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.

 

  • 2021 Latinx Heritage Month

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     LATINX HERITAGE MONTH 2021 

     
     
     
    SEPTEMBER 15 - OCTOBER 15
    For updates and details, visit https://www.govst.edu/Diversity/ or email diversity@govst.edu.
     

     

    Celebre la Cultura!

    Wednesday, September 15

    Visit and contribute to the Latinx Heritage Month display in the 'B' wing to learn about the contributions, cuisine, and notable figures within the Latin culture.

     


      

    Latinx Cultural Game Night

    Thursday, September 23, 2021 @5pm

     

    Come join in the fun as we play cultural games like Loteria!  There will also be an opportunity for students to chat, engage and learn more about each another through fun ice-breaker activities. Refreshments will be provided!

     



      

    Student Senate Talking Circle

    Thursday, September 30 @ 1:30-2:30pm

     



     

    A Conversation with Adrian Calderon

    Thursday, September 30, 2021 @ 4-5pm

    Engbretson Hall

     

    Adrian Calderon, the Community Outreach Manager at the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) will speak to students and reinforce the importance of completing a college education and the value of being active in student organizations while in college.  Adrian will also promote the upcoming USHLI Conference and explain how to apply for the scholarship opportunities that are currently available through the organization.

     


      

     

       Bordado Crafting Night 

    Thursday, October 7, 2021 @ 5-7pm 

      

    Come enjoy a short presentation on the history and significance of bordado (embroidery).  The presentation will be followed by a guided lesson on embroidering canvas pouches. 

     



    Opera Up Close: Viva La Zarzuela!
    Featuring Ensemble Español

      Early October 

    Time: 4 p.m.
    Tickets: $50

    GSU students can purchase up to 4 tickets at $20 each

      

    Your favorite host John Concepción takes you on a musical tour: from the Iberian Peninsula to Latin America with a tribute to Zarzuela and Spanish art songs from around the world. A traditional Spanish genre, Zarzuela is written in an operatic style that incorporates arias, ensembles and dance. A pair of dancers from Ensemble Español will be featured! Enjoy a musical and culinary sampling, seated on stage with the performers!

     


     

    Spanish and Global Studies Speaker Series Presents Silvia Foster-Frau

    Date: Late September

    Time: TBA

    Free

      

    Ms. Foster-Frau is a journalist at the Washington Post covering Multiculturalism and previously covered immigration for the San Antonio Express-News. She will talk about the overall state of immigration in the U.S. from a media perspective, her experience covering immigration in Texas, her current work and her career path. Q&A and discussion to follow.

     

    The Spanish and Global Studies Speaker Series aims to increase global and Spanish-language opportunities and resources that connect the GSU community with the global public square and provides a public forum where students can explore important topics in civil society. It is supported by the Department of Education Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language grant and is part of the “Making Spanish and Global Studies Accessible to All” project.

     


     

    Spanish and Global Studies Speaker Series Presents Kyoung Park

    TBD

    Free

     

    Mr. Kyoung Park is a Korean-Chilean playwright and directs his own theatre company - Kyoung Park's Pacific Beat - in New York City. His theatre revolves around the central question: "How can the performing arts help us create a culture of peace?"

     

    The Spanish and Global Studies Speaker Series aims to increase global and Spanish-language opportunities and resources that connect the GSU community with the global public square and provides a public forum where students can explore important topics in civil society. It is supported by the Department of Education Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language grant and is part of the “Making Spanish and Global Studies Accessible to All” project.

     

     

  • 2021 LGBTQ+ History Month

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    LGBTQ+ HISTORY MONTH 2021


     
    OCTOBER 1ST - OCTOBER 31ST
    For updates and details, visit https://www.govst.edu/Diversity/ or email diversity@govst.edu.

    Notable LQBTQ+ Figures Virtual Exhibit

    October 2021, All Month


    Visit our virtual exhibit for a display of notable figures and their contributions to the cause and the advancement of the LGBTQ community.  Visit https://prezi.com/view/Dag3d2VwjuvXsc1AHezK/ to view the presentation.

     

     


     

    History of Ball Culture

    October 6th @ 7:30pm

    Engbretson Hall


    Come learn from local and national ball culture icons about the history of Ball Culture that has inspired hit shows such as Pose and Legendary and movies such as Paris is Burning.  Attendees will also learn more information on how to participate in the upcoming Homecoming Jaguar Ball.  This event is open to students, faculty and staff.  For more information email cseip@govst.edu




     

    National Coming Out Day

    October 11, All Day

    Hall of Governors

     

    Join SAC as we celebrate coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) or as an ally.  Stand in solidarity as you hear stories from the LGBTQ community and allies about their experiences and learn how to support those who came out. 

     

     



     

    And the Category is... Voguing 101

    October 13th @ 7:30pm

    Engbretson Hall


    Voguing is a critical element of ball culture performances.  This is your opportunity to learn how to vogue from local and national ball culture icons.  Attendees will also learn more information on how to participate in the upcoming Homecoming Jaguar Ball.  This event is open to students, faculty and staff.  For more information email cseip@govst.edu.

     

     


     

     

    Jaguar Ball

    October 20th @ 7:30pm

    Sherman Hall


    Are you a fan of the ball culture as featured in TV shows Pose and Legendary and movies such as Paris is Burning?  Well we are bringing it to Governors State University.  Join us for an evening of the history of ball culture, it’s influences in modern society and even see your own Jaguars participate in various categories to be crowned supreme at the inaugural Jaguar Ball.  Please email cseip@govst.edu for more information to participate as well.


     


     

    When Sexuality Meets Faith

    October 27th @ 7:30pm

    CSEIP's Facebook Page


    Join us for a robust conversation with members of various faith communities about the intersection of sexuality and faith.



     

     

    Safe Zone Training (Faculty and Staff)

    October 28th @ 1pm

    Zoom

     

    Safe Zone is a training program designed 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.  This training is for faculty and staff.  Please RSVP at safezone@govst.edu by October 22, 2021. 


  • 2022 Black History Month

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    BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2022


     
    FEBRUARY 1ST - FEBRUARY 28TH
    For updates and details, visit https://www.govst.edu/Diversity/ or email diversity@govst.edu.

    PROGRAMMING DETAILS WILL BE POSTED SOON
     

  • 2022 Women's History Month

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    WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH 2022


     
    MARCH 1ST - MARCH 31ST
    For updates and details, visit https://www.govst.edu/Diversity/ or email diversity@govst.edu.

    PROGRAMMING DETAILS WILL BE POSTED SOON