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Students pose in the Russell House during the Step Afrika performance.

Identity365

Identity365 is a year-long celebration of the cultural diversity at the University of South Carolina. Through collaborations with student organizations, faculty, and staff -- Identity365 provides unique opportunities to learn about diverse identities. All Identity365 programs are are open for all members of the Carolina community to attend. 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Time:  11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Greene Street

Join the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and the Latin American Student Organization (LASO) for a celebration of Latinx culture! There will be music, food, and best of all – salsa dancing!

Film: Roma
Date: Sept. 25
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: RHUU Theater

Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón delivers a vivid, emotional portrait of a domestic worker’s journey against domestic and political turmoil in 1970s Mexico.

Film: Hotel Rwanda
Date:
 Oct. 14
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: RHUU Theater

Ten years ago some of the worst atrocities in the history of mankind took place in the country of Rwanda--and in an era of high-speed communication and round the clock news, the events went almost unnoticed by the rest of the world. In only three months, one million people were brutally murdered. In the face of these unspeakable actions, inspired by his love for his family, an ordinary man summons extraordinary courage to save the lives of over a thousand helpless refugees, by granting them shelter in the hotel he manages.

Film: In Whose Honor
Date: Nov. 5
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: RHUU Ballroom C

In Whose Honor? takes a critical look at the long-running practice of "honoring" American Indians as mascots and nicknames in sports. It follows the story of Native American mother Charlene Teters, and her transformation into the leader some are calling the "Rosa Parks of American Indians" as she struggles to protect her cultural symbols and identity. In Whose Honor? looks at the issues of racism, stereotypes, minority representation and the powerful effects of mass-media imagery, and the extent to which one university will go to defend and justify its mascot.

There will be a discussion to follow the screening.

Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
Location: RHUU Patio

Stop by Russell House Patio for barbecue, music, and company to celebrate the beginning of LGBTQ+ History Month!

Time: 6 p.m.. 
Location: Law School Courtroom

A self-described accidental activist, Jim found himself in the role of caregiver for his partner of more than 20 years, John, as he neared the end of his life due to ALS. An unexpected series of events led to their decision to marry, eventually taking Jim to the Supreme Court and the landmark decision in Obergefell v. Hodges that resulted in victory for marriage equality. Jim and co-author, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Debbie Cenziper, captured Jim and John’s story, as well as the stories of others involved in this case in the book Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality. Now a self-described purposeful activist, Jim is dedicated to the fight for equality not just for the LGBTQ community, but for civil rights for all.

Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
Location: Greene St.

Spirit Day is a means of speaking out against LGBTQ bullying and standing with LGBTQ youth, who disproportionately face bullying and harassment because of their identities. Pledging to "go purple" on Spirit Day is a way for everyone — forward-thinking companies, global leaders, respected celebrities, neighbors, parents, classmates, and friends — to visibly show solidarity with LGBTQ youth and to take part in the largest, most visible anti-bullying campaign in the world.

Media representation has always been hugely important for members of the LGBTQ+ community. The inaugural Spectrum Film Series will showcase works featuring LGBTQ+ storylines to take a look at the variety of stories in the community.

Film: Boy Erased
Date: Nov. 4
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: RHUU Theater

The son of a Baptist preacher is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program after being forcibly outed to his parents.

Film: Rafiki
Date: Nov. 11
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: RHUU Theater

"Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives," but Kena and Ziki long for something more. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety. Presented in conjunction with International Education Week.

Film: The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson
Date: Nov. 18
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: RHUU Theater

Victoria Cruz investigates the mysterious 1992 death of black gay rights activist and Stonewall veteran, Marsha P. Johnson. Using archival interviews with Johnson, and new interviews with Johnson's family, friends and fellow activists.

Film: Saving Face
Date: Nov. 25
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: RHUU Theater

A Chinese-American lesbian and her traditionalist mother are reluctant to go public with secret loves that clash against cultural expectations.

Time: All Day
Location: Davis Field

Transgender Day of Remembrance, is observed annually as a day to memorialize those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia and to draw attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community.


 

PAST EVENTS:

Pridechella is an opportunity for the entire campus to come together and celebrate LGBTQ+ pride. Enjoy a lively festival featuring music, performances, food, and art celebrating a rich history of community, hardships, progress, and growth.

Blair Imani is Black, Queer, and Muslim. In addition to being a writer, public speaker, and ambassador of Muslims for Progressive Values, one of the oldest progressive Muslim organizations to support the LGBTQ+ community, Imani is a published author, with her premiere book Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History.

Please join the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs as we present "Sweetgrass Basket Weaving with Sarah Hammond”. Participants will learn the basics of the historical art form of sweetgrass basket weaving with Sarah Edwards Hammond as well as have the opportunity to weave a placemat using sweetgrass. Sarah Hammond, one of the Charleston area's finest sweetgrass basket makers, began learning this unique form of art from her mother at the age of seven and works to pass on the tradition to her own children, grandchildren and others in the community. She is on the South Carolina Arts Commission’s Approved Artist Roster and on the board of directors of the Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival.

Step Afrika, a professional dance company dedicated to the tradition of stepping, will bring its 25th anniversary show to campus!! Through performance Step Afrika breaks down the art form of stepping practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities and how it is influenced by African traditional dance and a variety of other dance and art forms.

Coming Out: Revealing one’s sexual orientation or gender identity intentionally to oneself and to others AND the life-long process of developing a positive LGBTQ+ identity. Join OMSA, IRIS, and TSA for the 30th anniversary of National Coming Out Day and take some time to celebrate those who have come out as members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Our Black Film Festival will explore the work of black directors beginning in the 1970s to present day. Each film will showcase, content by or about people of African descent and the impact each film has left on the culture. Featured films will be also have facilitated discussions by faculty and OMSA staff.

 

 

 

 

 


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