The Spectrum Center has evolved over the years to become a staffed and supported staple office on campus within the office of student affairs. Their mission is to enrich the campus experience and develop students as individuals and as member of communities within the framework of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Their vision is to create a truly inclusive campus community at the University of Michigan, free of discrimination in all forms where social justice inspires community engagement and equality.
Today, Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker series kicks off the 40th anniversary weekend beginning at 5:10pm at the Michigan Theater, presenting Mx Justin Vivian Bond, Tony-nominated and award winning singer and songwriter, who has written, directed, and starred in numerous performances throughout his career. He’s toured the world, headlining at Carnegie Hall, The Sydney Opera House, and London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall.
The performance of Tango Backwards and in High Heels by Bond is followed by the Transgender Day of Remembrance and Reception from 8-10pm at the Michigan Union, Pendleton Room.
Friday has a slew of events throughout the day, ranging from a walking tour of the campus, Spectrum Center Open House, discussions led by students and activists, and a documentary film screening – culminating in a sold out Happy Hour and Pink Carpet Gala Event. Anyone is still welcome to attend the PRIDE After Party beginning at 10pm at Sava’s State Street Cafe.
Saturday, in true collegiate style, participants can celebrate before the Michigan v. Nebraska game at the Rainbow Tailgate from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Throughout the weekend, guests can stroll through the Art Lounge at the Michigan Union on the first floor, where they can enjoy installations of LGBT art.
Read more about the inspiring history of the Spectrum Center here.
To view the full list of events throughout the weekend and to register or sign up for events, view the site here.