campus film screenings, performances, and speakers. February has been annually recognized as a time to celebrate Black History, since 1926 as a weeklong celebration, and since 1976 as a month-long celebration; commemorating the historical and cultural experiences and contributions of African Americans.

    Click here for printable calendar >>>

    The Mane Event
    February 5
    11:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Hall of Governors
    South Chicagoland Hair Expo – Vendors, Stylists, Barbers, Bloggers and so much more!
    For more information, email ddent@govst.edu
     
    An Evening with African American Researchers
    February 5
    4:30 p.m., Sherman Music Recital Hall
    For more information, email vcoffey@govst.edu

    Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad
    February 6
    9:45 a.m. & 12:00 p.m., Center for Performing Arts, Cost: $7
    This production, a musical drama, paints a historically accurate picture of the life of Harriet Tubman and the risks that she took leading slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad network.
    For more information, email pguy@govst.edu.

    National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
    February 6
    11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Hall of Honors
    Lunch and Learn! Join a conversation about AIDS/HIV. Moderated by: Milton Armston, Jr.
    For more information, email ddent@govst.edu
     
    Hair Crownicles and Sugar Funk: Defining Images of SELF
    February 7
    7:30 p.m., Center for Performing Arts, Cost: $10 Students; $20 Faculty
    Two women, Medina Perine and Penelope Walker use rap, house music, dance, dramatic theatre and humor to deliver a message of self-empowerment for all women.
    For more information, email pguy@govst.edu
     
    Choices and Consequences 
    February 13
    7:00 p.m., Center for Performing Arts, Free with ID, Without ID,  cost: $10
    A play exploring the personal and professional trials, choices and consequences associated with being an African American man in today's society.
    For more information, email vnewby@govst.edu.  
     
    Did You Know?
    February 19
    1:00 p.m., Hall of Governors
    Come test your knowledge about black history in a game of, “Did You Know?” For more information, email vnewby@govst.edu.
     
    25th National African American Read-In
    February 19
    6-8 p.m., Café Annex
    Join over a million readers from all ethnic backgrounds in celebration of Black History Month. The African American Read-In celebrates literacy as a significant part of Black History Month. For more information, email rmuhammad@govst.edu.

    The Tuskegee Study & its Aftermath: Race, Justice and Medical Ethics
    February 20
    4:30-6 p.m., E-1540
    The Tuskegee Syphilis Study (1930s-1970s) is one of the most infamous and ultimately influential cases of racial injustice in medical research in the United States. In this class, we look into the horrible history of Tuskegee, discuss the many ways in which the study violated core principles of medical ethics, and learn how US medical policies have changed in the years afterwards. No advanced reading is required, only a genuine willingness to think carefully and discuss thoughtfully. For more information, email balmassi@govst.edu.

    Inequality for All
    February 20
    5:00 p.m., Location TBA
    Inequality for All is a new documentary film which explores a number of critical issues; loss if the middle class and the growing divide between rich and poor.
    For more information, email lruetten@govst.edu.

    Buffalo Soldier
    February 21
    9:45 a.m. & 12:00 p.m., Center for Performing Arts, Cost: $7
    Buffalo Soldier is true story of our nation’s longest-surviving Buffalo Soldier and veteran of the Spanish-American War, this dramatic musical play tells the heroic story of the soldiers of the 9th and 10th Cavalries, who bravely served our country with little recognition.
    For more information, email pguy@govst.edu.

    Inaugural Exhibit of the GSU Library Skylight Gallery - Traditional Art of the Ivory Coast
    3:30pm, Friday, February 21
    You are invited to join as the GSU Library and GSU Friends of the Library celebrate Black History Month with the Inaugural Exhibit of the GSU Library Skylight Gallery, Traditional Art of the Ivory Coast. Events will begin with a lecture in the E Lounge by Dr. Arthur P. Bourgeois and Dr. Michel Nguessan.  Immediately following there will be a guided gallery walk-through with commentary at 4 pm followed by a ribbon cutting and reception.  All members of the GSU community including students, faculty, staff and members of the surrounding community are welcome to attend.  The event is free.  
    For further information, please contact Library@govst.edu.
    Traditional Art of the Ivory Coast will run from February 21st through April 25th.

    Gem of the Ocean, by: August Wilson

    February 24
    6:00 p.m., Center for Performing Arts, Cost: $5
    Gem of the Ocean is a play by American playwright August Wilson. It is the first installment of his decade-by-decade, ten-play chronicle.
    For more information, email pguy@govst.edu.

    PechaKucha Night
    February 26
    6:00 p.m., E-Lounge
    Pechakucha Nights, a place where creative people talk about what inspires them in a presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds.
    For more information, email vnewby@govst.edu.
     
    MLK Celebration 
    February 27
    10:00 a.m., Center for Performing Arts
    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration highlights and memorializes the work, accomplishments, and legacy of one of the greatest Civil Rights and African American leaders in modern history.
    For more information, email ssanderson@govst.edu.

    The First Generation College Student Experience
    February 27
    12:00 p.m., Student Commons
    Many of our students are first-generation college students and we what to provide a safe environment for them to talk about: academics, cultural, family, and financial hurdles they are/have faced on the path to obtaining a bachelor’s degree at GSU.
    For more information, email tscott@govst.edu.
     
    African “American”
    February 27
    2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Hall of Governors
    In our country, the term African-American is typically used to describe citizens of the United States of African descent. Residents of North and South America also consider themselves to be Americans, so in reality, an African –American could represent those of African descent within all of the Americas. Come join us as we learn more about African “American” cultures, both within and outside of the united States.
    For more information, email khaan@govst.edu.
     
    I Am Hear - Open Mic 
    February 27
    6:00 p.m., Café Annex
    Express yourself through poetry, spoken word, music, comedy or any way you feel.
    For more information, email ddent@govst.edu.

    Black in Latin America Film
    February 27 
    7:30 p.m., F1622
    Black in Latin America is a four-part series on the influence of African descent on Latin America. It is the 11th and latest production from renowned Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
    For more information, email diversity@govst.edu

    Black Women Rock
    February 28
    7:00 p.m., Center for Performing Arts
    This event celebrates women in a grand style and fashion. Celebrating the contributions of GSU students, faculty, community leaders and rising stars who are making strides at the university and beyond.
    For more information, email vnewby@govst.edu.
     
    If you have any questions regarding Black History Month activities, please contact Vanessa Newby at vnewby@govst.edu or (708) 534-4551(708) 534-4551 for more information.

  • Women's History Month

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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.

    Click here for printable calendar >>>

    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

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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

  • LGBTQ History Month

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    LGBTQ History Month - June 2014

    LGBTQ pride is the positive stance against discrimination and violence toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people to promote their self-affirmation, dignity, equality rights, increase their visibility as a social group, build community, and celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance.

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

  • Hispanic Heritage Month

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    Hispanic Heritage Month - September 2014

    Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

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

  • National Coming Out Day

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    National Coming Out Day - October 11, 2014

    National Coming Out Day (NCOD) is an internationally observed civil awareness day celebrating individuals who publicly identify as a gender or sexual minority. The day is observed annually by members of the LGBT community and allies on October 11.

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

  • Universal Human Rights 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