Thursday, September 11, 2014

All 10 University of California campuses offer LGBT services as UC Merced adds LGBT Coordinator position

The youngest University of California campus, UC Merced, announced a new open position for Women's Program and LGBT Coordinator. All 10 UC campuses now offer professionally staffed LGBT service offices.

According to the job description, "The Coordinator will have responsibility for the programmatic development, support, service, education, and advocacy for the program areas of Women’s Programs and LGBT Initiatives."

UC Riverside was the first California campus to open a professionally staffed LGBT center in 1993. The other 8 UC campuses opened offices between 1995 and 1999. UC Merced became the newest UC campus when it opened in 2005. UC Merced joins 35 other California campuses with professional or graduate assistant-level LGBT services positions in 2014.

Learn more about the UC Merced position, including how to apply, here.

UC Merced's LGBT Initiatives-related job duties include:
  • Develops resources and networks through campus/community partnerships in support of the UC Merced LGBT community. Efforts will include support, resource services, education, and advocacy to, for, and about the LGBT community. 
  • Advises students on gender and sexuality concerns/services, including women's, lesbian, bi-sexual, gay, and transgender issues.  
  • Develop LGBT and social justice related programs, trainings, workshops, and provide support and advocacy on issues of power, privilege, and intersecting identities such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, etc. and increase campus-wide dialogue and understanding on topics related to the LGBT Community.  
  • Develop, a workshop/film/lecture series promoting LGBT awareness and the understanding.  
  • Serve on a campus committee providing insight, feedback and recommendations to University administrators regarding the LGBT community. 
  • Provide advice, mediation, and support to student organizations and student leaders. 
  • Coordinate and facilitate large and small-scale annual programs, activities, workshops, mentor programs, and signature events. 
  • Chair work-group and collaborate with other departments to develop and maintain Safe Zone Project. • Develops and maintains relationships with internal and external campus stakeholders critical to program success.

UC Santa Barbara is also searching for a new Director of the Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Job openings roundup for June 2014

Several California campus LGBT centers are hiring professional staff. In addition to the positions below, UC Santa Barbara will be recruiting a new Director of the UCSB Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity soon. Recruitments for Cal Poly Pomona's Pride Center Coordinator and UCLA's LGBT Campus Resource Center Program Coordinator have closed already.

The Queer Resource Center of Pomona College, serving all the Claremont Colleges, is hiring a Program Coordinator. Visit the Pomona College Staff Jobs web side for more information. Job Summary:
Reporting directly to the Director, Queer Resource Center, the QRC Program Coordinator will provide support, encouragement, resources and education to meet the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, and allied (LGBTQQIAA) students, faculty, and staff for the Claremont Colleges.  The QRC Program Coordinator will stay abreast of issues pertinent to the LGBTQQIA community and aligns QRC programming and events according to the community’s current needs. The QRC Coordinator will coordinate QRC student support programs for The Claremont Colleges including Pomona College, Claremont Graduate University, Scripps – The Women’s College, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, and the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences. This position will support, empower and encourage student development of QRC Student Interns and LGBTQQIA students and allies, support students doing intersectional programming, facilitate LGBTQQIA and ally student discussion groups that provide a safe space for peer support, provide support and tools for LGBTQIA and Ally students to develop skills needed to facilitate regular dialogues around LGBTQIA issues, supervise QRC Project Teams, and plan and organize around annual events such as Gaypril, Pride Month Celebration, Queer Prom, and Lavender Graduation. This position will also coordinate and plan weekly QRC staff meetings, collaborate on planning staff retreat, programming and training schedule for fall and spring semesters, coordinate weekly meetings with Director and bi-weekly meetings with Director and Graduate Assistant, and assist with the supervision of QRC Interns.
The LGBTQIA Resource Center of UC Davis is hiring an Assistant Director. The final filing date is June 23rd. This position reports to the Director of the center. Visit the UC Davis Job Listings web site for more information. Job summary:
Under general supervision of the Director, serves the entire campus community with a focus on those who are underrepresented, underserved, and marginalized. The Assistant Director will work as a part of a leadership team to oversee the daily operations of the department and services for the campus community and is independently responsible for directing the LGBTQIA Resource Center's educational programs and events on topics related to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, Two-Spirit, Same Gender Loving, and Questioning people, students of color, and the many intersecting social group identities that LGBTQIA people hold. The Assistant Director oversees the development of the Peer Education Program and Queer Mentorship program as well as other key educational initiatives and collaborates with other campus departments and student organizations to meet the needs of the broader campus community.

Friday, May 30, 2014

New Consortium southwest regional representatives take office

Dr. Adriana di Bartolo and Steve Willich are the new Consortium regional representatives for the Southwest Region, which includes Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai'i, Nevada, and Utah.

Adriana is currently the Director of the Queer Resource Center serving the seven Claremont Colleges. Steve is the Director for GLBT Student Services at Auraria, which serves three institutions: Metropolitan State University of Denver, the Community College of Denver, and the University of Colorado, Denver. Steve is also the GLBT Knowledge Community Representative for NASPA Region IV-W.

