Programs

COVID-19 Update

Due to COVID-19, all programs and panels can be facilitated virtually.

Support Group

Sister 2 Sister (S2S) is a group for all women of color students. S2S hosts monthly Sister Circles, in addition to supporting other relevant programming. Sister Circles are spaces for women of color students to talk, listen, and simply exist among each other.

S2S is part of the Student African American Sisterhood National Organization, Inc. (SAAS), a program dedicated to supporting the personal and professional development of young women of color.

Signature Programs

  • The Cultural Sisterhood Summit affirms, connects and empowers women and nonbinary students from all diverse racial and ethnic groups. We invite undergraduate and graduate students to participate in this engaging opportunity for personal, academic and social connection. 
    • Diverse racial and ethnic groups include, but are not limited to, Black/African American, Bi/Multiracial, Latina/x, Native American and Asian American students. 
  • Womanist Wednesdays are interactive tabling sessions that highlight topics related to gender identity, intersectionality and current events that occur on select Wednesdays on a monthly basis.

Other Programs and Panels

We work in collaboration with other departments to develop workshops, presentations, programs and conference sessions on topics that center women and gender. Contact Ariel Owens, GSRC assistant director, aowens1@niu.edu for more information.

  • Black Women as Activists: What is activism? This interactive program explores the answer to this question. Facilitators will guide students in thinking about what activism, while highlighting the experiences of Black women, and illuminating the ways that this group has been at the forefront of social justice movements.
  • Feminism 101: What is feminism, and who benefits from it? This engaging presentation answers this question, dispels myths, and helps participants explore different components of feminism. Facilitators will allot time for students to ask their most burning questions.
  • Intersectionality 101: Intersectionality is a theory that describes how different types of discrimination interact. This engaging workshop is designed to assist students in thinking critically about the various identities that peers may hold, in order to create and sustain spaces on campus where all people feel safe and valued.
  • LGBTQ+ 101: This session will provide foundational knowledge of LGBTQ+ identities. Proper terminology and practices for emerging allies will be discussed. You'll learn steps in creating a more inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ individuals. This session is designed to be a precursor to LGBTQ+ Ally training and can be tailored to specific audiences/content areas.  Previous tailored LGBTQ+ 101 at NIU have included police and public safety,  intercollegiate athletics, College of Education and academic advising. 
  • Surthrival: Self Care and Identity: Facilitator(s) will employ storytelling and reflection activities designed to help you strengthen their self-care habits, emphasizing how one's gender, sexuality, and other aspects of identity, may impact their self-care routines.
  • The Speakers Bureau: Made up of NIU students and community members, the Speaks Bureau features personal experiences as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer individuals, cisgender and/or heterosexual allies.

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Gender and Sexuality Resource Center
105 Normal Road
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-753-4772
gsrc@niu.edu

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