Every year, the GLBT Center hosts a series of annual events that we like to call our Signature Events. Read below about the events, and mark your calendars for this year.
The GLBT Symposium is a half-day welcome and community-building experience designed to provide incoming students with information about the GLBT Center, annual events and ways to get involved. Students will learn about GLBT student organizations on campus, opportunities to volunteer through the GLBT Center, and GLBT resources in the local community. Incoming students will get a chance to connect with each other and hear from returning students about what it’s like to be GLBT at NC State. This annual event is a great way for students to make new friends, enjoy free food and have some fun.
GLBT History Month is an annual series of events held each October that are designed to engage students, faculty and staff in learning about the intersections of GLBT history and activism. Be it a lecture, workshop, a film viewing and discussion, or a hands-on event, the GLBT Center seeks to create a space for students, faculty and staff to learn about identity, history, community challenges, politics, and strategies for creating change.
Each November the GLBT Center hosts Trans Awareness Week in order to bring attention to the experiences of the transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming communities. This week of events includes education and advocacy efforts to teach the NC State community about the challenges facing transgender students and community members. Trans Awareness Week includes the GLBT Center’s annual observance of Transgender Day of Remembrance on or around November 20th.
Each year the GLBT Faculty and Staff Network hosts a GLBT Holiday Potluck the week before Thanksgiving break. Network members provide all the food and host the event for current GLBT students. The event is designed to bring the GLBT community together and to ensure that all students have the opportunity to celebrate the holidays with a safe and supportive “family.”
Are you looking for an ASB (Alternative Service Break) trip that challenges you to think critically about how identity and social justice are related? Leadership & Civic Engagement (formerly CSLEPS) and the GLBT Center have established an ASB trip to San Francisco which gives students the opportunity to observe, process, and strategize about intersecting social justice issues (homelessness, inadequate mental and physical healthcare, interpersonal and community violence, the school-to-prison pipeline, food deserts, and targeted discrimination and harassment, among others).
As a member of a 14-person team, you will learn about how social justice issues impact multiple communities (for example, how homelessness impacts the GLBT community, communities of color, veterans, etc.) and what it’s like for individuals to navigate multiple marginalized identities (for example, what it means to be a young transgender woman of color). Many times these inequalities are caused by negative attitudes of individuals AND perpetuated by our society as a whole. The term we use for this is “systems of oppression” (racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, classism, transphobia, etc) and these systems can pile on top of one another, affecting every individual and community differently.
This Alternative Service Break is an opportunity for you to provide support, not solve or fix the problems of a community or individual. You will be asked to critically reflect on the impact of these issues, both at a community level and at an individual level. This trip will also challenge you to analyze your own position within your community, school, classroom, and beyond as we work for intersectional social justice. Most of all, this trip is an opportunity to practice meeting people where they are as you actively engage in support, service, outreach, and education related to multiple social justice issues.
If you are interested in applying for the ASB Trip, visit the Leadership & Civic Engagement ASB page for more information.
Each March the GLBT Center hosts a Week of Action designed to provide students, staff and faculty with opportunities to engage in discussion and advocacy around intersectional social justice issues. While the Week of Action includes an event for Transgender Day of Visibility on or around March 31, this annual event also seeks to give members of the NC State community a space to explore other advocacy efforts that are important to them while providing them with tools to better advocate for themselves and others.
Lavender Graduation is an annual celebration intended to bring the entire GLBT community together to celebrate the success of our students. ANY GLBT STUDENT can participate in Lavender Graduation. (Students don’t need to have been involved in any GLBT student organizations or have engaged with the GLBT Center prior to graduation.) We invite all GLBT graduates to participate and be recognized.
History of Lavender Graduation
Lavender Graduation is an annual ceremony conducted on numerous campuses to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and ally students and to acknowledge their achievements and contributions to the university. The Lavender Graduation Ceremony was created by Dr. Ronni Sanlo at the University of Michigan in 1995. The annual ceremony was created to recognize LGBT students and acknowledge their achievements and contributions to the university.