OUTober 2017

OUT for Change: 2007 – 2017

OUTober 2017 // October 11th – November 20th

This year, we are focusing on the intersection of our current, local, national, global climate and the historical legacy of change for our communities. This Fall, in collaboration with various student organizations (including GU Pride, GU QPOC), and our various partners across campus, the Center will observe the 10 th Anniversary of the Out For Change Campaign. The campaign was part of a much longer struggle for LGBTQ life on the Hilltop, and the student-led campaign in 2007 more immediately led to the historic Townhall of President DeGioia in October, 2007 that led to the formation of the Working Groups, and ultimately the Center. We have also been working on a larger History Project to archive the longer struggles of LGBTQ communities on campus. We invite you to frame your contribution to OUTober around this theme and to reflect on the history and relationships within your own journey around faith, spirituality, race, gender, and beyond.

Location: Social Room, HFSC

The Queer Leadership Summit is by students for students. Organized and run by Georgetown student leaders, this engaging and dynamic summit will help you develop skills to become a stronger leader, facilitator, and community builder on the Georgetown campus and beyond. The Summit on October 11th is open to students of all years, and dinner will be provided.

RSVP to the summit here by October 5th. 

Location: La Casa Latina

Come and join QPOC and Casa Latina for a discussion in which we will explore queer latinx identities.

Location: Red Square

Come join us on our annual Coming Out Day, featuring a door through which students “Come Out” as proud LGBTQ Hoyas and Allies. Be sure to pick up and wear your “I AM” t-shirt throughout the day. Join us for a picture on Healy steps at 12.30pm. 

Location: Meet at front gates at 8:45 am 

Join us for a private tour of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum led by Dean Sam Aronson where we will learn more about the lives and experiences of the LGBTQ victims of the Holocaust, and the origins of the pink triangle.

Spots are limited. Sign ups open October 1st and close October 11th.

Link to Facebook event.

Location: Proctor Harvey Ampitheater, Medical School

This multidisciplinary panel will address all factors of LGBT health including HIV research, clinical trans psychology and social work, policy and other issues.

Location: Cawley Career Center

This workshop will cover the basics of interview preparation, including sample questions and trategies for polishing your responses. We will also discuss what “professional attire” means and gender neutral options. A must for any job/internship seeking student!

Location: HFSC Herman Room

Ever wonder how queer and disabled identities intersect? Want to know how you can be an affirming ally to both communities? Join GUPride and Victoria Rodríguez-Roldán for a discussion on the intersection of queerness and disability.

Victoria is the Trans/Gender Non-Conforming Justice Project Director at the National LGBTQ Task Force. Particular areas of expertise and focus are the intersections of issues affecting transgender people with disabilitiesand mental illness, anti-trans workplace discrimination and gun violence prevention from a social justice lens. She has been in trans advocacy the entirety of her adult life, including advocacy in Puerto Rico and in Maine. She is the author of “Valuing Transgender Applicants and Employees”, a gold-standard best practices guide for employers, and frequently speaks on discrimination issues impacting the trans community. She was named the Autistic Self Advocacy Network’s 2016 Ally of the Year Award and has been profiled in NBC News and Latina Magazine, among other outlets. Prior to joining the Task Force, she worked as an Equal Opportunity Specialist for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Civil Rights Center. Victoria holds a B.A. in Psychology with honors from the University of Puerto Rico, and a J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law.

This biennial gathering welcomes Black alumni of all classes, schools, eras, professions, and walks of life from across the globe back to the Hilltop to reconnect with each other and the university. We will channel the vast and underutilized energy of Black alumni toward a heightened level of community and university stewardship.

Register for the Summit here

Keynote with Lourdes Ashley Hunter of The Trans Women of Color Collective

Location: HFSC Social Room

How do we create safer spaces in academia and social justice for folks who are disproportionately impacted by state sanctioned violence to thrive? What does it look like when we acknowledge all the ways white supremacy manifests in every aspect of our lives? How do we activate the change agent in us all?  Join us as we present academic, orator and organizer Lourdes Ashley Hunter sharing stories of navigating academic and social justice spaces as a Black trans woman.

