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Peep the contents of this spooky October edition of The Advocate:
  • Welcome the Spooky Season with 4 Handpicked Creepy-Ass Folktales!
  • Bust Out In October with Our Many October Events!
  • Join Us for A Reading & Celebration of Dr. Russo Garrido's New Book!
  • CPD: Need Credits? Find Inner Strength With Meditation & Activism!
  • Check Out Cool Happenings Around Campus!
  • Did You Know GITA Has A PODCAST?!

Welcome the Spooky Season!

It's October, y'all!

If you're anything like us at GITA, October (AKA Halloween Month) is a magical time of year to employ aggressive tactics of escapism from the absurdity that is 2020. From ghostly makeup Tik Toks to Fall baking tutorials to the spooky October update in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, we are all doing our damnedest to squeeze every ounce of Halloween spirit out of these next 26 days! That's not even to mention GITA's long-standing traditions surrounding Dia De Los Muertos, which takes place from October 31st to November 2nd. This year, GITA will be using creative methods to once again partake in building altars and paying our respects to our passed loved ones. More news on this coming soon!

In the meantime, we at The Advocate thought it'd be nice to reach out like that creepy-ass girl from The Ring and share those tingly, jittery, haunting feels we all know and love with our list of:

4 Spooky International Folktales We Absolutely Adore!

(Warning: These tales are Hella Spooky and may contain depictions of violence and/or abuse!)
Photo from: Carved: The Slit-Mouthed Woman (film, 2007)

(Also called: The Slit-Mouthed Woman)

Origin: Japan

So, according to this legend, Kuchisake-onna appears in a face mask (not too uncommon these days!) and asks potential victims if they think she is attractive. If you respond "no," she kills you with her weapon (usually some sharp thing, like, a knife or scissors). And If you say "yes, you are attractive," she shows you her face, which is cut ear-to-ear. (Buh buh buhhhh!) And then, you know what happens? She asks you, again. (Savage. SO good.) If now you're like, "Whoops, nope!", she kills the shit out of you. But (and this is a BIG "but"), if you say "yup, still hot", she cuts the corners of your mouth in the same way!

Methods of survival (according to Wikipedia) include:
  • Answering her question by describing her appearance as "average." LOL
  • Distracting her with money or hard candies. (Which...relatable. No judgement here!)
Photo from: Los Ilustres Desconocidos via El Nuevo Diario

Jasy Jateré
(Also spelled: Yasy Yatere, Yasi Yatere)

Origin: The Guaraní People of Paraguay

Jasy Jateré may not seem very much like a monster at first glance, and in fact is often depicted as either a pretty little boy or kindly old man with long, light-colored hair and a staff. However, this creature, who is known as the God of the Siesta, is said to appear to disobedient children who refuse to take naps and scoops out their eyes! In other versions of the tale, he is said to take the children to his brother, Ao Ao, who cannibalizes their flesh. To escape from Jasy Jateré, you can try to steal his magic staff, at which point he will be stripped of his godly power and cry like a baby! To us, it seems easier just to take a nap to get him to leave you alone. 
Photo from: The Curse of La Llorona (film, 2019)

La Llorona
(In English: The Weeping Woman)

Origin: Mexico

There are many versions of this legend, which all have certain key points of sameness. The legend tells of a woman named María, whose husband loves his children more than her, when she finds him with another, younger woman. Some say that María's husband runs off with the younger woman when María, out of grief and rage, brings her children to a river and drowns them. Realizing what she has done, she then drowns herself in that same river, but she can't enter heaven until she finds her children's lost souls. So now La Llorona walks the earth, sobbing and stealing children whom she drowns in attempt to take their souls to heaven, hoping one day she will find her own children's souls and be able to rest in peace.

Craving more discussion on La Llorona? Check out this storytelling event with Rene Fajardo and CU Denver's Center for Equity and Inclusion where we discussed the legend and its cultural significance!

