Day of Silence
All Day April 22, 2016. Join us as we Break the Silence 4-6 PM, Brookens Auditorium with a discussion of the film Immigrant Nation! (Sponsored by ECCE Speaker Series, Springfest Bonus Event)
Pick up free t-shirts and speaking cards at PAC Concourse starting Monday April 18-21 from 12-3PM 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-LGBTQ bullying and harassment to organize a change for their schools and their community. At UIS the, LGBTQA, 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
Immigrant Nation! is a story of Elvira Arellano, a figurehead for the immigration reform movement, and her one-year asylum in a church sanctuary to avoid deportation in 2006-2007. It is meant to humanize the issue of immigration reform and help people understand the struggles of undocumented individuals and the issues they face. The film won several awards in 2010 including “Best Documentary” at the Chicago and San Antonio film festivals, and continues to be relevant today as the issue of immigration reform remains on the forefront of the U.S. political scene. Esau Melendez, the film’s director and producer, will lead a Q&A following the screening.