Santa Clara University

Office for Multicultural Learning

Upcoming Winter LGBTQ Community Events

On-Going Events

Mondays - Billy DeFrank - Yoga (trans & allies focused) - 7:30PM
Tuesdays - GASPED Meeting in RRC - 7:30PM - 8:30PM
Thursdays - LGBTQ Interfaith and Spirituality Group - RRC 7PM - 8PM
Thursdays - SPECTRUM - RRC 5PM - 6PM

January 22nd - Safe Space Training
3:30PM - 4PM RRC Orientation
4PM - 6PM Workshop (Parlor B)
The goals of Safe Space Workshop are to create and encourage a campus culture that is safe, secure and diverse. The workshop is interactive, reflective and educational. Topics covered in this workshop include LGBTQ Alphabet Soup, Ally 101 and Catholic Identity and LGBTQ issues. If you are interested in volunteering at the Rainbow Resource Center, please also attend the office orientation at 3:30 pm followed by the workshop at 4:00 pm. If you are interested in this workshop, please RSVP to Kim Gilkey

January 24th - Eat at Aqui

4PM - 9PM
Fundraiser for Billy DeFrank's LGBTQ Youth Space.

February 9th - Language Matters: Creating Welcoming Spaces for Students of All Genders and Sexualities
12PM - 1:15PM Wiegand Room (Arts and Sciences Building)
This hands-on workshop will feature exercises and strategies for creating a welcoming space for students that respects the variety of expressions of gender and sexuality in the SCU student community. Lester Deanes, Laura Ellingson, Eileen Elrod, and Mary Ho will facilitate exercises designed to help faculty and staff reflect on how we use language and structure activities in classes and programs in ways that foster awareness and respect for LGBTQ and transgender students, while emphasizing the ways in which everyone can reflect on their own understanding of gender.

Lunch will be served. If you're interested in attending, please RSVP by Thursday, February 2nd.
The LGBTQ Allies is a joint initiative by the Office for Multicultural Learning, Faculty Development, Office of Student Life and Womens' and Gender Studies.

February 10th - Rainbow Prom
8PM - Midnight Locatelli Center

February 15th - Webinar: LGBT on Campus: Three Critical Issues to Consider in 2012
11:00AM - 12:30PM Kennedy Commons
Join our expert presenters as they bring a voice to the LGBT population on campus and equip administrators, faculty, staff and campus policy-makers with the knowledge and awareness to implement changes to improve the campus climate for LGBT people.
The three critical concerns addressed in this webinar include:

  • The academic success and persistence of students identifying as sexual and/or gender minorities,
  • The emotional health, mental health and safety of LGBT students,
  • LGBT students' intersecting identities in areas such as students of color, student-athletes, spirituality, etc.
Please RSVP to Pauline Nguyen if you wish to attend.
Co-sponsored by Office for Multicultural Learning.

February 24th-26th - Western Regional Conference, Stockton CA

February 28th - Everyone is Gay performance
7:30PM - 9PM Shapell Lounge
Kristin Russo and Dannielle Owens-Reid started, an advice blog for LGBTQQIA youth, in April of 2010. On their spring college and high school tour, they are stopping at SCU to "create a dialogue and address questions relating to sexuality, gender, identity, and other concerns in a friendly and open environment, ...promote an increase understanding of the LGBTQ community, and motivate students, teachers, and administrators to continue these dialogues," among many other things.

About the Speakers: Everyone Is Gay is an advice website for all, with an emphasis on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) youth. Founded by Kristin Russo and Dannielle Owens-Reid in April of 2010, the website uses humor, honesty, and pictures of kittens to support these youth while keeping them laughing. In an ongoing effort to promote change and awareness around and beyond LGBTQ issues, Kristin & Dannielle also interface with students through a nationwide tour of college and high school campuses. Everyone Is Gay strives to encourage a deeper understanding of LGBTQ issues, to constantly examine how those issues intersect with other communities, to promote peer advocacy and to provide outreach and resources to all.

You can expect discussions of mental health, cyber-bullying, self-esteem, community, identity, labels, volunteering, activism and more. After their presentation, Kristin and Dannielle will open the floor for a brief question and answer session.

For more information visit:
Co-sponsored by SCCAP and MCC.

March 17th - South Bay Womyn's Conference
We are proud to announce the first annual South Bay Womyn’s Conference: Herstory – Uniting to Sustain the Community on March 17, 2012 at San José State University. South Bay Womyn’s Conference partners SJSU students with community members to create a safe space for all ages that promotes learning, expression, and education. We hope to to unite individuals of all genders, sexual orientations, ethnicity’s, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Womyn on Womyn’s Issues (WOWI) partnered with SJSU Women’s Resource Center, AIESEC, MOSAIC Cross Cultural Center, LGBT Resource Center, and the César E. Chávez Community Action Center, to organize this first annual conference. Conference attendees will be encouraged to participate in dialogue through panels and workshops. The conference will conclude with spoken word, poetry, music, and a vendor fair if you are interested in taking part in any of the evening activities please send us an email at

Monday to Thursday, April 16 - 19th - Tunnel of Oppression
Locatelli Activity Center
Tunnel of Oppression features various student groups’ efforts to simulate the various oppressions people can experience throughout their lives at home, at university, and beyond. Key displays include sexuality, body image, and religion. The Tunnel of Oppression is located in the Locatelli Activity Center.

Friday, April 27th - Annual Drag Show
7:00PM Locatelli Activity Center
The annual Drag Show this year is co-sponsored by SCCAP’s GASPED and GALA. Drag Show is an important night in which students examine and confront gender conformity and stereotypes in our society by purposefully dressing in drag. The event caters specifically to SCU students; doors open at 7PM in the Locatelli Activity Center.

Tuesday, May 15th - Difficult Dialogue: The Fine Line: Freedom of Speech vs. 1st Amendment Rights
3:45PM - 5:00PM Williman Room, Benson Center
The increase use of social media has led the nation to critically reflect on when freedom of expression is crossing the line to expression of hate. Join us for a dialogue as we come to understand freedom of speech through recent events; specifically, the cyberbullying case of Tyler Clementi and live comments made on air by radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.
Co-coordinated by Center for Student Leadership and the Office for Multicultural Learning.
Co-sponsored by the LGBTQ Allies Network.

Month of June - Pride Month
June is Pride Month. GASPED and GALA will organize some events in honor of Pride Month. Details TBD.

Friday June 8th - Lavender Ceremony
11:30AM Kennedy Commons
The Lavender Ceremony is a graduation reception and celebration for all graduating students who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Queer. The ceremony is a more intimate way of celebrating graduation with family and friends, and focuses on the LGBTQ community.
The event is taking place on June 8th in the Kennedy Commons at 11:30AM, and we would like to extend the invitation to anyone in the LGBTQ Allies Network! The event is business casual.