From 4 to 6 p.m. tonight we will be hosting our first ever "Queer Carnival" at Regents Plaza (look for the big, spinning cube). There will be carnival snacks, games and a chance to connect with LGBTQ faculty and staff, as well as friends and allies. We hope to see you there.

Rachel Dawson can be reached at rdawson@umich.edu

Rachel Dawson can be reached at rdawson@umich.edu.

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