Fall 2016 Campus Diversity Calendar


September

Wednesday, September 14th

WGSS Open House

11:30am – 1:00pm, WGSS Suite, Agnes Arnold Hall, Room 624

Join WGSS at the Open House—an opportunity for interested students, faculty, staff and community members to meet one another and to learn more about our new courses, program and upcoming public events.

Thursday, September 15th – Saturday, October 15th

Mexican American Studies at University of Houston Exhibit

MD Anderson Library, 2nd floor, Special Collections

Drawing from the unique and rare materials of UH’s Special Collections and Archives this exhibit documents the Mexican American experience at the University of Houston and greater Houston through photographs, documents, and ephemera. Sponsored by: University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Thursday, September 15th

International Arts & Music Festival

4:00 – 9:00pm, Lynn Eusan Park

This event will feature performances from students representing countries far and wide; there will be food from regions all around the world; art representing the beauty of cultures; and most of all people passionately in pursuit of diversity awareness for a better and more fun university. Hosted by the International Student Organization

Tuesday, September 20th

Taco Tuesday: A United Greek Council Fundraiser

11:00am – 2:00pm, SC South Table 1 and 2

Come enjoy tasty tacos while learning about Hispanic Heritage.
Hosted by: LTA, LTP, SLG, SLB, GRL, APL

Thursday, September 22nd

Latina Power: The Next Generation of Activism

11:30am – 1:00pm, MD Anderson Library, Rockwell Pavilion

The Barbara Karkabi Living Archives Series features interviews with women from the Houston area, which are videotaped and collected in the Carey C. Shuart Women’s Archive at the UH library, Special Collections.

  • Free to students and members of the Friends
  • $10 general public
  • RSVP for all events: wgss@uh.edu
  • Lunch provided with RSVP
  • Parking available in Welcome Center garage at Entrance 1, cross street to Library

A Panel Discussion with
Rep. Ana Hernandez, Texas House Representative
Yudith Nieto, Environmental Justice Activist
Frances Valdes, Immigration Attorney, FValdezLaw PC
Monica Villareal, Visual Artist & Activist
Moderator: Christina Sisk, PhD, UH Associate Professor, Dept of Hispanic Studies & WGSS Affiliate Faculty Member

Biographies

Saturday, September 24th

Social and Economic Justice Solutions: A Community Activist Forum Series

9:00am – 1:00pm, Agnes Arnold Auditorium 1

Join us for a panel discussion with law enforemcent and public officials, academics, and community members to explore social justice solutions to the current issues of deadly force and fatal police shootings of African Americans. We invite you to come out and share your voice as we work form a community and strenghts based perspective to deelop action oriented strategies.

Tuesday, September 27th

Gender Diversity & Social Justice

4:00 - 6:00pm, Social Work Building, Room 110J
Speakers: Becca Keo-Meier, MSW & Cold Keo-Meier,PHD

This session will expand gender language, knowledge, and possibilities for current and prospective social work professionals as well as community allies. Join us as we aim to share information for advancing social justice among transgender and gender expansive communities.

Friday, September 30th

"Latinx, the Battle of Inclusivity Within the Latin Community."

1:00pm – 2:00pm, Center for Diversity and Inclusion Student Center South (b12)

Sponsored by Youth Empowerment Alliance


October 2016

Monday, October 3rd

Why WGSS Matters
A conversation with community & academic leaders

11:30am – 1:30pm, Rockwell Pavilion, UH MD Anderson Library

Featuring Deborah Duncan, TV host, Great Day Houston; Samantha Kwan, Associate Professor of Sociology, UH; Annise Parker, former Mayor of Houston; Anne Taylor, Managing Director of Deloitte.

