Week 10, Winter 2016
UC San Diego LGBT Resource Center
Winter hours Mon-Thurs: 8am-7pm. Fri: 8am-4:30pm
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"My queerness and my Muslim-ness do not need to be reconciled mostly because they cannot be disentangled from each other. I can't remember ever not having been both." 

~Lamya H.

Reflections on winter and thinking of spring 

UC San Diego's Spring Break and the changing of seasons is almost upon us.  Winter gives over to spring, and it is a time of growth.  This past winter and the loss of Shane at the beginning of the quarter gave many of us pause.  As we continue to grieve from that loss, let us be reminded of how spring is filled with healing and hope for the coming light.  Days extend, and we feel a lengthening of time, to reflect, to think, to feel more deeply, especially with the blessing of longer days.  Breaks can be hard times, too - when we have moments to process things we have tucked away in the busy-ness of the academic quarter, when we visit families that may cause increased stress, when we are away from caring networks.  Take good care this Spring break.  Reach out for any support you need.  The UC San Diego LGBT Resource Center will be open Monday through Thursday of Spring Break, March 21-24, from 8am-4:30pm.  CAPS, FSAP and many  helpful  crisis resources all still function.  Spring will have sprung by the time we all return, and we look forward to seeing everyone for the next academic term.
The UC San Diego LGBT Resource Center Team

Event Highlight

24-Hour Study Jam

March 13th, 6pm to March 14th

During finals week, the LGBT Resource Center will be open for a 24-hour period, beginning on Sunday at 6pm and carrying over until Monday, when we will have regular hours, until 7pm. 
Faculty Highlight
Jesse Jokerst 
Assistant Professor of NanoEngineering

Professor Jesse Jokerst is a new faculty member, who just came here in 2015 from working at Stanford. He's happy here - he loves the space, loves seeing the ocean right nearby and snowcapped mountains in the distance, and this job allows him to work in a lab instead of conducting solo research and teach undergraduates as well. Currently, Jokerst does most of his work on imaging, often working on disease-related issues. 

"The UCs are a tremendous opportunity for social mobility," Jokerst says. "It's a good feeling to be part of that." He believes that a person's time at college is incredibly important, and those years can be the time where you not only learn skills, but forge friendships that will last for the rest of your life.  Jokerst received his undergraduate degree at Truman State University and his PhD in Chemistry from UT Austin.

Jokerst says that as a student, he didn't know any LGBT faculty in engineering, and that was a gap in his life that at times made it difficult to picture what his life would look like in the field. He hopes to serve as a role model in that respect here. 

"I think the LGBT community has always embraced creativity," Jokerst says. He likes being around new ideas, exciting ideas, and science is also about pushing forward at the boundaries of what we currently know. He thinks that maintaining creativity and fresh ideas is particularly important as one gets older, and being part of the LGBT community continues to be influential in that respect.

For students, he suggests that students make the most of their time on campus, taking full advantage of the opportunities available. And he suggests getting involved in student organizations, which is a powerful way to learn, make connections with other people, and be a part of something larger than yourself. "And of course, study hard," he adds with a laugh. "I have to say that." 

Upcoming Events at the Center

Queer Classes Next Quarter at the Center

Two Critical Gender Studies classes will be meeting in the LGBT RC next quarter - check them out! 

CGS 87: Intro to LGBTQ Studies. Professor David Serlin, Tues, 11-1pm.

This seminar will introduce students to important historical discussions and theoretical frameworks that have been central to the development of LGBTQ studies over the past five decades.

CGS 87: Who Cares? Professor Joseph Hankins, Tues, 3:30-4:30pm.  

When does the pain of another matter to us? In this seminar we will discuss the labor of caring for different kinds of people and things. What kind of politics might be built out of compassion?

Spring QCamp 

March 30th, 2016 | 5-7pm
Huerta/Vera Cruz Room

Come reconnect with friends, enjoy yummy treats, and learn about different opportunities and events for the LGBTQIA+ community here at UCSD

Community Call for Art/Logo for Out & Proud Week

Calling all artists! This year's Out & Proud week's theme is "Beyond The Rainbow: More Than Single Issue Lives" and we're looking to showcase art created by our community. We're taking submissions for the Logo for Out & Proud Week. This will be featured in our bookmarks, buttons, and Out and Proud Week marketing.

To submit send digital file to  mpgomez@ucsd.edu, include your name, contact information, and a short artist statement by April 1st.


