Please Join Us!
Michigan Community College Gender & Sexuality Conference is a day-and-a-half event
for students, faculty, and staff from Michigan community colleges. We celebrate LGBTQIA+
culture, foster academic success, and build community. All LGBTQIA+ students, faculty,
staff, and their allies from all 28 Michigan community colleges are invited.
Friday, October 16, 2020
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday, October 17, 2020
10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
[ Link to virtual platform]
Friday, October 18, 2019
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Student musical performances
LGBTQIA+ themed carnival games
Suggestions for LGBTQIA+ nightlife entertainment in Ann Arbor or Ypsilanti forthcoming
Saturday, October 19, 2019
10:00am – 9:00pm
Student-led 10-minute Rainbow Talks
Faculty/Staff-led Breakout Sessions: talks, discussions, panels, or activities
Identity Collectives (a chance to meet with folks that you share an LGBTQIA+ identity with)
Creative Expressions: collage, drawing, dance, music, and more
Active Sessions: Yoga, Self-Defense, Nature Walk
Screening of an LGBTQIA+ documentary: How to Survive a Plague
And so much more!
Office of Diversity & Inclusion
English and College Readiness
Faculty Professional Development
Part-Time Faculty Commons
Rainbow Talks are student-led 10-minute talks. Our theme for the conference is Firsts.
Our theme fits this conference because it is the first time this conference will be held. In addition, as LGBTQIA+ people, we experience many firsts: coming out, first relationship, first time feeling authentically yourself, first intimacies, first attendance to a Pride event, and many more.
Another way to approach selecting a topic for your talk would be to combine three ideas:
- something you are passionate about
- LGBTQIA+ identity
- the concept of firsts
For example, if you love attending comic cons, you could give a how-to talk on attending your first comic con as an LGBTQIA+ person. Or, if you are into politics/activism, you could give a talk to help LGBTQIA+ people get into politics/activism for the first time. Or, if you are passionate about science, you could give a talk about first learning about an important LGBTQIA+ scientist.
The possibilities are endless! If you want to give a Rainbow Talk but are struggling to find a topic, feel free to reach out to us at [email protected], and we will be happy to help you find a topic that fits you.
By the way, gaining professional speaking experience by giving a Rainbow Talk will make an excellent line-item for your resume. Also, it could really help your application stand out if you choose to transfer to a four-year university.
Faculty/Staff-led sessions will run 30 minutes long. You could give a talk, lead a discussion, convene a panel, facilitate an activity, or more. Topics should be LGBTQIA+ related and connected to our theme of Firsts in some way.
In you have an idea but would like some help developing it or you know you want to lead a breakout session but need help narrowing down a topic, feel free to reach out to us at [email protected], and we will be happy to assist you.