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.


  • 2023 Latinx Heritage Month




    Governors State University is proud to celebrate Latinx Heritage Month. Latinx Heritage Month recognizes and honors the enduring contributions and importance of Latinx Americans to the U.S. and celebrates the many heritages and cultures of Americans from or with ancestors from Mexico, the Caribbean, Spain, Central, and South America.

      September 15-September 29 


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





    Thursday Sept−21

    Bienvenda/Welcome Event

    12 - 1:00pm  |  Hall of Governors

    Latinx Heritage Month serves as a cultural celebration of Latin heritage. Join us as we begin the celebration with free food, music and trivia. All are welcome! 




    Saturday Sept−23

    Chicago Fire Soccer Match

    7:30pm  |  Soldier Field (Chicago, IL)


    Celebrate Latinx Heritage month by witnessing the Chicago Fire Soccer take on the Charlotte Football Club. Tickets are free of charge for students with limited availability. 1 ticket per student. Transportation is not provided.


    Please register here. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis.






    Wednesday Sept−27


    How to Become a Better Ally to Latino and Undocumented Students | B34011


    12:30 - 1:15pm 


    Do you have questions about how to support Latinx and undocumented students? Join in on the conversation to discuss the importance of building relationships; advocacy, and receive useful resources. This session features inaugural GSU Latinx Resource Center Director, Emmanuel Lopez. Snacks provided.

    Click on topic for virtual link: (pw: dei) 

    Offered as part of the DEI Lunch & Learn series.


    Kahoot Game Day - Latin American Countries

     3 - 5pm  |  Hall of Honors


    Put your Latin American knowledge to the test with this interactive group Kahoot! activity

     RSVP on Jaguar Connection by September 25th.

    Saturday Sept−30

      Chicago White Sox vs. the San Diego Padres

     6:10 pm  | Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, IL

    Click here for Tickets


        Thursday Oct−5

      Loteria and Latin Music

    3 - 5 pm  | Hall of Honors


    Join us for a the traditional game of chance, Loteria (Spanish word meaning "lottery") which is similar to Bingo, but using images on a deck of cards instead of numbered ping pong balls. 





    Tuesday Oct−10

     Community Movie Night: Spider-Man Across the Spider Verse

     7 pm  |  F 1622



     Join the GSU Community in watching the next chapter of the Oscar-winning Spider-Verse. Free popcorn and beverages.  Registration required on Jaguar Connection. Limited spaces available.








     Wednesday Oct−11

     Avanazando through Career Services

    12-1pm  |  Career Services, C3311



    Meet Career Services staff and the Director of the Latinx Resource Center. For inquiries email

    Open to the GSU community.






    Friday Oct−13

     Sugar Skull! A Dia de Muertos Musical Adventure!

     7:30pm  |  Center for Performing Arts

    Tickets: $25 - $54

    GovState students receive up to 4 tickets at $20 each.

    Children 14 & Under: $20

  • 2023 LGBTQ+ History Month


    LGBTQ+ History Month
    October 1 - October 31


     LGBTQ+ History Month Visual Display

      Please join Center for Student Engagement & Intercultural Programs in celebrating the rich culture and history of the LGBTQ+ community by visiting the B wing display.  





    Wednesday, October 5 @ Time: 7 pm 

      Drag Bingo  

    Engbretson Hall 

    Drag Bingo is a wonderfully colorful mash-up of traditional bingo with the dazzling glitz and glamour of a Drag Queen production. In celebration of LGBTQ+ History Month, students are invited to play a few rounds of Bingo with Shaun Wilson, Yana S., Male Spice and DJ Ty Jones.

     RSVP HERE This show will feature the most entertaining Drag hosts or Bingo“ callers”. Prizes awarded and Light snacks provided. 




     Wednesday, October 11 @ Noon - 2pm 

      National Coming Out Day Social – Out & Proud 

    Hall of Governors 

    Commemorate National Coming Out Day with the Student Activities Council! We're celebrating LGBTQ+ identity with ally resources, giveaways, and more!





    Wednesday, October 25 @ 12:30 - 1:15 pm 

     LGBTQ Lunch and Learn 


    Enjoy DEI's Lunch and Learn facilitated by Dr. Jason Zingsheim. Audiences will learn about queer identity and solidifying queer history, and Queer Americans' ongoing contributions to American society.  

    RSVP required 




     Thursday, October 26 @ 1 - 2:30pm 

    Safe Zone Training 


    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 open to faculty and staff.  Please RSVP here by October 24, 2023.







  • 2024 Black History Month




    The Center for Student Engagement and Intercultural Programs welcomes students, faculty, and staff to partake in this year’s recognition of Black History Month. February is a time of celebration, education and awareness of Black/African American culture.

    Black History on Display
    Thursday, February 1 - Thursday, February 29
    B Wing Visual Display

    View an assorted collection of cultural artifacts, activists and traditions that are significant to Black culture.

     Complete event calendar coming soon.


  • 2024 Women's History Month


    MARCH 1 - MARCH 31



    March is Women’s History Month, the national recognition of the impact that women have made throughout history.


    Women’s History Month Display
    All Month
    B Building


    SCHEDULE COMING SOON.  For questions, please email