Click Here to Watch!
Photo from: Mr. Vampire (film, 1985)

(Also Called: The Hopping Vampires)

Origin: China

Though these walking undead are often referred to as Hopping Vampires, their creepy looks and ways are much less whimsical than their names. Dating as far back as the Qing Dynasty, tales of the Jiangshi depict them as undead corpses plagued by rigor mortis (Jiangshi translates to "stiff corpse"), and therefore move by hopping around with their arms outstretched. Don't let one touch you, though! These vampires-on-steroids are said to be able to kill the living with just one touch! If you want to avoid being murdered by accidentally bumping into a Chinese vampire at night, just stick a six-inch piece of wood in the entryway of your house and Stay The Fuck Home!

Bust Out In October!

Looking for things to do this month? We got you, boo!

GITA is hosting and co-sponsoring SO many events this month, we hope you show up and show out!

At A Glance: October Events!

October Events At A Glance:

POSTPONEDTrauma-Informed Non-Monogamy: A DVAM Conversation**

10/13 The Boi Doc! A Virtual Screening & Discussion** (11AM-1PM)

10/15 Military Sexual Trauma** (5PM-6:30PM)

10/16 GITA Book Club: In The Dream House (12PM-1PM)

10/21 Book Release Celebration for Dr. Anahi Russo Garrido (5PM)
10/23 GITA Campus Supply Drive** (11AM-1PM)
10/28 Triple F Films! The Invisible Man (2020)** (Time TBD)

10/30 GITA Sex Cafe: Sexuality As A Survivor (1PM-2:30PM)

For more information about these events, please check the GITA Events Page and our Instagram! You can also email us at

** Indicates event collaboration and co-sponsorship for an event. GITA is proud to work with the following offices on the Auraria Campus: MSU Denver Chicana/o Studies Department, CU Denver CII, MSU Denver CMEI, Phoenix Center of Auraria, Auraria LGBTQ Student Resource Center, MSU Denver CESA, CU Denver WGC, MSU Denver Met Media, MSU Denver GWS Department, MSU Denver, Feminist Alliance, MSU Denver TRIOTA, CCD Student Life, MSU Denver Africana Studies Dept.

Here Are Some Featured Upcoming Events!

Community and Resources from the comfort of your own home!

THE BOI DOC is a film that gathers the stories of Masculine or Masculine of Center Identified LGBTQ people of color who have very different experiences but share similar stories of survival and success in an effort to motivate, affirm, and redefine masculinity.

Join us for a film screening followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers!

When: Tuesday, October 13th @ 11:00AM-12:30PM

Where: Zoom! (Click Here to Register)
GITA Book Club: In The Dream House

Join our monthly discussion as we dive into In The Dream House, Carmen Maria Machado's chilling memoir of a relationship gone bad.Tracing the full arc of a harrowing relationship with a charismatic but volatile woman, Machado struggles to make sense of how what happened to her shaped the person she was becoming.
When: Friday, October 16th @ 12:00PM-1:00PM
Where: Zoom! (For the link, email us at or DM us on Instagram!)
You Are Not Alone: Military Sexual Trauma

Please join us for talks about envisioning healing justice for military veterans with experiences of sexual trauma. Co-Hosts, The Phoenix Center of Auraria and the CCD Human Services Offices will lead the discussion with Moderator, Ashley Dunomes, and Panelists from War Resisters League, Element of Discovery Therapist of Color Collaborative, and Veterans for Peace.

When: Wednesday, October 14th @ 5:00PM-6:30PM
Where: Zoom! (Click Here to Register)
More Events News Coming Soon!

Stay tuned for our Mid-Month Events Blast for even more details about events happening from October 19th to November 2nd!


Tortilleras Negotiating Intimacy: A Reading & Celebration!

Fresh Off The Press: 

Tortilleras Negotiating Intimacy: Love, Friendship, and Sex in Queer Mexico City

"Tortilleras Negotiating Intimacy: Love, Friendship, and Sex in Queer Mexico City is the first ethnography in English to focus primarily on women’s sexual and intimate cultures in Mexico. The book shows the transformation of intimacy in the lives of three generations of women in queer spaces in contemporary Mexico City, as their sexual citizenship changes, including references to same-sex marriage and anti-discrimination laws. The book shows how these individuals reconfigure relationships through marriage, polyamory, friendship, and sex."

Join us for a reading and celebration of Tortilleras Negotiating Intimacy with author, Dr. Anahi Russo Garrido! There will be a reading and discussion of the book with time for questions to be answered by Dr. Russo Garrido. Pick up your copy today and join the discussion!

