Women's Center & LGBTQ+ Programs

What's happening April 20-26

A word from Jenn

Hi Bobcats!

It's hard to believe we are in the last week of classes for this semester. I don't know about you, but this is not what I imagined the last week of classes would be like. I'm missing the celebrations and the ceremonies of sending our graduates off in style (and the yummy food). I know it won't be the same, but we will still be celebrating our graduates this week. We'll be hosting a virtual Lavender Graduation this Friday (details below) and each day this week we'll be announcing award winners for our inaugural Women's Center Awards. While it looks and feels different, know graduates of 2020 how proud of you we are and how excited we are to see all the wondrous things you're going to do in the world.

- Dr. Jennifer Graham

Director, Women's Center

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Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation is a special ceremony that serves to celebrate graduating LGBTQ+ students and allies for their strength and persistence in the face of adversity, as well as their achievements and contributions to the university. We are inviting graduates and those who wish to support them to attend our virtual ceremony on Friday, April 24th, at 4 p.m. All RSVPs must be received by Thursday, April 23rd at noon.

We ask that graduates who wish to be recognized fill out the form here: https://bit.ly/gclavgrad2020grad

Any member of the Georgia College community who would like to attend in support of our Lavender Graduates, please RSVP here in order to receive the link to the ceremony: https://gclavgrad2020.eventbrite.com

If there is a faculty, staff, or student you would like to nominate for one of our awards, please do so here: http://bit.ly/gclavgradawards20

The Lavender Graduation Ceremony was created in 1995 at the University of Michigan by Dr. Ronni Sanlo. Once denied the opportunity to attend the graduations of her biological children because of her sexual orientation, she came to understand the commonly felt rejection and discouragement experienced by her students. Georgia College's first Lavender Graduation Ceremony was held in 2012.

(Lavender Graduation 2020 is for anyone graduating in 2020 - if you are a December graduate, please feel free to participate in this ceremony as we only have a Spring ceremony at this time.)

Check out our programs for this week!


Join Melissa for a drop-in virtual gathering space on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00-5:00 pm starting March 31. https://bit.ly/gclgbtea

Dolly Parton's America Podcast Discussion

Join us each Tuesday at 4:00 pm, as we discuss episodes of Dolly Parton's America podcast (available here: https://www.npr.org/podcasts/765024913/dolly-parton-s-america).

Join the discussion by

1. Logging into your WebEx account

2. Joining meeting number: 613 374 973

or this link: https://bit.ly/WCdolly

Password: WC2020

Take Back the Night

Here's how to participate:
1. Visit http://bit.ly/candlepasstbtn20
2. Copy/duplicate the "Page 2 - Example" image below
3. Use the copy as a base to create or decorate your own candle image. Feel free to change the design as you want, but please include a candle and the event text.
4. Download your personal image
5. Complete the form at http://bit.ly/tbtn20form so we can share everyone's candles during the week of April 20th as part of our Virtual Take Back the Night
6. Feel free to share to your own personal social media! Tag @gcprojectbraveand @gcwomenscenter, and use the hashtag #gcsaam

Koru Mindfulness

Open your mind. Manage your stress.

Learn mindfulness and meditation. Join our 4-week class.

Wednesdays at 4:00 pm starting April 22.

Register at: https://bit.ly/WCkoruApril

Did you miss last Fridays #FeedYourMindFriday? No worries - you can find it here!

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More to Come!

Each week we'll be sending out a newsletter with all things going on in the Women's Center and LGBTQ+ Programs. Want to make sure you don't miss anything - make sure to follow us on all our social media below!

Stay Connected!

Join our GC Connect Page to stay up to date on all our programs and events! https://gcsu.campuslabs.com/engage/organization/women-s-center

Find us on Facebook at:

GC Women's Center: https://www.facebook.com/gcsuwomenscenter/

GC Project BRAVE: https://www.facebook.com/GCProjectBRAVE/

GC LGBTQ+ Programs: https://www.facebook.com/GCLGBT/

Find us on Instagram at:

GC Women's Center: @gcwomenscenter

GC Project BRAVE: @gcprojectbrave

GC LGBTQ+ Programs: @gc_lgbtq