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



    For updates and details, visit or email



    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




    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
    Wednesday, February 1 - Tuesday, February 28
    B Wing Visual Display

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

     African American Mixer
    Friday, February 3, 5 – 8 p.m.


    Black Student Union in partnership with the GSU Alumni Association will host an African American Mixer as an opportunity for students, staff, faculty and alumni to meet, eat and network. In honor of Black History Month, BSU thought it best to host this event as a celebration of culture! Please RSVP by January 27th.

    DRUMLine Live!
    Saturday, February 4, 7:30 p.m.
    Center for Performing Arts (GSU Students: $20* w/valid myONECARD)

    The Legendary Historically Black College and University (HBCU) band experience comes alive with this world-class cast of percussionists, musicians, and dancers. Be prepared to laugh, sing, dance, and cry because DRUMLine Live! is a high-octane musical roller coaster ride that will hit every emotion in your body.

    How Do I Belong? Dialogue & Dine
    Monday, February 6, 12 - 1 p.m.
    Hall of Honors

    Do you feel as if you belong? Join us for an hour of engaging conversation with Dr. Dawn Brown that is designed to enhance the importance of belonging as it relates to acceptance, respect, inclusion, and support. Following the discussion, students will be encouraged to develop strategies to cultivate their individual sense of belonging, thereby contributing to academic success. RSVP HERE.

    GSU student participants will be entered into a drawing for a pair of Apple AirPods 2nd Gen. at the conclusion of the session. Winner must be present. Questions? Email the Center for Student Engagement and Intercultural Programs. Complimentary lunch provided.

    The Journey to Becoming a Lawyer: Perspectives from Black Legal Professionals
    Thursday, February 9, 6 p.m.
    Engbretson and Livestream

    Network and gain valuable insight from experienced legal professionals about pursuing a legal career. This streaming panel will address the vast opportunities, strategies, and career paths of legal professionals.

    Featuring Guest Speaker:

    Kimberly M. Foxx
    State’s Attorney


     Panel Speakers:

    Ivory Djahouri
    Extern at IL. Supreme Court

    Keenan Saulter
    Principal of Saulter Law P.C. 

    Lori Roper
    Cook County Public Defender’s Office 

    Lynn J. Watkins
    Partner at ArentFox Schiff LLP

    Moderated by:

    Justice Carl A. Walker

      1st District IL. Court of Appeals

    RSVP required. 

    Pass the Mic: Black Love Edition
    Thursday, February 16, 6 p.m.
    Engbretson Hall

    Pass the Mic: Black Love Edition is an Open Mic Night that gives GSU students an opportunity to showcase their gifts and intellect through spoken word and diverse modes of expression. Participants should focus on the general theme of Black Love. We also welcome those who just want to perform to sign up and share their talents.

    Performances must be respectful and under 4 minutes long. Only current GSU students are eligible to perform. Pieces should focus on this year's theme: Black Love and what it means to you. Email Student Activities Council to sign up by 2/13/23.  

    BSU presents FNF: Friend, Not Foe
    Friday, February 17, 5 p.m.
    Sherman Hall

    How well do you know a person? Join BSU as we host a game show for couples, BFFs, family members, roommates, etc. to see how well you know one another! The winning pair will receive a special gift from Black Student Union. All are welcome. Please RSVP on Jaguar Connection by February 14th. Roses, cards and candy will be available for purchase (CASH ONLY). Questions? Email us!

    Food for Your Soul
    Wednesday, February 22, 1 p.m.
    Hall of Governors

    Enjoy an afternoon of fellowship while learning about African American trailblazers and a complimentary sampling of soul food cuisine. Questions? Email Student Activities Council.

    Alpha Kappa Alpha presents: Pretty in PJ’s
    Friday, February 24, 7:08 p.m.
    Engbretson Hall

    The Women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Lambda Tau Omega Chapter will host a social/crafting class for undergraduate women. During this social, students will have the opportunity to connect with active members of the chapter to discuss campus initiatives, participate in ice breakers and engage in social activities. 

