Identities Project

Identities Project

The Identities Project is a Student Affairs-sponsored cross-campus collaboration with the Diversity Committee, Breaking Barriers Diversity Club, and other campus entities that provides opportunities for our community to explore and discuss gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, social class, ethnicity, and other facets of identity through intentionally-reflective civil dialogues, lectures, documentaries w/discussions, and other programs.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend these free events, listed below!

Continuing the Conversation: Identities Project Feedback

The Identities Project committee recognizes that in order to further the conversation regarding the intersction of identities on our campus, we need the voices of many individals. We invite and encourage you to share your ideas and perspectives about how future Identities Project events can improve.

Improvement is a continuous effort, and an integral part of our mission. If you would like an avenue to help us do that, please click a link below!

Feedback - How can we improve? Would you like to continue the conversation with an Identities Project team member?

Get Involved! - What topics should we engage with? Want to assist with an event, or join our committee?

To see previously hosted events, please visit our Past Events page.


Monday, January 21
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
NRC 104

MLK Day Knit-a-Thon (Hosted by Service Saturdays)

Join us on Monday, January 21st for the 2nd Annual MLK Day Knit-a-Thon! From 9a - 6p stop by Nursing Center 104 to knit 5” x 5” squares together to form blankets for Project Linus.  We will have staff available throughout the day to teach any beginners or people who might need a refresher.  We will also be showing various videos/documentaries that tackle some of the important issues and systems Dr. King fought to dismantle. 

For more information and to sign up on UGetConnected, please CLICK HERE!

Have questions or need more information? Please contact Colin Burns-Gilbert.

Saturday, January 26,
8:30 AM
RCE 127




Service Saturday with the Sisters

Join Service Saturday to extend service on Martin Luther King Jr Day into the weekend! On Saturday January 26th, we’ll be sending groups to serve with the FSPA Sisters in the St. Rose Convent, the WAFER Food Fair distribution event, Aptiv, and the Parenting Place.  The day starts at 8:30am in Reinhart 127 and wraps up after lunch and conversation in the Boardroom around 1pm. 

Please CLICK HERE to register through UGetConnected today!  Don’t hesitate to reach out to Colin Burns Gilbert with any questions or concerns. 

Monday, February 4
5:00 - 7:00 PM
RCE 127


Documentary and Discussion on Poverty, Inc. (In Collaboration with the Global Outreach Club)

Fighting poverty is big business. But who benifits the most? Winnter of 11 Film Festival Awards and 30 Honors, Poverty Inc. unearths an uncomfortable side of charity we can no longer ignore. From TOMs Shoes to international adoptions, from solar panels to U.S. agricultural subsidies, the film challenges each of us to ask the tough question: Could I be part of the problem?

Join the Global Outreach Club as we grapple with the business of doing good. All are encouraged to attend, and refreshments are provided!

Friday, February 15
6:00 - 7:30 PM
Black Box Theater

Acting Studio Production of "STUDENT BODY"

A group of buddies is hanging out in their campus's scrappy theater, surrounded by plywood and power tools, when a freshman arrives seeking advice. She has discovered video on her camera from last week's party, and amid the revelry is footage of what looks like a rape. Should she call the cops? Delete the file? What if the apparent victim was willing-- or the apparent rapist was someone they know? As the group debates, argues, and eventually votes (then votes again, and again) on what to do, stories from that night emerge, revealing that everyone present played some role in what happened, and everyone has something lose.

Join Viterbo theatre students as they share a compelling story of of difficult ethical questions through drama. A talkback with the cast and community resources will take place after the production.  

Thursday, February 21
7:00 - 8:30 PM
NRC 196


Civil Dialogue: Is Feminism Necessary?

Equality or superiority? Raising up women or brining down men? Are gender differences important, or should they be dismantled? Join us as we engage with our panel of Viterbo community members in an important civil conversation about feminism, what it means, and if it is helping or hurting the movement for equality in the world. All are welcome! Refreshments provided. 

Tuesday, February 26
7:00 - 9:00 PM
FAC Main Theater

Ethics Lecture and Talkback: Thomas Mangelsen

Legendary nature photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen has traveled throughout the natural world for nearly 40 years observing and photographing the earth’s last great wild places.

Part of the Annual Leopold Day Celebration, we will have the opportunity after Mangelsen speaks to have a more intimate reflective conversation in conjunction with the D.B. Reinhart Instiute for Ethics. All are welcome!

Tuesday, March 5
7:00 - 8:30 PM
NRC 195



SGA's Human Library

Come meet a variety of individuals, hear their stories, and learn about life through their unique outlook on the world. Challenge stigma, stereotypes and prejudices through open, honest and civil conversation with members of our community. All are welcome to enjoy conversation, company, and refreshments!

Interested in volunteering to be part of the library? Send an email to or

Thursday, March 21
7:00 - 9:00 PM
FAC Main Theater

Ethics Lecture and Community Talkback: Magda Herzberger

Magda Mozes Herzberger was born on Feb. 20, 1926, in Cluj, Romania. The Mozes family, along with thousands of other Jews, was forced into the Cluj Ghetto, which was liquidated only a month later. Magda and her family were sent to Auschwitz, where most of them perished.

Join us for our yearly Holocost speaker.. Afterwards, we will have the opportunity to have a more intimate reflective conversation in conjunction with the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics. All are welcome!

Tuesday, March 26
7:00 - 8:30 PM
NRC 196

Civil Dialogue on White Privilege/Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack

Privilegea special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group of people.

What does it mean to have privilege? Should you feel bad for having it? Does being born white grant you privilege not available to people of color? Join our panel of experts as they explore what white privilege means and what to do with it through the lens of Peggy McIntosh’s Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack. All are welcome, and refreshments will be provided!

Tuesday, April 9
7:00 - 8:30 PM
RCE 127

Hunger and Homelessness in College Students

In a 2017 survey, twenty percent of college students reported being hungry, and 13 percent homeless. Come learn about food deserts, housing inequality, and other pieces of this puzzle. We’ll learn more about the problems, both nationally and locally, resources available to those struggling, and what we can do to make a difference.


 Questions? Please contact a member of the Identities Project Planning Committee:

Colin Burns-Gilbert (
Justice Carson (
Melissa Edgar (
Margy Frazier (
Kirsten Gabriel (
Jacob Hart (
Brian Pilsner (
Maurice Savage (