The University Program Board (UPB) and Up Late at State offer many activities and opportunities for students to get involved in February. All the following events are free and open to all Illinois State students:

Redbirds Fight Back: A Self Defense & Consent Workshop — Student Health Services will be talking about consent definitions and what to do in certain situations from 7–9 p.m. Monday, February 2, in the Prairie Room of the Bone Student Center. Afterwards, there will be a basic self-defense class to learn how to protect yourself and identify dangerous situations.

Bittersweet — Join Up Late at State from 8–11 p.m. Saturday, February 7, in the Brown Ballroom of the Bone Student Center for an event that celebrates love and independence. Whether you’re in a relationship or still looking, this event is for everyone and will feature free soul food, giveaways, games, and DIY gifts!

Bingo: Mardi Gras Style — Celebrate Mardi Gras at the Bowling and Billiards Center Activity Room with bingo from 7–10 p.m. Friday, February 20. There will be prizes, giveaways, and snacks.

Laverne Cox — Hear from Laverne Cox, an actress from Orange is the New Black, reality television star, television producer, and LGBT advocate, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 25, in Braden Auditorium of the Bone Student Center.

For more information on upcoming events, please contact Student Activities and Involvement at (309) 438-2836.

Marie Huels was a contributor to this article.