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  • Spring 2018 Events

    Vagina Monologues Auditions
    Tuesday, January 16 from 6:00-9:00 PM (Weld Hall Auditorium)
    The vaginas are coming! And so is V-Day 2018. All students are invited to audition for this year's production of The Vagina Monologues! No prior acting experience is required. Students from any major and background who identify as women are welcome. Auditions begin at 5 p.m. in Weld Hall auditorium (WE 0106). Sample monologues will be provided on site – just bring yourself! More detailed information about rehearsals and the performance on Feb. 13 will be discussed. Rehearsal schedule will be determined based on participants' schedules. This year’s production is co-sponsored by Campus Feminist Organization and the Women’s Center. Proceeds from the production will benefit Rape and Abuse Crisis Center of Fargo. For more information, contact the Women’s Center Coordinator, Dana Bisignani, at dana.bisignani@mnstate.edu.

    Women's Center Open House
    Thursday, January 18 from 4:00-6:00 PM (Women's Center)
    The Women's Center invites the MSUM community to visit our newly-renovated space (Bridges 154) and enjoy some food and feminist community to start off 2018! Check out our resources and learn more about the Center's mission and programming. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome at this event! Vegetarian food choices will be available. The Women's Center is a nut-free environment.

    Welcome Back Social
    Wednesday, January 24 from 5:00-7:00 PM (Rainbow Dragon Center)
    Join us for our spring semester welcome back social for free food, community, and fun! Supplies will be provided for students to paint a flag that represents their gender identity and sexual orientation. Co-sponsored by SPECTRUM and the Rainbow Dragon Center.  Sponsored by SPECTRUM and the Rainbow Dragon Center.

    Power in Diversity Leadership Conference
    Thursday, January 25 through Saturday, January 27 (St. Cloud State University)
    In its ninth year, the Power in Diversity Leadership Conference offers college students of color and underrepresented students opportunities for personal growth and leadership development. Workshops, keynote addresses and programs build leadership and communication skills, promote academic excellence and reinforce education and cultural development - all in the spirit of change. The conference also helps student leaders to connect with others from across the region. Visit the conference website for more information. MSUM students interested in attending the conference can apply for sponsorship through the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Sponsorship through the ODI would cover the cost of registration, transportation, and lodging for the conference. Space is limited to 25 students. Applications are now closed.

    The Female Orgasm
    Monday, January 29 from 8:00-9:30 PM (Langseth 104)
    Come to this week's hottest "class" on campus, Sex Discussed Here! Marshall Miller and his partner teach sex education unlike any you've had before -- this is definitely NOT your high school health class. Learn how to figure out what your partner really wants sexually, the real deal on lube, magic words for the bedroom, and answers to your secret sex questions (find out what everyone else has been wanting to know, too!). People of all genders and sexual orientations welcome, beginners and sexperts alike. Come prepared to laugh and learn! Sponsored by the Women's Center and Dragon Entertainment Group.

    Lactation Room Reveal Party
    Tuesday, January 30 from 3:00-5:00 PM (Women's Center)
    In fall 2017, the Women's Center received a grant from the Minnesota PartnerSHIP 4 Health program to establish a new lactation room. We invite the MSUM community to come out for the big reveal! Check out our new space and resources, enjoy some delicious treats, and learn how all of MSUM's lactation and meditation spaces support greater equity for parenting students, faculty, and staff. As part of our reveal party, we will be accepting donations to support the YWCA, which provides the largest shelter for women and children escaping domestic violence, homelessness, and other crisis situations in North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. If you would like to make a donation an item, please bring your unwrapped item to the Women's Center (Bridges 154) on January 30th. Visit the YWCA's list of urgently needed items here: https://www.ywcacassclay.org/urgent-needs All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend. Co-sponsored by Campus Feminist Organization.

    Quad College Drag Show: Steers & Queers Rainbow Rodeo
    Friday, February 2 at 9:00 PM (CMU Ballroom)
    Sponsored by the Quad-College LGBT+ student organizations (MSUM SPECTRUM, NDSU Pride Alliance, Concordia SAGA, M State Pride Alliance), MSUM Dragon Entertainment Group, and the MSUM Rainbow Dragon Center.

    Lunar New Year Celebration
    Friday, February 9 from 6:00-8:00 PM (CMU Ballroom)
    Join us to celebrate the 2018 Lunar New Year, Year of the Dog! Enjoy free food, student performances, fun crafts, and learn more about the Lunar New Year and how it is celebrated in different countries. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Korea Club, Asian Multicultural Organization, and International Student Services.

    Vagina Monologues
    Tuesday, February 13 from 7:30-9:00 PM (Weld Hall)
    The vaginas are coming... and they're finally here! Join us for our 2018 production of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues." Tickets available the week of February 5-9 and at the door: $3.00 per person or $5.00 per couple. Proceeds benefit Rape and Abuse Crisis Center of Fargo. Co-sponsored by Campus Feminist Organization and the Women's Center. Everyone is welcome!

