August 25th, 2022 | Special Edition August Zine 

in today's zine...

TOTD (Thought of the Day)

Fall Welcome & Upcoming W*SS Highlights
By: Gabby Wahla, Assistant Director and Heather Shea, Director 

W*SS News & Announcements

  • WILD Leadership Development Workshops Fall Schedule
  • FEMfest 2022: A Celebration of Feminism in the Arts
  • NEW: TV Tuesdays
  • "The No Club" Book Club

Campus Partner News & Announcements  

  • Pride Bingo
  • Movie Night Under the Stars with UAB and RHA
  • Moonlight ExtravaGRANDza
  • LGBTQIA2S+ Fall Welcome
  • Sparticipation
  • Spartan Remix
  • Inclusive Campus Student Summit & Cultural Unity Buffet
  • MI Response to Hate Conference
  • Michigan Student Voting Summit

Fall Welcome and Upcoming W*SS Highlights!
By: Gabby Wahla, Assistant Director of Women*s Student Services & Heather Shea, Director of Women*s Student Services

Hello everyone, and welcome back to those who are returning to East Lansing this weekend! We are so happy to be back for another year and we look forward to seeing you all at the Fall Welcome events over the next couple weeks. Look for our W*SS table and pick up a button at our the following upcoming tabling events:

  • Saturday, August 27 - COGS welcome/resource fair
  • Monday, August 29 - GSCC's LGBTQI2S+ Student Welcome and UFEST
  • Tuesday, August 30 - Sparticipation
  • Thursday, September 1 - Latinx Fall WElcome
  • Wednesday, September 7 - FEMfest
  • Thursday, September 8 - Spartan Remix

Please note that the full list of MSU Fall Welcome events, which includes times and locations, is linked here, and we hope to see you at some of those too!

If you are receiving this email, we want to make sure you know about all of the great things coming up that we are doing in W*SS, and what our partners across campus have going on, too! Please check out all the great events highlighted below, and feel free to forward this newsletter to your friends to keep them up to date as well. 

This semester we are so excited to share that we have expanded our student staff and intern roles! We are excited to have two returners and six new student interns working with us. Please stay tuned for a future issue of the Zine to highlight the incredible student leaders and all the great work they do at MSU.

In our continued quest to address gender equity on campus, we have a number of different educational, social, and student leadership development initiatives and programs. We're especially excited about FEMfest, a celebration of feminism in the arts (details below!) as well as our WILD Leadership Development Workshops (every Thursday) as well as a fun social hour in our office each Tuesday at noon called "TV Tuesdays." Please consider this an open invitation for you to join us at any of the outreach activities this semester. 

As you and your Spartan peers make your way back to campus and start classes in just a few short days, we want to you know we are always here for you, and you are always welcome to visit our office, in room 014 of the Student Services Building. If you ever need a space to talk, somewhere to relax, or even just want some buttons, you are welcome here!

We hope you have a great Fall Welcome, and we can’t wait to see you!
-Gabby & Heather


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    Check out the new "Welcome Back, Spartans" video here.

MSU Fall Welcome Schedule
Women*s Student Services Programs & Events Page
Join us for our WILD Workshop series, a leadership development workshop for the planning committee of the WILD Conference! If you have any questions, email us at See you at 6PM on the dates above in the Student Services Building!
Wednesday, September 7th 7:30-9:30PM, MSU Union Ballroom | FemFest is a celebration of feminism in the arts for all of the MSU community at the beginning of the Fall semester! Join us for live music, slam poetry, and visual art in the MSU Union Ballroom. This event is free, and will also have snacks and shirts for attendees while supplies last. 
Join the staff of Women*s Student Services in watching a popular TV show every Tuesday, then debriefing! Bring your lunch and some ideas of shows to watch!
EVERY Tuesday starting August 16th and ending on December 8th, 12PM-1PM, Women*s Student Services Office, Student Services Building Room 014

Join GenCen and Women*s Student Services in a book club to read “The No Club” by Lise Vesterlund, Linda Babcock, Bredna Peyser, and Laurie Weingart! Lise Vesterlund will be coming to campus on September 20th to discuss the book with the Women’s Leadership Institute and Broad College. You will have an opportunity to meet Lise, so let’s read the book and discuss before she’s here 😊


We will be splitting the book in half and having 2 meetings to discuss each half. There will be an in-person and a Zoom option for each half of the book.


Pages 1-98 discussion


Pages 98-End discussion

Come get your pride on at UAB, ASMSU, GSCC, and HOUS's Pride Bingo on Saturday, August 27th from 6-8pm in the MSU Union Ballroom! Win some fun prizes and celebrate your pride to ring in the new year!
Looking to have one last fun summer night with your friends? Bring your blanket and join UAB and RHA for a night under the stars to watch Everything Everywhere All at Once on Sunday, August 28th at 9pm! Dairy Store ice cream and popcorn available while supplies last!
The Moonlight Extrava-GRAND-za will be Monday August 29th from 8PM-11PM on the Downtown East Lansing Boardwalk. It is an event where East Lansing business owners and community members will come together to welcome new MSU students and welcome back returning students. The event will showcase the downtown East Lansing area and all it has to offer on and around Grand River Avenue. During the event, businesses will bring products (no alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs), giveaways, and other entertainment onto the sidewalks to directly engage with students. Additionally, each block of downtown will have a special event happening for students to enjoy, including bounce houses, Zeke the Wonderdog, live music, and more! Students are also able to participate in the ExtravaGavenger Hunt, which encourages students to explore all of downtown East Lansing in order to receive a free event t-shirt and a chance to win AirPods Pro or a 43” Smart TV.
Come kick off the year with UAB at the 42nd Annual UFest on Monday, August 29th from 5-9pm! Stop by for games, prizes, food, and fun for students and the MSU Community. You won't want to miss it!
The LGBTQIA2S+ Fall Welcome Monday August 29th from 4PM-8PM in the Student Services Building Garden and in Room 110. See you there!
Join us for Sparticipation 2022 on 8/30/22 from 4-8PM at Cherry Lane Field! We'll have 500+ student organizations and campus partners sharing ways to get you involved and resources available to you! We'll also have performances, music and free food!
Spartan Remix is MSU’s Annual Multicultural Welcome Festival that takes place each fall on the Thursday after Labor Day. This unique event is a celebration of art, music, and culture where diverse communities come together in celebration, education and pride of their communities. The Office of Cultural & Academic Transitions coordinates the event with a diverse group of students who volunteer to be part of the Spartan Remix Planning Committee. For more information visit For more information, contact OCAT or
MSU's Inclusive Campus Initiative is hosting a Student Summit and Cultural Unity Buffet on Sunday, September 11 from 1-6 p.m. in the Erickson Kiva. Register here. For more information visit

On September 15, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights will host its annual conference on preventing and responding to identity-based hate and bias. Registration is FREE and is now open for the 2022 MI Response to Hate Conference. The event is being held Thursday, September 15th from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. This year's topic is "The Othering of Americans." There will also be a special commemoration of Vincent Chin, who was murdered 40 years ago. 

The location is Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, 219 S. Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824.

Register here!

Michigan State University is hosting the 2022 Michigan Student Voting Summit on Friday, September 30 at the Kellogg Center.  This summit, with stellar speakers from both university and state leadership, will be a great space to learn about voting, how to engage students and student organizations in all aspects of this critical election cycle, and to network with students from other colleges and universities all over the state.  This event includes a continental breakfast and boxed lunch and is free of cost for students who can register here.
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