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  • Fall 2017 - Spring 2018 Events

    FM Pride in the Park
    Saturday, August 12 from 11:00 AM-4:00 PM
    Stop by the MSUM table for some swag and info!

    FM Pride Parade
    Sunday, August 13 at 2:00 PM
    Dragon train with MSUM students, staff, and faculty.

    SMART Start Program
    August 13-16
    Incoming students interested in the 2017 SMART Start Program can find more information and the application by visiting the SMART Start Program Website.

    LGBT+ Social
    Tuesday, August 22 from 12:00-2:00 PM (Rainbow Dragon Center)
    MSUM's LGBT+ student organization, SPECTRUM, will be hosting a welcome back social at the Rainbow Dragon Center (BR 150). Come meet other Dragons, enjoy free food and refreshments, and participate in LGBT+ trivia to potentially win some prizes.

    AISA Welcome Dinner
    Wednesday, August 23 at 5:00 PM (American Indian Center)
    Join us for dinner to make friends and connect with friends you haven't seen in a while. Also, learn more about the upcoming events that AISA has planned and ways you can get involved.

    AISA "Prayers for Savanna" Event
    Friday, August 25 from 12:00-1:00 PM (Campus Mall)
    Join the American Indian Student Association and MSUM campus community as we gather to offer prayers for Savanna Lafontaine-Greywind's safe return home. Other campuses welcome.

    Honoring Savanna Gathering
    Monday, August 28 from 3:00-5:00 PM (Intercultural Center)
    Our community is deeply saddened by the loss of Savanna Lafontaine-Greywind. To honor Savanna, we will be hosting a gathering today for those who wish to discuss the events of the last week or grieve in the wake of this tragedy. Dr. Donna Brown, Jody Steile, Olivia Matthews, and Dana Bisignani from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion will be present. All of our cultural and identity centers will be closed during this time. Our diversity dialogue planned for 8/28 has been rescheduled to Monday, October 30 from 3:00-4:30 PM in the Intercultural Center to allow for this time to honor Savanna.

    Diverse Student Organization Social
    Tuesday, August 29 from 4:00-6:00 PM (Intercultural Center)
    Join us to learn about the diverse student organizations on campus, discover how to get connected, meet new people, and discuss ways to collaborate together. Free food, door prizes, and fun! Hosted by the American Indian Student Association, SPECTRUM, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

    Campus Feminist Organization Zine Workshop
    Thursday, August 31 from 3:00-6:00 PM (Women's Center)


    Dr. Adrianne Racek Mallen Talk: "Female Surgeons: Double X's and Double Standards"

    Tuesday, September 5 from 3:00-4:00 PM (Women's Center)
    Join us for a talk by Dr. Adrianna Racek Mallen, OB/GYN, about navigating the male-dominated field of medicine, specifically surgery, as a woman. Dr. Mallen's talk will be followed by a Q&A with those who attend. Dr. Mallen is currently Fellow in Gynecologic Oncology at the University of South Florida's Moffitt Cancer Center. A graduate of South High School in Fargo, she completed her M.D. at University of North Dakota in 2013 and her residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She has published several peer-reviewed papers, volunteered abroad in Haiti and South Afrida, and been a clinical research assistant at the Mayo Clinic.

    "13 Reasons Why We Need to Talk About Suicide" Panel Discussion
    Wednesday, September 6 from 3:00-4:30 PM (CMU 205

    This panel event uses Netflix's hit series "13 Reasons Why" as a jumping off point for our discussion of suicide prevention and awareness. Panelists will speak to the impact of representations of suicide and mental illness in pop culture. Learn more about suicide in marginalized communities and how to spot and help a friend or coworker who may need some support. Sponsored by the Women's Center, Hendrix Clinic and Counseling Center, Wellness Educators, and the Gerdin Wellness Center.

    LGBT+ S'mores Social
    Wednesday, September 6 from 6:00-10:00 PM (Campus Mall)
    Join the Tri-College LGBT+ student organizations MSUM SPECTRUM, Concordia SAGA, and the NDSU Pride Alliance for a bonfire with s'mores, games, and friends! This is the perfect opportunity to meet other LGBT+ students and network with a wider community.

