What’s Happening in the Gantt Center – September/October

  1. Interfaith Café
  2. National Coming Out Week
  3. Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month
  4. Embracing Community—Voting Access
  5. National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) Lunch and Learn
  6. Power of Perspective Panel – Redefining Rural America
  7. Indigenous Peoples Day Keynote
  8. Peer Dialogue Facilitator (PDF) Applications Open
  9. Connect: A Vital, Virtual Conversation (Law Enforcement and Communities of Color)
  10. Virtual Survivor Space
  11. Additional Events


  1. Interfaith Café
    Tuesday, September 29thfrom 12:30pm to 2:00pm via Zoom

Interfaith Café is a monthly dialogue series led by Clemson Interfaith exploring issues related to worldview, religions, spirituality, and ways of making meaning.  Dialogue can be a powerful tool in addressing some big life questions.  This month’s dialogue will address the question: how has your worldview been shaped during a pandemic?  Join the conversation via Zoom at https://bit.ly/InterfaithCafe920! For questions and accommodation requests, please reach out to Jacob Frankovich at frankov@nullclemson.edu.


  1. National Coming Out Week 2020
    October  5th – October 10th

National Coming Out Week is a week of celebration for the LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual) community at Clemson, with a particular focus on the coming out process. Mark your calendars and keep your eyes open for further developing events! For questions and accommodation requests, please reach out to Ciera Durden at cierad@nullclemson.edu.

Robyn Ochs – The Changing Landscape of Identity: Understanding and Supporting Students of All Gender Identities & Sexual Orientations
Monday, October 5th from 11:00am to 12:15pm, RSVP Link: bit.ly/NCOWchanginglandscape

Clemson faculty and staff are invited to join NCOW 2020’s keynote Robyn Ochs for this special event on supporting LGBTQ+ students! Our teens and twenties are times of exploration, discovery, and growth, but may also bring challenges and stress, particularly for non-heterosexual students. Robyn will discuss her work with teens and young adults and share some research, her observations, and the lessons she has learned. For more information on Robyn, please visit her website.

Coming Out in Color: Stories of Courage in Diverse Households
Monday, October 5th at 6:00pm, RSVP Link: https://clemson.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAlduqqrD0qHd3w5vEWsVfw3N0icDtesBui

This event will be a virtual fishbowl discussion between LGBTQIA+ BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) panelists that operate as faculty, staff, and students at Clemson. Two moderators will be asking the panel to share their experiences regarding culture, the intersection of identities, coming out, and pride. The event will conclude with a breakout-room session, so that attendees may speak personally with the panelists. Additionally, anonymous testimonies from BIPOC LGBTQIA+ students at Clemson will be shared.

Beyond Binaries- Robyn Ochs
Tuesday, October 6th from 5:00pm to 6:00pm, RSVP Link: bit.ly/NCOWbeyondbinaries

How do we assign labels to our complicated experiences of sexuality? Where do we fall on various sexuality continua? How do we label?  Join NCOW keynote Robyn Ochs for this interactive program where we will explore the landscape of sexuality to expand our perspective and change the way we think about labels.

LGBTQ+ Alumni HangOUT
Wednesday, October 7th at 8:00pm via Zoom, RSVP Link: https://forms.gle/1NkWdTeSdoiWC1gq9

Current LGBTQ+ Clemson students and alums are invited to our National Coming Out Week HangOUT session! The purpose of this event is for current students to make connections with alumni who share similar identities in order to form community and bond over the varying experiences of being queer at Clemson. Collaboration with the LGBTQ+ Alumni Council.

Religion & Spirituality through a Queer Lens
Thursday, October 8th at 5:00pm via Zoom, RSVP Link: https://clemson.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcuduyopz0sEtTPcrnYgxgzn_u7SMFNfeNI

An LGBTQ+ affirming conversation about religion and spirituality. Collaboration with North Anderson Community Church & Others.

