My Name Is My Own

My Name is My Own: Queering the Intersection of Race, Gender, Class, and Sexuality

Oberlin College has long cultivated a reputation for advancing cutting-edge thinking and scholarship, and for supporting historically disenfranchised communities. My Name Is My Own takes this work another step forward, cultivating exciting conversations within the Oberlin community, across disciplines, and with national scholars and community organizers on the front lines of academic and sociopolitical innovation.

Each year, the Multicultural Resource Center is honored to work in collaboration with our many partners including faculty (in particular African American Studies, Comparative American Studies, and Gender and Women’s Studies), students, and staff as well as other programming series like APA Heritage Month, Latino/a Heritage Month, Latino/a Film Series, Black History Celebration, LGBT Film Series, Life After Oberlin, Taking the Lead Series, World AIDS Week programming, and Trans Day of Remembrance to conceive, develop, and implement such an exciting series that involves and connects so many individuals and communities.

The primary mission of My Name Is My Own is to provide institutional support to Oberlin communities that identify as queer and of color in the broadest senses of those words. In pursuit of this goal, My Name Is My Own supports and creates multiple and varied spaces in order to allow for (1) support reflection and community-building within queer communities of color at Oberlin, (2) education and confrontation of oppressive praxis in non-queer and/or non-of color Oberlin communities and individuals, and (3) inter- and intra-community coalition-building. These spaces encourage participants to explore the construction and experience of race and sexuality, gender and sex in various communities, foregrounding the experiences, concerns and work of queer people of color. My Name Is My Own features public lectures, film screenings, artistic and activist performances, workshops, and small discussion groups between students, faculty and national scholars and organizers.

The 2005-2006 My Name is My Own Series was dedicated to the ten-year anniversary of the MRC.

The 2004-2005 My Name is My Own Series was dedicated to Gloria Anzaldua, who passed away May 15, 2004.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Multicultural Resource Center at Oberlin College & Conservatory.  As part of our year-long celebration, we would like for the Oberlin College community to reflect on the past 20 years of history, impact, activism, and growth of the center as we move forward into the next decade.

Given its emphasis in recognizing the intersectional nature of identity, the MRC has chosen to utilize the My Name Is My Own speaker series as a platform for the celebration of the past 20 years. We must remember to always honor the work, struggle, and activism of those that have come before us.

We hope that this series of events will provide opportunities for students, faculty, staff and members of the local community to continue the social justice work and education that has driven the evolution of the MRC.

This year, we are honored to have such an engaging and vibrant group of speakers, including Isa Noyola, Ignacio Rivera, Dr. Kai M. Greene, and the cast of Her Story. 

Previous Pamphlets
My Name Is My Own 2010-2011 Currently Unavailable
My Name Is My Own 2009-2010 Pamphlet (.pdf)
My Name Is My Own 2008-2009 Pamphlet (.pdf)
My Name Is My Own 2007-2008 Pamphlet (.jpg)
My Name Is My Own 2006-2007 Pamphlet (.pdf)
My Name Is My Own 2005-2006 Pamphlet (.pdf)
My Name Is My Own 2004-2005 Pamphlet (.pdf)