Welcome to the weekly countdown to Lavender Graduation 2013: May the Fierce Be with You! An event not to be missed…
Graduate and celebrate all of you! Lavender Grad is open to any student eligible, at any level (undergrad or graduate/professional) for a graduation in the 2012-2013 (including fall 2013) academic year. The Q Center and QSC host Lavender Graduation as a time for the UW queer, trans*, two-spirit, same gender loving, and allied communities to come together and celebrate our multiple identities, our accomplishments, and sheer AWESOMENESS. You do not have to be graduating or be of a certain sexual or gender identity/orientation/expression to participate and/or attend the Lavender Graduation year-end celebration. Everyone is welcome and wanted!!!
The whens, wheres, whys and hows:
When: TUESDAY, June 11th, from 6-8 p.m. Graduates please arrive by NO LATER than 5:15 p.m.
Where: THE UW TOWER, Mezzanine Level Cafeteria (yes…we are queering up the panopticon peeps! (woot woot)
Dress: You can wear whatever you want! This is your graduation and as queer and trans* folks we are often "required" by work, school, family, culture, etc. to dress in ways that do not necessarily fit our tastes. If you wish to wear the cap and gown, wear it. If you want to appear in drag, do it. If you have cultural regalia you wish to wear, please do so! If you want to dress up, go for it. You want to be comfy, have at it. This is your night. All of your identities are celebrated as is the awesomeness that is you and our UW queer communities!
Keynote by University of Washington graduate and current University of Utah Assistant Professor of Social Work, Gita Mehrotra. Gita’s research at UW focused specifically on Diasporic Intersectionalities: Exploring South Asian women’s narratives of race, ethnicity, and gender through a community-based performance project. She has been involved with anti-domestic violence work and queer and queer of color organizing for nearly 15 years in a variety of capacities. Gita was one of the lead organizers for the Transforming Silence Into Action Project– a national network of lesbian, bisexual, queer women and transgender API people addressing domestic violence. Locally, she has written and performed work in Yoni Ki Baat, was one of the organizers of the Queer People of Color Liberation Project, and helped organize People of Color Yoga.
Jennifer Self, PhD LICSW
Director, Q Center
University of Washington