CORRECTION: Disregard previous email

The previous email was mistakenly published to the OGSD Public Sphere blog. The “Letter to Tulane” post was meant to be published on my personal blog but was mistakenly posted to the Public Sphere via my status as an administrator on this blog. The content of the letter reflects my personal views as a student and is in no way affiliated with the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity. I apologize for mistakenly using the Public Sphere as a platform for my personal views. Please disregard the previous email and good luck on the last few days of classes! 

Jessica Callahan

This Week On Campus!

Monday

5-6 pm: SWEET Weekly Meeting (Mosaic Lounge)

sweet-logo“Student Women Embracing Equality at Tulane (SWEET) is the Tulane University student organization for lesbian, bisexual, queer, questioning, and trans women.  It’s a safe place for queer women to meet and discuss issues, plan fun social and fundraising activities, and volunteer at events to give back to the New Orleans’ LGBTIQA community. New members and Loyola students always welcome.”

Tuesday

5-7 pm: Film Screening of The Girl Next Door (Jones 108)
Director Christine Fugate (Newcomb College ’85) will provide her commentary. The movie is an intimate and humanizing look into the world of adult films from a never before seen perspective – from a woman director following a naive Oklahoma housewife as she becomes adult film superstar Stacy Valentine. Shot over two years this is the conflicting story between Stacy Baker (normal girl) and Stacy Valentine (porn star) and her desire for true love. Stacy allows us to experience the exotic world of pornography through the eyes of a former housewife from Oklahoma including the cost of selling a piece of your soul for a shot at fame. Sponsored by the Newcomb College Institute.

5 pm: Newcomb-Tulane College Grant Deadline (NCI House)
All full-time undergraduates are invited to take advantage of the wide range of funding available for your academic pursuits, summer internships, and much more. Newcomb-Tulane College grants are reviewed on a monthly cycle, and the deadline to turn in applications for the last cycle is April 15 at 5:00 pm, via donuts@tulane.edu or in person at Cudd Hall, room 204. For more information, call the Newcomb-Tulane College Office of Co-curricular Programs at 504-314-2801, email donuts@tulane.edu, or visit here to view grant descriptions.

5:30-7 pm: Careers in Social Justice Surrounding
Women and LGBTQIA Issues
(LBC 201)
Careers - Word Surrounded by DoorsThe Tulane Career Center, along with Newcomb College Institute and the Office of Gender and Sexual Diversity, will be hosting a panel for Careers in Social Justice surrounding Women and LGBTQIA issues. During this time, Tulane alumni from the New Orleans community will be present to discuss their current positions in this field. Students in attendance will be able to hear stories of panelists’ experience during their own job search and what to expect once they begin a career in this line of work. Open to all majors and all students. For questions, please contact Ed Pittman at epittma@tulane.edu.

Wednesday

12-2pm: Wednesdays With the O (LBC Garden Level: The O)
The OThis weekly social, with free food, happens every Wednesday.  Come take a mid-week break, relax, and enjoy good company and free food. Hosted by the O (Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity / Office of Multicultural Affairs / Religious Life).

8-9 pm: Queer Student Alliance Meeting (Mosaic Lounge, weekly)
QSA LogoNew and returning members welcome!!!  “Founded in 1972, the Queer Student Alliance (QSA) is the oldest, continuously-operating LGBTIQA organization in the state of Louisiana. (The organization has been run under the names Gay, GALA, BiGALA, and most recently, MOSAIC.) We are an alliance that embraces the similarities and differences of all people: gay, lesbian, straight, a/pan/bi/poly/sexual, and transgender. As a group, we seek to promote awareness, tolerance, equality, and compassion in order to cultivate a healthy environment for all individuals at Tulane. We provide an open forum for discussion in a safe, nurturing environment, and facilitate fun and enriching social activities for all Tulane students. Whether you identify as gay, straight, trans*, lesbian, GNC, or anything at all, know that you are always welcome to come to our meetings.

