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NMSU's Sexual and Gender Diversity Resource Center hosts dinner

New Mexico State University's Sexual and Gender Diversity Resource Center is hosting its Inaugural Lavender Graduation Dinner from 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 23, in Corbett Center Student Union's Dona Ana Room.

The dinner will honor individuals who are members of or allies of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning students.

"It gives us an opportunity to recognize students who are graduating and have made contributions to the center or the community along with giving recognition to faculty, staff, and community members who have shown support for the Sexual and Gender Diversity Resource Center," Sharna Horn, coordinator of NMSU's SGDRC.

Eight graduating NMSU students will be honored with diversity graduation stoles - Carrie Hakes and Sabrina Van Way, who will receive a master's in social work; Sheila Prados, who will receive a master's in sociology; Megan Hernandez, who will receive a bachelor's in hotel, restaurant and tourism management; Jeanette Jones, who will receive a bachelor's in psychology; Greg Martin, who will receive a bachelor's in kinesiology; Rodrigo Mora, who will receive a bachelor's in communication studies; and Patrick Schuler, who will receive a bachelor's in government.

Recognition will be given to several NMSU staff, faculty and students who have contributed to the center. Ellen Bosman, department head for NMSU's Library Technical Services, ASNMSU President Travis Dulany, N.M. Rep. Joni Gutierrez, Carrie Hamblen, manager of operations at KRWG radio, Megan Hernandez, study student at SGDRC, Sharna Horn, coordinator of SGDRC, Trevor Nazario, volunteer at SGDRC, Savannah Pierson, a graduate student in NMSU's Department of Health Science, Donna Reynolds, staff member in NMSU's College of Education's Learning Resource Center, Patrick Schuler, peer educator at SGDRC and Brandy Smith, staff member at NMSU's Counseling Center will be given special recognition at the event.

In addition, Merlyn Risser, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) board member, will be recognized for her work with PFLAG.

NMSU's SGDRC hosted the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Centers Awareness Week April 19-23. NMSU Athletics Director McKinley Boston spoke about diversity and tolerance.

Several faculty, students and community members participated on panels to address "Stop the Hate" in communities as part of the week-long events. In addition, the movie "Milk" was shown and Nancy Baker, head of NMSU's Department of Government, addressed faculty, staff and students after the movie.

For more information, contact SGDRC at (575) 646-7031.