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SPRING 2013 ACTIVITIES (Updated Periodically):
May 1 - Lavender Graduation Ceremony* - Commonwealth Suite, Curris Center, 7 p.m.
(Immediately following the ceremony, guests are invited to socialize and take part in a variety of games and activities.)
* = In partnership with MSU Alliance
FALL 2013 ACTIVITIES (Updated Periodically):
September 16 - Conversation and Dessert with Jeff Graham on Domestic HIV/AIDS and Activism (Graham is Executive Director of Georgia Equality and his spent a considerable portion of his career doing advocacy work dealing with HIV/AIDS), Curris Center Small Ballroom, 7:30 p.m. (promotional flier coming soon) - Sponsored by: LGBT Programming, Student Affairs, the College of Health Sciences and Human Services, the School of Nursing, Health Services, the Gender and Diversity Studies (GDS) Program, Student Government Association (SGA), and Campus Activities Board (CAB)
Today's workplace, regardless of your chosen profession, demands an awareness of, and an appreciation for, the spectrum of issues related to gender and diversity. If you are interested in studying more about this, we encourage your to visit our Gender and Diversity Studies Program and join their email listserv.
IN THE PAST...
Murray State University has welcomed Dr. Bernadette Barton of Morehead State University who presented "Toxic Closet: Being Gay in the Bible Belt", the Laramie Project, radio personality Romaine Patterson and various other films, lectures and presentations of special interest to the LGBT Community at MSU. Students, faculty, and staff from MSU's LGBT and ally community came together in August, 2009 for the "Closet to Campus" Move-In Team. That group helped move-in freshman and transfer students. In January, 2010, MSU hosted the "Love Makes a Family" photography exhibition by the Family Diversity Project highlighting LGBT families from across the country. In September, 2010, a panel discussion was held on the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. In February, 2011, a reception was held at Oakhurst - the MSU President's home - for LGBT students and allies. During March, 2011, "Prayers for Bobby" was shown on-campus with an open discussion led by local religious leaders. Fall, 2011 brought Dr. Marissa Richmond to campus. Dr. Richmond is President of the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition and a faculty member at Middle Tennessee State University. Also in the fall, the MSU community took part in "Research & Action: Religious-Based Bigotry on College Campuses" and "Coming Out as an Ally: From Bystanders to Upstanders" webinars through Campus Pride.
In 2012, Murray State University hosted Gautam Raghavan, Associate Director of Public Engagement and LGBT Liaison for the White House, at our first annual "Conversation and Dessert." In October, LGBT Programming partnered with the Gender and Diversity Studies Program, the Women's Center, and MSU Alliance in sponsoring Hate Isn't Sexy. The fall semester was also the first time a training opportunity for our Safe Zone Project was hosted. It included Nora Spencer and other members of her team from Vanderbilt University. Later in the semester, we partnered with MSU Alliance and the Department of Psychology to host Dr. Amie McKibban from the University of Southern Indiana to present on her research also dealing with safe zones.