Tuesday, October 4th

Examining Latina/o Literature as a Cultural Expression: The Border Autobiography as Cultural Memory

3:00pm – 5:00pm, MD Anderson Library, 2nd floor, Special Collections, Evans Room

Dr. Donna M. Kabalen Vanek of the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, in Monterrey, Mexico, will discuss the border autobiography, including the works of acclaimed authors such as Rolando Hinojosa, Jovita González, and others.
Sponsored by: Arte Público Press, Hispanic Studies, and University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

The Battle for LGBTQ Non-Discrimination Policy: A Panel Discussion

4:00 - 6:00pm, Social Work Building, Room 110J

A panel discussion about the rise of the battle for LGBTQ non-discrimination policies at the local and state levels, including what to expect at this year's Texas Legislative Session.

Yoga Night in the Resource Center with Campus Recreation

6:00 – 7:00pm, Student Center North LGBTQ/Women & Gender Resource Center Rm. 201

The semester is in full force, and you are going non-stop! Don't forget to practice self care and join the LGBTQ Resource Center for a night of yoga! This yoga session will be lead by Campus Recreation staff and focus on tension and stress release.

Wednesday, October 5th

Examining Latina/o Literature as a Cultural Expression: Self and Collective Identity, Reflections on Immigration and the Border

3:00pm – 5:00pm, MD Anderson Library, 2nd floor, Special Collections, Evans Room

Dr. Donna M. Kabalen Vanek of the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, in Monterrey, Mexico, will discuss the themes of immigration and border identity in the literature of Javier O. Huerta and Viola Canales, among others. Sponsored by: Arte Público Press, Hispanic Studies, and University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Healthy vs. Toxic LGBTQ Relationships

4:00 – 5:00pm, Student Center Space City Room

Is my relationship healthy? How do LGBGTQIA+ relationships differ from others? Where can I find resources if I think I'm in a toxic relationship? If you've ever asked yourself these questions, you're not alone! Join the conversation on Wednesday, October 4th to discuss these topics and more. Sponsored by: Wellness Center, Women & Gender Resource Center and LGBTQ Resource Center.

Thursday, October 6th

2nd Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration

2nd Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration

4:00pm – 7:00pm, Student Center South Multipurpose Room

The Urban Experience program invites you to the 2nd Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration. For more information please follow us on twitter @uh_uep or contact (713) 743-6032.
Sponsored by: Urban Experience Program

Thursday, October 6th

2nd Annual Urban Experience Loteria & Fiesta

4:00pm – 6:00pm, Student Center South Multipurpose Room

The Urban Experience program invites students to join us for the 2nd Annual Loteria & Fiesta. Come and join us to play some loteria (Mexico bingo version) eat food and win prizes. For more information contact Joseph Gallegos at jbgalle2@central.uh.edu or follow us twitter @uh_uep
Sponsored by: Urban Experience Program

Public Reception at 6:00pm, Lecture at 7:00pm

Tania Bruguera

Moores Opera House, Free parking available in UH Lot 16

The UH Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts brings back the Mitchell Artist Lecture, a landmark public program that annually features major figures in the world of artistic collaboration. The Center’s 2016 speaker is artist and political activist Tania Bruguera. Born in Havana, Cuba, Bruguera explores the relationship between art, activism, and social change in works that examine the social effects of political and economic power. In her lecture, Bruguera will discuss the ways in which art can be applied to the everyday political life; focusing on the transformation of social affect into political effectiveness. This lecture is presented in partnership with the Latin Maecenas, patron group of the Latin American art department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Free admission, RSVP required, visit mitchellcenterforarts.org to reserve your tickets.

Monday, October 10th

Dandiya Dhamaka

7:00pm – 11:00pm, Houston Room at the Student Center South

Dandiya Dhamaka hosted by Indian student Association and cohost by Roarin’ Raas celebrates Navarati which is a festival celebrated in India. It is in honor of the goddess Durga. During this festival people dance, dress up, and eat food all night long. It’s an eventful night where UH students and staff are taught how to do Garba and Raas (traditional Gujarati folk dance). There are three different parts to the event. First is the Garba, then aarti (Prayer to Goddess Durga), and finally Raas. There will be food, henna booth, photo booth and a DJ to keep entertained all night. The event is completely free to all UH students and staff. This event is sponsored by Council of Ethnic organizations.

