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  • Fall 2017 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.

    Three Sisters' Garden Project
    Tuesday, August 22 at 4:00 PM

    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.

    Diversity Dialogue: "Intersectionality 101"
    Monday, August 28 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.

    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.

    "13 Reasons Why We Need to Talk About Suicide" Panel Discussion
    Wednesday, September 6

    Women's Center Open House
    Thursday, September 7 from 4:00-6:00 PM (Women's Center)

    Drop by Bridges 154 to view our newly-designed space, share food, and find community. See what the Women's Center is all about!

    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!

    Know Your Options: Birth Control Brown Bag 
    Thursday, September 15 from 12:30-1:30 PM (Women's Center)

    "Yeah Maybe, No" Film Screening and Discussion
    Monday, September 18 from 5:00-7:00 PM

    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.

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

    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, SPECTRUM, Hendrix Clinic & Counseling Center, and MSUM's Title IX Office.

    Three Sisters' Garden Project
    Tuesday, September 19 at 4:00 PM

    Student Success Workshop: Building Academic Relationships with Faculty
    Monday, September 25 from 4:00-5:00 PM (Intercultural Center)

    Diversity Dialogue: Hispanic Heritage Month
    Tuesday, September 26 from 3:00-4:30 PM (Intercultural Center)

    Facilitated by Dr. Abner Arauza.

    La Camioneta Film Screening and Discussion
    Wednesday, September 27 from 6:00-7:30 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.

    "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.

    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 7:30-9:00 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.

    "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.

    Voices of Muslim Women Film Night
    Wednesday, October 25 from 5:00-7:00 PM (Women's Center)

    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.

    "Not Your Festival Wear: Fashion and Cultural Appropriation" Panel Discussion
    Monday, October 30 from 3:00-4:30 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 can we more respectfully engage other cultures? Discussion will be followed by Q&A. Facilitated by Dana Bisignani, Women's Center Coordinator.

    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.

    Opening Pipe Ceremony
    Wednesday, November 1 from 12:00-1:00 PM (Library Porch)

    Veteran's Day Celebration
    Wednesday, November 8 from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM (CMU Ballroom)

    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.

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

    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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