Come OUT and Greet!
Friday, October 9th at 4:00pm via Zoom, Link: https://clemson.zoom.us/j/99506547156

Come hang out and meet Clemson LGBTQ+ organizations as well as learn about campus wide resources for LGBTQ+ students.


  1. Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month – “Únicos pero Unidos”
    September 15th– October 15th

The Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month Celebration was created with a desire to educate and heighten awareness about the rich culture. As the population continues to grow at Clemson University, we are encouraged by our peers and the administration to create opportunities for all members of our campus community to celebrate and find value in the contributions of Hispanics and Latinos. Ultimately, we hope to begin cultivating a true inclusive environment built upon a passion for learning and mutual respect. Help us commemorate this celebration with the Hispanic Alliance of Greenville and AHAM. For more information and updates about events, please continue visiting our website throughout the month. You can also contact Brandon Rodriguez at bjrodri@nullg.clemson.edu.

Noche de Gala – “Únicos pero Unidos: Celebrating Our Best”
Saturday, October 3rd at 6:00pm via Zoom (https://bit.ly/3aThMio)

We will be hosting a live award ceremony to give recognition to a faculty/staff member, community member, and student. These service awards are for anyone engaged in supporting or enhancing a positive Hispanic and Latinx culture change within the Clemson University community.

Únicos pero Unidos: A Night for Dreamers
We are celebrating people of distinction within the community this year by holding a virtual event. The student organization Latinos Unidos Clemson University (LUCU) will be offering ways to donate to DACA students through social media engagement the week prior to the event. So, keep an eye out for these updates on Instagram from @CU_LUCU the week leading up to this event.

Romper el Hielo: Afro-Latinidad & Anti-Blackness in the Latinx Community
Wednesday, October 7th at 6:00pm via Zoom (https://bit.ly/34VGjm0)

We will be highlighting the experiences of Afro-Latinx students on campus and discussing what Anti-Blackness and Colorism looks like in the Latinx community.

Film Showing – Cuba and the Cameraman
Thursday, October 8th at 6:00pm via Zoom (https://clemson.zoom.us/j/91016032441)

This exciting film shows Cuba over a course of 45 years through the lens of veteran American journalist and documentary filmmaker, Jon Alpert. The film captures the story of three struggling families in Cuba from the 1970s to the 1990s after the fall of the Soviet Union, as well as the 2016 death of Fidel Castro.

Friday, October 30th at 7:00pm via Zoom
Dia de los Muertos
This event will cover the history of Dia de los Muertos, the importance of the decorations, and the meaning behind the symbols such as the Monarch butterfly. It will have tutorials on how to build an altar, make the decorations, make the traditional food, and how to Salsa dance. Register here. Coordinated by the Clemson Commission on Latino Affairs. For more information, contact Brandon Rodriguez at bjrodri@nullg.clemson.edu.


  1. Embracing Community—Voting Access
    Wednesday, October 7th, 12:00-1:30 PM via Zoom, https://bit.ly/EmbracingCommunityVoting

Embracing Community is an on-going dialogue series exploring important social issues.  Our next Zoom dialogue will delve into voting access ahead of this year’s election!  This dialogue will explore voting rights, access, and procedures, along with how voting relates to marginalized identity groups in particular. For questions and accommodation requests, please reach out to Jacob Frankovich at frankov@nullclemson.edu.


  1. National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) Lunch and Learn 1

Accessible Paths: Using Data to Make Decisions
Wednesday, October 7th from 12:00pm to 1pm via Zoom

October is National Disability Employment Awareness month and this year marks not only the 75th observance of NDEAM, but also the 30th anniversary of the ADA. Join us for a lunch and learn series that focuses on increasing access and opportunity at Clemson! #NDEAMCU2020 and #IncreasingAccessandOpportunity This first presentation will cover a very brief history of accessibility requirements for sidewalks and other outdoor spaces. A snapshot of the methods and processes used in the Clemson University Accessibility Survey will be followed by some findings from the study and plans for future work. Register at: https://clemson.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYpc-ypqz0qE9E25aILW3IheHjs6TS9WL-M. For questions and accommodation requests, please reach out to Priscilla Harrison at priscih@nullclemson.edu.