    Activist's Toolkit: Rabblerousing 101
    Monday, September 11 from 4:30-5:30 PM (Women's Center)

    Curious about activism? Want to be a changemaker but not sure where to start? Join us for the first in this series of once-a-month Activist's Toolkit workshops, where you'll learn the basics of grassroots organizing and strategies to build community and create change. Whether you're curious about activism, an introvert, or raring to challenge the status quo, you can use these skills to grow your student organizations, work in advocacy or the nonprofit world, create an awareness campaign, or take to the streets. A rabblerouser can never have too many tools in their belt!

    Confronting "ism" On Campus: Knowledge-->Skills-->Action
    Thursday, September 14 from 5:00-6:30 PM (Intercultural Center)
    Presented by Alicia Sojourner from the YWCA in Minneapolis. As a student or a leader, you have been there:
    -Someone tells a racist joke, and no matter how hard you try, you can't seem to respond appropriately.
    -You are committed to creating an inclusive campus environment, but would like more skills to help you respond to students.
    If this sounds familiar, we invite you to take part in our Confronting Racism workshop. This workshop is designed for those who have a commitment in changes to the systems that hurt students in different ways, and want to acquire skills in dealing with "ism" as it occurs in their personal and school lives. The workshop will develop participants' active listening skills, as well as help them practice skills to respond to overt racism (i.e. racist remarks), and covert racism (i.e. privilege, microaggressions, etc). The skills learned in this workshop can be easily applied and taught to others to create more inclusive environments in our lives, and to continue the work of eliminating ism on campus.


    "Yeah Maybe, No" Film Screening and Discussion

    Monday, September 18 from 5:00-7:00 PM (Library 103)

    Join us for a screening of the documentary "Yeah Maybe, No" as part of Consent Week. "Yeah Maybe, No" follows Blake, a young gay man who is coming to terms with a history of multiple sexual assaults. After campus activists bring attention to consent at Reed College, Blake realizes that his early sexual encounters were more than just bad learning experiences. While processing this new identity, Blake finds gaps in the legal system and difficulties in getting peer support that leave him feeling left out of the conversation. Testimony from experts in sexual violence and the filmmaker's own assault offer context for understanding how each story of sexual assault is both commonplace and unique. Resisting efforts to simplify the topic, "Yeah Maybe, No" ultimately challenges audiences to see the complexity of sexual assault in order to more fully support survivors. Learn more about the film. Sponsored by the Women's Center, Rainbow Dragon Center, and SPECTRUM.

    Take Back the Night Rally and March 
    Wednesday, September 20 from 5:30-9:00 PM (Campus Mall)

    Join us for a Tri-College Take Back the Night! This year, TBTN celebrates Title IX turning 45. Do you Know Your IX? Our annual BBQ, rally, and march is held to support survivors of sexual violence and intimate partner abuse, educate the community about the issue, and advocate for ongoing change. While it addresses a difficult topic, TBTN seeks to create a healing environment and above all, support and honor survivors. The rally features inspiring speakers, including survivors and advocates, resource tables with information about sexual assault and where to find help, and the Clothesline Project, a display of T-shirts made by survivors of gender-based violence. The rally is followed by a short march and a vigil. Sponsored by the Women's Center, Campus Feminist Organization, the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center of Fargo-Moorhead, Hendrix Clinic & Counseling Center, and MSUM's Title IX Office.

    Student Success Workshop: Building Academic Relationships with Faculty
    Monday, September 25 from 4:00-5:00 PM (Intercultural Center)
    More than just help with homework, professors can provide guidance about possible career paths, research and internship opportunities, and letters of recommendation - but only if they know you! In this workshop, Dana will share tips for getting the most out of interactions with faculty, asking for recommendations, and taking ownership of your education so you feel less awkward walking into office hours. Dana Bisignani is the Coordinator of the Women's Center and a faculty member in the Women's and Gender Studies Program at MSUM.

