Former NFL player turned LGBT advocate Wade Davis Jr. discusses when masculinity and being gay collide at the 1st Annual MADP Spring Speaker Series on March 18 in PLV. >>Read More

On March 18, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programming welcomes former NFL player Wade Davis Jr. to keynote its Spring Speaker Series at 9:00 p.m. in the Gottesman Room on the PLV Campus.

Davis, who was signed as a free agent for the Tennessee Titans, played in preseason games for the Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks, and went on to play for the Barcelona Dragons and Berlin Thunder as part of NFL Europe, came out in 2012 when he began working at the Hetrick Martin Institute (HMI), where he teaches promising LGBT youth how to define success for themselves and thrive in society.

Davis will discuss the intersections between masculinity and being gay and his own journey at this event sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Athletic Department, Black Student Union, and Gay Straight Alliance.

He is also a member of the GLSEN sports advisory board, and is an LGBT Surrogate for President Obama, in which he speaks at events on behalf of the President. His writing has appeared in the Huffington Post, New York Times, and other outlets, and he has also appeared on CNN, NPR, and BET. His own book, Interference, about his journey from adolescence to coming out, which details his relationship with his mother, playing in the NFL, working with LGBTQ youth, and the Obama election, is scheduled to be released later this year.

Proud Latin@s

On October 18, OMA invites you to hear from LGBTQ Latin@ writers and share your own story at a panel and writer’s workshop.

Although numerous strides have been made regarding LGBTQ rights in recent years—the remaining challenges are many. What does it mean to be gay, lesbian, transgender, or bisexual in Latin@ communities? How do we find/create our voices after a lifetime of hearing our families make disparaging remarks about “esas gentes” (those people)? What strategies do we employ as allies to combat homophobia in our families and communities?

Join the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Hispanic Task Force on October 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room for In Our Own Words—On Our Own Terms: Reflections of Latin@ LGBTQ Writers, a provocative panel and writers’ workshop to both hear and create stories. Panelists include:

Justin Torres, We The Animals
Alicia Anabel Santos, Finding Your Force: A Journey to Love
Carlos Vazquez, Contraband
Meriam Rodriguez, Adelina’s Perfect Girl

Moderated by: Nivea Castro, JD, Activist

The event includes the writers reading selections from their work, lunch, and a writing workshop for participants to tell their own stories, which will be used as part of a digital storytelling project.

“We decided to have the writers talk about their experience in what is largely a homophobic society within the Latino community,” says OMA Director Denise Belén Santiago, PhD. “They will also be addressing how we become allies and how to effectively combat homophobia.”

For more information, contact Denise Belén Santiago at (212) 346-1546 or

A Taste of Pace Pride

Interested in what’s happening for the LGBTQA community at Pace? Want $1,000 to help offset loans or take a study abroad trip to wherever your heart leads you? Or just looking for fun activities, insightful events, and interesting programming to fill your free time? Done, done, and done!

Thinking about the recently-launched Queer Studies minor? Interested in writing about the disparities between positive messages on social media sites and in campaigns like the It Gets Better Project and the realities of cyber bullying and discrimination for a chance to win the $1,000 Kelly Herbert Writing Award? All that and more can be found in the latest LGBTQA and Social Justice Center’s Newsletter.

If you’re more interested in events, the Center’s got ‘em! Upcoming events include Pace Ally Week on April 9-13, Day of Silence and LGBTQA Prom on April 20, the Annual LGBTQA Fair on April 23, and Stonewall Coalition Variety Show on April 26. For more info on these events and resources available, visit the LGBTQA and Social Justice Center

Finally, in an effort to assess campus climate and support services for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) students, staff, and faculty at Pace, the LGBTQA Task Force in conjunction with the LGBTQA and Social Justice Center, encourages you to take a few moments to complete the following Campus Climate Survey. Your responses will be confidential and will assist the Task Force and the Social Justice Center in program development, training initiatives, and services that reflect the needs of the Pace Community. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact

Show Some Pace Pride

The LGBTQA and Social Justice Center celebrates Transgender Awareness Month with a series of events including film screenings, discussions, sex ed seminars, and more. Plus, the University introduces a brand new Queer Studies minor beginning spring 2012.

