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LGBTQ History Month | October 2020

What is LGBTQ History Month?

This month we celebrate LGBTQ History Month, which is an annual month-long observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements.

LGBTQ History Month provides role models, builds community, and represents a civil rights statement about the contributions of the LGBTQ+ community. The celebration is practiced in Australia, Brazil, the city of Berlin, Canada, Greenland, Hungary, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Additional Days of Recognition

There are several days of recognition for the LGBTQ+ community celebrated in the month of October. Click on the links provided to learn more:

Student Life Events:

Oktoberfest Celebration
Wednesday, Oct. 7 | 12:30-2 p.m. | University Commons
Celebrate this German holiday by taking photos with jaX, learning more about the holiday, and picking up free refreshments to go. We will be located outside the Univeristy Commons front entrance. 

National Coming Out Day-Movie Night
Monday, Oct. 12 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Microsoft Teams
Join us as we celebrate National Coming Out Day with a showing of the Academy Award winning film, Moonlight. You must have a Netflix account to join. 

Jaguar Ally Training
Tuesday, Oct. 13 | 3-5 p.m. | Microsoft Teams
Become a Jaguar Ally to show your support for the LGBTQ+ community! UHV students who complete the training will receive a rainbow graduation cord, and faculty/staff members receive a Safe Zone placard to showcase in their workspace. 

Drag Trivia featuring Kristi Waters
Wednesday, Oct. 14 | 8-10 p.m. | Microsoft Teams
Test your knowledge at LGBTQ trivia, and watch live performances from the talented Kristi Waters! The top three trivia winners will receive free gift cards.

Spirit Day
Thursday, Oct. 15 | 2-4 p.m. | University Commons
Show us you're against bullying of LGBTQ youth! Share an uplifting message on our affirmations board to show your support. Also join our Instagram Challenge to win a free gift basket! Post a photo of you wearing purple for Spirit Day and us the hashtags: #UHV, #SpiritDay, and #StopBullying. 

Brave Space Series: LGBTQ & Faith
Tuesday, Oct. 27 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Microsoft Teams
Join us for our monthly brave space panel discussion! This month, we focus on the perspectives of religious faith and the LGBTQ+ community.

Quote of the Month:
"Strength lies in differences, not in similarities."
-Stephen R. Covey

Campus Events & News:

Diversity and Race Task Force

The Diversity and Race Task Force is reaching out to student organizations and hosting Listening Sessions with the Task Force to hear concerns from student organization leaders. Contact Tiarah FigueroaRebecca Lake or Amina Patton to ask about a Listening Session.

Students are also encouraged to complete the Interest Form to sign up for work groups on Race and Diversity at UHV. Students can share their perspectives to help shape future University activities and policies.

LFSA Highlight Latinx Faculty & Staff

The Latino Faculty & Staff Association will be highlighting some of UHV's Latinx faculty and staff members in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. There are nine faculty and eight staff members who will be highlighted in short videos posted on social media. Be sure to follow UHV on all your social media platforms so you don't miss out!

commUNITY Book Club Online Kickoff Event

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Open panel discussion featuring How To Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram Kendi. Please register with United Way to receive the link to the virtual kickoff and other group discussions. Visit the commUNITY book club Facebook page for more information. Additional copies of the book have been ordered by the UHV library including copies to be held at the reserve desk.

International Education Week

Mark your calendar for International Education Week - Nov. 16-20. International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

Don't miss your chance to learn about studying and living abroad, how to get your passport, Fulbright programs, scholarships and meet with schools from outside of the U.S.

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For questions regarding the Diversity and Inclusion newsletter, or information within, contact Freddie Cantu at 361-485-4474.