Togetherness: QTIPOC Dinners

Spectrum Center and the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) are proud to continue an initiative centering Queer and Transgender Indigenous/People of Color (QTIPOC): Community Dinners for/by QTIPOC. The hosts will consist of QTIPOC staff, faculty, and community members around U-M.

You may register for as many dinners as you would like, but if a waitlist is reached (after 15 registered attendees), priority will go to those who have not attended a dinner in the same academic year.





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1443 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI
Spectrum Center and the Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs Office (MESA) are proud to continue an initiative centering Queer and Transgender People of Color (QTPOC): Community Dinners for/by QTPOC. FREE DINNER will be provided to the first 15 students who sign up for the respective dinners. If there are more than 15 students signing up for a dinner session, they will be put on a waiting list. The host for this dinner is Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes. 


Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes is Professor of American Culture, Romance Languages and Literatures, and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and is the former director of the Latina/o Studies Program. He received his A.B. from Harvard (1991) and M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia (1999). He is author of Queer Ricans: Cultures and Sexualities in the Diaspora (2009), Uñas pintadas de azul/Blue Fingernails (2009), Abolición del pato (2013), A Brief and Transformative Account of Queer History (2016), and Escenas transcaribeñas: ensayos sobre teatro, performance y cultura (2018). He has co-edited two issues of CENTRO Journal on Puerto Rican queer sexualities as well as Keywords for Latina/o Studies (NYU Press, 2017). He is currently writing on Puerto Rican transgender and drag performance and activism. He performs as Lola von Miramar since 2010.

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1443 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI

Spectrum Center and the Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs Office (MESA) are proud to continue an initiative centering Queer and Transgender People of Color (QTPOC): Community Dinners for/by QTPOC. FREE DINNER will be provided to the first 15 students who sign up for the respective dinners. If there are more than 15 students signing up for a dinner session, they will be put on a waiting list. The host for this dinner is Dominique Canning. 

Dominique is a Ph.D. candidate in Linguistics (with a focus on sociolinguistics and phonetics) and in her 4th year at the University of Michigan. She graduated in 2016 from Eastern Michigan University (EMU) where she was part of the McNair Scholars Program.

Dominique’s research is partially motivated by her own identity as a queer woman of color. She identifies as aromantic asexual and is frequently conscious of how she uses language to navigate through both academic and non-academic spaces. At EMU, she researched the discussion around asexual inclusion in queer spaces online. Though she is not currently looking at asexuality specifically, she looks at queerness and language in her current research. Most recently, she examined the way language was used to construct Titus Andromedon's identity as a Black gay man in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. In her future research, she plans to look at how queer people of color use language to construct their own identities in various spaces.

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1443 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI

Spectrum Center and the Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs Office (MESA) are proud to continue an initiative centering Queer and Transgender People of Color (QTPOC): Community Dinners for/by QTPOC. FREE DINNER will be provided to the first 15 students who sign up for the respective dinners. If there are more than 15 students signing up for a dinner session, they will be put on a waiting list. The host for this dinner is Layla Mohammed Abdul-Jabbar . 

Layla Mohammed Abdul-Jabbar (she/her/hers) is a new media artist and animator based in Metro-Detroit. She is involved with the local DIY community, discussing intersectionality between topics such as mental health, queerness, and racial and religious inequalities. She finds inspiration from nightlife, body horror, Islamic architecture, and whatever’s popping on the Instagram explore page. Her latest piece In the Margins: Illuminating Islamic Queerness is an experimental documentary animation which investigates the intersection of faith, sexuality, and gender by following people who identify as queer and/or trans and Muslim. She graduated with her BFA at the University of Michigan’s Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design.

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Togetherness: QTPOC Dinners
You May Choose As Many Sessions As You Want