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LGBTQI+ Faculty/Staff Affinity Group: First Meeting

February 23, 2017 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is excited to announce the LGBTQIA+ Affinity Group for university professional staff and faculty. Over the last several months, both members of the staff and members of the faculty have met with members of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to identify resources available for members of the LGBTQIA+ community, including networking opportunities, professional development funding, and support groups in light of current events throughout the country. The LGBTQIA+ Affinity Group will serve as an umbrella organization in order to provide these opportunities to members of the community. The group will also offer the community an official, collective voice for LGBTQIA+ issues at Pitt, will serve as a liaison to upper administration, and will provide support for recruitment and retention of faculty and staff.

Our committee has planned a mixer that we would like to invite members of the LGBTQIA+ faculty and staff community at Pitt to attend at 5801 Video Lounge Café in Shadyside, on Thursday, February 23rd 5:00pm-7:00pm in order to provide an opportunity for members of the community to get to know each other. At this mixer, we will also brainstorm about the future direction of the affinity group and about possible projects involving both faculty and staff. At this time, we ask that only individuals who identify within the community join us for this program; at future programs and events, we are happy to welcome allies to join us as well. If you plan to attend, please fill out the following RSVP: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VN8QR96

All are also welcome to join our Facebook Group to stay connected about future events:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1233573180056851/?fref=ts

If you are interested in joining the group but are unable to attend the inaugural event, or have ideas to contribute for the vision of the group, please feel free to contact Interim Co-Chairs Julie Beaulieu at JRB107@pitt.edu, or Michael Wellbrock at MJW125@Pitt.edu and we will add you to our e-mailing list. 

GSWS Club Meeting

January 27, 2017 - 5:30pm

The GSWS Club is excited to begin this semester with some great events for all majors/interests! Our first general body meeting will be held Friday Jan 27 at 5:30pm in room 226 of the Cathedral. We'll be solidifying our social media presence (so if you're tech savvy swing on by!), planning future networking and informational events, and enjoying some delicious snacks. We're also looking to establish a new board by the end of March, so if you're interested in being more involved with the GSWS program, then definitely come and chat with us!

Lecture: "At One Point We All Rebelled": Hip Hop Graffiti Grrlz and the Performance of Feminist Masculinity

March 24, 2017 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Speaker/Participants: 
Jessica N. Pabón, SUNY New Paltz

Hip Hop masculinity has been theorized almost exclusively in relation to cisgendered men and shaped by the question: what does the performance of mainstream Hip Hop masculinity do to girls and women? Frequently focused on toxic hypermasculinities, the question predetermines the answer: girls and women in Hip Hop experience low self-esteem, low social status, and exploitation (in terms of sex and labor). In short, they are always already victims. Instead of asking what Hip Hop masculinity does to them, Dr. Jessica Pabón asks what graffiti grrlz do with masculine gender performance.

Colloquium: Prof. Kathryn Stockton (Utah)

September 28, 2017 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

“Making Out, Queerly: Kissing, Reading, Sex with Ideas (A Theoretical Memoir)"

This event will be based on a discussion of a precirculated paper.

GSWS Club Open Mic Night

December 9, 2016 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm


The Pitt GSWS Club is hosting an open mic night Friday December 9 from 5-7pm in 216 Cathedral of Learning! Come enjoy some delicious food, good vibes, and great performances with your favorite group of engaged feminist scholars! Any and all performances are welcome from poetry to music to a brief talk on the totally awesome research project you just finished this semester! At the very least, this will be a nice chance to have some laughs and forget about finals week (at least for a little while)!

Workshop on Transgender/Non-binary approaches to language teaching

October 20, 2017 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Speaker/Participants: 
University Club

Sponsored by: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences; University Honors College; Center for Latin American Studies; European Studies Center; Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies; and Departments of French & Italian, German, Hispanic, and Linguistics

View PDF Flyer here.

Dr. Kris Knisely (The University of South Dakota) will discuss gender and sexual diversity as it relates to inclusive language teaching practices. He will provide a broad introduction to queering the language classroom and then, informed by the linguistic practices of non-binary individuals in France, he will focus particularly on how, as pedagogues, we are to address binary grammatical gender with students who have non-binary gender identities. A number of strategies for increasing inclusiveness and supporting diversity in the second language classroom will be presented, which we will then discuss together. This workshop will feature hands-on practice with inclusive materials selection, course, and curricular design.

SC April Meeting (if business requires)

April 14, 2017 - 10:00am - 11:30am

Third SC Meeting of spring term

March 17, 2017 - 10:00am - 11:30am

Second Steering Committee Meeting of spring term

February 17, 2017 - 10:00am - 11:30am
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