    Midwest BLGTA College Conference
    Friday, February 16 through Sunday, February 18

    Betty Gronneberg of uCodeGirl
    Tuesday, February 20 from 3:00-4:00 PM (Langseth 104)
    Join us to hear Betty Gronneberg, founder and CEO of uCodeGirl, speak about aspiration and self-empowerment for women in STEM fields, and the importance of finding your voice and your tribe to persevere and persist. Ms. Gronneberg's talk will be followed by a screening of the hit film Hidden Figures (2016) from 4:00-6:00PM. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Women's Center and Office of Diversity & Inclusion.

    Hidden Figures Film Screening
    Tuesday, February 20 from 4:00-6:00 PM (Langseth 104)
    To celebrate Black History Month, join us for a screening of the hit movie from 2016, Hidden Figures, which chronicles the story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. Co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Women's Center.

    Odell Bizzell Presentation & Diversity Dialogue
    Tuesday, February 27 from 6:00-8:00 PM (CMU Ballroom)
    Guest speaker, Odell Bizzell, will be presenting "Why'd They Kill Dr. King, and Did It Work? 4 Ways to Resurrect the Dream". The presentation will not cover the numerous conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, but instead will analyze what Dr. King stood for and discuss his dynamic leadership style and how it impacted the Civil Rights Movement and how it impacts us now. Guest speaker, Odell Bizzell, will be presenting “Why’d They Kill Dr. King, and Did It Work? 4 Ways to Resurrect the Dream”. Audience members will learn: why Dr. King's strategies worked and how we can use the principles now to bring about change, what diversity is and how to utilize it in everyday life, and how to become a successful leader and advocate of a cause you are passionate about. Q&A (CMU Ballroom) and diversity dialogue/debrief (Intercultural Center) to follow presentation. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. 

    Diversity Dialogue: Feminism Around the World Panel Discussion
    Monday, March 12 from 3:00-4:30 PM (CMU 205)
    Join members of Campus Feminist Organization and other international students for this panel exploring their perspectives of feminism from around the world - what it looks like, how it's received, and how we all benefit from fighting for women's rights across the globe. Co-sponsored by Campus Feminist Organization and the Women's Center.

    Women's History Month Film Festival
    March 20-22, 3:00-6:00 PM (CB 111)
    Featuring a line-up of two films per day exploring the contributions and rabblerousing of diverse women throughout history, with popcorn and drinks, and trivia run by student organizations between films. Check DragonCentral for details about our film line-up. Co-sponsored by the Women's Center, the Women's & Gender Studies program, and the Department of History, Languages, Critical Race, and Women's Studies.

    Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority Film Screening
    Tuesday, April 3 from 4:00-6:00 PM (CB 111)
    More information to be posted soon."Everyone told her no. So she rewrote the rules." For Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, come out to learn about the first woman of color elected to Congress, Japanese-American lawyer and politician from Hawaii, Patsy Takemoto Mink. Learn about her journey to become the author and "mother of Title IX" and about the legacy she left for future women in politics. Co-sponsored by the Asian Multicultural Organization, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, and the Women's Center.

    Quad-College Rainbow Prom
    Saturday, April 7
    More information to be posted soon.

    Safe Zone Training
    Tuesday, April 10 from 2:00-4:00 PM
    Safe Zone Level Two Training for MSUM faculty and staff. More information to come soon.

    Smash the Plate-riarchy
    Wednesday, April 11 from 11:00 AM-3:00 PM (Campus Mall)
    Sponsored by the Women's Center, Campus Feminist Organization, and the Wellness Center.

    Diversity Dialogue
    Wednesday, April 11 from 4:30-5:30 PM (Intercultural Center)
    Diversity dialogue discussing how to be out in the workplace. More information to be posted soon. Free snacks provided. Sponsored by SPECTRUM and the Rainbow Dragon Center.

    Eliot Chang Comedy Show
    Friday, April 13 from 6:00-7:30 PM (CMU Ballroom)
    More information to be posted soon. Sponsored by the Asian Multicultural Organization and Office of Diversity & Inclusion.

    Woodlands and High Plains Powwow
    Saturday, April 14 (NDSU)
    More information to be posted soon.

    Quad-College Lavender Graduation
    Thursday, April 19 at 7:30 PM (Fox Recital Hall)
    More information to be posted soon.

    Diversity Senior Stole Design Event
    Tuesday, April 24 from 4:00-7:00 PM (Intercultural Center)
    More information to be posted soon.

    Multicultural Graduation Ceremony
    Friday, April 27 from 6:00-8:00 PM
    More information to be posted soon.

    We welcome professors to bring their classes to our events. If you do plan to bring your class, please email diversity@mnstate.edu to provide us with an approximate number of students you plan to bring so we can plan accordingly. Thank you!

    Dates listed are tentative and subject to change. Dates, times, and locations will be updated once confirmed. All events are free and open to the public (all are welcome), unless otherwise indicated. 

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