Mission Statement:

The Queer Cal Pals program of the Gender Equity Resource Center is designed to connect incoming LGBTQ+ students with members of the larger UC Berkeley LGBTQ+ community through close partnerships and programming. With the use of a buddy program rather than a mentorship, we strive to cultivate a mutualistic relationship between the Buddy (current UCB student) and Pal (incoming UCB student), where both share experiences and learn from one another. Mainly, Queer Cal Pals will help new students link with  LGBTQ+ community (spaces, resources, events), as well as provide personal and social support during their transition to life at Cal.

Infosessions:

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! Infosessions for incoming  students will be held during Golden Bear Orientation  August 15 - 23, 2017 (check back here for specific dates, times and locations). In the meantime, contact QCPBerkeley@gmail.com if you have any questions! 

 

Applications:

Buddy Applications:

Applications for Buddies (returning students) are available through July 31, 2017

Application as a Google Form

Application as a Google Doc

Pal Applications:

Applications for Pals (new students) are due on Monday, September 4th, 2017 at 11:59pm online or to 202 Cesar Chavez.  Early applications are welcome!

Pal Application as a Google Form

Pal Application as Google Doc

 

Who is a Buddy?

Buddies should be students returning to at least their second semester at Cal with knowledge of Cal's campus LGBTQ+ 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.

As a Buddy, you will need to attend a four-hour mandatory training (August 2017) to ensure you have a strong base of resources to support your role and responsibilities, as well as more fun events with your pals. Buddies are expected to reach out to Queer Cal Pal Coordinators and/or 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.

 

Queer Cal Pals is a program of the Gender Equity Resource Center.  

For additional information contact QCPBerkeley@gmail.com