Save these dates! GSW events for winter 2022


As we begin the new semester, we are excited to announce just some of our upcoming programs and events.

Here's some of what's coming up:

  • Friday, January 14, at 10 a.m.: Wayne State’s Annual Tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, on the theme of Looking Back to Look Ahead, with a keynote from Distinguished Alumnus Christopher Wilson, Director of Experience Design at the Smithsonian. Streaming live at
  • Tuesday, January 19, all day: National Day of Healing from Racism. In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Wayne State’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of Multicultural Student Engagement, and Wayne Law’s Detroit Equity Action Lab are collaborating to will host a series of virtual events in an effort to heal the wounds created by racial, ethnic and religious bias and build an equitable and just society where everyone can thrive. To heal from and end racism, we need to tell the truth about past and current wrongs and address the consequences created by individual and systemic racism. Virtual sessions are happening all day, participants can join as they are able
  • LGBT Detroit is seeking mentors and protégés (mentees) for the 2021 LGBT Detroit Leadership Academy, which provides culturally appropriate education on LGBT+ Black history, engaging in civil discourse, understanding HIV transmission and prevention, and addressing HIV stigma. In addition to educating, The Academy seeks to provide support and guidance to LGBT+ young adults looking for a mentor. Stipends are provided! They would love to have some more Warriors represented in this year’s group. The program starts soon, with a kick-off on January 22 and educational programming starting Saturday, January 29
  • Monday, January 24 at 12 noon: All GSW majors, GSW minors, and queer studies minors, and potential majors and minors are invited to our first annual GSW and Queer Studies Student Assembly. Come spend time with your peers and find out about changes to the program, plans for the semester, and more! This event will be virtual; a flyer is attached, and more info plus a link is on Get Involved
  • Monday, January 31, 12 - 1:30 p.m.: GSW Awards and Scholarships Workshop. Students from all majors and minors should attend to find out more about the WSU process for applying for scholarships and awards, particularly those related to feminism, gender, and sexuality. A flyer is attached;  more information and a zoom link are on Get Involved
  • Wednesday, February 16: Save the date for an Artist’s Talk with our Dr. V. Efua Prince, associate professor of African American Studies, who will share aspects of her creative and research process for her choreopoem Waterbearers
  • Monday, March 7, 12 -1:30 p.m.: Dr. Sami Schalk (U Wisconsin-Madison) will give a virtual talk entitled Articulating and Enacting Black Disability Politics in the National Black Women’s Health Project. The talk is drawn from Dr. Schalk’s current book project, Black Disability Politics, which explores Black activist and cultural worker engagement with a disability as a political and social issue. Made possible through the Dr. Thomas Klein Gender and Sexuality Speaker Series, the talk will be free and open to the public via Zoom
  • Tuesday, March 8, 7 p.m.: GSW is proud to be a co-sponsor of the Zekelman Holocaust Center’s screening of the documentary “The Six Triple Eight” in recognition of International Women’s History Month! The film explores the history and service of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, the only all-Black female battalion to serve in Europe during WWII. This event will be virtual on Zoom and will feature the film producers James Theres and Edna Cummings
  • Wednesday, March 30, 7 p.m.: LGBT Detroit’s Togethr campaign visits Wayne State for their “Sex, Hooking Up, and the Apps” workshop!
  • Wayne State’s Annual Pride Week will be celebrated April 4-8, 2022
  • Friday, April 22, 4:30 - 6 p.m.: Please plan to join us for the annual Dr. Rae Lee Siporin Rainbow Graduation, Awards, and Homecoming Ceremony!

We hope to see you at these events, and to be together in community virtually and in-person in 2022. Please help us spread the word by forwarding this information to your networks, and, as always, let us know if we can help promote or collaborate on events and programs!  

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