Tuesday, October 11th

African American Studies OPEN HOUSE

I AM AN UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT

7:00pm , Agnes Arnold Room 104

A Discussion on student – LED organizing in the immigrant rights movement.

Monday, October 10th

Know your History and Rights with Professor Rodriguez

6:00pm, SC North Impact Rm. 113

Everything you need to know about Hispanic history and how it’s lead up to DACA.
Partnered with: UH Library and MASSO

Tuesday, October 11th

Film Screening: The New Black

5:30pm, Agnes Arnold Auditorium 1

A documentary that tells the story of how the African-American community is grappling with gay rights in light of the recent marriage equality movement. The film documents and examines homophobia in the black community's institutional pillar — the black church and reveals the Christian right wing's strategy of exploiting this phenomenon in order to pursue an anti-gay political agenda.

Let’s Get SexED with Allison Moon & Reid Mihalko

6:30 – 8:30pm, Student Center South Theater Rm. S103

To help students develop a positive sexual identity (an important part of who we are), sex and relationship experts, Allison Moon and Reid Mihalko, will be on campus for a candid conversation about all kinds of sex!

Everyone is invited to celebrate National Coming Out Day and discover ways to safely explore sexuality. Topics include fantasies, open relationships, threesomes, queer sex, kink, vanillla sex, BDSM, masturbation, and celibacy.

Learn tools to help you figure out what turns you and your partner/s on, and tips for how to ask for what you want. You might be surprised to discover what turns you on is more common than you think. Throw away sexual shame and see your self esteem soar. ALL SEXUAL ORIENTATIONS WELCOME!

Sponsored by: LGBTQ Resource Center, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, and Council of Ethnic Organizations

Thursday, October 13th

NO DISRESPECT! Spaces for Black Women's Voices in America!

NO DISRESPECT! Spaces for Black Women's Voices in America!

5:00pm, Melcher Hall, Room 130

Please join African American Studies for a conversation about how Black Women create spaces for their voices.

Wednesday, October 19th

African American Studies OPEN HOUSE

African American Studies OPEN HOUSE

4:00pm – 6:00pm, Agnes Hall, Room 628

Join us to learn about opportunities such as the African American Studies Minor, Graduate Certificate Program, Learning Aboard in Ghana, Model African Union Conference, and National Council for Black Studies Conference.

Tuesday, October 20th

Coming Out Monologues

6:30 – 8:30pm, Agnes Arnold Auditorium

Join us as we partner with GLOBAL for the second annual production of the Coming Out Monologues. The Coming Out Monologues are performed each fall around the country and gives LGBTQ students the opportunity to share their own coming out stories and experiences. Some stories are sad and some funny, but all empower people to embrace their identities. Whether it is to learn more about the LGBTQ community at UH or to support friends, we hope to host a positive and empowering evening for all.

Monday, October 24th

Masculinity Week: Decoding Gender Kick-Off

11:00am – 1:00pm, Student Center South near food court

  • An interactive Discussion on Masculinity
  • Information on the week’s events
  • Prizes, T-shirts, & More

Sports and Masculinity Discussion

Sports Masculinity

5:00pm – 6:00pm, Honors Commons in the Library

Host: African American Studies
This dynamic discussion on sports and masculinity will explore issues of gender, race, and sexuality within a society that often regards athletes as the manliest of men (and women). We hope you join us in looking at some of today’s star athletes such as J.J. Watt and Serena Williams to examine the influence of sports on our ideas of masculinity.

Asexuality Awareness Tabling

12:00pm – 1:00pm, Student Center Satellite Lobby

An asexual person is a person who does not experience sexual attraction. To learn more about asexuality, stop by our table!

Tuesday, October 25th

Identity Spectrum: Finding the "U" in Queer

3:30pm – 5:00pm, Student Center North, Synergy Room 212

Trying to figure out where you fall on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum? Join this peer-led discussion group about finding the "u" in queer.

