June 19, 2020
The Center Celebrates Landmark Supreme Court Decision
By Jen Gilbride-Brown, Assistant Vice Provost
The Center wants to hold up a significant moment in the fight for justice that happened this week. The Supreme Court ruled earlier this week in the Bostock case to extend the landmark Civil Rights decision of the 1960's to include workplace discrimination protection for LGBTQIA+ Americans! This is massive and another key piece of the pursuit for equality and justice-- alongside the Obergfell "Marriage Equality" decision in 2015. See below to learn more about the significant victory in the pursuit of full human rights for LGBTQIA+ people:
For more information on LGBTQ+ folks in the workplace, visit the Human Rights Campaign and the National LGBTQ Workers Center. You can learn more information on how to support LGBTQ+ employees here.
Juneteenth: A Celebration of
Freedom and Culture  
Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day, symbolizes the end of slavery and commemorates the reading of Republican President Abraham Lincoln's General Order #3 on June 19, 1865 in Galveston, Texas, which announced the freeing of enslaved people. You can learn more about Juneteenth here, watch this video by The Root here, and find where in Pittsburgh to celebrate Juneteenth here.
Returning this Fall: Plateful of Pride
In Fall 2019, the Center reintroduced Plateful of Pride, a series of discussions over dinner that highlight the experiences of the LGBTQ+ community.

In February, Julian Arney, ’14 Carnegie Mellon Psychology alum, joined the Center to share their experience as a Production Coordinator with Uber and as the Global Allyship & Education lead for Pride at Uber. They shared their experiences being Black and Queer and advocating for both, locally and in their organization. Additionally, Julian talked about their approach to coming out in their workplace environment and taking on leadership roles.

Be on the lookout this fall semester for more installments to our Plateful of Pride series.
Revisiting a Racism is Real Resource
Racism is Real, the Center's lecture series that offers the campus community insight into the reality of racial prejudice and discrimination through highlighting current research and researchers working in this area, has explored topics of microaggressions and racial oppression. In this time of action and reflection, we're revisiting the materials in these lectures to help guide our campus conversations. Check out the tools below from past Racism is Real sessions on how to interrupt microaggressions and what to do if you experience an act of oppression.
Featured Student Organization:
Message from oSTEM
Dear Carnegie Mellon Community,

We are pleased to announce that CMU now has its very own chapter of Out in STEM! Together with 90 global oSTEM chapters, our organization aims to create a space for LGBTQ+ individuals in STEM and related fields to connect, network, and find the resources they need to succeed personally, academically, and professionally.
We stand proudly in support of the BIPOC community and the Black Lives Matter movement, and we are committed to providing an inclusive safe space for people of all backgrounds. We have compiled an (incomplete) list of resources on how to help support the BLM movement at
Get involved with oSTEM @ CMU by connecting with us on these platforms:
IG: @cmu.ostem
How's your #CMURacialJusticeChallenge is going? Let us know on @LifeAtCMU!
Thank you, again, to @whoiskriley for allowing us to use your creation.
What's on Zoë's Reading List
Zoë Levin, Coordinator for Undergraduate Student Engagement and Support in the Center, shares the recommendations she's compiled for what to watch, what to read, and who to follow on social media that centers Black queer experiences.

Who to Follow:
  • @iharterika - Racial/Social/Gender Justice Disruptor and Breast Cancer Survivor.
  • @mynameisjessamyn - Yoga teacher, author, and advocate.
  • @ggggrimes - Artist who draws queer and trans people of color. 
  • @joshuaobawole - Artist, Writer, Speaker & LGBTQ+ Activist.
  • @blairimani - Black, bisexual, and Muslim historian and author. 
  • @raquel_willis - Black transgender activist, writer and media strategist.
  • @clarkishakent - Nigerian. Bi, Black, Fat. Culture Critic.
Reading List:
  • Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements by Charlene Carruthers
  • No Ashes in the Fire by Darnell L. Moore
Watch List:
  • Living With Pride: Ruth Ellis @ 100
  • The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

Please click on an event poster to learn more.
Visit our website to view all our events. All event times are EST.
For those who have registered for the Virtual Podcast Discussion, you can view the links to the podcasts we will be discussing below:
Community Partner Events
Student, Faculty,

and Staff


and Resources

Visit CMU's coronavirus information page to stay up-to-date on CMU-related news.
Stay connected and visit the Student Affair's event calendar.
Visit the Student Academic Success Center and the Eberly Center for resources for remote learning.
Visit this online resource for Bystander Intervention.
For information on bias reporting, contact the Center or visit CMU's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion website
Past Newsletters:
Diversity Pulse Check: June 11, 2020
Newsletter: June 5, 2020

You cannot, you cannot use someone else’s fire. You can only use your own. And in order to do that, you must first be willing to believe that you have it.”  – Audre Lorde

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