OGSD Save the Date!

Fall Semester 2014

August

23 The O Multicultural Orientation & Reception 4:30-7pm Woldenberg
26 Ambassador Ceremony 6:00-7:30pm LBC 203
27 Ice Cream Social 3:30-5:30pm Pocket Park
28 Student Activities Expo 5-7pm TBA

September

2 GSAC Kick-Off Meeting 5-7pm LBC 212
4 BBQueer: LGBTIQA Student Welcome 6-8pm MOSAIC
8 Trans 101 Workshop 5-6pm LBC 210
11 Meet & Greet for LGBTIQA Students of Color 5-6pm LBC: Reiss Room
12 Gender & Sexuality Advisory Council Meets 5:30-7pm LBC 210
14 Leadership Retreat Pre-meeting 11am-2pm LBC 212
16 OGSD/GESS Welcome Reception for Faculty, Staff & Students 5:30-7pm LBC 203
19-21 LGBTIQA/Multicultural Leadership Retreat Weekend Biloxi, MS
21 NO/AIDS Walk 8am Audubon Park
25 Safe Zone Workshop: LGBTIQA 101 4-6pm LBC: Reiss Room
TBA Graduate & Professional Student Reception TBA TBA
29 History of LGBTIQA New Orleans 5:30-6:30pm LBC 210

October

2 Gender & Sexuality Advisory Council Meets 5:30-7pm LBC 210
7 Facilitator Training for Safe Zone 3-5pm LBC 206
14 Gender & Sexuality Advisory Council Meets 5:30-7pm LBC 210
17 Miss Paul Tulane/Mr. Sophie Newcomb 8pm Kendall Cram
20 Pride Week Kick-Off 10am-4pm LBC Quad
20 Pride Week Keynote: Kate Bornstein 7-8pm TBA
21 Pride Week Picnic 12-2pm LBC Quad
22 Sexuality & Society Roundtable 5:30pm TBA
24 Ally Visibility Day All Day Everywhere
28 Safe Zone Workshop: LGBTIQA 101 5:30-7:30pm LBC 208
29 Take Back the Night 6-9pm Loyola-Tulane

November

7 Gender & Sexuality Advisory Council Meets 5:30-7pm LBC 210
18 Sexuality & Society Roundtable 5:30pm TBA
20 Transgender Day of Remembrance 4-6pm McAlister Way
20 Trans* Awareness Movie Night: Riot Acts 8-10pm Stone Auditorium
22 Pride Prom 8pm LBC: Qatar
25 Annual Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner 5:30pm-8pm LBC: Qatar

December

4 Safe Zone Workshop: LGBTIQA 101 5:30-7:30pm LBC 210
5 Facilitator Training for Safe Zone 3-5pm LBC 209

Spring Semester 2015 

January

14 Do Ask! Do Tell! LGBTIQA Winter Welcome Back 9-10pm MOSAIC
22 Trans 101 Workshop 5-6:00pm LBC 210
23 Gender & Sexuality Advisory Council Meets 3-5pm MOSAIC
26 Audre Lorde Week Kick-Off 7pm TBA
27 Audre Lorde Week Keynote Speaker 7pm Rogers Memorial
TBA Audre Lorde Week Student Exhibition 11am-5pm TBA
29 Notes From the Margin 7-10pm Rogers Memorial

February

4-8 Creating Change Conference Multi-Day Denver, CO
26 Safe Zone Workshop: LGBTIQA 101 4-6pm LBC 208
27 Gender & Sexuality Advisory Council Meets 3-5pm MOSAIC
27 Graduate & Professional Student Reception 6-7pm Diboll Gallery

March

10 Trans 101 Workshop 5-6pm LBC 210
16-20 Trans Visibility Week All Week TBA
18 Marla Custard Lecture by Dr. Margot Canaday 7pm TBA
26 Gender & Sexuality Advisory Council Meets 3-5pm MOSAIC

April

12 OGSD/GSAC Spring Leadership Retreat 10-4pm Alumni House
17 Gender & Sexuality Advisory Council Meets 3-5pm MOSAIC
17-19 Vagina Monologues Nightly Kendall Cram
22 Lavender Graduation & Reception 6pm Kendall Cram
27 The O End of the Year BBQ Celebration 1:30-2:30 Jones Patio
30 Safe Zone Workshop: LGBTIQA 101 5-7pm LBC 208

Welcome from the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity!

Welcome Students, Faculty and Staff,

As the director of the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity, it is with great pleasure that I welcome you (back) to Tulane University.  Two years have passed since I first wrote to announce the creation of the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity (OGSD). And I am so pleased to report that this past year was another smashing success due to the collaborative and enthusiastic efforts of students, staff and faculty campus-wide.

Last week Campus Pride announced that Tulane University was added to the “2014 Top 50 List of LGBT-Friendly Colleges & Universities.” Relative to over 600+ colleges and universities that were assessed, Tulane University is now considered one of “the best of the best” in the nation. Campus Pride, the national organization for creating safe and inclusive environments in higher education, used a national benchmarking tool to thoroughly assess Tulane’s policies, programs and practices. A college had to achieve 5 out of 5 stars overall in order to be in the Top 50 as well as have the highest percentages across the eight LGBT-friendly benchmarks for policy, program and practice.

Our placement on this list acknowledges all of the hard work undertaken by students, faculty and staff over the past several years.  Staff have volunteered their time as advisors, mentors, and Safe Zone facilitators. Student leaders have created educational and cultural programs for the university and worked to represent gender and sexuality issues to administrators and the Undergraduate Student Government. Divisions and Departments across the university, including the Office of the Provost, the Division of Student Affairs, the School of Liberal Arts, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Student Resources, Housing and Residence Life, Newcomb College Institute, the Student Health Center, theWELL, the Faculty Senate, the Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning, the Office for Institutional Equity, TUCP, and the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, have played key roles in creating the environment we have today. Thank you!

And while this honor is a welcome affirmation of our recent efforts, our collaborative work across the university must continue with equal vigor, as a safe and inclusive environment must be continually fostered. With your participation, we will keep striving for excellence in every area of the university. There are dozens of opportunities for you to participate in events, student clubs, workshops, socials, and cultural events throughout the year.  You can be highly involved and become a leader on campus, a mentor, an advisor, or you can periodically participate as your schedule allows.

This fall is full of exciting events. Click here for our Fall calendar.  You are also invited to our 2014 Faculty, Staff & Student Welcome Reception and Meet & Greet on Tuesday, September 16 at 5:30 in the LBC.  You can RSVP here.  And be sure to sign up for our weekly e-newsletter: The Public Spherewhich is sent out every Monday with updates on lectures, opportunities and deadlines for grants, workshops, and other events. Just enter your email on the front page and click “Follow.”

Please feel free to contact me if you are curious about ways to get involved or if you have any questions. I very much look forward to seeing you.  All the best to you as you begin the new academic year,

Dr. Red Vaughan Tremmel
Director of The Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity
Tulane University
LBC Suite G04
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 314-2183

 

This Week On Campus!

Monday

1:30-3 pm: The O! BBQ End-of-Year Celebration (Jones Hall Patio)
Come celebrate the end of the semester with The O! Stop by for friends, fun, and barbeque.

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.”

Wednesday

5-7 pm: Safe Zone Training (LBC 201)
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!

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 (Mosaic Lounge)Transgender_symbol_HiRes
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.

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)