When: Wednesday, October 21st, 2020 @ 5:00 PM
Where: Zoom! (Link coming soon!)

Need Credits? CPD Courses Can Help!

Check out these Online CPD Courses designed to strengthen your skills and overall hireability through a feminist framework.
Flyer for CPD 290B-002 Meditation and Activism Fall 2020 CRN: 55423
Flyer for CPD 2350 Career Evaluation Workshop Fall 2020 CRN: 55418
CPD 290B-002: Meditation & Activism
CRN: 55423
Dates: SATURDAY 10/31 & 11/07

This course focuses on basic lay meditation techniques and how they support various forms of social justice activism. Students familiarize themselves with environmental, racial justice, feminist, and queer activists and advocates who have integrated meditation and mindfulness in their work in order to develop the notion of interconnectedness (or interbeing) and explore basic self-care practices.

To register for this class, Add the CRN to your Classes Worksheet in Banner.

For assistance with registering for classes, please email us at
CPD 2350: Career Evaluation Workshop
CRN: 55418
Dates: SATURDAY 10/17 & 10/24

Are you eager to get started planning for your dream career or a soon-to-be graduate plagued with the question: What's Next?
This course might be for you!

This course will focus on career evaluation and will assist students in acquiring the skills and attitudes to plan effectively for and manage the changes which they will experience during their work lives. 

To register for this class, Add the CRN to your Classes Worksheet in Banner.

For assistance with registering for classes, please email us at

More Cool Stuff Around Campus!

Don't forget to check out these cool virtual happenings!
Virtual Dreamers Workshops: Legal Updates

Join the MSU Denver Immigrant Services Program in communication with legal experts about the current state of DACA, including Advance Parole & Travel and Support in the Workplace. There will be space for Q&A where experts will answer any questions you may have!

When: TOMORROW, October 6th @ 1PM-2PM
Where: Zoom! (Click Here to Register)

Questions? Click Here to Contact the MSU Denver Immigrant Services Program!
First-Gen Career Prep: Interviewing Prep

Join the MSU Denver First-Gen Initiative in a workshop for interview preparedness! This workshop will help you gain confidence in future interviews by preparing you for difficult questions, providing tips on communication, and how you can showcase why you are the best person for that job.

When: TOMORROW, October 6th @ 12:30-1:30 PM
Where: Zoom! (Click Here)

Questions? Email First-Gen Initiatives at
First-Gen Initiatives: Money Matters Month

Join First-Gen Initiatives for Money Matters Month all October long! Get access to free FAFSA/CASFA application help and multiple workshops to help you navigate student financial support!

When: Multiple Times. See First-Gen Initiatives Website for Details.

Where: Zoom! See First-Gen Initiatives Website for Details.

Questions? Email First-Gen Initiatives at
Richard T. Castro Visting Professorship: Reclaiming Schooling/ Recuperando la Eseñanza

Richard T. Castro Distinguished Visiting Professorship welcomes, Dr. Angela Valenzuela. Dr. Valenzuela has a long history of research and teaching in the sociology of education, minoritized youth in schools, educational policy, urban education reform, culturally relevant curriculum, Ethnic Studies, and indigenous education.

For more info, please visit the Richard T. Castro Distinguished Visiting Professorship page.

Did You Know We Have A Podcast?!

Hey! Were you missing the discussion and banter around the GITA space at Boulder Creek? Us too! That's why we started a podcast to keep it going with all the discourse, banter, joking, and shit-talking that's like music to your wonderful ears. Always within an intersectional feminist lens, GITA Hold Of Yourself tackles a wide range of issues from colorism to fashion to medicine to holidays!

Join us for Fat Fridays as well, where we tackle topics from a fat-positive perspective with our two resident Fierce Fats in our spinoff series, 2 Fat 2 Furious!
Come Listen!

There's More to Look Forward To!

Don't miss us! GITA is making the switch to virtual resources, support, and community. Be sure to follow us on Instagram @gita_msudenver and join our GITA Lounge on Microsoft Teams for upcoming events and content! 

If you need help navigating our online resources, please email us at
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