UC San Diego's Out and Proud Week Call for Programs

Submission Deadline: Friday April 1st
Out and Proud Week Takes Place April 18-22, 2016

Out and Proud Week presents the largest opportunity for community visibility on the UC San Diego campus. It is a week-long group celebration and private reflection on the achievements of LGBT-identified students, staff, and faculty and our allies. It is also a time for public awareness and discussion of current LGBT issues on the state and national levels.
Please submit program proposal to be listed in our Out and Proud Week Calendar. Submission form here.

Affiliate Program
Deadline: April 8th, 2016

Is your organization or group interested in partnering with the UC San Diego LGBT Resource Center? Are you looking to start your own LGBTQIA+ org? Need a meeting space? Looking for leadership opportunities? Check out our Affiliate Program! The UC San Diego LGBT Resource Center Affiliate Program has a variety of perks and opportunities for your organization. Check out our website for the application and more details. For questions contact mpgomez@ucsd.edu

Program info here. Application here.

QTPOC Wellness Wednesdays
12-1pm | LGBT Resource Center
Join us to be in community; Each week we have a different activity! These activities are specifically designed for queer and trans people of color and as such it is a closed space. They range from self-care projects to group discussions about important subjects.

Friday Funday 
2pm | LGBT Resource Center

Friday Fundays are happening every week this quarter! The activities vary by week, and it's sure to be a fun and totally relaxing way to spend the end of a week of midterms. There will also be snacks and tea and awesome people, so come check it out! 
LGBT RC Open for Submissions!

Interested in displaying your art at the LGBT Resource Center?  We're open to any medium, from paintings, doodles, prints, poetry, stories, zines, comics, film, animation, music, to 3-D art pieces. Be sure to keep the values of our space in mind when submitting your art work: Family, Community, Respect, and Social Justice.  

Contact Art and Activism Intern Fri Garcia at frigarcia95@gmail.com.

Keep in mind displaying some of these may require creativity; discuss with Fri to figure out how to best display it.
Campus Community Center Events

Treat Yo Self WELL: Mini Terrariums
March 10th, 2016 | 5-7pm
Women's Center

It's finals and you might be suffering from some stress, so it's a good time to take a breather, cultivate some inner calm, and cultivate some plants as well. Come build a mini terrarium. 

Love Yourz
March 11th, 2016 | March 11th, 2016
Black Resource Center

It's finals season, and we know you're working hard and studying. In this time, while our studies are important, remeber that taking care of yourself is more important! Join the BRC for a destress session, in which you can refocus, and be part of s discussion, talking about the significance of self-care and how to establish a lasting routine during finals week and beyond. It's time to thrive! 

Crafts Day at the CCC
10th, 2016 | 12-3pm | Cross Cultural Center

Come to the Cross Cultural Center to take a break from work or school. Take home what you create, whether it is a picture frame, wooden box, canvas, or anything else you choose to make! All supplies will be provided to you, and everyone is welcome to join in!

For more info, contact Violeta Gonzalez at vigonzales@ucsd.edu.
Forks Over Knives Film Screening
March 28th, 2016 | 2-4pm
Black Resource Center

This thought-provoking film screening, hosted by BRC intern Refilwe, will show Forks Over Knives  and use it as a starting point to start discussing food history and industry. It will delve into critical analysis of various food industries and the real effect of certain foods on bodies. This is the first part in a longer series connecting food and environment with social justice work more broadly. 
Other Events and Resources... 

Theme Housing Info Sessions

There are three new on campus housing options offered to eligible students next year: LGBTQIA+ Housing Program, the African-American Diaspora Interest Housing, and Raza Interest Housing at. Applications are now open and are accessible through the housing website.

LGBTQIA+ Housing: March 9th | 5-6pm
Tamarack Mariposa Room at Muir College

ERC Living-Learning Communities (including I-House and Raza Interest Housing)
March 9th | 7-8pm | ERC Middle Earth Lounge

African-American Diaspora Interest Housing:
March 14th | 6-7pm | Sixth College Dogg House

BSU Overnight Phone-a-Thon

March 7th-11th | 4:30-8:30pm
UCSD Office of Admissions, Student Services Center

Sign up today to be one of the first voices a Black Student hears regarding their admission to UCSD! It's important to efforts to recruit and retain Black students to make sure it's clear that there are people at this university trying to make it a welcome and comfortable place. 

