P.R.O.U.D. Meetings: Jan 15 | Feb 12, 16 | Mar 12
Q-Summit: April 25th, 2015 8:30am-5:30pm
Lavender Graduation: June 7, 2015 10:30am-12:30pm
P.R.O.U.D. (People Reaching Out for Unity In Difference)
This bi-monthly meeting focuses on providing CSUSB students with opportunities to better understanding of social justice.
February 12 & 26
SMSU Pride Center
For more information/disability accomodations call (909) 537-4167 (72 hour notice required).
Valid CSUSB Parking or $5 parking pass required.
What is the Q-Summit? Why Have It?
Q-Summit is meant to be a conference for queer identifying students across Southern California for a day of movement-building, skill-sharing, and best-practices development, with emphasis on building a stronger connection with local Gay Straight Alliances and youth groups in the Inland Empire. We recognize that various LGBTQA students are doing meaningful work across our region to build strong, resilient communities but little attention has been given to this work in the Inland Empire area. Because there are limited resources for LGBTQA youth and students who attend CSU, San Bernardino, The LGBTQA Faculty, Staff and Student association is convening this space for queer activists to gather in a central location and strategize around the future of their movement(s). The hope is that by providing this event with the help of local community partners, CSU San Bernardino can host its first Q-Summit to help LGBTQA students and youth find a place where they can not only be themselves, but also make sense of the multiple identities that many carry.
Who Can Participate?
The Q-Summit is open to those who are engaged in LGBTQA work or are interested in connecting to ongoing efforts in their area. While any and everyone are welcome to attend, we're especially interested in centering the voices of LGBTQA students who are in their senior year of high school or undergraduate. We are also especially interested in amplifying the experiences of LGBTQA people of color and Trans* voices, hence we highly encourage people of color or those who identify as Trans* to register and submit proposals.
Schedule: Available March 2015.
Dr. Sumun Pendakur - Harvey Mudd College
Ted Farley - It Gets Better Project
Program Proposal - Program Proposals will close Friday, March 6, 2015
June 7, 2015 10:30am-12:30pm
What is 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, a Jewish Lesbian, who was denied the opportunity to attend the graduations of her biological children because of her sexual orientation. It was through this experience that she came to understand the pain felt by her students. Encouraged by the Dean of Students at the University of Michigan, Dr. Sanlo designed the first Lavender Graduation Ceremony in 1995. The first Lavender Graduation began at the University of Michigan in 1995, with three graduates. By 2001, there were over 45 Lavender Graduation Ceremonies at Colleges and Universities nationwide. Graduating students, including undergraduates and graduates, are invited to take part in the celebration, which occurs each year the week prior to university-wide commencement events.
Why a Lavender Graduation Ceremony?
For decades students at colleges and universities around the country have been celebrating both their academic achievements and their cultural heritages at specialized commencement events. Many of these events are student-initiated and usually occur during the university-wide commencement weekend. These events provide a sense of community for minority students who often experience tremendous culture shock at their impersonalized institutions. For many students they are the payoff for staying in school, and friends and families find the smaller, more ethnic ceremonies both meaningful and personal.
Lavender Graduation is a cultural celebration that recognizes LGBTQA students of all races and ethnicities and acknowledges their achievements and contributions to the university as students who survived the college experience. Through such recognition LGBTQA students may leave the university with a positive last experience of the institution thereby encouraging them to become involved mentors for current students as well as financially contributing alumni. Lavender Graduation is an event to which LGBTQA students look forward, where they not only share their hopes and dreams with one another, but where they are officially recognized by the institution for their leadership and their successes and achievements.
The Significance of "Lavender"
Lavender is important to LGBTQA history. It is a combination of the pink triangle that gay men were forced to wear in concentration camps and the black triangle designating lesbians as political prisoners in Nazi Germany. The LGBTQA civil rights movement took these symbols of hatred and combined them to make symbols and color of pride and community.