Upcoming Events

Campus Ally Network Training

Fall 2014 Training Dates

Training Block I

Session 1: Online - via Oncourse for registered participants
Session 2: Thursday September 25, 12p-2p
Location TBA

Training Block II

Session 1: Online - via Oncourse for registered participants
Session 2: Friday, November 7, 2014, Noon - 2 pm

Visit the Campus Ally Network website for more information

October 27, 6:30, SAC 225: Emmanuel Cannady, M.S. Ed. will give a talk, "Be THAT Guy!: The Power of Men to Prevent Sexual Violence." Cannady is the Assistant Director for Outreach Services at the Gender Relations Center of the University of Notre Dame. This talk is sponsored by the Women's and Gender Studies Program, IUSB Brave, and the Office of Affirmative Action and Campus Diversity. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact April Lidinsky at

November 3, 6:30, Education and Arts Lecture Hall: Women’s and Gender Studies’ annual Kaufman speaker will be Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell, a national leader on intimate partner violence, who will give a public talk on her work on threat assessment and her research. Dr. Campbell recently gave expert testimony to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.


IUSB Campus Ally Network - Fall Training Opportunities


The purpose of the IU South Bend Campus Ally Network (IU South Bend - CAN) is to provide a way for members of the IU South Bend community to visibly affirm and support the lives of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning students, faculty and staff.

Ally Training

IU South Bend - CAN provides training for individuals who are interested in becoming trained allies and joining the campus-wide network.  The training curriculum includes information about terminology, campus resources and policies, identity development, the role of an ally, and other topics relevant to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning individuals. The training combines direct instruction with opportunities for active participation.

The schedule for upcoming trainings is provided below, to register for training either click the registration link provided on the upper left, or send an email to vej@ Be sure to indicate the training block in which you are interested.

    • For each training block, session 1 will be an online session via Oncourse
    • Session TWO will be a face-to-face session that will take place on a specified date.
    • Please be sure to register by the deadline for the training block in which you are interested. Only registered participants will be added to the Oncouse training module.
    • You must take session 1 and session 2 in the the SAME training block.

Fall 2013 Training Dates

Training Block I

Session 1: Online - via Oncourse for registered participants
Session 2: Thursday, September 26, 2013, 4 -6 pm

Location TBA

Training Block II

Session 1: Online - via Oncourse for registered participants
Session 2: Friday, November 15, 2013, 12 - 2 pm

"Men in Nursing" Group

The School of Nursing would like to invite the campus to the "Men in Nursing" Group.  We will meet the following dates this fall:

September 23, 2013

October 28, 2013

November 25, 2013

At 3:30 in NS 400

It is a social group for Men in Nursing in our community and on campus to meet, set up mentoring relationships, and discuss relevant issues.

All are welcome, including pre-nursing students.

2013 Diversity Leadership Conference - November 8, 2013

The 2013 Diversity Leadership Conference theme, "Building Social Capital: What is Your Net Worth?" will explore how social capital connects us to just about everything. Connecting Bourdieu's philosophy that, "social networks have value", we will offer sessions to help students and participants unpack the types of social networks they have available to them and give meaningful insignts on how better to connect to their responsibility to the world around them. The sessions will highlight traditional methods of building social capital (meet and greets, social exchange opportunities, passing out business cards, etc.) and explore more modern and technological forms of building social capital (Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.). Moreover, these sessions will help students and guests navigate this often tricky network to find their own voice, brand, and vision for the future.

For more information:

5 Questions People Always Want To Ask The Transsexual

(but shouldn't)
(but I'll answer some of them anyway)

November 4, 2013, 6:30 pm in the SAC

November 4, an internationally known scholar of transgender studies, S. Bear Bergman, who will give the 2013 Gloria Kaufman Memorial Lecture.   As you may know, Professor Kaufman was the founder of Women’s and Gender Studies at IU South Bend, and her family created a foundation gift that would allow us to modestly sponsor “an annual speaker of national reputation to address a topic of interest in the field of Women’s Studies.”  We’re delighted that this year’s speaker is Bergman, who is known for witty, welcoming, and very smart performance/talks, which you can hear in the title and description of his presentation for our campus: 
Bear asks the questions that trans people constantly get asked - and then turns them inside out and upside down, showing what's behind them (and how they perpetuate certain myths) on his way to helping audiences gain some real understanding of what trans lives and experiences are all about. A funny, fast-paced, participatory hour, 5 Questions sends students away knowing surprisingly much more about trans people, considering how much they laughed.

Bergman gained national attention with the ground-breaking book, Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation (Seal Press, 2010), co-edited with Kate Bornstein, which has won many awards, and which was followed by many other much-cited and frequently taught volumes. You can read more about S. Bear Bergman at
Bergman’s talk is November 4, 6:30 in the Student Activities Center.

Civil Rights Heritage Center at Indiana University South Bend presents

The Ofrenda of Jake Webster at the Natatorium

Join us Friday, October 25, 2013, 7:00pm at the Indiana University South Bend Natatorium for the opening of Jake Webster's Ofrenda.  The night will include a presentation by Civil Rights Heritage Center Director, Dr. Marc Rodriguez, poetry, and music.  Snacks will be served and guests are invited to a post show reception at ArtPost Gallery (information at the event). 

