Welcome graduate students to the UC San Diego LGBT Resource Center. Our Center serves all constituents of the UC San Diego community, including and especially our graduate students.
Each year we begin our graduate programming with participation in Q Camp, our orientation for incoming students to the LGBT community. There are general activities for all incoming undergraduate and graduates, as well as a specific track in the later part of the morning for graduate students only. Soon after Q Camp is the kick off of Q Grads, a group specifically for graduate students at UC San Diego. You can find out more about it on our organizations page. All graduate students from any discipline are welcome.
There are three other group which meet regularly for graduate students. The first is QuEST: Queer Engineers, Scientists and Technical Professionals of San Diego, the second is the LGBT Medical Students and Allies Interest Group., amd the third is the LGBT Pharmacy Students Association. There is more information about these organizations on our organizations page as well.
Throughout the year there is programming through the Dialogues in Sexuality Studies series which targets graduate students, as well as programs offered through the Center for Teaching Development, and the quarterly Diversity Dinners coordinated through the Office of Graduate Studies and the three Campus Community Centers. The Graduate Student Association is also actively involved in the life of graduate students, and many of the activities and events hosted by the Vice President of Diversity and the Cultural Events Coordinator connect our community together.
The end of each academic year brings us to Rainbow Graduation, the first Saturday in June. This event is particularly powerful for graduate students who are completing their formal academic training, receiving terminal degrees, and moving on from UC San Diego. We encourage you to participate in Rainbow Graduation, as we are very proud of the years of commitment and study it requires to graduate from UC San Diego! Contact Shaun Travers for more information and to get on the list for this year's Rainbow Graduation.
Our space is open to all constituents, although we know from our statistics that the majority of the folks who use our space on a daily basis are undergraduate students. However, our second largest category is graduate students, so we encourage you to make the Resource Center your own. Some graduate students who are TAs hold office hours in our Heritage Room, which can be reserved for such, just contact our Operations Coordinator, karla m. zabaleta hinojosa. Others stop by to use our kitchen, the gender neutral restroom, or just to get away from the lab, office or cubicle! Informally study groups sometimes gather in our conference room, and on occasion professors will teach small graduate seminars in the space. So there are many reason to come by.
Graduate students are some of the most vulnerable in terms of harassment and discrimination due to their position between both undergraduates and PIs, committee chairs, labs, or departments. Graduate students may be especially susceptible to discrimination because of the power dynamic that comes from having a single adviser who determines most aspects life/career while in school! This is particularly true for our transgender graduate students, and I encourage you to read about our specific FAQs regarding transgender information at UC San Diego. Please know that the LGBT Resource Center serves to support and advocate for you if anything of these things happen, and can make referrals to the numerous resources available to you, including the Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination, the Ombuds Office, The Sexual Assault & violence Prevention Resource Center (SARC), the Dean of Graduate Studies and other Graduate Deans (Pharmacy, Business, Engineering, Biology, Oceanography, etc.), Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and other resources both on and off campus.
The weekly Rainbow Newsletter highlights all of our activities and events. It is the easiest way to know what is going on at the LGBT Resource Center. If there is more the UC San Diego LGBT Resource Center can do to support you as a graduate student, we would be delighted to connect with you. One on one conversations happen frequently by coming to our space, and the professional staff is available by appointment.