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Check out all the queer and queer-friendly events taking place at Wesleyan.

Donnie Collins

Donnie Collins is a Phi Alpha Tau brother at Emerson College who will be coming to Wesleyan to share his story about positive fraternity experiences as a transgender student.
After his insurance claim for top surgery was denied (this decision has since been revoked), the brothers of Phi Alpha Tau joined together and raised more than twice the amount of money needed to pay for their pledge’s top surgery. Donnie (now also a Tau brother) could not have been more grateful. In a society that frequently shames greek life for not being accepting, particularly of the queer community, it is refreshing to see an example of the positive impacts that greek life can have.
This event will be mostly Q&A so come with lots of questions!
Hosted by the Wesleyan Chapters of
Alpha Delta Phi,
Alpha Epsilon Pi,
Beta Theta Pi,
Delta Kappa Epsilon,
Psi Upsilon and
Rho Epsilon Pi,
as well as Open House
Brought to you by the Queer Resource Center Interns
Sponsored by the Adelphic Educational Fund

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David Levithan, an award-winning young adult writer, is perhaps best known for his works Boy Meets Boy, Wide Awake, and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. He has been awarded two Lambda Literary Awards for excellence in LGBT literature. He is also the founding editor of PUSH, a part of Scholastic focused on new young adult writers and voices.

Pizza will be served.

Sponsored by Open House, the Shapiro Center for Creative Writing, and Amy Bloom, Wesleyan’s Kim-Frank Writer in Residence.

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WeSlam and QueerWes present:

This Saturday. 7:30 PM. Alpha Delt main floor. Featuring Cameron Awkward-Rich and Sam Sax.

WeSLAM is back from spring break with a tan and a shorter attention span. Get ready for our second ever Short Poem Slam.

The rounds will go like this:
1st round: 1 minute poem
2nd round: 30 second poem
3rd round: 15 second poem (remember, haikus exist)

But that’s not all. The incredibly talented Cam Awkward-Rich (Wes ’11) and Sam Sax, also known as the Gay Pride Poetry Tour, will be featuring with a set of poetry that you do not want to miss.

In 2012, Cameron Awkward-Rich represented bay area venues at the National Poetry Slam, the Individual World Poetry Slam, and the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational and made final stage in the latter two. Usually, you can find Cam on the train somewhere between his home in Oakland and Stanford University, where he is pursuing a PhD from the program in Modern Thought and Literature.

Sam Sax is a Michener fellow at UT Austin. He is Oakland’s first two-time queer Grand Slam Champion and Bay Area’s first Unified Grand Slam Champion. He has performed everywhere; from universities and slams to basements and alleyways. Sam now conducts workshops for queer youth at risk.

Come hear their mind blowing poetry. And some shortpoems. They will be short.

*If you’re interested in participating in the Short Poem Slam, send WeSLAM an e-mail (at between 5 PM on Wednesday and 5 PM on Friday.

Facebook event here.

P.S. Cameron is a personal hero of my and everyone should attend because he is THE BEST (and I bet Sam is pretty great too). See you there!

Love, Iz

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Social Justice Leadership Conference (23 Feb 2013)

Presented by Student Activities and Leadership Development, Wesleyan Student Assembly, and Usdan University Center:

This Saturday, come to the Social Justice Leadership Conference! There will be brunch+keynote, followed by 3 blocks of 9 sessions!

The full schedule and session write-ups can be seen here:

Register here so we know to get you food!



11-12pm (DFC Usdan)
P.Davis Smith, M.D.

12:10-1pm (41 Wyllys)
• Denying Dischord: The Effect of Explicit and Implicit Bias on Representation of Sexual Assault
• Constructing Racial Bridges Through Literature
• Radical Accessibility

1:10-2pm (41 Wyllys)
• Servant Leadership: Theory and Practice
• Flashmob: The Prospect of Using Dance to  Fight for Social Justice
• Racial Segregation at Wesleyan

2:10-3pm (41 Wyllys)
• When Faith and Justice Collide
• The Privilege of Allyship
• Racial Identity Formation

3-4pm (DFC Usdan)

Registration begins at 10:30am in the DFC


The Social Justice Leadership Conference (SJLC) is a collaborative effort which provides a space for students, student groups, community members, alumni, faculty, and staff to discuss social justice and to learn and refine leadership skills. SJLC seeks to empower its participants to create change by applying the skills and knowledge acquired during the conference.

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Queer Conference Needs Your Help!

Devyn Manibo of Hampshire sez: “Twelve more days to raise $5,500 for the Queer Conference! Every dollar counts, and if you can’t contribute monetarily, please please please spread the word.” Please support!

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As members of a marginalized population, we must recognize the institutionalized discrimination that exists in our country and on Wesleyan’s campus for many populations beyond the queer. I think we all should take part and support at this incredible discussion on Monday.

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by | November 8, 2012 · 1:33 pm