    Diversity Dialogue: "The Evolving Latino Presence: A Narrative of Tenacity, Change, and Perseverance"
    Tuesday, September 26 from 3:00-4:30 PM (Intercultural Center)

    From a historical perspective, Abner Arauza will visit milestones in the settlement of Latinos in the Red River Valley area. He will touch on various themes, such as the evolving identity and culture of this population. Arauza will examine the introduction of Latinos to the area as well as their settlement and incorporation into the community. Arauza will share excerpts from interviews with individuals from the Red River Valley, personal experiences, and photos from a collection owned by Abner and Dr. Yolanda Arauza.

    "The Heavy Reveal: Embodying Fat Liberation"
    Wednesday, September 27 from 3:00-4:00 PM (Women's Center)

    La Camioneta Film Screening and Discussion
    Wednesday, September 27 from 6:00-8:00 PM (Langseth 104)

    Every day dozens of decommissioned school buses leave the United States on a southward migration that carries them to Guatemala, where they are repaired, repainted, and resurrected as the brightly-colored camionetas that bring the vast majority of Guatemalans to work each day. Since 2006, nearly 1,000 camioneta drivers and fare-collectors have been murdered for either refusing or being unable to pay the extortion money demanded by local Guatemalan gangs. LA CAMIONETA follows one such bus on its transformative journey: a journey between North and South, between life and death, and through an unfolding collection of moments, people, and places that serve to quietly remind us of the interconnected worlds in which we live. Join us for a discussion and debriefing after the film. Sponsored by the Dragon Entertainment Group and Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

    Fat Girls Hiking: Body Love Workshop
    Thursday, September 28 from 3:00-4:00 PM (Women's Center)
    Led by Fat Girls Hiking co-founder Summer, we'll focus on joyful movement, self-care, the body love spectrum and our connection with nature and ourselves. Open to students of all body types and gender identities. Please bring a notebook and pen. Sponsored by the Women's Center, Recreation & Wellness, Campus Feminist Organization, and Hendrix Wellness Educators.

    "Anti-Racism in Higher Education" Diversity Training for Student Leaders
    Thursday, September 28 from 6:00-10:00 PM and Friday, September 29 from 9:00 AM-1:30 PM (CMU 205)
    The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will be hosting Debra Leigh from High Impact Training to facilitate two sessions (both covering the same content) on "Anti-Racism in Higher Education" specifically for MSUM student leaders. Space is limited and registration is required. Please visit our MSUM Office of Diversity and Inclusion page on DragonCentral to sign up beginning September 1st.

    Fat Girls Hiking: Group Hike
    Friday, September 29 from 2:00-7:00 PM (Depart CMU Parking Lot)
    Travel with us to Maplewood State Park for a group hike and outdoor adventure where we continue the body love out in nature. Open to students of all body types and gender identities. Snacks provided. Sponsored by the Women's Center, Recreation & Wellness, Campus Feminist Organization, and Hendrix Wellness Educators.

    SPECTRUM Coming Out Week

    Monday, October 9 - Friday, October 13

    "Intimate Partner Abuse in LGBT+ Relationships" Brown Bag for Faculty and Staff 

    Tuesday, October 10 from 12:30-1:30 PM (Women's Center)

    Queer your understanding of intimate partner violence (IPV) and domestic violence. Open to all faculty and staff, this brown bag will help participants understand the dynamics of intimate partner abuse within same-sex and queer relationships, and the unique challenges that arise for members of the LGBT+ community when attempting to report or escape abusive situations. This talk will address trauma-informed and victim-centered ways to support those experiencing IPV. Presented: Dana Bisignani, Women's Center Coordinator.

    AISA Skirt Making
    Wednesday, October 11 from 5:00-8:00 PM (Intercultural Center)

    Diversity Senior Stole Design Event
    Thursday, October 12 from 4:00-7:00 PM (Intercultural Center)

    SPECTRUM Safe Zone Training for Students
    Thursday, October 12 from 6:30-8:30 PM (Library 103)
    Safe Zone Training for students. Created and facilitated by SPECTRUM student leaders. More information to come soon.