For more information on the series of events cosponsored by Indiana University South Bend and Notre Dame see:

La Casa de Amistad - Celebrates 40 Years - October 11, 17 and 19, 2013

Celebrating 40 Years

This fall La Casa de Amistad will celebrate 40 years of serving the Michiana community here in South Bend, IN. We have been proud to serve this community and be a partner in the success of many local families. We have planned several events to help celebrate our milestone and hope that you will join us at one, two or all of our events!

OPEN HOUSE : October 11th :: 12PM to 3PM
Maybe it is your first time, or you haven’t seen some of the recent improvements, or you volunteer here weekly… Either way come and visit La Casa! We want to celebrate our building, the people who have passed through these halls and thank all those who gave time in our great space. It will be a relaxed program, come when you can, stay as long as you like and enjoy some refreshments.

ANNIVERSARY DINNER : October 17th :: 6PM Open, 7PM Dinner
La Casa’s success belongs to those who have supported our efforts. We have a beautiful dinner planned at the St. Adalbert’s Parish. We will celebrate individual accomplishments through special awards, recognize key volunteers and have a silent auction to fund our future initiatives! We will have keynote Speaker Al Gutierrez CEO of SJRMC, and a dance presentation by one of our youth. Tickets are $40 for our 40th and tables will be $300. Purchase tickets at La Casa (Cash or Check) or Paypal (Credit). (Link To PayPal Page)
Want to donate to silent auction?

FIESTA DANCE : October 19th :: 6PM Doors, Dance 7PM to 1AM!
This year Fiesta Michiana will be an event you will not soon forget! Come to the Century Center in downtown South Bend for a night of music, dancing and celebrating 40 years of La Casa and preparing for the next 40 years! Headliner: Grupo Palomo with local greats Los Hermanos Buenos, Los Diamantes de Nuevo Leon, Tejano Sound Band and from Chicago, y Banda Agavena. Purchase Tickets from any committee member, at La Casa, Super Mercado Rosales, El Paraiso, or Sabor a Mexico.

Century Center

We want to thank our major sponsors for La Casa’s 40th Anniversary Events. Without community support the great work of La Casa de Amistad would not be possible.

The Center for Global Education - Achievement of African Caribbean Males in the United Kingdom

The Center for Global Education is sponsoring two lectures on Monday, October 21, 2013.  They will be offered by Mr. Dennis Francis, A Scholar-in-Residence at Morehouse College in Atlanta who conducts research on the achievement of African Caribbean Males in the United Kingdom. 

Monday October 21, 2013

12:00 noon - 1:30 pm - Brown Bag Lecture - Education and Arts Room 2109

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm - Introductory drumming session

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm - Lecture - Education and Arts Room 1011

First Bus Tour of the African American Heritage Trail

  • Saturday, October 5
  • 2-4 p.m.
  • The IU South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center will provide the first bus tour of the African American Heritage Trail in South Bend.
  • The bus leaves from the Natatorium at 2 p.m. Please send your reservation request to
  • Seating is limited to 20; reservation required. No unaccompanied children under 18 years old

Diversity & Inclusivity Teaching & Research Symposium

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Final date for registration is September 7, 2013

The Academy for Diversity and Inclusive Education at Indiana University Southeast invites you to participate in the Diversity and Inclusivity Teaching and Research Symposium to be held at IU Southeast in New Albany, Indiana, on October 12, 2013. See details and contact information at

Learn, interact, network, and share ideas with experienced and novice diversity and inclusivity teachers and researchers. We invite multi-disciplinary papers and presentations which not only discuss research findings, but which are rooted in application to teaching and daily interaction.

When you register, take time on the registration form to submit a teaching idea under our GIFTS segment: Great Ideas For Teaching Students. The top two submissions will each receive a $50 award. The top ten submissions will be showcased and shared during one of the sessions at the symposium. All submissions will be compiled and made available in the symposium packet.

Symposium Details

Where: Indiana University Southeast, New Albany, IN 47150
When: October 12, 2013

Registration Opens: June 1, 2013
Registration Closes: September 7, 2013

Interested in Creating a Caring Community?

Come to the Active Minds meeting on Wednesday, October 2 from 6-7 p.m. in The Grille. Active Minds is a national student led group promoting awareness about mental health. Check to learn more about this organization. Contact Amy Dayton at for more information about the upcoming meeting. Hope to see you there!

The Civil Rights Heritage Center and the Notre Dame Center for Arts & Culture Present

A Public Lecture
Dr. Monica Tezlaff, Indiana University, South Bend

October 18, 1963, in response to an invitation from members of the local African American community, Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke at Stepan Center at Notre Dame.  To commemorate the 50th year of this event, IUSB Associate Professor of History Monica Tetzlaff will lecture on King's visit to South Bend.

When: Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, 6:30PM - 7:30PM

Where: Notre Dame Center for Arts & Culture, 1045 W. Washington Street