Social Justice Conference Series

Power in Pride: LGBTQIA+ Conference Series

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Date: Thursday, October 8
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CST)

Topic: Campus Inclusion: Finding Pride at UNI

Dr. Fernando Calderon, UNI Professor  This presentation looks at Latino youth militancy in and outside the universities by focusing on the ethos and culture of dissent they were instrumental in developing. Special attention will be placed on political actions carried out by Chicano militants and The Youth Lords.

Dr. Jennifer Waldron, UNI Associate Vice President of Research & Dean of Graduate College 
(she/her or they)

LGBTQIA+ students are integral to our vibrant campus. Come join a conversation about campus inclusion for LGBTQIA+ students facilitated by an out professor and administrator. Hear from current students as well as they share stories of inclusivity in our language, among strong role models, and embedded within the curriculum/classrooms. Our conversation will also weave in strategies to help you thrive at college.


Date: Thursday, October 15
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CST)

Topic: Shining Light on the Mental Health Disparities among BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ Students  


Shawna Jesse, Health Promotion Coordinator

Mental health conditions do not discriminate based on color, race, gender or identity. Anyone can experience mental health conditions and the associated challenges. However, background and identity can make access to mental health treatment much more difficult, especially for BIPOC (Blacks, Indigenous People, & People of Color) and LGBTQIA+ students. Fighting the stigma of mental illness and taking on the challenges of mental health conditions requires all of us. This session will explore these mental health disparities and shine light on the resources, both on-and-off campus that can provide support to BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ students.



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Melinda Beland, Caroline Francis, Melissa Gevaert 


Date: Thursday, October 22
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CST)

Topic: Love and Inclusion Swoop Into the Cedar Valley 

Melinda Beland (she/her or they), Caroline Francis (she/her/hers), Melissa Gevaert (she/her/hers)

A panel made up of members of UNI’s Rod Library's RodCon Committee will share information about the Love and Inclusion Swoop Into the Cedar Valley project that will focus on showing support to the LGBTQIA+ community in the Cedar Valley and bring writer and storyteller Gabby Rivera to UNI. In addition, the panelists will share services and support for LGBTQIA+ students at the UNI Rod library.