Thursday

6-7 pm: Gender Exploration Society (GES) Weekly Meeting (Warren Hall: Mosaic Lounge)Transgender_symbol_HiResThe Gender Exploration Society (GES) is a club whose goal is to create a safe space for trans* and gender non-conforming (GNC) identified individuals and their allies. Our group is social and discussion-based; discussions can be about any topics including Trans* 101 lessons, learning terms, learning how to be a better ally, current events, or campus politics. Most importantly, this is a safe, tight-knit group where individuals are able to express their feelings about what is going on in their own self-exploration journeys and every-day lives, as well as receive support and advice. This is a judgment-free zone, and it’s a small group, so members usually feel comfortable sharing. In this space people are able to try out different names and pronouns, and what’s said in the group stays in the group. We stress that all identities are valid, open-mindedness, respect, and not “outing” people.

This Week On Campus

Monday
5-6 pm: SWEET Weekly Meeting (Mosaic Lounge)

sweet-logo“Student Women Embracing Equality at Tulane (SWEET) is the Tulane University student organization for lesbian, bisexual, queer, questioning, and trans women.  It’s a safe place for queer women to meet and discuss issues, plan fun social and fundraising activities, and volunteer at events to give back to the New Orleans’ LGBTIQA community. New members and Loyola students always welcome.”

5:30-6:30 pm: What’s feminism got to do with it? A Lecture By Mary Trigg
(Anna Many Lounge)  Mary Trigg, the 2014 Adele Ramos Salzer Lecturer, is Associate Professor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University, and the Director of Leadership Programs and Research at the Institute for Women’s Leadership. Her anthology Leading the Way: Young Women’s Activism for Social Change was published by Rutgers University Press in 2010. Trigg is the founding director of the Leadership Scholars Certificate Program, a leadership education honors program for undergraduate women, and has co-founded four additional leadership programs for women at Rutgers. In addition, she directs the research at the Institute for Women’s Leadership. Her research interests include women’s leadership; U.S. women’s history; the history of feminism; women, work and family; feminist pedagogy; and young women. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in American Civilization from Brown University, an M.A. in English from Carnegie-Mellon University, and a B.S. from the University of Michigan. Sponsored by the Newcomb College Institute.

7-8 pm: Cleve Jones: Founder of the AIDS quilt (McAlister Auditorium)
Cleve Jones is a Human Rights Activist in San Francisco and has been an inspirational member of the LGBTQIA community. He worked for Harvey Milk during his time as Mayor of San Francisco. Jones served as a historical consultant for Gus Van Sant’s film “MILK.” He is also the founder of the AIDs quilt.

Tuesday

734518_293025024186203_1757054187_n5-6:30 pm: Queer China, “Comrade’ China: Sexuality and Queer Activism in 20th Century China (Jones 102)This documentary directed by Cui Zi’en explores the history of homosexuality and queer activism in China during the 20th century. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the director.  Cui Zi’en is an independent filmmaker, novelist and queer activist from Beijing. This event is brought to you by the Silverstein Grant, the Asian Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies Departments, and Newcomb-Tulane College.

6-7 pm: Cooper Faculty Seminar “‘You Couldn’t Get De Awfulness of It': The Slave Market in Enslaved People’s Daily Lives” (LBC 210) Guest lecturer, Stephanie Jones-Rogers is an Assistant Professor of U.S. Women’s History at the University of Iowa, and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in Law & Society at Tulane University. Our respondent is Laura Murphy.

7:30-8:30 pm: Queerness and Spirituality: Exploring the Intersections of Sexuality and Religion (Hillel)
Come join Tulane Hillel, The Wesley Foundation, and Tulane QSA next Tuesday 4/8 for a discussion on what it is like to identify within the LGBTQIA umbrella and identify within a religious denomination. We will have Hillel Rabbi Yonah Schiller and Pastor Max Zehner from the Wesley Foundation to help give their insights from a spiritual leader’s perspective on what it can meet to identify as both. Hope to see you all there!

