What’s Virtually Happening in the Gantt Center

Gantt Year-End Celebration!
Saturday, May 2nd
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Instagram Live @CUGantt

No matter your physical location, join Clemson University students for good music and positive vibes from DJ Doc as we close out Spring 2020! For more information or questions, contact Jerad Green at jeradg@nullclemson.edu.

1. Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
2. Lavender Celebration of Graduates
3. Donning of the Kente Virtual Ceremony
4. Save the Date: Grill and Greet
  Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month

1. Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Initially founded in 1977, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) honors and recognizes Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) people in the United States and their contributions that enhance and enrich U.S. American history. While the heritage month is nationally recognized during the month of May, Clemson celebrates APAHM during the month of April. Follow us on social media (@CUGantt), and use the hashtag (#ClemsonAPAHM), to learn more about Asian American and Pacific Islander communities this month through semi-weekly (twice a week) posts highlighting contributions from the AAPI community as well as the events below.

Organization Resource Fair
Monday, April 20th, Wednesday, April 22nd, and Friday, April 24th

Follow our Instagram (@CuGantt) to learn more about our Asian American student groups on campus. During this week, we will feature the Asian Student Association, Delta Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc., and Pi Alpha Phi Fraternity, Inc.

For more APAHM events or questions, visit our website or contact Larissa Jenkins at larissj@nullg.clemson.edu.

2. Lavender Celebration of Graduates

Clemson’s Lavender Celebration of Graduates is meant to be an opportunity to celebrate the successes and achievements of our graduating LGBTQ+-identified students.  Traditionally, this has meant an in-person ceremony and reception where graduates and loved ones can gather together in celebration. In light of COVID-19, we will not host a face-to-face ceremony at the originally planned time; however, we are still in conversations about how we might virtually recognize graduates.  Once we have a solution, we will communicate that to those who sign-up.

Please fill out this form by April 27th if you are interested in participating.

Contact Ciera Durden at cierad@nullclemson.edu for any further questions.

3. Donning of the Kente Virtual Ceremony
Wednesday, May 6th at 2:00pm via Zoom

Donning of the Kente is a multicultural celebration of graduates designed to celebrate the accomplishments of students who have contributed to enhancing diversity and inclusion at Clemson University. In 2005, the Gantt Center hosted its first multicultural celebration of graduates called Rite of Sankofa. After a hiatus, the event was revived in 2016 as Donning of the Kente and has been celebrated every year since. The ceremony recognizes the academic, professional, and personal achievements of graduates as they transition into their post-collegiate lives. Rooted in African tradition, Donning of the Kente encourages students to identify a mentor who will present them with a Kente stole. The stole is a symbol of prestige and an official rite of passage.

Visit our website to access the Zoom link closer to the event. For more information, or questions, contact Larissa Jenkins at larissj@nullg.clemson.edu.

4. Save the Date: Grill and Greet
Thursday, August 20th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on North Green and the Clemson Outdoor Amphitheatre

Grill & Greet is an event that aims to support the social integration and continuation of students into the Clemson and Gantt communities. Grill & Greet is one of our longest standing cultural events; however, in 2007, the inclusion of student tabling and performances took this program to new heights. Currently, numerous multicultural student organizations (including culturally-based fraternities and sororities) host tables to provide individuals the opportunity to learn about campus involvement and peer engagement. There will be free food and beverages, live music, and entertainment!

For more information, or questions, contact Jerad Green at jeradg@nullclemson.edu.

  Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month
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.

Check back in the fall to see a lineup of events. For more information, or questions, contact Brandon Rodriguez at bjrodri@nullg.clemson.edu.

Website: clemson.edu/centers-institutes/Gantt

Email: CUGantt@nullclemson.edu

Phone: 864-656-7625

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