Register here
Call for Student Commencement Speakers
Deadline: March 18th, 2016

The university is looking for one student to give an inspiration message to fellow graduates at commencement! All graduating undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to participate. The speech can be up to five minutes long, and should be on the event's them, Service to the Community and the World. To apply, you need to fill out the All-Campus Commencement Student Speaker Application

PFLAG Scholarships

Deadline: March 15th, 2016

PFLAG is offering scholarships to all LGBT students, high school, undergraduate, and grad students. 

Scholarships are awarded based on a well-written application essay, demonstrated financial need, a history of strong academic achievement. Note that the application calls for a letter of recommendation in addition to the form, school transcript and essay. 

Application available here

Student Satisfaction Survey
Jan. 11th - Mar. 11th

Fill out the student satisfaction survey! Let's let the school know what all different students are looking for, and would like to improve about the school. Let your voice be heard! 

Fill it out at studentsat.ucsd.edu

All participants will be given a 20% off UCSD Bookstore Coupon and entered into a raffle for an iPad Mini 4 or a $30 UCSD Bookstore Coupon. The undergraduate college with the most participants will be given a pizza party! 

Check out the promotional video

Check out the Chippr App

Chippr: A LGBT social network designed for people to engage, confess, connect and discover the LGBT community around them.

Made by your fellow UCSD student!

Sign up for San Diego exclusive beta access today.

Check out Chippr at www.chipprapp.com

Summer Job Opportunities with TRIO

Deadline: March 4th, 2016

UC San Diego's TRIO Outreach Programs has a variety of job opportunities to work with our Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math Science programs.  We are looking for motivated tutors, resident assistants, and teachers who can help build the dreams of young people. 

UCSD students apply on Port TritonFor questions, contact Carri Fierro at ucsdtrio@ucsd.edu.

3rd Annual BlaqOUT Conference
April 8-9, 2016
University of California, Riverside

We cordially invite all folks who self identify as Black/AfricanAmerican or of African Descent and as Same Gender Loving, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning or somewhere on the LGBTQ Spectrum, to apply to attend.
If you are an ally to our communities, we encourage you to attend the QPOC Conference on April 29 - May 1 at the University of California, Berkeley. The QPOC Conference is open to all individuals.
Through this conference, we hope to create safe and courageous spaces that foster the discussion of issues relevant to those who self identify as Black/African American or of African Communities on the LGBTQ Spectrum. Various Workshops, keynotes, and activities will be designed to unite our community and equip us with the resources necessary to face issues that affect us as marginalized individuals.

Check out the website here, or Email blaqoutucr@gmail.com or email LGBT Resource Center Program Coordinator Toi  Thibodeaux at toi.thibodeaux@ucr.edu for questions. 

Applications will be online in January - apply by March 21st.
Dining Out for Life® San Diego
April 28th, 2016 

 On Thursday, April 28, 2016, more than 100 participating restaurants, bars, coffeehouses and nightclubs in San Diego will donate 25-100% of sales to The Center's HIV/AIDS services and prevention program. Grab a friend and go out to eat; you can get breakfast, lunch, brunch, coffee, afternoon tea, cocktails, or second supper.  The list of restaurants is available here

For more information, contact Ian Johnson at ijohnson@thecentersd.org or 619-692-2077 x247 or Tyler Renner at trenner@thecentersd.org or 619-692-2077 x209.
Office hours at the Center:

Career Meet-Ups
Wednesdays, 2:00-3:00pm 
LGBT Resource Center
Sonia Honne-Gonzalez, the Career Services Center Liaison to the Campus Community Centers, will be at the LGBT Resource center on Wednesdays to offer career advice. Come in and connect with Sonia regarding career readiness, job search strategies, professional development, professional planning, and/or resume review!

For more information email: cservices@ucsd.edu
Rainbow Newsletter submissions: 

If you would like to submit relevant events to be featured in the newsletter, please email rainbow@ucsd.edu.
Last week at the RC: 
Community Classifieds
23rd Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival
March 10th-20th, 2016

The San Diego Latino Film Festival is back with more fantastic films, including narrative feature films, documentary films, and shorts. You can get tickets to see individual films or a pass to the whole festival 

Tickets are available here

Éxito! Latino Cancer Training

Éxito! will select 25 master's-level students and professionals-like Jimenez and Berrios-from across the nation to attend a five-day summer institute June 6-10, 2016, in San Antonio, offering research information, tools, tips, role models and motivation to encourage participants to pursue a doctoral degree and a career studying how cancer affects Latinos differently. 