Wednesday

12-2pm: Wednesdays With the O (LBC Garden Level: The O)
This weekly social, with free food, happens every Wednesday.  Come take a mid-week break, relax, and enjoy good company and free food. Hosted by the O (Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity / Office of Multicultural Affairs / Religious Life).

8-9 pm: Queer Student Alliance Meeting (Mosaic Lounge, weekly)
QSA LogoNew and returning members welcome!!!  “Founded in 1972, the Queer Student Alliance (QSA) is the oldest, continuously-operating LGBTIQA organization in the state of Louisiana. (The organization has been run under the names Gay, GALA, BiGALA, and most recently, MOSAIC.) We are an alliance that embraces the similarities and differences of all people: gay, lesbian, straight, a/pan/bi/poly/sexual, and transgender. As a group, we seek to promote awareness, tolerance, equality, and compassion in order to cultivate a healthy environment for all individuals at Tulane. We provide an open forum for discussion in a safe, nurturing environment, and facilitate fun and enriching social activities for all Tulane students. Whether you identify as gay, straight, trans*, lesbian, GNC, or anything at all, know that you are always welcome to come to our meetings.

Thursday

6-7 pm: Gender Exploration Society (GES) Weekly Meeting (Warren Hall: Mosaic Lounge)Transgender_symbol_HiResThe Gender Exploration Society (GES) is a club whose goal is to create a safe space for trans* and gender non-conforming (GNC) identified individuals and their allies. Our group is social and discussion-based; discussions can be about any topics including Trans* 101 lessons, learning terms, learning how to be a better ally, current events, or campus politics. Most importantly, this is a safe, tight-knit group where individuals are able to express their feelings about what is going on in their own self-exploration journeys and every-day lives, as well as receive support and advice. This is a judgment-free zone, and it’s a small group, so members usually feel comfortable sharing. In this space people are able to try out different names and pronouns, and what’s said in the group stays in the group. We stress that all identities are valid, open-mindedness, respect, and not “outing” people.

 

This Week On Campus!

Today is Transgender Day of Visibility! The Gender Exploration Society will be holding a movie night tonight at 7pm. Tomorrow you can participate in an LGBTIQA 101 Safe Zone Workshop.  Friday at noon check out the Newcomb lunchtime talk “Female Soul Drivers, Lady Flesh Stealers and other White Women in the American Slave Trade.”  And Sunday is the Office for Gender and Sexuality Leadership Retreat. See details below!

Monday

5-6 pm: SWEET Weekly Meeting (Mosaic Lounge)
sweet-logo“Student Women Embracing Equality at Tulane (SWEET) is the Tulane University student organization for lesbian, bisexual, queer, questioning, and trans women.  It’s a safe place for queer women to meet and discuss issues, plan fun social and fundraising activities, and volunteer at events to give back to the New Orleans’ LGBTIQA community. New members and Loyola students always welcome.”

7-9:30 pm: International Trans Day of Visibility Movie Night (LBC 212)1924447_273278376172420_1977528002_n
International Transgender Day of Visibility is a day to celebrate the lives and accomplishments of transgender people. In honor of this day, the Gender Exploration Society (GES) will be screening a documentary and hosting a question and answer panel on transgender issues and trans life at Tulane. Various other educational materials will be available to read/look at, including the 2013 edition of The Trans 100, a book of 100 influential trans people released in to celebrate TDoV.This event is free and open to the public. There will be a break at 9:00pm for those wishing to leave early.

Tuesday

4-6 pm: Safe Zone Training (LBC 210)
During this two-hour training, designed for all Tulane students, staff, and faculty, participants will gain introductory Screen Shot 2014-03-31 at 10.52.50 AMknowledge about how they can be an effective ally to LGBTIQA-identified individuals and those questioning their sexuality. Once familiar with the various LGBTIQA resources available on campus, you will be given an Ally sticker to place in your office or dorm so that students, faculty and staff know that you are part of a campus-wide network that supports LGBTIQA-identified individuals. Sponsored by the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity (OGSD). Register online!