    GaySL Workshop
    Friday, October 13 from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM (CMU 203)

    This highly interactive, variable, and hilarious workshop teaches its participants LGBTQ-related American Sign Language signs while fostering a group discussion about Deaf culture, intersectionality, accessibility, and more. During the presentation participants will be encouraged to sign along as we learn the signs for GAY, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER, QUEER, GENDER, ALLY, COMING-OUT, PARTNER, BINARY, DRAG KING/QUEEN, IDENTITY, RAINBOW, PRIDE, etc., as well as requested signs. The signs serve as jumping off points for discussion about the intersection of Deafness and Queerness. Sponsored by SPECTRUM, the Rainbow Dragon Center, and Dragon Entertainment Group.

    Hayden Kristal: Stand Up Comedy Show
    Friday, October 13 from 7:30-8:30 PM (Gaede)

    Hayden's stand up draws from his experiences living life at the intersections of multiple marginalized identities, and plays with our expectations of disability and political correctness. He was recently featured as a Semi-Finalist in the 2016 NBC Stand Up Showcase. Learn more about Hayden.
    Sponsored by SPECTRUM, the Rainbow Dragon Center, and Dragon Entertainment Group.

    Activist's Toolkit: "So You Wanna Be an Ally"
    Monday, October 16 from 4:30-5:30 PM (Women's Center)

    Are you a man who wants to advocate for women? A heterosexual individual who wants to stand up for the rights of LGBT+ folks? A white person who cares about Black Lives Matter? Come learn how to harness your privilege to become an effective and ethical ally! Allies serve an important role in every social justice movement, but being an ally can come with potential pitfalls too. Participants will learn the basics of privilege in a nonjudgmental setting, what it means to be an ally, and tips for how to best support marginalized communities and the causes we care about. This workshop is open to anyone regardless of race or ethnicity, citizenship status, sexual orientation, ability, religion, or gender identity or expression.

    Safe Zone Training
    Tuesday, October 17 from 2:00-4:00 PM (CMU 205)
    Safe Zone Training Level One for MSUM faculty and staff. Visit our Safe Zone Program webpage for more information.

    Women's Center Open House
    Wednesday, October 18 from 4:00-6:00 PM (Women's Center)

    "Warning Signs: Intimate Partner Abuse" Brown Bag for Students
    Monday, October 23 from 12:30-1:30 PM (Women's Center)

    For Domestic Violence Awareness Month, learn to recognize the power dynamics at work in an unhealthy relationship. Participants will learn to spot problematic behaviors - many normalized in romantic comedies and other pop culture - and how to support someone who is experiencing or trying to escape an abusive relationship. Open to any student regardless of race or ethnicity, citizenship status, sexual orientation, ability, or gender identity or expression. Presenter: Dana Bisignani, Women's Center Coordinator.

    "Not Your Festival Wear: Fashion and Cultural Appropriation" Panel Discussion
    Tuesday, October 24 from 3:00-4:00 PM (Intercultural Center)
    This student-led panel discussion will examine recent fashion and pop culture trends that "borrow" inspiration from other cultures in an increasingly globalized world, especially when it comes to women's fashion. Student panelists will address tough questions like: what does it really mean to appropriate something from another culture? How is appropriation fueled by women's fashions and "white feminism"? And how we can more respectfully engage other cultures? Discussion will be followed by Q&A. Facilitated by Dana Bisignani, Women's Center Coordinator.

    Voices of Muslim Women Film Night
    Wednesday, October 25 from 5:00-7:00 PM (Library 103)

    Join us for a screening of two short documentary films by and about Muslim women, followed by a discussion led by Muslim student and community leaders. "They Call Me Muslim" (2006) portrays the struggle of two women - one in France and one in Iran - to navigate different cultures and laws that seek to control women's bodies and their self-expression, especially when it comes to the hijab or veil. "Voices of Muslim Women from the US South" (2015) interviews Muslim women students and faculty at the University of Alabama attempting to carve out a space for self-expression and negotiate their identities amidst stereotypes of Islam, what it means to be Muslim, and terrorism. 

    Native Student Support Network Training
    Friday, October 27 from 12:30-3:30 PM (Location TBD)


    Diversity Dialogue: "Intersectionality 101"
    Monday, October 30 from 3:00-4:30 PM (Intercultural Center)
    Join Dana Bisignani, the Women's Center Coordinator, for a discussion of "intersectionality," including what it is and why it's crucial in our research practices and social justice work.

