June 1st,2022 | Special Edition Summer Zine - June

in today's zine...

TOTD (Thought of the Day)

Celebrating Pride Month
By: Makenzie Josephine Morales, Graduate Assistant of Women*s Student Services

W*SS News & Announcements

  • Unconditional Love Fund 5K Sign up

  • Unconditional Love Fund 5K Volunteer Registration

  • W*SS Summer Book Club

Campus Partner News & Announcements  

  • MSU Juneteenth Celebration

  • RSO Survey 

  • RSO Summer Key Updates

  • 2022 Summer of Service

  • Spartantastic

  • ISO Women Veterans at MSU

Celebrating Pride Month
By: Makenzie Josephine Morales, Graduate Assistant of Women*s Student Services

Pride Month is now upon us, and we in Women*s Student Services are gearing up for a celebration. Personally, this will be my first Pride Month "out.” Up until about a year ago, I had been celebrating “in the closet,” as an ally. Everyone comes out on their own time, and my journey is unique and special to me. Whether you’re a newbie baby queer (like me), have been proudly “out” for years, are exploring your sexual identity, or have yet to come out; you are seen, valued, and your queerness is valid. This month is for uplifting one another and providing a strong community of support. 

This Pride Month, Women*s Student Services is preparing for the Unconditional Love Fund 5K, which is in partnership with our friends at the Gender and Sexuality Center, Rec Sports, the University Activities Board, and the Division of Student Life & Engagement.. The Unconditional Love Fund 5K is a 5K run, walk, stroll, or roll on June 18th to raise funds for the GSCC’s Unconditional Love Fund. The Unconditional Love Fund provides Michigan State students with assistance with unexpected financial hardship associated with their sexual and/or gender identity. For more information about the Unconditional Love Fund or how to apply for the fund, visit the GSCC’s website.

While Pride Month is a time of celebration, we cannot forget the first Pride was a riot. The Stonewall Riots occurred on June 28th, 1969 after the police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in New York City. These raids sparked a riot as police violently threw employees and patrons out of the bar, leading to six days of protests and violent uproars with law enforcement ( Editors, 2017). The Stonewall Riots were an important catalyst for the Gay Rights Movement. During Pride Month, it is common to see companies create rainbow-themed attire and declare their devotion to the LGBTQ movement without paying tribute to the history of Pride or the leaders of the movement. We must not forget who led these movements: trans women of color and Black lesbian women. This month, I encourage you to read about these pivotal figures, including folks like Marsha “Pay It No Mind” Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, Stormé DeLarverie, and more. Some other ways to celebrate Pride Month include: volunteering with local LGBTQ+ organizations, donating (if you can) to organizations or directly to individuals, donating to the GSCC’s Love Fund, attending a Pride parade or an event, supporting LGBTQ+ companies in your community, and continuing to educate yourself. Happy Pride!


Sources: Editors. (2017, May 3). Stonewall Riots. A & E Television Networks.

Interested in sharing your own "Thought Of The Day" or TOTD? Come to WILD Wednesday or email us at

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Join us on Saturday June 18th, 2022 for the Unconditional Love Fund 5K! The registration for the 5K includes a shirt, and there is an option for you to donate directly to the Unconditional Love Fund. Walk, run, bike, or roll your way through this 5K in person or remotely, and support the Gender & Sexuality Campus Center’s Unconditional Love Fund. For more information and for registration, head to our website here.

Register Here
If you are interested in volunteering with our office in staffing the Unconditional Love Fund 5K on Saturday, June 18th, 2022, please fill out the form linked below. After filling out the form and registering as a volunteer, you will receive a promo code for a discounted registration for the 5K (just the price of your shirt).
Sign Up to Volunteer Here!
Join Women*s Student Services for the Summer 2022 Book Club as we read Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera! Our first meeting was last week and we had a great time discussing the first few chapters of the book. If you are still interested in joining the book club and attending the second meeting, there is still time! Sign up with the button below and head to the W*SS office in Room 014 to pick up your copy of Juliet Takes a Breath while supplies last. Meetings will be held via Zoom and if you have any questions, please email Makenzie Morales at  The next meeting dates are: June 30th, July 28th @ 5:30pm EST.
Sign Up Here

SAVE THE DATE! MSU Juneteenth Celebration, Friday, June 17, 5-9 p.m.