Wednesday

12-2pm: Wednesdays With the O (LBC Garden Level: The O)
This weekly social, with free food, happens every Wednesday.  Come take a mid-week break, relax, and enjoy good company and free food. Hosted by the O (Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity / Office of Multicultural Affairs / Religious Life).

8-9 pm: Queer Student Alliance Weekly Meeting (Mosaic Lounge, weekly)
QSA LogoNew and returning members welcome!!!  “Founded in 1972, the Queer Student Alliance (QSA) is the oldest, continuously-operating LGBTIQA organization in the state of Louisiana. (The organization has been run under the names Gay, GALA, BiGALA, and most recently, MOSAIC.) We are an alliance that embraces the similarities and differences of all people: gay, lesbian, straight, a/pan/bi/poly/sexual, and transgender. As a group, we seek to promote awareness, tolerance, equality, and compassion in order to cultivate a healthy environment for all individuals at Tulane. We provide an open forum for discussion in a safe, nurturing environment, and facilitate fun and enriching social activities for all Tulane students. Whether you identify as gay, straight, trans*, lesbian, GNC, or anything at all, know that you are always welcome to come to our meetings.

Thursday

7-7:45 pm: Gender Exploration Society Weekly Meeting
(Warren Hall: Mosaic Lounge)

rainbow_transgender_symbol-267x300The Gender Exploration Society (GES) is a club whose goal is to create a safe space for trans* and gender non-conforming (GNC) identified individuals and their allies. Our group is social and discussion-based; discussions can be about any topics including Trans* 101 lessons, learning terms, learning how to be a better ally, current events, or campus politics. Most importantly, this is a safe, tight-knit group where individuals are able to express their feelings about what is going on in their own self-exploration journeys and every-day lives, as well as receive support and advice. This is a judgment-free zone, and it’s a small group, so members usually feel comfortable sharing. In this space people are able to try out different names and pronouns, and what’s said in the group stays in the group. We stress that all identities are valid, open-mindedness, respect, and not “outing” people.

Friday

12-1 pm: Fridays At Newcomb (Caroline Richardson)
This week’s talk is entitled Female Soul Drivers, Lady Flesh Stealers and other White Women in the American Slave Trade. Presenter Stephanie Jones-Rogers is an Assistant Professor of U.S. Women’s History, jointly appointed in the departments of History and Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies at the University of Iowa. During the 2013-2014 academic year, she is working as a post-doctoral fellow in law and society at the Newcomb College Institute of Tulane University. She is the 2013 recipient of the Organization of American Historians’ Lerner-Scott Prize, which is awarded annually to the best doctoral dissertation in U.S. women’s history. She is currently completing her book manuscript entitled She Thought She Could Find A Better Market: White Women, Enslaved African Americans and the Domestic Slave Trade, which is based on her revised dissertation. Fridays at Newcomb is sponsored by the Newcomb College Institute

Sunday
OGSD Transparent Logo10am-2pm OGSD Student Leadership Retreat (Newcomb College Institute House)
This first annual retreat brings together student leaders affiliated with the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity and the Gender and Sexuality Advisory Council.  Participants will reflect on the last year’s successes and challenges, envision goals, engage in leadership development and skill shares, and strategically plan for the next year.

This Week On Campus!

 

Monday

2152018110_4861311ab3_m3-5 pm: Miss Indigo Blue (Caroline Richardson)
OGSD invites students to participate in a discussion/workshop surrounding the work of Miss Indigo Blue, a burlesque dancer, entrepreneur, instructor and queer feminist. Anna Many Lounge in Caroline Richardson.images

5-6 pm: SWEET Meeting (Mosaic Lounge)

sweet-logo“Student Women Embracing Equality at Tulane (SWEET) is the Tulane University student organization for lesbian, bisexual, queer, questioning, and trans women.  It’s a safe place for queer women to meet and discuss issues, plan fun social and fundraising activities, and volunteer at events to give back to the New Orleans’ LGBTIQA community. New members and Loyola students always welcome.”

