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Identity 365

IDENTITY365 is a new program/event series dedicated to the cultural diversity of students year-round. Learn from the various aspects of diversity including race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation identities. This series consists of multicultural performances, faculty lectures, films, dance, and multicultural student organization collaborations.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Pridechella

Date: April 12
Time: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Russell House Patio and Davis Field

Celebrate Pride at U of SC’s inaugural Pridechella April 12 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 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.

Become a vendor at Pridechella!

 

PAST EVENTS:

Blair Imani 

Date: March 5
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Russell House Theater

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.

In June 2017, Blair Imani came out as a queer Muslim woman on national television while discussing safe spaces on Tucker Carlson Tonight. By speaking her truth, Imani invoked the rage of Carlson's viewers who tormented her with messages of hate and violence. Undeterred, Blair began working with the internationally renowned LGBTQ rights organization, GLAAD, to continue elevating the stories of queer people of faith globally.

Sweetgrass Basket Weaving

Date: Feb. 11
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Russell House Ballroom 

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!

Date: Oct. 24
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Russell House Ballroom 

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.

An Evening with Dominique Jackson

Date: Oct. 30
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Russell House Theater 

Join OMSA and the Association of African American Students as Dominique Jackson speaks on her unique experience as a model, transgender advocate, author, star on television show POSE. 

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Date: Nov. 15
Time: 5:30 p.m.
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. This year, a vigil will be held on Davis Field for a moment of quiet observance to honor those who have lost their lives.

Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff

Date: Sept. 14
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Greene Street

Join OMSA and the Latin American Student Association (LASO) as we celebrate our annual event featuring Latin American food, music and culture.

BBQueer: LGBTQ+ History Month Kick Off

Date: Oct. 1
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
Location: Russell House University Union Patio

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

National Coming Out Day

Date: Oct. 11
Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: Russell House Patio

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.

Black Film Festival

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.

Date: Oct. 1
Time: 6 p.m.
Film: Shaft (1971)
Director: Gordon Parks Jr
Location: Russell House Theater

Date: Oct. 2
Time: 6 p.m.
Film: Get Out (2017)
Director: Jordan Peele
Location: Russell House Theater

Date: Oct. 3
Time: 6 p.m.
Film: Boyz in da hood (1991)
Director: John Singleton
Location: Russell House Theater

Date: Oct. 4
Time: 6 p.m.
Film: For Colored Girls (2010)
Director: Tyler Perry
Location: Russell House Theater

Date: Oct. 5
Time: 6 p.m.
Film: The Wiz (1978)
Director: Sidney Lumet
Location: Russell House Theater