Both Adriana and Steve believe their new Consortium positions are a way to give back to a professional organization that has supported them. Regional representatives work to ensure member and non-member institutions have access to continuing professional development, education, advocacy, and support resources.

"During my time as QRC Director, I've come to understand the importance of support, colleagueship, and friends who do LGBTQ work on college campuses," says Adriana. "In times of need, it is to those colleagues I turn to navigate difficult situations. I am grateful to be that support to others in the field."

"The Consortium and the colleagues that I have met through the organization have given me so much inspiration, advice, information, and hope as I work to support and educate the students on my campus and in my community," agrees Steve. "Serving as a Regional Representative allows me to make further connections within my region, increasing the level support for all of us." 

The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals's mission is "to critically transform higher education environments so that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, faculty, administrators, staff, and alumni/ae have equity in every respect." Currently, over 30 college and university member institutions are located in the Southwest Region.

Monday, May 12, 2014

UC Davis launches Preferred Name system, joining 7 other California campuses

In Spring 2014, the University of California, Davis launched a Preferred Name Policy that allows students to add a preferred name using the campus online directory system. When at all possible, the preferred name is then used on campus.

According to the Trans Policy Clearinghouse, UC Davis joins 74 other campuses in the U.S. and Canada and 7 other California campuses in allowing the use of a preferred name on campus documents and records. In the UC system, they follow the example of UC Irvine and UC Santa Cruz.

In addition, UCLA is on course to use a preferred name system in Fall 2014, and UC Riverside is implementing a new preferred name policy in the next two years as the campus switches to Banner for its student information system.

The University of Vermont was a trailblazer in allowing all students to select a preferred name online when they launched their system in 2009.

Other California campuses using preferred names are Cal Tech, Cal Poly SLO, Chapman University, Stanford University, and USC.

CR80 News reported on the UC Davis preferred name policy in a recent post:
A student ID can verify an individual’s identity with a simple swipe, tap or scan, instantly tethering the person who presents the card to a user account on the backend system. But what happens when the cardholder no longer uses their legal name? 
It’s a challenge that the University of California at Davis is meeting head on by enabling students to have a non-legal name printed on their IDs. The university’s Preferred Name Program is acknowledging that an individual’s identity is just as much reflected in the moniker that they respond to as the information stored in the backend system. 
The program was instituted following requests from UC Davis students, in an attempt to better accommodate transgender and foreign students who don’t use or respond to their given name. Understandably, a legal first name may be substituted on the student ID so long as the use of a preferred name is not for the purpose of falsification. 
UC Davis acknowledges that a preferred name should be used whenever possible throughout the student’s university experience – including university records.

Continue reading here.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

UCLA hosts First Pride Admit Weekend for LGBTQ admitted students

The weekend of April 19-20, 2014, UCLA students hosted Pride Admit Weekend (PAW), the campus's first-ever LGBTQ overnight admitted student weekend for 9 students from across the country. Organizers believe it may be the first of its kind in the nation.

"UCLA offers several ethnic-specific overnight programs geared to increase yield of a diverse students, yet no specific program focused on LGBTQ student diversity," says Raja Bhattar, director of the LGBT Campus Resource Center. "In response, our students have worked to develop the first overnight program built to highlight all the resources our campus has to offer and increase LGBTQ student enrollment at UCLA in the fall."

UCLA students braved many obstacles and navigated campus to identify LGBTQ admitted students and hosted them for two days of panels, activities and even a queer short film festival in collaboration with OutFest. They aimed to demonstrate the diversity of the queer community at UCLA and all the ways they could get involved if they choose to come to campus in the Fall.

Check out UCLA students bidding farewell to PAW students… in song!

"We hope this first cohort of students will be the beginning of a year-long leadership development program and serve as a pipeline for campus-wide LGBTQ visibility and involvement," says Raja.

UCLA's Pride Admit Weekend will be an annual program in collaboration with Bruin Day, LGBTQ Student Leadership Council, The LGBT campus Resource Center, the Gender, Sexuality and Society Floor, Office of Residential Life and the VC of Student Affairs.

UCLA Daily Bruin: "UCLA students host first Pride Admit Weekend"

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

CSU Northridge hosts Trans Leadership Summit April 11-13, 2014

The Transgender Law Center is partnering with host CSUN to present the Transgender Leadership Summit this 11-13, 2014. New this year is a Trans People of Color Summit on Friday, and a Campus Track of programs Saturday & Sunday.

The 8th Annual Transgender Leadership Summit is a one-of-a-kind leadership conference that builds the foundation for community members to take action for transgender equality and justice through informative workshops ranging in topics from legal, health care, organizational development and much more.

The Pre-conference Institute for Trans and Gender Non Conforming People of Color is for Trans and Gender Non Conforming People of Color to build our awareness of the issues our communities face and discuss strategies and solutions toward building a broader movement that centers our experiences.The institute is from 9am to 4pm on Friday, April 11th. RSVP for this institute to

TLS Registration is online here (scroll down to the bottom for the online form). Rates are from $10 (low-income) to $50 (regular).

