Coming Out Week Kick-Off & Dinner: "Our Intersecting Selves: Diversity, Identity, Equity, & Inclusion" with Carlos Andres Gomez

by Out for Business at Ross (OFB)

Educational/Awareness Community Culture LGBTQ

Mon, Sep 27, 2021

6:30 PM – 8 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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Blau Colloquium, 5th Floor of Blau Hall

701 Tappan Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, United States

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Ross Coming Out Week (RCOW) is a series of weeklong events that engage the Ross School of Business and the larger University of Michigan (U-M) community on LGBTQ+ history, adversity overcome, and hope for a better future.

This year's theme, "We Find a Way," is inspired by a conversation in "Little Fires Everywhere," a Hulu series based on a book of the same name by UM alumna Celeste Ng. "We Find A Way" encourages all of us -not just queer folx- to examine the parts that scare us, learn to accept and address them and find a way to authentically express ourselves.

During this interactive engagement, Columbian American poet, speaker, actor, and author Carlos Andrés Gómez will guide the audience to explore how our intersecting social identities impact how each of us experiences the world. Using history, intersectionality, and personal experience as frames for discussion, participants will collectively explore legacies of structural inequity and the unearned privilege and access that accompany it. Moreover, we will investigate the ways in which some identities enable us to wield unearned structural power, while others, simultaneously, make us susceptible to systemic and interpersonal discrimination.

Dinner will be served!


Blau Colloquium, 5th Floor of Blau Hall

701 Tappan Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, United States


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Carlos Andr├®s G├│mez

Carlos Andrés Gómez is a Colombian American poet, speaker, actor, and equity and inclusion strategist from New York City. He is the author of Fractures, winner of the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, Hijito, winner of the Broken River Prize and a #1 SPD bestseller, and the memoir Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood, released by Penguin Random House.

A star of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, TV One’s Verses and Flow, and Spike Lee’s #1 box office movie Inside Man with Denzel Washington, Carlos’ honors include the Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry, Atlanta Review International Poetry Prize, Foreword INDIES Gold Medal, and the International Book Award. A genre-transcending multi-hyphenate, he partnered with John Legend on Senior Orientation, a program to counteract bullying and champion inclusive masculinity among high school students. Carlos is a proud father of two.

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