RSO Cultural Roundtable

6:00pm – 7:00pm
Student Center South, Center for Diversity and Inclusion Room B12

Roundtable Topics Include: program grants, fundraising tips, marketing assistance, and more! Find out how we can best support you and your student organization!

Wednesday, October 26th

Asexuality Awareness Tabling

11:00am – 12:00pm, Student Center South, Plaza Area

An asexual person is a person who does not experience sexual attraction. To learn more about asexuality, stop by our table!

Asexuality Awareness Tabling

2:00pm, Student Center South, Plaza Area

An asexual person is a person who does not experience sexual attraction. To learn more about asexuality, stop by our table!

LGBTQ & Intersectionality

5:45pm – 6:45pm, Student Center North, LGBTQ Resource Center, Room 201

Our sexuality and gender identity/expression only make up a small portion of who we are as individuals. Everyone’s experiences vary based on their other identities such as race, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, abilities, personality, etc. Join this peer-led discussion group to hear and share more about the importance of intersectionality.

Thursday, October 27th

Mark Anthony Neal

The John P. McGovern Endowed Lectureship in Family, Health, and Human Values
Mark Anthony Neal
Professor of African & African American Studies, Duke University
Negotiating Black Masculinity in America

Reception at 5:30pm and Lecture at 6:30pm
SC Theater, Student Center South

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences has invited Dr. Mark Anthony Neal, a noted professor in African & African American Studies, to give the John P. McGovern Endowed Lecture in Family, Health and Human Values at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, October 27 at the University Center Theater. The 2016 McGovern Lecture is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, co-sponsored by the UH Center for Diversity and Inclusion, and arranged and hosted by the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program.

Languages@UH Open House

Languages@UH Open House

2:00pm – 4:00pm, Agnes Arnold Hall Room 217
https://www.facebook.com/events/1703293556656134/

Did you know that you can study Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, Spanish, or Vietnamese at UH? Learning another language not only enhances your resume, it also helps you to become a global citizen and connect with people and cultures from around the world. Stop by the Languages@UH Open House to learn about courses, majors, and minors, meet faculty, and try international refreshments!

Big Talk is Intersectionality

Big Talk is Intersectionality

12:00pm – 1:00pm
University of Houston Alumni Center – O’Quinn Room

Our goal for the Big Talk series is to create space for conversations about topics that are often swept under the rug. Throughout this school year, we are inviting a diverse cast of guest speakers to address prominent social issues – such as race, religion, sexuality, and gender. The focus of this upcoming Big Talk is ur goal for the Big Talk series is to create space for conversations about topics that are often swept under the rug. Throughout this school year, we are inviting a diverse cast of guest speakers to address prominent social issues – such as race, religion, sexuality, and gender. The focus of this upcoming Big Talk is Intersectionality, defined as “the study of overlapping or intersecting social identities and related systems of oppression, dominations, or discrimination.”

Event Page: rebrand.ly/bigtalks

Participants:

  • Melanie E. Pang, Mayor Turner’s LGBT Advisory Board
  • Ashton Woods, Black Lives Matter
  • Fran Watson, Houston GLBT Political Caucus
  • Erica Ciszek (Moderator), Valenti School of Communication

Friday, October 28th

Murder on the Bayou by Dr. Dwight D. Watson

Murder on the Bayou

1:30pm, CVL(Concept Visualization Lab) 315 McElhinney Hall

Dr. Dwight D. Watson is an Associate Professor of History at Texas State University. His specializations include African American History, Police and Violence and the Civil Rights Movement. He is interested in how race and law impact United State History. He is the author of A Change Did Come: Race and the Houston Police Department 1930-1982.

