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LGBTQIA+ Heritage Month 2021 (DEI Team)

October 5, 2021


October marks the observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history, as well as the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements within the United States. The significance of this month is intimately tied to National Coming Out Day, observed all around the world. Additionally, October 11, 1987 is the anniversary of the first march on Washington by LGBTQIA+ communities for queer rights. “The month now also includes Spirit Day on October 20, on which people around the country wear purple in support of LGBTQIA+ youth; Ally Week, a week in which allies against LGBTQIA+ bullying are celebrated; and the anniversary of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard's murder on October 12, 1998, which sparked the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.”

LGBTQIA+ Heritage Month, traces its roots to 1994, when it was first commemorated by Rodney Wilson, a high school teacher in Missouri. Originally called Gay and Lesbian History Month, the concept was then endorsed by Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, now the National LGBTQ Task Force, the National Education Association (NEA)the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and other renowned queer and pro LGBTQIA+ organizations and communities.

Today, October is dedicated to the continued celebration of the achievements, and visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer icons and communities who have made extraordinary and quintessential contributions on a national and international scale.

Coming Out Day: A Brief History
Why Do We Celebrate Pride Month in June and LGBT History Month in October?
Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, now the National LGBTQ Task Force
National Education Association (NEA)
Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

Great Minds Brave Spaces with Devon Price
Upcoming Events

Great Minds, Brave Spaces: 'Laziness Does Not Exist' and Other Realities of Productivity Culture

Wednesday, October 13 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

Dr. Devon Price, is a social psychologist, writer, activist, and professor at Loyola University of Chicago’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Price’s work has appeared in numerous publications such as Slate, The Rumpus, NPR, and HuffPost and has been featured on the front page of Medium numerous times. In their book Laziness Does Not Exist, Price insists that we stop trying to work harder. In fact, the millennial obsession with “productivity,” both in and out of the office, only makes us feel worse.  Dr. Devon Price argues that what seems like laziness is often a sign of overwork, trauma, or mental health struggle. 

Reflection on Being Black
Upcoming Events

DEI Team Collaboration: Reflections on Being Black and Male in Engineering

Monday,  October 18, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST
(Co-Sponsored by The STEM Education Center, Morgan Teaching and Learning Center, DEI Team, Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Central MA STEM Network Ecosystem, and WPI Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN) present)

All are welcome including faculty, staff, students, alumni, and K-12 educators. Dr. James Holly, Jr. is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and core faculty member within the Engineering Education Research program at the University of Michigan. His research paradigm is shaped by his experiences growing up in a Black church within a Black city and later studying engineering at Tuskegee University, a Black institution, three spaces where Blackness is both normal and esteemed...

How To Workshop with Mister Larrie
Upcoming Events

Centering Mental Health Through Interactive Art and Design

Community and Belonging Lab
'How To' Workshop
Friday, October 29, 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST
Registration is required to request a package with workshop materials

As a part of the Community and Belonging Lab series, the ‘How To’ Workshops are a selection of innovative educational opportunities designed to inspire and encourage WPI community members to engage with critical DEI education through instructional, immersive and multimedia workshops.