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Sincerely, Me Event Celebrates Diversity

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Photo credit: Victoria Spencer

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Written by: Mikaela ConleyOctober 26, 2016

The IPSGA office will host Sincerely, Me 5-7 p.m. Nov. 9 in the Walb Classic Ballroom.

Sincerely, Me took the place of the NOH8 Campaign last year to provide students with a fresh event that still portrays a similar message, according to Victoria Spencer, student government coordinator.

“Students are encouraged to think about the stereotypes and the labels that are placed upon them and the others around them, Spencer said. “And to challenge those stereotypes through labeling themselves.”

Students claim their own identity by writing a message that they want the world to know about themselves on their body with skin-safe markers. Student photographers then take portraits of the students, which are posted on the IPSGA Facebook page and website.

Last year, Spencer said, students wrote things like “My tattoos and piercings do not define me, they decorate me,” and “I’m proud to be gay.”

Students are allowed to write anything they want on themselves within reason, Spencer said.

“It just depends on the student and how they want to express themselves,” she said.

Attendees of the events will also have the opportunity to play the diversity game, a roleplaying game.

Spencer said she has a passion for diversity and hopes the event will inspire others to get into “the nitty gritty” of diversity and celebrate who they are.

“We have a national climate right now that is very focused on identity politics and politicizing aspects of ourselves, sometimes in positive ways but sometimes in really negative ways,” Spencer said, later continuing, “I see the need for things like the Black Lives Matter movement and LGBT rights movement because it takes constant work to bring acceptance and understanding and not just tolerance.”

Upcoming IPSGA activities:

- Fall event (student organization pumpkin carving contest and caramel apple giveaway)- 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Oct. 31, WU 222, 224, 226