7-9 pm: Girl Rising (LBC Kendall Cram)
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TUCP, CELT, the Black Student Union, and the Newcomb College Institute are proud to present a screening of Girl Rising, followed by a panel of speakers.

Girl Rising is a groundbreaking feature film about the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to transform societies. The film presents the remarkable stories of nine girls around the world, told by celebrated writers (including Edwidge Danticat) and voiced by renowned actors (including Meryl Streep, Kerry Washington, Salma Hayek and Liam Neeson) revealing a critical truth: educate girls and change the world.

Our panel following the film will be moderated by Dr. Adderley and will feature three speakers:

–Ashana Bigard, local education activist who focuses on the school to prison pipeline
–Ruth Idakula, freelance writer and social justice advocate
–Derek Knowles, production assistant for Girl Rising
–Julie Willig, grassroots officer for Girl Up

Wednesday

12-2pm: Wednesdays With the O (LBC Garden Level: The O)
This weekly social, with free food, happens every Wednesday.  Come take a mid-week break, relax, and enjoy good company and free food. Hosted by the O (Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity / Office of Multicultural Affairs / Religious Life).

6:30-8 pm: New Orleans Lesbians Herstory (Caroline Richardson)
New Orleans area feminist lesbians tell their stories of the women’s movement in Louisiana in the 1970s. Free and open to the public. We invite those who were active in any aspect of the women’s movement to come to the event and share your story from the audience. Panelists include Clay Latimer, Pat Denton, Susan Jane Allen, and Liz Simon. Co-sponsored by Newcomb College Institute, Louisiana National Organization for Women, Forum For Equality and Gender and Sexuality Studies, Office of Gender & Sexual Diversity, Tulane University.

8-9 pm: Queer Student Alliance (Mosaic Lounge, weekly)
QSA LogoNew and returning members welcome!!!  “Founded in 1972, the Queer Student Alliance (QSA) is the oldest, continuously-operating LGBTIQA organization in the state of Louisiana. (The organization has been run under the names Gay, GALA, BiGALA, and most recently, MOSAIC.) We are an alliance that embraces the similarities and differences of all people: gay, lesbian, straight, a/pan/bi/poly/sexual, and transgender. As a group, we seek to promote awareness, tolerance, equality, and compassion in order to cultivate a healthy environment for all individuals at Tulane. We provide an open forum for discussion in a safe, nurturing environment, and facilitate fun and enriching social activities for all Tulane students. Whether you identify as gay, straight, trans*, lesbian, GNC, or anything at all, know that you are always welcome to come to our meetings.

Thursday

05202354283:30-5 pm: Writing on Sexual Commerce as Public Sociology by Julie Bettie (Caroline Richardson)  Desiring to engage in public sociology and bridge the gap between academic and nonacademic knowledges, Julie Bettie writes about erotic dancers in Las Vegas in an experimental voice for a cross-over audience. This poses numerous challenges,including the risks associated with direct engagement in cultural politics, the ethics of research on sexuality in the current political climate, and worries about popular reception of polysemic texts. This talk is an ethnographic accounting of an ethnographic journey. It charts the efforts of one sociologist to confront “ethical minefields” and practices of “shopping” for the best textuality in order to craft a narrative of erotic dance and sexual commerce. Julie Bettie is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California at Santa Cruz and the Chair of the Race, Gender, and Class Section of the American Sociological Association. Her research and teaching focus on cultural theory and popular culture; race, gender, class, and cultural politics; sexuality and erotic labor; and critical qualitative methodologies. She is the author of Women without Class: Girls, Race, and Identity (University of California Press, 2004, 2014) which received the Outstanding Achievement in Scholarship Award in Race, Class, and Gender studies; and the Sex and Gender Distinguished Book Award from the American Sociological Association. She has published in journals such as Social Text, Signs: Women in Culture and Society, and Gender Studies. Her current research, based on four years of ethnographic immersion with erotic dancers in Las Vegas. is a thick description of the contemporary cultural struggle over female sexuality. It examines the circulation of power and the meaning of female sexuality in the strip club alongside the emergence of new femininities, new ethnicities, and new sexual subjectivities produced by a range of economic and cultural transformations, including post-second-wave feminism and the queering of domestic life. Sponsored by The Department of Sociology, The Gender & Sexuality Studies Program, and The Office for Gender & Sexual Diversity.

