Day of Silence

All Day April 21, 2017.

Join us as we Break the Silence 3-5PM in LRH Great Room with motivational speaker Robyn Ochs! (Sponsored by ECCE Speaker Series)

Pick up free t-shirts and speaking cards at PAC Concourse starting Monday April 17-20 from 12-5PM or all day at The Diversity Center and LGBTQA Resource Office, Student Life Building Rm. 22.

On the annual Day of Silence, hundreds of thousands of students nationwide take some form of a vow of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBTQIA+ bullying and harassment to organize a change for their schools and their community. At UIS the, LGBTQIA+, Latino and Hispanic, differently abled, and other minority communities of UIS stand together.

The Break the Silence event encourages marginalized, undocumented, and individuals with disabilities to come out of the shadows and embrace their identities. We ask our fellow students to join us to unite, raise awareness, and promote inquisitive intersectionality against oppression, hate, and inequality.

Sponsors: Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer and Allied (LGBTQA) Resource Office; Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS), Diversity Center, Office of Disability Services, & AREA.

More information about the national Day of Silence: Official Day of Silence Page

* All people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are welcome to attend all programs. Allies are welcome!


Break The Silence: Beyond Binaries – Identity and Sexuality

Robyn Ochs

Friday, April 21 | 3:00 p.m. | LRH Great Room

National Day of Silence Event

Co-Sponsored by Diversity Center, LGBTQ Office, Organization of Latin American Students, and Disability Services

Explore sexuality over the lifespan as we break the silence of fluid sexual identities. This program explores the landscape of sexuality, and how we “map” sexual orientation. No two people are alike. Given that, how do we assign labels to our complicated and unique experiences? In this interactive workshop we will conduct an anonymous survey of those present, and look together at the data. Where do we fall on the sexuality continuum? How do we label? How old were we when we came to our identities and to our sexualities? In this fun and interactive program we explore different experiences of identity; the interplay between gender and sexuality; the complexities of attraction, and more. Participants in the UIS Day of Silence will be encouraged to share their experience during the workshop.

Robyn Ochs is an educator, speaker, award-winning activist, and editor of the Bi Women Quarterly, the 42-country anthology, Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World and the new anthology RECOGNIZE: The Voices of Bisexual Men. Her writings have been published in numerous bi, women’s studies, multicultural, and LGBT anthologies. Robyn has taught courses on LGBT history & politics in the United States, the politics of sexual orientation, & the experiences of those who transgress the binary categories of gay|straight, masculine|feminine, black|white &/or male | female. An advocate for the rights of people of all orientations and genders to live safely, openly and with full access and opportunity, Robyn’s work focuses on increasing awareness and understanding of complex identities, and mobilizing people to be powerful allies to one another within and across identities and social movements.