Apply here
Beta Testers Wanted

Radbeh Ravaz, a student at SDSU, is building a projectbuild a service that connects LGBT travelers with locals from LGBT community for the purpose of creating a unique experience for people who don't want to see the usual tourist attractions, but rather to know more about the culture and locals' lives. He's looking for college students involved in the LGBT community who might want to be beta testers for this project. 

Write to radbehravaz@gmail.com
AVID Tutors Wanted

Full-time college students recruited to work tutoring middle and high school students in English, Math, Science, and/or Social Studies/History. This would happen Monday through Friday during school hours, in the Sweetwater Union High School District and the pay would be $12.63/hr. To apply, call Laura Ravelero at (619) 691-5534 for a processing appointment. There will be an application, drug testing, and evidence of enrollment as a student. For more info, call Jeanette Gonzales at (619) 600-3344.  
Healing Yoga for Trans Folks and Friends
Saturdays | 10:45am
3909 Centre Street, San Diego, CA 92103 

This class is free and open to Trans folks and allies. Class begins at 10:45 and is taught by Christine Taylor, who has generously donated her time. Healing Yoga teachings are derived from the self-empowering practices of yoga, utilizing a wide range of tools to help enhance well-being and health. For more information contact Connor Maddocks at trans@thecentersd.org.
Lesbian Body Image Survey 

The Department of Psychology at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville is doing a study on lesbian attitudes & feelings about your own body,gender identity and gender expression. Lesbians over 18 are eligible and $50 Amazon gift cards will be raffled for participants. The survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete.

The survey is available  here.

HRC Summer Internship
Deadline: Mar. 20th, 2016

The Human Rights Campaign in offering various summer internships in Washington D.C. and a couple in other locations. Class credit is available, students have the opportunity to meet leaders in the LGBTQ community, and the work will be important. Scholarships are available as well. 

Learn more and apply here

Trans* Studies:  an international transdisciplinary conference on gender, embodiment, and sexuality
Sept. 7-10th, 2016

This is an academic conference for any work relating to transgender issues, showcasing work in various fields. there will be panels and opportunities to meet in small groups. Submissions and proposals are welcome; please first submit 250 abstracts of proposed papers as well as a one-paragraph author's biography.

By Feb 15th, send materials to
HIV Discussion Group
Thursdays, 6-8pm
Mercy Gardens
540 Lewis Street
San Diego, CA 92103

An ongoing education and social support group for HIV-positive men who have sex with men. Learn to be positive about being HIV-positive. Be empowered, share, and grow with other men who can relate to your journey.

Topics include living with HIV,
healthy relationships, sexual health, self esteem, normalizing conversations about sex, and self-disclosure (telling family, friends, and partners). 

Nominate 2016 LGBT History Month Icons

Nominated LGBT Icons may be living or dead, national or international, and are selected based on one or more of the following criteria: a) They have distinguished themselves in their field of endeavor, b) the nominee is a national hero, and c) they have made a significant contribution to LGBT civil rights

Submit your nominee here.
Young Women's Discussion Group
Third Tuesday of each month

3909 Centre Street, San Diego, CA 92103 

This group is aimed at young women ages 18-30. We will discuss issues relevant such as politics, academics, careers, relationships, social media, pop culture, activism and ways to be involved in the LGBT community. We hope to provide a safe and comfortable place to meet and share experiences as members of the LGBT community.
It meets in The LGBT Center's library.
New Free App to Find LGBT Roommates: TUTUroomii

A San Diego team recently launched a new iOS app called TUTUroomii. This app is designed to help LGBTQ+ young people and allies find ideal roommates in their own community. This app is available in the App Store. 

For questions, check out tuturoomii.com or email us at contactus@tuturoomii.com

Survey of LGBTQ Military Personnel

A doctoral student at the University of Oklahoma is writing a dissertation on the identity process of LGBTQ people who have served in the U.S. military. They're interested in reaching LGBTQ U.S. military personnel, and heterosexual/cisgender
personnel who had a personal or professional relationship with an LGBTQ military service person (someone to whom an LGBTQ  service member disclosed their sexual or gender identity). 

Contact Bobbi Van Gilder at bobbi.vangilder@ou.edu or at (562) 714-5405.