    Opening Pipe Ceremony
    Wednesday, November 1 from 12:00-1:00 PM (Library Porch)
    Laidman "JR" Fox, Spiritual Advisor from Spirit Lake Nation, will conduct a traditional pipe ceremony to welcome in American Indian Heritage Month on the MSUM campus.

    Sweat Lodge
    Wednesday, November 1 and Thursday, November 2 at 7:00 PM (Grassy area next to Sustainability House - 9th Ave S & 11 St S)
    Laidman "JR" Fox will run a traditional cleansing ceremony in the Sweatlodge. Students, staff, and faculty are welcome to participate. Appropriate apparel for men is basketball style shorts, for women a long cotton skirt and loose fitting t-shirt is appropriate. Come prepared with a towel and bottle of water.

    Day of the Dead Altars Walking Tour
    Thursday, November 2 from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM (Cultural & Identity Centers)
    Visit uniquely themed Day of the Dead altars at each of our four centers on campus: Intercultural Center (CMU 121), American Indian Center (CMU 115), Women's Center (BR 154), and Rainbow Dragon Center (BR 150). Drop in the centers throughout the day or take the tour between 11:00 AM-1:00 PM to sample a different traditional holiday snack at each location. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Intercultural Center, American Indian Center, Women's Center, and Rainbow Dragon Center.

    Native Warriors
    Wednesday, November 8 from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM (CMU Ballroom)
    Featuring the White Earth Veterans Honor Guard and the Buffalo River Drum Group. Sponsored by the American Indian Student Association, Veteran Affairs Committee, Dragon Entertainment Group, and Office of Diversity & Inclusion.

    Diversity Dialogue: "What's Indigenous about Feminism?"
    Thursday, November 9 from 3:00-4:30 PM (Intercultural Center)

    Join us and North Dakota Native Vote director Prairie Rose Seminole for this dialogue. We will unearth the indigenous roots of American feminism and explore the historical overlap - and at times tensions - existing between those fighting for indigenous rights and the feminist movement. Sponsored by the American Indian Student Association (AISA), Women's Center, and American Indian Center.

    Activist Toolkit Workshop: "Respectful Conversations"
    Monday, November 13 from 4:30-5:30 PM (Women's Center)
    Continue to build on your rabblerousing skills with Victoria McWane-Creek! In this interactive workshop, participants will learn strategies for engaging in challenging conversations and fostering civil discourse while keeping their cool - an essential skill for anyone interested in building bridges. Victoria is the lead facilitator for the Minnesota Council of Churches' Respectful Conversations Project. She serves as a trustee and vice-chair for the Women's Foundation of Minnesota and works in Student Affairs at Minnesota State Community and Technical College.

    Rock Your Mocs
    Wednesday, November 15
    Wear your moccasins and share a picture with us on social media!  

    Diversity Dialogue: Past, Present, and Future of the Two Spirit Community
    Thursday, November 16 from 12:00-1:00 PM (Intercultural Center)
    Sponsored by the American Indian Student Association, SPECTRUM, Rainbow Dragon Center, and Office of Diversity & Inclusion.

    Diversity Senior Stole Design Event
    Tuesday, November 28 from 4:00-7:00 PM (Intercultural Center)


    Native Skywatchers - Night Skies

    Wednesday, November 29 from 1:00-3:00 PM (Planetarium)

    AISA Beading Workshop
    Wednesday, November 29 from 5:00-6:00 PM (Intercultural Center)

    AISA Finals Break Event
    Friday, December 8 from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM (American Indian Center)

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Service Project
    Tuesday, January 16

    Social Justice Fair
    Wednesday, January 24

    Power in Diversity Leadership Conference
    Thursday, January 25 through Saturday, January 27

    Tri-College Drag Show
    Friday, February 2

    Lunar New Year Celebration
    Friday, February 9

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

    Rainbow Prom
    Saturday, April 7

    Woodlands and High Plains Powwow
    Saturday, April 14 (NDSU)

    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.

    Lavender Graduation
    Thursday, April 19

    Multicultural Graduation Ceremony
    Friday, April 27 from 6:00-8:00 PM

    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. 

    Please see our Facebook and Twitter pages for the most up to date information!

    For questions, see "Contact Us" section.