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.


  • 2022 Latinx Heritage Month



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    September 15-October 15

    Art, Cultural, and Geographical Exhibition Display


    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.


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





    Friday Sept−16

    Latinx Explosion!

    12-1:30pm  |  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−17

    Chicago Fire Soccer Match

    7pm  |  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 can be picked up from CSEIP (A2100) beginning September 12th.






    Thursday Sept−22


    Everything I Wish I Would Have Known as a
    Latino/a/x student | B2215




    Do you have questions about being a LatinX student? Join in on the conversation to discuss the importance of building relationships; self-advocacy, and receive useful resources to help navigate the road to college completion. This session features Iris Sanchez, founding Director of Hispanic Serving Institution Initiatives at Purdue University Northwest.

    Light refreshments served.





    Saturday Oct−1

    National Museum of Mexican Art

    9am  |  Pilsen, IL


    Join us for a trip to the Mexican Art Museum –

    Admission to the museum, lunch and transportation will be provided at no cost to students. RSVP on Jaguar Connection by September 23rd


    For more information, please contact Dr. Novia Pagone at





    Thursday Oct−6

    Paint la Cultura

    1:30-3pm  |  Hall of Governors Patio



    Celebrate Latinx culture and history through art! Paint and personalize your canvas while enjoying light refreshments.  Registration required on Jaguar Connection. Limited spaces available.








    Tuesday Oct−11

    Music & Motivation with Gustavo Moradel

    1-2pm  |  Engbretson Hall



    Meet Gustavo Moradel, a DREAMer and musician who will share his story about his passion for human rights, immigration reform, and civil and political rights. Following the presentation, Gusatavo will offer a musical performance. Light refreshments served.

    Open to the GSU community.






    Friday Oct−14

    Salsa y Salsa

    12pm-1:30pm  |  Sherman Hall


    Join Student Activities Council as we wrap up the celebration of Latinx culture and history with Salsa dance lessons! Enjoy chips, salsa, and treats. All are welcome. 

  • 2022 LGBTQ+ History Month


    LGBTQ+ History Month
    October 1 - October 31



    Wednesday, October 5 @ 1-2:30pm 

    Virtual Panel Discussion on LGBTQ+ Intimate Partner Violence 



    Domestic violence is not only an issue in heterosexual relationships, it is an issue that can impact everyone, individuals of all sexual orientations and genders.  In fact, within the LGBTQ+ community, intimate partner violence occurs at a rate equal to or even higher than that of the heterosexual community. In addition, LGBTQ+ individuals may experience other forms of domestic violence and additional barriers to seeking help due to fear of discrimination or bias. Please join us for this important interactive virtual panel discussion to learn how to get help and support survivors. 

    All are welcome to attend this free virtual event.




    Wednesday, October 5 @ 3-4:30pm 

    LGBTQ+ Meet and Greet 

    Engbretson Hall

    Join us 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. 





    Tuesday, October 11 @ 1pm 

      National Coming Out Day – 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 12 @ 2-3pm 

    A Brief History of Queer Literature 

    Engbretson Hall

    Enjoy a lecture that proposes to introduce audiences to the breadth of LGBTQ+ literature, its myriad themes and tropes, its value in shaping queer identity and solidifying queer history, and Queer Americans' ongoing contributions to American society.  





    Monday, October 24 @ 3-4pm 

    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 17, 2022.





    Wednesday, October 26 @ 7-9pm  

    Jaguar Ball 

    Sherman Hall 

    Join us for an evening of the history of ball culture, its influences in modern society and even see your own Jaguars participate in various categories to be crowned supreme at the Jaguar Ball talent show. Categories include Vocalist, Catwalk, Best Costume, and more! 


  • 2023 Black History Month



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  • 2023 Women's History Month



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