Monday, October 31st

Dia de los Muertos Celebration with UGC

11:00am – 3:00pm, SC South Table 1-4

Come enjoy fun activities while learning about Dia de los Muertos.
Hosted by: LTA, LTP, SLG, SLB, GRL, APL


November

Wednesday, November 2nd

LGBTQ Self-Care

5:45pm – 6:45pm, Student Center North, LGBTQ Resource Center, Room 201

As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, the challenges we face can feeling overwhelming at times. It is important to focus on self-care and preservation. Join this peer-led discussion group to hear and share more how to take care of yourself.

Thursday, November 3rd

[Mis]Understanding the Hijab

12:30 – 2:00pm
Midtown Room SC South 262

A panel discussion exploring Muslim Women’s Culture and the Hijab. Lunch provided. Hosted by CDI and WGRC

Real Talk Discussion Series: Body Image

4:00pm
Bayou City Room SC South 219

Real Talk is a student-led discussion series for all students to discuss a variety of topics related to feminism, womanhood, gender and the intersection of gender and other identities. Snacks are provided, and all students are welcome.

International Marketplace

12:00 – 4:00pm
Butler Plaza (in front of the M.D. Anderson Library)

The Council of Ethnic Organizations (CEO) presents food and goods from all around the world! International Marketplace will feature different cultural organizations selling wonderful cultural treats. Swing by the Butler Plaza on your way to class or the library to get a taste of the world!

Monday, November 7th

Roxanne

Roxanne An All-American Girl Story

6:00pm
Student Center South Theater

Roxanne is an independent film production that comprises of mainly UH students as cast and production.

Free entry for UH students, staff and faculty with ids.

Tuesday, November 8th

Fire Power: Women, Guns & Gun Control
The Barbara Karkabi Living Archives Series

11:30am – 1:00pm, Rockwell Pavilion, UH MD Anderson Library

The Barbara Karkabi Living Archives Series features interviews with women from the Houston area, which are videotaped and collected in the Carey C. Shuart Women’s Archive at the UH library, Special Collections.

Gay? Fine by Me T-shirt give away

11:30 – 1:30pm, Butler Plaza

With the help of the Cloverdale Foundation, we will be giving away 1000 T-shirts - FREE. Everyone will get to choose one of the colors of the rainbow for their t-shirt that says "Gay? Fine By Me! Stay tuned for more details.

Identity Spectrum: Finding the "U" in Queer

3:30pm – 5:00pm, Student Center North, Synergy Room 212

Trying to figure out where you fall on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum? Join this peer-led discussion group about finding the "u" in queer.

The Vagina Monologues Auditions

4:00 – 6:00pm
WGRC, Student Center North (201)

The UH WGRC hosts an annual production of the Vagina Monologues Play. The play is a series of monologues bringing awareness to and celebrating feminism, women’s health and bodies, and the female experience. This is an open call for auditions for the play! No acting/theatre experience is necessary.

Wednesday, November 9th

The Vagina Monologues Auditions

1:00 – 3:00pm
WGRC, Student Center North (201)

The UH WGRC hosts an annual production of the Vagina Monologues Play. The play is a series of monologues bringing awareness to and celebrating feminism, women’s health and bodies, and the female experience. This is an open call for auditions for the play! No acting/theatre experience is necessary.

LGBTQ & Intersectionality

5:45pm – 6:45pm, Student Center North, LGBTQ Resource Center, Room 201

Our sexuality and gender identity/expression only make up a small portion of who we are as individuals. Everyone’s experiences vary based on their other identities such as race, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, abilities, personality, etc. Join this peer-led discussion group to hear and share more about the importance of intersectionality.

Thursday, November 10th

The Vagina Monologues Auditions

10:00am – 12:00pm
WGRC, Student Center North (201)

The UH WGRC hosts an annual production of the Vagina Monologues Play. The play is a series of monologues bringing awareness to and celebrating feminism, women’s health and bodies, and the female experience. This is an open call for auditions for the play! No acting/theatre experience is necessary.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Discover Law Day - Fall 2016

The University of Houston Law Center cordially invites racially and ethnically diverse students in high school, community college or students in their first two years of college to Discover Law Day - Fall 2016.