    Light refreshments will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to wear PJs and bring their favorite pillow and blanket. 

    Questions about GSU Greek Life? Email Us!

    Blossom: Black History Month Dance Tribute
    Saturday, February 25, 7:30 p.m.
    Sherman Hall

    The GSUDance Company will present SHA productions- a live dance performance titled ‘Blossom’ to the GSU community. Creator Tashona Butts, guest choreographer and current GSU Dance Company member, has combined dance and poetry in  ‘Blossom’. It is a story that follows the journey of a young woman’s life of joy and sorrow. The performance will explore the blissfulness of childhood and the tumultuous waters of teenage life, eventually leading her to isolate herself from the world. However, a fire is stirred inside her, and she can no longer stay silent in her purpose. The young woman finally finds strength in her pain and blossoms into the most beautiful woman she has ever known herself to be. 

    This event is open to the public and is free to all. We would appreciate any and all attendance as we take a journey with 12 dancers ranging in age from 5-40 years old. We, as the dance company, are very excited to help expose Tashonna's vision to the world. We can't wait to see you all there!

    African American Read-In
    Monday, February 27, 6 p.m.
    Hall of Honors

    Join over 1 million readers from all backgrounds in celebration of literacy and Black History Month.

  • 2023 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


    Thursday, March 2, Hall of Governors, 11:30 a.m.

    Admiration Station

    Stop by the Kaleidoscope table to write a note of admiration or thank you card to women who have inspired you or impacted your life.


    Wednesday, March 8, GSU Social Media

    International Women’s Day: Embracing Equity Social Media Campaign

    IWD is a global day that celebrates the achievements of women. Show your solidarity across social media by striking an embracing pose and posting to social media using the hashtags #GovState #IWD2023 #EmbraceEquity


    Wednesday, March 8, E-Lounge, 1-3 p.m.

    International Women’s Day Paint & Sip

    Join OIS as we pay homage to the most influential female artists in history. Enjoy light refreshments and recreate the works of Frida Kahlo, Yayoi Kusama, and Georgia O’Keefe;

    1st ten  people to register receive free GSU swag! To rsvp, please Email us.


    Wednesday, March 8, Hall of Honors, 4 p.m.

    Girl Talk

    Girl Talk is a safe space for real talk without shame, blame or game. Open to women-identified, gender diverse and GSU students. Light refreshments served.


    Friday, March 10; Saturday, March 11, Center for Performing Arts, 7:30p.m.                              

    Rise Up: Truth to Power
    With original choreography by GSU faculty, students, and alumni, Rise Up! features diverse and provocative performances that defy classification. Directed by Megan Lindsay.
    $15 tickets available at the CPA Box Office or


    Monday, March 20, Hall of Honors, Noon – 2 p.m.

    Women’s History Month Tea Luncheon
    Join the DEI Council for noon tea in celebration of Women’s History Month. We will enjoy a wonderful meal and delightful conversation on Embracing Equity with Dr. Joi Patterson and invited guests.


    Tuesday, March 21, Hall of Honors, Noon – 1:30 p.m.

    Women’s History Month Keynote – Making Way for Women in Transport and Logistics
    The absence of women in positions in transport and logistics means they are largely excluded from this vital sector of economic, social, and environmental development. Join Dr. Alexandrea Horton (GSU alumna) to hear her experiences in education and transition into the world of logistics. Click here to register.

     Dr. Alexandrea Horton headshot

    Wednesday, March 29, Engbretson Hall, 6 p.m.

    Ladies Night Out Trivia

    In acknowledgement of Women’s History Month, join Student Activities Council for a night of themed trivia. Test your knowledge of women in sports, pop culture, music, TV, history and more! RSVP required.

    PRIZES:  1st- Apple AirPods              2nd- $50 GSU Bookstore Voucher             3rd- $25 Visa Gift Card

    SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.  For questions, please email