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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and Allied Resource Office University of Illinois Springfield

Day of Silence

All Day April 17, 2014. Join us for the Silent Dinner & Break the Silence 4-6 PM, PAC G featuring poetry slam group L.Y.R.I.C. (Let Your Rhymes Inspire Creativity).

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. This year the LGBTQA, Latino and Hispanic, and the differently abled 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; Office of Disability Services; Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS); & Student Government Association.

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

UIS Day of Silence Logo 2014:



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

About L.Y.R.I.C.:

L.Y.R.I.C. (Let Your Rhymes Inspire Creativity) started by National Poets K-Love and Phenom, is a Chicago based platform for expression allows a safe space and positive environment for teens & young adults to not only launch and participate in forums designed to encourage healthy life choices among youth, but to enhance and fine-tune their individual talents and gifts.

Using a spoken word poetry/hiphop approach, students learn new ways to communicate with the world around them while gaining the respect of students, artists, writers, administration and community. L.Y.R.I.C. has performed for countless social youth events, colleges, high schools, elementary schools, various African-Heritage and Youth-Advocacy ceremonies, and several well established Poetry Night Programs throughout the Midwest. Their performance encompasses classic tones, professional deliveries, and entertaining textures that immediately connect to the listener.  They simply bring a new look to the future of the way poetry is viewed, received and felt.

In 2008, these extraordinary artists and youth empowerment professionals combined efforts to form the penetrating L.Y.R.I.C. Program. Since collaborating, LYRIC (Let Your Rhymes Inspire Creativity) has facilitated several successful initiatives with agencies such as ETA for Creative Arts, Youth Guidance, and F.O.Y.G. (For Our Young Generation) at South Shore Campus and abroad.  LYRIC offers Lunchtime Rhyme, Mentorship & Life Coach Services, Academic & Socio-Emotional Learning support, Curriculum Design and Motivational Speaking.

On Tuesdays in Chicago, the group hosts their own weekly Tuesday night teen open-mic designed to curb the violence during after school hours in the South-Shore Neighborhood. L.Y.R.I.C. LAGOON usually held at the KLEO Center located at 119 East Garfield Blvd.  Every Tuesday from 7p-11pm we provide the students of with cultural food, art and entertainment providing another positive platform for expression. Students get an opportunity to invite friends, family and local community members out to witness their talents and participate in healthy dialogue about ways to better themselves as well as the community they live in while helping to shape tomorrow’s leaders today.