Georgia State is commemorating Juneteenth, important anniversaries, and other heritage month observances throughout the summer! Through this Social Justice Summer page, you can find more information about Juneteenth as well as other events celebrating our country’s rich diversity.
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day or Emancipation Day, is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States. It is observed as a public holiday in 14 U.S. states., recognizing the events of June 19, 1865 when enslaved people in Texas and Louisiana finally learned that they were free, and the Union Army arrived in Galveston ordering that slavery end.
There are many other month-long observances and special days that are honored throughout this summer, and you can find a listing through the tabs at the bottom of this page. Further event information will be added throughout the summer, including upcoming events in June, July and August, related to (but by no means limited to) LGBTQ+ Pride Month, Caribbean American Heritage Month and so much more.
Lavender Graduation is an annual ceremony conducted on numerous campuses to honor graduating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual/Aromantic, and Ally students. At Georgia State University, Lavender Graduation is a cultural celebration, traditionally held in April before the general commencement, to acknowledge LGBTQIA+ student achievements and contributions to the University and beyond. Through this recognition, LGBTQ+ students are celebrated at this culminating event, encouraging them to stay connected with the multicultural center, alumni association, and the Georgia State University community.
Students (undergraduate and graduate) graduating in May, August, or December, and allies are invited to take part in the celebration. Graduating students will receive a certificate of achievement, lavender cord, rainbow tassel, as well as a gift from the Alumni Association. Two speakers: a keynote speaker and the alumni speaker, who is usually an accomplished LGBTQ+ alum, deliver addresses to the participants.
This year’s ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 21, 2022, at 4:00 pm EST. All members of the Georgia State community are invited to honor our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual/ aromantic, and ally graduates at our annual Lavender Graduation celebration. The PRIDE Awards recognize individuals, departments, and organizations that have made Georgia State a safer and more inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
Show your PRIDE and join us for the 2022 Lavender Graduation celebration!
Through the Multicultural Center, you can enhance your student experience by taking advantage of the many programs and services that we provide. For up-to-date information about our programs and services, check out our website and/or Panther Involvement Network. You can also engage with us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook. From discussion programs to heritage month celebrations, we have something that everyone will enjoy! Also visit the DEI webpage , your one-stop destination for resources and university events that center diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The Multicultural Center’s Cultural Competency Trainings & Workshops are designed to engage, equip, challenge, and support the Georgia State community in being a more inclusive campus. Our goal is to encourage emerging leaders to be agents of change on our campus, in communities and the world beyond. This is our commitment to inclusive excellence by increasing awareness, knowledge, and skills of Georgia State students. Some opportunities include: In the (STATE) Zone Awareness and Ally trainings, inclusive of Safe Zone and TRANSformation, Allyship 101, and so many more.
Interested in a training or workshop for your club, class or department? The Multicultural Center offers presentations which create brave spaces for participants to engage in meaningful dialogue and learning experiences. These are designed for various audiences and can be tailored to fit any group. These workshops can be done virtually or in person! If you have questions about other workshops or trainings, please email us.
The Community Connections Mentoring Program (C2) is an opportunity for students of marginalized and underserved communities to connect with each other, meet and be mentored by university faculty, staff & community partners, and discuss topics focused on personal growth, leadership development, career readiness and social responsibility. Through this forum, students' bond through shared experience and build a community of care at Georgia State and beyond. Our cornerstone C2 groups include:
- Womxn of Color
The Multicultural Center’s library resources have been curated to strengthen students’ knowledge around a variety of beliefs, values and experiences of diverse cultural identities and to enhance the skills they will need to work and live as global citizens and leaders in society. The Multicultural Center has a growing collection of resources focusing on specific cultural communities, culturally responsive teaching, and diversity training. The checkout process simply requires your Panther ID card. One of our signature programs is the Baldwin Book Club. If you have any questions about checking out resources from our library or any of our In the Library programs, please email us.
The center is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to the Georgia State community for meetings and events by reservation request. All rooms can be reserved ahead of time by submitting a Room Reservations Form. Multicultural Center staff will be in touch by email to confirm your reservation or discuss your request further. If you have any questions, please call the Multicultural Center at (404) 413-1584, email us, or stop by between 8:30 am and 5:15 pm, Monday-Friday.
The Gender and Sexuality Resource Center (GSRC) provides services including programming, workshops, organizational support, and mentoring. Programming and services focus on all identities within the LGBTQ+ and varying gender communities. The GSRC welcomes all faculty, students and staff who would like to serve as allies for the LGBTQ+ and varying gender communities as well, or those with an interest in learning more. If you have any questions about the services, resources, and support available in the GSRC, please email us.
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The Gender and Sexuality Resource Center (GSRC) is a designated safe space for all gender and sexuality variant students, faculty and staff. Located in a separate wing of the Multicultural Center, the GSRC has technology, a study area and an overall welcoming spirit aimed to build identity awareness and academic success. The GSRC will work closely with many student organizations, departments and faculty to create enriching experiences for all who visit.
The center also features a meditation room that will also serve as a changing space for individuals a part of the trans and non-binary community.
Student Center East 206
Student Center East
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Associate Director- Cultures, Communities & Inclusion (CCI)
LaTia Sinclair, M.S.
Tonya Cook,MS-HRD, CLC
Coordinator of Student Engagement- Global Communities
Chrissonia McCall, M.S.
Coordinator of Student Engagement- Gender & Sexuality Education
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 3973
Atlanta, GA 30302-3973
Georgia State University
Student Center East, Suite 206
55 Gilmer Street
Atlanta, GA 30303