  1. Power of Perspective Panel – Redefining Rural America: What Stories are Missing?
    Thursday, October 8th from 12:00pm – 1:30pm via Zoom

Join a panel of Clemson University faculty and staff as we discuss the often untold stories of rural populations around various issues including demographics, health and educational disparities and politics. Panelists will include Daniella Hall Sutherland, PhD (Assistant Professor of Educational & Organizational Leadership Development), Michelle Parisi, PhD, RDN (Rural Health and Nutrition Program Extension Director), and more. RSVP to attend here: https://bit.ly/CUPowerofPerspective4. Coordinated by the Gantt Multicultural Center, Campus Achievement and Student Empowerment and Office of College Preparation and Outreach. For questions and accommodation requests, please reach out to Dr. Kendra Stewart-Tillman at stewar5@nullclemson.edu.


  1. Indigenous Peoples Day Keynote – Supporting Native Students: Building Relationships with Native Nations”
    Monday, October  12th from 12:30pm – 1:30pm via Zoom, Register herehttp://bit.ly/IndigenousClemson

As the current Tribal Liaison for the University of Wisconsin System, Dr. Pyawasay-Jennings will offer insight on how universities can utilize policy to work with Native Nations to build institutional infrastructure to support Native students and create meaningful relationships with Native communities. For more information, contact Jerad Green at jeradg@nullclemson.edu.


  1. Peer Dialogue Facilitator (PDF) Applications Open
    PDF Application Deadline – Monday, October 19th . Apply here: bit.ly/PeerDialogueFacilitators2020

    Interested in getting paid to help impact student experiences and create positive social change on Clemson’s campus?  Apply to be a Peer Dialogue Facilitator!  PDFs are a specialized paraprofessional position within the Gantt Multicultural Center.  This team supports equity efforts at Clemson University by facilitating Community Dialogues, connecting with Gantt Center and campus-wide initiatives, and serving on project teams.  PDFs develop essential leadership, communication, and critical thinking skills to ultimately take action to create change at Clemson and beyond. Learn more on the Gantt Multicultural Center website, or contact Jacob Frankovich at frankov@nullclemson.edu with questions or for additional information.
  2. Connect: A Vital, Virtual Conversation (Law Enforcement and Communities of Color)
    Thursday, October 29th from 3:00pm – 5:00pm via ZoomWe are in a time of historic social unrest over the treatment of people of color by some members of the law enforcement community. Here in our community, local law enforcement leaders are doing their part to find collaborative solutions to the relationship between law enforcement and communities of color and additional marginalized populations. Panelists will include Chief Greg Mullen and Lieutenant Chris Harrington of the Clemson University Police Department; Chief Jim Stewart and Assistant Chief Nikki Carson of Anderson City Police; Juana Slade, Chief Diversity Office of AnMed Health; Dr. Kendra Stewart-Tillman, Assistant Vice President and Executive Director of the Gantt Multicultural Center of Clemson University; and be moderated by Kate Weaver Patterson, Site Director and Managing Attorney of Root and Rebound. Register here to attend: https://clemson.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YEb8YMrPQkCnqGRQSiIM9Q. Sponsored by AnMed Health’s Office of Diversity, Clemson University Division of Inclusion and Equity and Duke Energy. For questions and accommodation requests, please reach out to Dr. Kendra Stewart-Tillman at stewar5@nullclemson.edu.

  3. Virtual Survivor Space
    The Survivor Space, co-created by the Office of Access and Equity, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), College of Education, Gantt Multicultural Center, and University Libraries, provides a virtual space of healing and community for survivors of interpersonal violence affiliated with Clemson University. It is a safe space to share thoughts, feelings, and questions without judgement and to support and empower other survivors. Sign-up here. For questions, please reach out to Ciera Durden at cierad@nullclemson.edu.

  4. Additional Events
    Please access the following link to see additional university events in the Calendar section of our home page: http://www.clemson.edu/centers-institutes/gantt/.


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