The LGBTQ and Social Center has had a busy semester, but the programming isn’t over! This month, join the Center at a variety of events they have planned for Transgender Awareness Month, including  a talk on November 10 with Nathan Mankse, founder of “I’m from Driftwood,” a website that shares the stories of LGBTQ individuals from around the world to show youth that they’re not alone; several documentary screenings including Venus Boyz on November 10, Gun Hill Road on November 15, and She’s a Boy I Knew on November 21; a Pride Around the World table at the international culture fair on November 14; a discussion on gender with Princeton Society Fellow, Tey Meadow on November 18; a Babeland Seminar on LGBTQ sex education on November 28; and more! On November 20, the Center will recognize the 13th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. For the full schedule of events hosted by the LGBTQA and Social Justice Center, click here.

In addition to events showcasing Pace pride, the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies is proud to announce a brand new Queer Studies minor! If you’re interested in courses that examine LGBTQ topics, history, and culture from a queer perspective, then this minor is the right choice for you.  Courses examine the significance of same-sex desire or cross-gender identification throughout history, and across a variety of global cultures. The minor can be declared starting in Spring 2012. For more information, click here.

Visit the LGBTQ and Social Justice Center website for a full list of resources offered. 

Not in My Backyard

You’ve read about the worst of it in newspapers and seen it on TV; you’ve probably even witnessed it. Homophobia is in your backyard. So what are you going to do about it?

New York City. Home of the Stonewall Riots, grassroots activism, and vibrant LGBTQ community–or is it? Step outside of Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, the East/West Villages, and a parallel reality sets in–in your face heterosexism and homophobia.

While LGBTQ folks live, work, love, and nurture their families in Howard Beach, El Barrio, the South Bronx, and Bushwick, they remain outsiders. Simple acts, such as holding your partner’s hand or sharing a quick kiss before departing for work, can result in acts of violence and even death.

On October 28, the Office of Multicultural Affairs hosts Not in My Backyard, bringing together activists and spoken word artists to discuss the complexities, nuances, and policies that continue to keep LGBTQ communities in peripheral existences–as well as the activism of resistance to marginality.

Since lunch will be provided, RSVP is required. Email Denise Santiago at or Melanie Robles at

Are You Coming Out?

Move over Diana Ross, it’s time to share the spotlight. October 11 marks National Coming Out Day, but we’ll be celebrating all month with movie nights, workshops, fashion shows, and more. The event kicks off with an LGBTQA Fair on Monday afternoon in One Pace Plaza. And if that isn’t music to your ears, check out what else is lined up for Pace Pride Month. Read more…

Coming Out DayThe National Coming Out Day and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning Fair put on by the LGBTQA Task Force, the Stonewall Coalition, and other departments will be held outside of One Pace Plaza on October 11 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event will recognize the recent losses of six gay teens who committed suicide in response to bullying and harassment due to their sexual identity. It will include poets and anyone else interested in breaking the silence and speaking out against discrimination.

Then on Wednesday, October 13, Karla Jay, PhD, will be moderating a discussion on LGBTQ Violence in the meeting room of the student union from 12:20 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. As always, free pizza will be served. Check out the event on the Facebook event page.

On the 14th, NYC will host the first Queer Movie Night at 7:00 p.m. in One Pace Plaza’s Civic W603A featuring the movie “The Incredible Adventures of Two Girls in Love,” the first of six different movie nights spread throughout the semester. The Stonewall Coalition will also be sponsoring a series of bimonthly workshops.

Stay tuned for upcoming events in November including Not in Our Backyard, Drag Night, and a food and clothing drive for the Ali Forney Center. If you would like to learn more about these and other events and get involved on campus, become friends with the Stonewall Coalition and the LGBTQA Task Force on Facebook or e-mail them at: or