University of Houston Law Center
4604 Calhoun Rd. Houston, TX 77204
Registration | 8:30am
law.uh.edu/discoverlaw

Discover Law Day is designed to introduce students to law school, the legal profession and the benefits of DiscoverLaw.org and is free to attend. Online Registration is available here. Please RSVP no later than Friday November 4th.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

International Explosion

7:00 – 9:30pm
Cullen Performance Hall

Join the Council of Ethnic Organizations (CEO) for Diversity month and enjoy some great performances put on by several amazing student organizations! There will be great cultural performances to entertain you. Come join us and get free shirts!*until supplies last.

Wednesday, November 16th

LGBTQ Self-Care

5:45pm – 6:45pm
Student Center North, LGBTQ Resource Center, Room 201

As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, the challenges we face can feeling overwhelming at times. It is important to focus on self-care and preservation. Join this peer-led discussion group to hear and share more how to take care of yourself.

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion Speaker Series Presents Anthony Ervin

6:00pm – 7:00pm
Student Center South Theater

Olympian, Author and Tsunami Relief Activist, Anthony Ervin shares his personal journey to become a world record holder and Olympic Gold medalist. In this one hour presentation he shares his past challenges with mental health, drug addiction, and connecting to his cultural heritage. A Question & Answer session and Book Signing will conclude this event.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

International Education Week Reception

4:00 to 6:00pm
Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion
2nd Floor, M.D. Anderson Library

In recognition of International Education Week in the United States (November 14-18), the University of Houston’s Delta Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Delta cordially invites you to a reception where we are recognizing our international scholars and exchange students.

Saturday, November 19th

Transgender Day of Remembrance

7:00 – 9:30pm, AD Bruce Religion Center

The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The annual memorial will take place on the University of Houston's campus and is co-sponsored by the Houston Transgender Unity Committee. A reception with drinks and hor d' oeuvres will take place before the reading of the names. Everyone is welcome. Find more info about TDOR and The Houston Transgender Unity Committee

Monday - Friday, November 21st - 25th

Black Friday Special Pricing

AIESEC's EExchange Program is providing a Black Friday promotion so for $400 this week only. People can be approved for opportunities for this winter or next summer for 6 weeks. This promotion provides housing and food included in the price. Only for Sri Lanka, Thailand, China, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Morocco, India, Panama and Romania.

Tuesday, November 29th

Real Talk Discussion Series: Relationships

3:00pm
Midtown Room SC South 262

Real Talk is a student-led discussion series for all students to discuss a variety of topics related to feminism, womanhood, gender and the intersection of gender and other identities. Snacks are provided, and all students are welcome.

Travel Mixer

12:00pm – 2:00pm
Student Center South Heights Room 224

We will be discussing traveling and why people haven't travelled, where they would like to travel, and we have a representative from the learning abroad office to talk about a few resources. We'll also be raffling small prizes to incentivize it. You can find more details about this event through Get Involved as well.

TBA

Community Classroom

An Introduction to Gender & Sexuality Studies for FWS & community members taught by WGSS faculty members.


December

Friday, December 2nd

$tart $mart: Salary-Negotiation Workshop
Co-Presented by UH Women and Gender Resource Center

9:00am – 12:00pm, Agnes Arnold Hall, Room 210

$tart $mart prepares college women who are approaching the job market with the confidence, knowledge, and skills they need to negotiate salaries and benefits. This three and a half hour workshop is a collaboration between AAUW and the WAGE Project.

Monday, December 5th

Real Talk Discussion Series: Aspirations

3:00pm
Midtown Room SC South 262

Real Talk is a student-led discussion series for all students to discuss a variety of topics related to feminism, womanhood, gender and the intersection of gender and other identities. Snacks are provided, and all students are welcome.

Thursday, December 8th

Fast Friends: Speed-Networking Social

6:00pm – 8:00pm, Address with RSVP

Connect and exchange ideas with dynamic women from across Houston.