Visit the TLS 2014 Facebook page.

A Ride/Room Share Facebook page can be found here.


FRIDAY April 11, 2014Pre-Institute For Trans and GNC People of Color (9am-4pm)Gender and Name Change Clinic (11am-4pm)Film Screenings (1pm-5pm)Registration (2pm)Plenary and Opening Reception (6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
SATURDAY April 12, 2014Registration (8am)Workshops and Plenary (9am-4:30pm)Evening Party – Host Committee (7pm)
SUNDAY April 13, 2014Registration (8am)Workshops and Plenary (9am-3:30pm)


Valerie Spencer
Valerie Spencer has worked in the arena of Social Services, focusing on health disparities as it relates to Transgender persons and others within LGBT communities for over two decades (that’s 20 years folks). Over time she has worked with the federal government, health departments, universities, community groups, conferences and community based organizations around the country ranging from capacity building training, national advocacy consultation, and of course those key note addresses she is famous for. The directive she gives herself is simple, to make the complex comprehensive. Valerie has even dipped into artistic endeavors by co-staring in the 2004 V-Day production of, “The Vagina Monologues”, featuring an ensemble cast of all Trans-Women cast and the documentary, “Beautiful Daughters”, which aired on LOGO and Showtime networks. In 2011 Christopher Street West (CSW) – LA Gay Pride honored Valerie with the prestigious Berman Shaffer award, given for her years of community service in progressive action. In this same year the California Legislative LGBT caucus conferred upon her a state resolution recognizing her as a statewide and national leader in the movement for LGBT political and social freedoms. Currently she is pursuing her Masters degree in Social work at California State University Long Beach.

Pat Cordova-Goff
Pat is a  17-year-old senior at Azusa High School. Identifying with the Queer community at the start of her high school career, she gladly began my journey as an activist. Living in a religiously-influenced town, this was not the easiest, especially following her coming out as transgender. Nevertheless, she was taught to walk with her head high and has a jump in her step. Being elected as ASB President, running for Homecoming Queen, and making the Varsity softball team, she intends to continue to live her life, happily, respecting her identity. With that, she will also continue to advocate and work for Queer community to ensure every person is able to experience true happiness, acceptance, and peace themselves, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Jay Toole aka Super Butch
Born in 1948, Jay Toole grew up in an Irish Catholic home in the South Bronx during the 1950’s. At the age of 13, Jay returned home with the classic butch haircut of the day, a flat top. Her father threw her out immediately, with no one and nowhere to turn. For the next 8 years she lived on a park bench in Washington Square Park, a unique viewing perspective for the evolution of the 1960’s in the West Village. Ultimately she did not get off the streets or have an apartment to call her own until November 2000. She spent the five years prior navigating the NYC homeless shelter system. During her time on the streets she was arrested for crimes such as sleeping on a subway bench, sexual deviancy resulting from not wearing 3 articles of women’s clothing and much more. Jay was also beaten and abused by the NYPD regularly; she has visible scars on her leg to this day. She became addicted to drugs and alcohol as the only coping method available. Jay identifies the one reason she made her way out of the shelter system being the assistance of a few supportive queer individuals from the outside.
It’s precisely this kind of hands-on support that led Jay in 2002 to become a Co-Founder and the Shelter Director at Queers for Economic Justice (QEJ), a progressive non-profit org. committed to promoting economic justice in a context of sexual and gender liberation. From 2002-2012 Jay spearheaded movements at QEJ, which resulted in 2 written policy changes at the Dept. of Homeless Services (DHS) and the City of New York. In January of 2006 transgender folks were ensured the right to self determine which side (male/female) of the shelter system to enter. In 2007 a policy was created for homeless queer families to be housed and sheltered together. These policies continue to be honored today. Because of Jay’s work QEJ became the first and only LGBTQ organization to facilitate support groups for queer individuals inside the shelter system. Doors are open in these support groups regardless of gender identity, legal or immigration issues, mental or physical health needs, or substance abuse.
Jay began a new chapter in 2012, moving forward with her long time dream of Jay’s House. Currently she is working alongside her team to create the very first LGBTQ adult shelter in the country. Jay’s House will bring together a resource center, support and services, housing, follow up care, skill shares, mentorships and hold hands as people move through difficult systems, such as health care.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

CSU San Marcos LGBTQA Pride Center moves into new space

The CSU San Marcos LGBTQA Pride Center.

The CSU San Marcos LGBTQA Pride Center has moved into a new 1546 square foot space. Part of the new University Student Union building, the center now includes a study room with computers, refrigerator and microwave; an office for counseling & HIV testing; a Director's office; and a storage room.

The LGBTQA Pride Center was founded in 2007 by Associated Students, Inc. (ASI). The center is overseen by Robert Aiello-Hauser, ASI Community Centers Director.