 7-7:45 pm: Gender Exploration Society (Warren Hall: Mosaic Lounge)
rainbow_transgender_symbol-267x300This week the Gender Exploration Society will be holding elections. Voting will begin promptly at 7pm in the MOSAIC lounge. If you wish to run for a position – email or message Maxwell Maxster ( maxtothemax20@gmail.com ) or post below. If you can’t attend voting in person – send your votes electronically to Max.  The Gender Exploration Society (GES) is a club whose goal is to create a safe space for trans* and gender non-conforming (GNC) identified individuals and their allies. Our group is social and discussion-based; discussions can be about any topics including Trans* 101 lessons, learning terms, learning how to be a better ally, current events, or campus politics. Most importantly, this is a safe, tight-knit group where individuals are able to express their feelings about what is going on in their own self-exploration journeys and every-day lives, as well as receive support and advice. This is a judgment-free zone, and it’s a small group, so members usually feel comfortable sharing. In this space people are able to try out different names and pronouns, and what’s said in the group stays in the group. We stress that all identities are valid, open-mindedness, respect, and not “outing” people.

Friday

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8-10 pm: Tulane University Vagina Monologues (LBC Kendall Cram)
TICKETS for the Vagina Monologues are on sale EVERYDAY until 3/28 from 9am-2pm in the LBC (buttons and vagina chocolate lollipops on sale as well!) For more information on the Vagina Monologues at Tulane, visit their website.

Saturday

10-12 pm: Tulane University Vagina Monologues (LBC Kendall Cram)

Sunday

10150605_10203462122897102_855644784_n11 am -12 pm: Womyn Of Color Brunch
The Newcomb College Institute is hosting a FREE special brunch for the Women of Color on this campus! If you identify as a Woman of Color, this event is for YOU! At this brunch we will get to know one another, discuss the intersection of our cultures and womanhood and celebrate ourselves as women of color on this campus (while enjoying some great food of course). RSVP to Ghiya Ali at gali@tulane.edu by FRIDAY at midnight.

8-10 pm: Tulane University Vagina Monologues (LBC Kendall Cram)

This Week On Campus!

Save the dates for next week when the first annual Womyn’s Week kicks off.  The week includes a special workshop by Miss Indigo Blue (a burlesque dancer, entrepreneur, instructor and queer feminist), a screening of Girl Rising, a New Orleans Lesbian Herstory Panel, a Women of Color Brunch, the Vagina Monologues, and more. Click here for the details. These events have been organized by students representing Amnesty International TulaneQueer-Feminist Collective Student GroupTUCP Direction Committee, Tulane Black Student Union, 1 in 3 Tulane, Students Organizing Against Racism at Tulane, African American Women’s Society,VOX: Tulane UniversityTulane QSA, the Gender and Sexuality Advisory Council, and staff representing the The Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity at Tulane UniversityOffice of Multicultural Affairs (OMA Tulane), the Newcomb College Institute, and Tulane Celt.

Monday

5-6 pm: SWEET Meeting (Mosaic Lounge)

sweet-logo“Student Women Embracing Equality at Tulane (SWEET) is the Tulane University student organization for lesbian, bisexual, queer, questioning, and trans women.  It’s a safe place for queer women to meet and discuss issues, plan fun social and fundraising activities, and volunteer at events to give back to the New Orleans’ LGBTIQA community. New members and Loyola students always welcome.”

