Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI)

Dynamic Student Dialogues

Fall 2020 Dynamic Student Dialogues

Bixa Travesty Documentary Virtual Viewing

presented by Keweenaw Pride, the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), the Inter-Residence Housing Council (IRHC) and CDI

Friday, October 2, 2020

Content Warning: Vulgar Language and Nudity

This is not an ordinary documentary – it’s confrontational, subversive and raw. Come immerse yourself in Linn da Quebrada’s colorful and provocative film portrait in Bixa Travesty. This extraordinary film is an inspiring exploration of identity, friendship and queer solidarity.
From the favelas to the stage, public and private life blend, as a self-described “Bixa Travesty” (Tranny Fag), da Quebrada uses their body as a site to explode gender binaries, challenge Brazil’s machismo punk scene, and break down the terms of being a “fag,” Black, trans and working-class individual in modern Brazil.
Da Quebrada speaks directly with their friends, family and the audience, using their power in music and performance to present an alternative queer activist and artist – someone always outspoken and proud to be on the margins.
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) invites you to join our virtual community in viewing Bixa
Travesty, a meditative film portrait told in the present.


Suicide 'n' Stuff Podcast LIVE

presented by mental health podcasters Dese'Rae Stage and Jess Stohlmann-Rainey, Keweenaw Pride, the Michigan Tech Center for Student Mental Health and Well-being, the Inter-Residence Housing Council (IRHC) and CDI

Sunday, October 7, 2020
Content Warning: Suicide, Trauma, Mental Health topics
Queer joy as a form of resistance is an opportunity to be activists within your own narrative. As disenfranchised identities, LGBTQIA+ individuals’ existences are often invalidated. To not only find the courage to exist as your authentic self, but to find joy in your LGBTQIA+ identity is a revolutionary act.
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) invites you to join queer mental health activists and popular podcasters, Dese’Rae Stage and Jess Stohlmann-Rainey in a live podcast taping of Suicide ‘n’ Stuff on mental health in the LGBTQIA+ community and how to practice queer joy as an act of resistance and activism.


Ya llegó la hora. Vamos a hacerlo! Chicanas en Movimento

presented by Colorful Colorado Collaborations, the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), Residence Life, the Inter-Residence Housing Council (IRHC) and CDI

Monday, October 19, 2020
Chicana Feminism, also referred to as Xicanism, is a philosophy that challenges what is to identify as a Mexican-American woman. Alicia Trujillo and Celesté Martinez, Chicanas en moviemento, have taken this Xicanism ideology and brought to life a collective, Colorful Colorado Collaborations, based in collaboration, creativity, and commerce that aims to bring together BIPOC musicians, artists, entrepreneurs and local businesses in Denver, Colorado.
They are radical, wild, and passionate activists shaping the Chicana narrative. The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) invites you to join Alicia and Celesté as they discuss the ways in which they have taken their Chicana identities as power to uplift the underrepresented voices of their community while challenging the systemic lack of visibility and lack of voice of individuals across lines of gender, ethnicity, class, race, ability, and sexuality through their collective, Colorful Colorado Collaborations!

Meet our speakers!
Alicia "Bruce" Trujillo is a Chicana feminist from occupied Ute, Cheyenne, and Arapahoe land, in what's now called Colorado - raised on the Western Slope, and currently in Denver. Bruce has been working in community and public media since 2012, with a mission to uplift and amplify voices of those who are currently under-heard and underrepresented, with a focus on independent and locally made music and art.
She currently hosts nights on Colorado Public Radio's new music service, Indie 102.3, and is the creator of Especial, a weekly, hour long dive into new and independent Latiné-made music from around the 'Americas' and in Colorado.
She's also the founder and host of Whiskey, Women and Song, which pairs local female-identifying musicians with locally crafted whiskies for performances, interviews and whiskey tastings. She sometimes writes for Denver Westword, with focus on local art. You can see her weekly Band Shirt of the Week and more on her Instagram @surlybruce
Celesté Martinez is una hija de Aztlán - born in Santa Cruz, CA, raised in San Antonio, TX and now calling Denver, CO home for almost a decade. Celesté identifies as a Queer Chicana Womxn of Color and is the jefa of Celestial Alegría igniting joy through transformation through her array of services which include: life coaching, facilitation, organizational development and training programs. Her experience from working as an organizer to nonprofit director has taught Celesté invaluable lessons, which she often calls upon to meet the needs of her clients and create innovation programs through her business. In addition, Celesté is also a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist with a BIQTPOC feminist colectivo TúLips.
Celesté committed her education to receiving a dual Bachelor’s of Arts in Philosophy and Peace and Justice Studies from Regis University. She worked with organizations such as El Centro Humanitario para los Trabajadores, Together Colorado and United for a New Economy (UNE) in varying roles and capacities.
Celesté is currently a member of Good Business Colorado, participant in the Standing in Our Power Train the Trainer program and serves on the Board of Directors for Center for Health Progress. She is also a proud 2019 fellow of Transformative Leadership for Change.


Do People Like Me Study Abroad? Underrepresented Student Study Abroad Panel

presented by Darnishia Slade, Vienna Leonarduzzi and CDI

Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 5:30PM EST via ZOOM
Study abroad programs offer great potential to benefit all students in an increasingly internationalized world and in future career aspirations. Recently, a wide discussion among educators about the benefits of diversifying study abroad has developed, but underrepresented and minority students interested in participating in study abroad experiences may face many constraints in this pursuit, many of which are not faced by their majority student peers.
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) invites you to join current and past underrepresented Tech students who have studied abroad and Pavlis Honors College Study Abroad program’s Darnishia Slade and Vienna Leonarduzzi in a student panel discussion about alleviating the constraints faced and opening the study abroad opportunities to enhance your educational experiences and future career prospects.


Medicine through Expression with Audiopharmacy

presented by the Indigenous hip-hop collective Audiopharmacy, the Provost’s Office, the State of Michigan’s King-Chavez-Parks Initiative and CDI

Monday, November 16, 2020 - 7PM EST via ZOOM
Audiopharmacy is a live world hip-hop ensemble that inspires to make music that is unique, avant-garde, yet always speaks the language of the people. Extending its repertoire beyond the genre, Audiopharmacy intricately fuses together inspiration from all corners of the earth with global musical styles, live instrumentation, turntablism, electronics, soulful poetics and technical lyricism that stirs insight, healing and consciousness. This live music ensemble uses globally infused indigenous hip-hop to inspire social change.
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) invites you to join Audiopharmacy on a diverse and engaged dialogue on ways that expression is a channel for medicine and activism.
This program/lecture is partially funded/sponsored by the Visiting Professor Program which is funded by a grant to the Office of the Provost from the State of Michigan’s King-Chavez-Parks Initiative.