NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Gender roles is the theme for the Stephen F. Austin State University Office of Multicultural Affairs’ upcoming Something to Chew On fall series.

“At this event, participants will identify and challenge the rules and expectations society has placed on individuals due to their gender,” said Lauren Roach, the OMA student ambassador organizing the event. “The theme was inspired by various pop culture personalities who choose to identify themselves outside these gender roles.”

Instead of a speaker, Something to Chew On features a mediator to help lead the discussion. Participants may be asked to complete an individual activity to generate ideas for discussion.

“We recommend everyone come prepared to share their views on this topic, and to be open-minded and respectful to the thoughts and views expressed,” Roach said.

Held once each semester, Something to Chew On is an educational series aimed at creating a safe environment where students, faculty, staff and community members can discuss a preplanned topic. Past topics have covered difficult-to-address areas such as social justice, poverty, mental health and hate speech.

The event is free and open to the public. It will take place at noon Wednesday, Oct. 7, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 3.101. Light snacks will be served.

Due to COVID-19 guidelines, seating is limited to 10 in the room, but attendees can participate virtually on Instagram Live via OMA’s Instagram page, @omasfa1991.

For more information about OMA’s slate of fall events, visit