The Queer Cal Pals program of the Gender Equity Resource Center is designed to connect incoming LGBTQQIA frosh and transfers with members of the larger UC Berkeley LGBTQQIA community through a one-on-one partnership and programming with all program participants. With the use of a buddy program rather than a mentorship, we strive to cultivate a mutualistic relationship between the Buddy* and Pal*, where both learn from one another. Mainly, Queer Cal Pals will help new students link with existing spaces, resources, and upcoming events, as well as provide personal and social support.
Infosessions are a great way to get more familiar with the Queer Cal Pals program, though you are not required to attend an infosession in order to apply! More infosessions will be held during Welcome Week in August 2014. In the meantime, feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!
Tuesday 2/25 from 5-6pm
Thursday 2/27 from 1-2pm
Both at the Gender Equity Resourc Center, 202 Cesar Chavez.
Applications for Buddies (returning students) are due on Sunday, March 16th, 2014 at 11:59pm either online or to 203 Cesar Chavez.
Applications for Pals (new students) aren't due until in early August, but early applications are welcome!
What is a Buddy?
Buddies should be students returning to at least their second semester at Cal with knowledge of Cal's campus LGBTQQIA community, clubs and organizations, and/or housing. You are responsible for initiating regular communication with your Pal (a student in their first year at Cal) and recommending events to attend. Given that Pals are new to campus and may have a lot of questions in adjusting to collegiate life, you should be responsive, flexible, and patient with your Pal's needs. Buddies should have strong social/interpersonal skills and reciprocal desires to learn and teach. You are expected to self-monitor and have the organizational skills to successfully participate as follows:
- Two mixers, one at the beginning and end of the semester
- Two community events
- At least six check-ins with your Pal via text, Facebook and/or email
As a Buddy, you will need to attend a two-hour mandatory training on Thursday, April 10th from 5-7pm to ensure you have a strong base of resources to support your role and responsibilities. Additionally, Buddies are expected to reach out to GenEq staff when encountering conflict with your Pal or otherwise unsure of how to fulfill your role.
It is of the utmost importance to understand that Queer Cal Pals is NOT a dating service. Please keep in mind that you should uphold strict standards for confidentiality between you and your Pal.