unnamed7pm: Susan Choi: 2014 Zale-Kimmerling Writer-in-Residence (Freeman Auditorium) Newcomb College Institute sponsors this reading and interview, followed by a book signing and reception.  Susan Choi is the author of four books. Her first novel, The Foreign Student, was a finalist of the Discover Great New Writers Award at Barnes & Noble and won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction. Her second novel, American Woman, was selected as a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. In 2009, A Person of Interest was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Her most recent novel, My Education, was published in 2013. Susan Choi has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. She was selected as the inaugural recipient of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award in 2010. Susan lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Wednesday

12-2pm: Wednesdays With the O (LBC Garden Level: The O)
This weekly social, with free food, happens every Wednesday.  Come take a mid-week break, relax, and enjoy good company and free food. Hosted by the O (Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity / Office of Multicultural Affairs / Religious Life).

7-7:45 pm: Gender Exploration Society (Warren Hall: Mosaic Lounge)
This week the Gender Exploration Society will be holding elections. Voting will begin promptly at 7pm in the MOSAIC lounge. If you wish to run for a position – email or message Maxwell Maxster ( maxtothemax20@gmail.com ) or post below. If you can’t attend voting in person – send your votes electronically to Max.  The Gender Exploration Society (GES) is a club whose goal is to create a safe space for trans* and gender non-conforming (GNC) identified individuals and their allies. Our group is social and discussion-based; discussions can be about any topics including Trans* 101 lessons, learning terms, learning how to be a better ally, current events, or campus politics. Most importantly, this is a safe, tight-knit group where individuals are able to express their feelings about what is going on in their own self-exploration journeys and every-day lives, as well as receive support and advice. This is a judgment-free zone, and it’s a small group, so members usually feel comfortable sharing. In this space people are able to try out different names and pronouns, and what’s said in the group stays in the group. We stress that all identities are valid, open-mindedness, respect, and not “outing” people.

1782382_10100942405878244_1803794484_o7:30-9pm: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Higher Education: After Fisher vs. University of Texas, A Panel Discussion (LBC: Qatar Ballroom) In the wake of almost a century of desegregation decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court, we have invited three scholars to explore how various legal concerns continue to affect the policies and practices of universities today in the quest to achieve racial, ethnic and other forms of diversity in their student populations. Panelists include, Sumi Cho, Professor of Law, DePaul University College of Law, Stella Flores, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Higher Education, Vanderbilt University, and Cheryl Harris, Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Chair in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, UCLA School of Law. Moderated by Deborah Love, Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity, Tulane University.

8-9 pm: Queer Student Alliance (Mosaic Lounge, weekly)
QSA LogoNew and returning members welcome!!!  “Founded in 1972, the Queer Student Alliance (QSA) is the oldest, continuously-operating LGBTIQA organization in the state of Louisiana. (The organization has been run under the names Gay, GALA, BiGALA, and most recently, MOSAIC.) We are an alliance that embraces the similarities and differences of all people: gay, lesbian, straight, a/pan/bi/poly/sexual, and transgender. As a group, we seek to promote awareness, tolerance, equality, and compassion in order to cultivate a healthy environment for all individuals at Tulane. We provide an open forum for discussion in a safe, nurturing environment, and facilitate fun and enriching social activities for all Tulane students. Whether you identify as gay, straight, trans*, lesbian, GNC, or anything at all, know that you are always welcome to come to our meetings.

Friday

Noon: Fridays at Newcomb: Social Change and the Epidemic of Love-Suicide in a Gender Egalitarian Society (Caroline Richardson Building: Anna Many Lounge)
Shanshan Du is associate professor of the Department of Anthropology and fellow of Asian Studies Program and Newcomb College Institute at Tulane University. She is the author of Chopsticks Only Work in Pairs: Gender Unity and Gender Equality among the Lahu of Southwest China (Columbia University Press, 2002) and the primary co-editor of Negotiating Women’s Roles and Power: The Practice of World Religions in Contemporary Asia (a special issue of Religion, 2007), and Gender in Contemporary Chinese Societies: Beyond Han Patriarchy (Rowman & Littlefield , 2012). Fridays at Newcomb is sponsored by the Newcomb College Institute