Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs

Spectrum Center is excited to share the series of events taking place during Transgender Awareness Week 2017. The events will occur during Nov. 13-Nov. 20th ending with Transgender Day of Remembrance. Every year, Spectrum Center plans events centering the transgender, non-binary, and other similarly identified communities. In addition to being listed below, you can also find the TAW events electronically on our Facebook Page, and Google Calendar of Events.


Trans* In College: Personal Pathways To and Through The Research Process

Monday, Nov. 13th, 12:30-1:30pm

Location: SSWB Room B780

Dr. Z Nicolazzo (ze/hir pronouns) is an assistant professor and faculty associate at Northern Illinois University. Hir research focuses on mapping gender across college contexts, with a particular emphasis on affirmative and resilience-based research alongside trans* students. For more information about the event or Dr. Nicolazzo, click HERE.


TAW Keynote speech ft. Dr. Z Nicolazzo

Monday, Nov. 13th, 6:30-8:00pm

Location SSWB Room ECC

Dr. Z Nicolazzo will be talking about hir book Trans* in College: Transgender Students’ Strategies for Navigating Campus Life and the Institutional Politics of Inclusion. For more information, click HERE.


Trans* in STEM: Gender Identity and Expression in the Field

Tuesday, Nov.14th, 5:00-6:00pm

Location: The Connector (next to West Quad)

Please join the Spectrum Center and oSTEM for a panel of professors, graduate students, and professionals who will discuss their experiences, challenges and hopes surrounding being trans/non-binary while working and studying in the field of STEM. There will be an opportunity for a short Q&A at the end. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, click HERE.


"Laverne Cox Presents: The T-Word" Film Screening

Wednesday, Nov. 15th, 12:00-1:30pm

Location: Michigan Union, CSG Chambers

All are invited to join the Spectrum Center for a screening of  “Laverne Cox Presents: The T-Word”, a short documentary produced by actress and trans advocate Laverne Cox that follows the lives of the lives of seven young trans people as they attempt to navigate their lives and identities. The film will be followed by a brief discussion of the film, the experiences of trans youth, and strategies on how to be an ally to trans youth. Lunch will be provided. For more information, click HERE.


CEW at U-M Presents: Laverne Cox

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 6:00-8:00pm

Location: Rackham Auditorium

In Ms. Cox’s lecture, titled Ain't I a Woman? My Journey to Womanhood, she will be sharing her experiences as a trans woman of color, and her work as an international advocate for human rights and gender equality. This lecture serves as the capstone event to the 2017 CEW Spectrum of Advocacy & Activism Symposium being held earlier in the day. Laverne Cox auditorium tickets are now SOLD OUT. However, because the lecture cannot be recorded, we are live-streaming it to the Rackham Amphitheatre and the Michigan League Ballroom. For more information, click HERE.


Trans Journalcore/Zine Workshop w/ Pau Venadito

Thursday, Nov. 16th, 4:00-6:00pm

Location: Shapiro Library, Room

Join us for an arts workshop centering hardcore journaling, zines and the work of queer and trans artists of color. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about zines and "journalcore", also known as hardcore journaling, as an artistic medium to express gender identity. After personal reflection, folx will have the chance to create a collaborative zine that explores what gender means to them. We will also get an opportunity to learn about and view some of the zines the University Libraries have in collection. Our workshop facilitator is Pau Venadito is a genderqueer chicanx artist. For more information, click HERE.


Trans/Gender Non-Binary CenterSpace

Meets every Thursday, 5:00-6:00pm

Location: Michigan Union, Spectrum Center (Room 3200)

CenterSpace provides a weekly drop-in space for different communities within queer life at the University of Michigan. CenterSpace creates space for people of similar identities to gain support from one another while building a community of collective resources. There is a CenterSpace host each evening who identifies within the community being centered. For more information, click HERE.


Stories From The Spectrum: Non-Binary Experiences


Friday, Nov. 17th, 4:30-6:00pm

Location: Michigan Union, Pond Room

Please join us for a unique panel where folx will have the opportunity to hear stories and lived narratives directly from individuals in the non-binary/genderqueer/agender community. Refreshments will be served. For more information, click HERE.


Transgender Day Of Remembrance

Monday, November 20th, 6:00-8:00pm

Location: Trotter Multicultural Center

A yearly memorial to commemorate the lives of those killed at the hands of transphobia and cissexism. Join the community in this event to honor those we have lost this year and to recognize and reflect on the experiences and power of trans and non-binary folx everywhere. Allies and friends are welcome, but please be respectful throughout the event and remember that it is intentionally centered on trans lives and experiences. For more information, click HERE.


We hope to see you at one or more of the TAW events. For any questions about Transgender Awareness Week 2017, please contact Raivynn Smith ( directly.