Keynote Speaker Bio: Healer, orator and academic, Lourdes Ashley Hunter has served as a transformative thought leader and change agent for grass-roots initiatives that impact the economic growth and leadership development of communities disproportionately impacted by state sanctioned violence for over 20 years.  Lourdes’ research, curriculum development, global organizing and activism centers healing restoration in social justice change.  Lourdes earned a Bachelor degree in Social Theory, Structure and Change with concentrations in Race, Class and Gender Studies from SUNY: Empire State College and an Executive Master of Public Administration from Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration. Lourdes has traveled the country and globe leading transformative conversations that expand the narrative of state sanctioned violence to one that is nuance and intersectional. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Lourdes is currently based in Washington D.C., is the co-founder and Executive Director of Trans Women of Color Collective (TWOCC) based in Washington D.C.

Location: Riggs Library

This lecture was written in memory of Em Bohlka, a University of California, Riverside graduate who died in the December 2016 Oakland Ghost Ship fire. Drawing from José Muñoz’s writing on Eve Sedgwick, Gary Fisher and incommensurate forms of difference, Jennifer Doyle meditates on difference and those forms of loss which are difficult to memorialize within institutional contexts like a university. This lecture also addresses generational difference in the classroom — most specifically, the transformation of the campus sexual community led by genderqueer and trans students. It is a personal reflection on queer theory, pedagogical limits and the lasting forms of connection which develop between students and teachers. This lecture is part of a new book project tentatively titled, The Forms of Our Content: Queer Theory and the Scene of Friendship. 

Jennifer Doyle is Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside. She is the author of Campus Sex/Campus Security (Semiotext(e), 2015), Hold it Against Me: Difficulty and Emotion in Contemporary Art (Duke, 2013) and Sex Objects: Art and the Dialectics of Desire (University of Minnesota Press, 2006). As a guest curator for The Broad Museum in Los Angeles, she organized Tip of Her Tongue, a two-year series of feminist performance art events. She also curated Nao Bustamante: Soldadera for The Vincent Price Art Museum in East Los Angeles. In addition to writing about sexuality, art, and campus politics, she publishes on sports. Her non-academic sports writing has been published in DeadspinThe GuardianHowler, and The New York Times.   

Location: Arrupe Kitchen, Arrupe Lobby

As we come out about our identities we come in to new communities. Join us in a sharing of culinary traditions and coming out stories, as we come in to community and come together to cook and feast in solidarity.

Link to Facebook event.

Location: HFSC Herman Room

This panel will discuss the complex relationship between faith and sexuality. LGBTQ students of faith will reflect on their experiences of inclusion and exclusion involving all aspects of their identity. Various faith leaders will respond, centering student voices in sharing how they work with and respond to student struggles and formation. In addition, we will explore how LGBTQ students can work with faith traditions to enhance their own understanding in being “whole persons of solidarity”.

Present: Brahmachari; Rabbi Gartner; Chaplain Seher Siddiqee; Chaplain Marc Rugani and several others.

Location: Copley Formal Lounge

Come celebrate with the Georgetown Jewish Chaplaincy for our annual Pride Shabbat, which allows for thoughtful conversation between Jewish and LGBTQ identities.

Location: Red Square Amphitheater

The event will encompass stories from LGBTQ students on campus as a means to shining a light on the struggles and successes that the LGBTQ community has endured. This event aligns with our mission statement, as we are providing a students – from a marginalized background – with a means of expressing themselves within a brave space.

Location: TBD

Join us for a memorial service in honor of the many lives lost to transphobic violence in the past year. There will be a discussion following the memorial service.

Presented by:

  • LGBTQ Resource Center
  • Tagliabue Initiative for LGBTQ Life
  • GU Pride
  • GU Queer People of Color (QPOC)

In Partnership with:

  • Office of the President
  • Office of the Provost
  • Office of Advancement
  • Center for Multicultural equity and Access (CMEA)
  • Campus Ministry
  • Center for Social Justice
  • Division of Student Affairs
  • Active Minds
  • La Casa Latina
  • The Black House
  • Department of English
  • GUSA
  • HoyaMed Alliance
  • Leaders in Education About Diversity (LEAD)
  • The Lecture Fund
  • McDonough Alliance
  • Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA)
  • Sexual Assault Peer Educators (SAPE)
  • Students of Color Alliance (SOCA)
  • United Feminists
  • US Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Veterans Office
  • Women’s and Gender Studies Program
  • Women’s Center