Hi amazing folks,
This year the Queer Alliance and Resource Center has done some pretty amazing things that we would love to share with you. Though we’ve definitely had some obstacles with campus bureaucracy and access to this website as well as access to campus spaces to hold large events, we’ve done a lot of internal work that we are really proud of.
- The collaborative QARC-GenEq introductory semester events, formerly called Queer a la Mode and Queer au Lait, have been transformed! Before it was just a space for orgs to possibly recruit new members. It has now transformed into both a social space and an educational space. Not only can orgs find new members, people can come to dance, learn about queer hxstories, and even get to leave with some amazing prizes, such as books and t-shirts!
- For the past 3 years, the queer community has put aside town halls on issues such as racism, body positivity, and ableism aside to give more space to ASUC elections. This year we prioritized workshops and discussions on these important topics. We held successful townhalls and workshops on race and racism, ableism, and standards of beauty in queer spaces. It’s important to do internal work!
- Library Expansion
- Our old library is getting revamped! Not only did we dispose of irrelevant often times oppressive books, we have collaborated with the Multicultural Community Center to simultaneously expand our libraries to include more critical queer, race, gender, and sexuality books that are not only fun to read but are also used in many courses in Ethnic Studies, Gender and Women Studies, and LGBT Studies to name a few.
- Night of Cultural Resistance/Week of Cultural Resistance
- The Multicultural Community Center annually puts on events called NOCR (Night of Cultural Resistance) and WOCR (Week of cultural resistance). NOCR began 17 years ago and this year the Queer Alliance and Resource Center was one of several community partner that co-sponsored the event. Our newfound relationship with the MCC will hopefully create more resources for all our communities!
- For the past 3 years, we have continuously been cut $3,000 from our budget, this year was no exception. Through the hard work of our finance officers, community members, and ASUC senators who advocated for us, we not only successfully reversed this year’s budget cut, but in fact increased our budget by an extra $4,000, which means that a lot of the programming that had to get cut this year to finance other community projects and trips will be back and better than ever next year.
Hopefully, all of these newly acquired resources, community partners and relationships will help provide and amazing, eventful, and fruitful next years to come!
Hope you all have a great weekend. We’ll be back with more updates soon!