Signature Programs and Events
Our signature programs are events and national holidays/recognized dates that the CSJI hosts each year. We partner with internal and external organizations to make these programs possible and work to create a mix of familiar and new content at each one!
This is not an exhaustive list of all of our events held each year, but rather a small gathering of programming that we strive to host on a consistent basis.
LGBTQ+ Fall Mixer
To welcome all students back to campus, the CSJI host a fall mixer for students of all sexualities, genders, and gender expressions. This is a space for new students to learn about campus, for returning students to get back into the swing of things, and staff and faculty to introduce themselves as a resource.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) was launched nationwide in October 1987 as a way to connect and unite individuals and organizations working on domestic violence issues while raising awareness for those issues. Over the past 30+ years, much progress has been made to support domestic violence victims and survivors, to hold abusers accountable, and to create and update legislation to further those goals.
National Coming Out Week & LBGTQ+ History Month
October 11th is National Coming Out Day, and is generally celebrated over the course of a week represented as National Coming Out Week. NCOW is an annual celebration to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in "coming out of the closet.” LGBTQ+ History Month was designated as October to coincide with National Coming Out Day and NCOW, to represent the LGBTQ+ icons and figures who paved the way for populations today.
Take Back the Night
Take Back The Night is the earliest worldwide movement to stand against sexual violence. The earliest recorded protests began in the 1960s in Belgium and England, but would continue and create an international movement of demonstrations and congregations on college campuses and in communities of all sizes.
Transgender Day of Remembrance
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence and transphobia.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Birthday
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday commemorates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Our campus proudly hosts a week of programs and events dedicated to honoring the memory of the great American Civil Rights Leader.
Black History Month
Black History Month pays tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled through adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society in the past and the current struggles of the present.
Women’s History Month
Women's History Month celebrates the contributions women have made to the United States (and globally) and recognizes the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields.
Global Fest is an annual tradition at UM-Dearborn that uses food, music, entertainment and interactive activities to celebrate cultural diversity on campus.
The annual UM-Dearborn Drag Show is a celebration of the art of drag performance, culture, and history that plays such an important role in LGBTQ+ communities. Both student and professional artists are brought to campus to perform!
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Sexual Assault Awareness Month is an annual campaign to raise public awareness about sexual assault and educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. It is observed in April.
The Black Celebratory is an annual celebration that recognizes the great accomplishments of UM-Dearborn Black and African American graduates.
Lavender Graduation is an annual graduation ceremony conducted at universities to honor LGBTQ+ students and acknowledge their accomplishments and contributions to the UM-Dearborn community.