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Gaymer Night

March 29, 2021 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm MDT

Join Entertainment Arts and Engineering for a virtual evening of fun as we group up, play games, and celebrate all things LGBTQIA+. Just like the in-person event last year, we will have speakers, music, games, and more! Everyone is welcome to attend.

The event will be hosted in a virtual world made on VRChat. (Download VRChat here: https://store.steampowered.com/app/438100/VRChat/) Unfortunately at this time, VRChat does not offer support for Mac/iOS users. Feel free to watch the stream of the event and hang out in the Discord channels. Only the pride parade portion of the event will be in VRChat. The rest of the activities (finding people to play videogames with) will be on Discord.

For more event details and some very exciting announcements, please join the Gaymer Night Discord Server over at: https://discord.gg/fJmrHhFHKy 

Event Schedule

  • 6:45PM World opens!
    • Join the Gaymer Night Discord Server’s announcement channel for links and info about how to access the virtual world.
  • 7:00PM Parade starts.
    • We will walk down a virtual street together!
  • 7:15PM Keynotes.
    • At the end of the virtual street, there is a GIANT flatscreen TV. All the keynotes will play from there. Fun!
  • 7:30PM Parade end.
    • At this point, you are on your own! Feel free to explore other virtual worlds in VRChat, use the Looking For Game channel in this Discord to find friends to play games, or just hang out in the Pride World. Hope you had fun at the parade!

Keynote Speakers

Juno Morrow

Juno Morrow is a multidisciplinary artist, independent game designer, photographer and educator living in Brooklyn, New York. She is an Assistant Professor of Game Design and Unit Coordinator at the City University of New York’s Eugenio María de Hostos Community College. At Hostos, she has been developing the first public game design degree program in New York City since 2015. Prior to that, Morrow earned an MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons School of Design. As an internationally exhibiting artist and designer, Morrow has presented games and spoken at sites such as SXSW, GDC, MAGFest and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. With over 10 years of experience as an award-winning photographer, she’s had work featured in The Guardian, Dwell magazine and released 3 monographs of urban photography.

JenJen Francis

JenJen Francis is a gaming social entrepreneur at Tiered World Studios. She is currently working on TWS’s first IP, a first-person, augmented reality, story-driven cooking game. She also operates an outreach program called Paper Planes, which teaches game development to at-risk and special needs youth to fund their post-high school training. JenJen has worked tirelessly to grow the games community, promote small businesses, and amplify underrepresented voices in games, and has been a champion of women’s empowerment. JenJen earned her masters in Entertainment Arts & Engineering from the University of Utah in May 2015.

Roger Altizer, Jr., Ph.D.

Roger Altizer, Jr., Ph.D.  is an associate professor jointly appointed in Population Health Sciences, Health Systems Innovation Research Division, and Entertainment Arts and Engineering, of which he is also a co-founder. He is the director of Digital Medicine for the Center for Medical Innovation, the founding director of The GApp lab (Therapeutic Games and Apps), former director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Arts and Technology, and is a former Senior Research Fellow at the Queensland University. Roger earned his Ph.D. in Communication at Utah and presently works on both entertainment and serious games research and education as well as games studies. He collaborates with hospitals and not-for-profits to help clinicians and patients design, build and use games in an attempt to move away from workful and towards playful approaches to health. Creator of The Design Box, a participatory, inductive design methodology, Roger strives to include users as designers in his work and to leverage critical theory in developing meaningful, playful experiences. Roger also believes in the power of translational research and is a frequent speaker at industry and fan events ranging from the Game Developers Conference (GDC) to Dragon Con. Roger is a University Distinguished Teacher and a Higher Education Videogame Alliance Fellow.

Pride Week at the U is an annual event honoring LGBTQIA+ histories, cultures, and lives! This year’s theme, “Queer at the Intersections,” invites us to think about LGBTQIA+ lives and topics through different intersections of identity, including race, class, and gender. There will also be opportunities to examine how LGBTQIA+ people show up in different spaces, such as being out at work, in gaming, or in the art world.

Organizers

Entertainment Arts & Engineering

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LGBT Resource Center

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Pride Week Planning Committee

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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

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Center for Disability & Access

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