Join the second annual Michigan State University Juneteenth Celebration on Friday, June 17, 2022, from 5-9 p.m. at the Breslin Center.

Mark your calendars! The celebration culminates with this main event themed on AFROFUTURISM, centering on Black history and envisioning futures of Black liberation.

Learn more about the MSU Juneteenth Celebration.

RSVP for MSU Juneteenth

When: Friday, June 17, 5:00 — 9:00 p.m.
Where: Breslin Center (534 Birch Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824)
Wheelchair accessible / All-gender restrooms available
Theme: Afrofuturism
Featuring: Speakers, performances, vendors, artistic expression
RSVP Today

The RSO Team is already preparing for next year! And as we begin our inital convesations and planning, we want to hear from you! Please take a moment to complete the survey below. 

Topics we'll ask about is:

  • The benefits of free space on campus
  • Less fees
  • Resources/supplies RSOs need
  • Workshops/trainings you would like
  • Sharing successes of your year (for us to share out on our Instagram!)
  • Sharing challenges of your year to help us know where we can help and support you moving forward
RSO Summer Key Updates

1) RSOs will be able to start reserving your Sparticipation space in June! We will have some limited spaces set aside for organizations who are new and/or need extra time to organize in preparation for Fall.
2) RSOs can begin requesting OUTDOOR event spaces for next year in JULY!
3) The first RSO Conference will be this Fall!! The goal for this will be to focus on skill building and learning logistical processes/policies and best practices as RSOs begin the year! More information will be released in the coming weeks!

Also, please know that you can reach out to us at any time throughout the summer! Just email!
Looking for ways to volunteer and explore community engagement while connecting with other Spartans this summer? Interested in learning more about social issues and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals? Registration is now open for the Summer of Service! 
How it works:
You’ll join MSU’s Center for Community Engaged Learning’s game on the Goose Chase App, a free scavenger hunt app. Each week starting May 16 at 8:00 a.m. EST, new challenges called “missions” will appear at noon on Monday. There are a variety of missions, so keep an eye out! The missions are flexible for what opportunities are available to you, wherever you call home in the summer, and whatever you have the means to do. Also, you can do as many or as few as you want. The missions close on August 15 at 10:00 p.m. EST. Each mission is worth a set amount of points, occasionally with the option of bonus points. The top point-earners will win prizes!
Where to start:
You can register by clicking here or logging onto Serve. Learn. Engage! with your MSU Net ID and looking for “Summer of Service 2022” under “Summer Semester, 2022.” Once you’re there, just click “register” and watch your MSU email for further instructions for joining the game. Any questions or concerns regarding the Summer of Service should be directed to Rebecca Gackler at Please note that all technical questions related to the app should be directed to Goose Chase. Thank you for your interest in community engagement and service!
The Women's Advisory Committee for Support Staff (WACSS) invites you to join us for Spartantastic: Growing Support Staff Connections in the Gardens. This in-person event will be held on Wednesday, June 1, and is a follow-up to our virtual Spring Forum, which featured conversations about building the Spartan community.  


This networking event for MSU support staff will include a strolling light lunch buffet. Held outdoors in the MSU North Horticulture Gardens, we will have a few announcements, enjoy music provided by the MSU Jazz Quartet, and take photos with Sparty.


Spartantastic: Growing Support Staff Connections in the Gardens  

A WACSS-hosted support staff networking event  

MSU Horticulture North Gardens; 1066 Bogue Street  

Wednesday, June 1, 2022  

1 - 4 p.m.

In the case of inclement weather, the gathering will be hosted in the North Horticulture Gardens Conservatory 


Space is limited, so please register soon! 

Student Veterans Resource Center is covering the registration costs for women veterans interested in participating in this conference in Lansing, MI on June 10-11.

The conference celebrates the 43,000+ women veterans in Michigan and learn about advocacy for yourself and your community. At this conference you’ll learn:

  • How to advocate for your mental and physical health.
  • How to advocate for others by learning how to run for office in your local community or apply for a commission or board.
  • How to advocate for yourself in your job and get that raise or promotion.
  • This conference is jam packed with content, networking and tools to take your life up a notch!

Contact Patrick Forystek at if you are interested in attending!

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