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Hello Community!

We’re excited to start another year with our Open House next week on Wednesday, September 10th, 2014!  We will have infosessions aimed at advisors and new students talking about the resources GenEq offers and how to connect with the communities we work with, as well as a reception (see below for details).  A special invitation goes out to staff, faculty and other employees.  Our Open Houses have been student-focused for the past couple of years but this year's event has been planned with the whole campus community in mind!

In other exciting news, the President of Mount Holyoke College, Lynn Pasquerella, announced last week that Mount Holyoke’s admissions policy has been updated to state that anyone who is female or identifies as a woman is welcome to apply.  In her convocation address on Tuesday, she stated:

"We recognize that what it means to be a woman is not static.  Just as early feminists argued that reducing women to their biological functions was a foundation of women’s oppression, we acknowledge that gender identity is not reducible to the body."

For those who haven’t seen it, we have compiled, with the help of our campus partners, a list of resources available to transgender students at UC Berkeley.  On our Transgender Resources page, look for the “Transgender at UC Berkeley Portal”!

Hope to see you at our Open House!

Marisa Boyce
Program Coordinator



1.    GenEq Open House – Wed. 9/10 from 12pm-6pm

2.    The Hookup’s Wii Welcome! For LGBTQ Students

3.    Cal Clothesline Project – 9/8-9/12

4.    GenEq Table & Sexual/Relationship Violence Community Resources at the Departmental Resource Fair – Monday 9/8 11am-2pm

5.    GenEq’s Save the Date Calendar for Fall 2014



6.    Join us for MCC's first Annual Block Party (an Open House event)

7.    Multicultural Student Development Open House – Wed. 9/10 from 12-3pm

8.    2nd Annual Service Fair – Get Involved in Berkeley’s Service Community



9.    Victory Congressional Internship for Spring 2015

10. New YWCA Fall Schedule - Get Involved With Your Community!


1. GenEq Open House – Wed. 9/10 from 12pm-6pm


Come to the... 

The Gender Equity Resource Center's Open House

Come for the resources, stay for the community.

Come help warm up our newly-remodeled space!  


A special invitation goes out to staff, faculty and other employees.  Our Open Houses have been student-focused for the past couple of years but this year's event has been planned with the whole campus community in mind!  


Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

12pm, 2pm and 4pm - Resource Infosessions

4-6pm - Reception

202 Cesar Chavez

Resource Infosessions:  

These are opportunities to learn about the many ways campus community members can interface with GenEq.  Gather information for yourself, students you work with, colleagues or classmates!  We will talk about involvement opportunities, the kinds of issues GenEq staff can help with, gender- and sexuality-focused resources in other campus departments, the history of GenEq, and more!  



Come (re)connect with the GenEq community and/or learn about the resources available to UC Berkeley students and employees!  After the Open House is Wii Wednesday from 6-7:30pm, hosted by GenEq and Tang's partnership "The Hookup."  


Questions?  Contact

For disability-related accommodations see


2. The Hookup’s Wii Welcome! For LGBTQ Students


Wednesday, September 10, 2014


GenEq Community Space – 202 Cesar Chavez


Join us after the GenEq Open House for a session of Wii games and, while you're there, pick up some information and resources about coming out and what’s on campus for LGBTQ folks!


The Hookup is an ongoing Wednesday night collaboration between GenEq and the Tang Center, bringing you LGBTQ health, relationship and wellness information!  Drop-in counseling is available weekly, there are events most Wednesdays, and there is monthly rapid HIV testing available.  See for more information!



3. Cal Clothesline Project – 9/8-9/12


We need your help to increase visibility on the topic of sexual and relationship violence!


Cal Clothesline Project

Sept. 8-12, 2014


Kroeber Plaza (where College and Bancroft meet, across from Cafe Strada)


*Content Warning: This section contains language around sexual and domestic violence*

From 9/8 to 9/12 (9-4pm), the Kroeber fountain area will feature a display of shirts with messages and illustrations to break the silence and raise awareness about domestic, dating, and sexual violence. We welcome survivors and allies to add to the UCB collection by decorating shirts in whichever way they please. Some shirts include personal stories of survivors and loved ones, others include explanations of why the designer is an ally and hopes/solutions for a violence free community. They can include images, poems, etc. We can provide shirts, pens, and paint, although *we strongly encourage you to use your own materials!* Clothesline Projects like this one have been displayed by universities across the country, and we encourage Cal students to get involved with this nationalproject.

On 9/5 from 11am-2pm there will be a shirt decorating event in the Multicultural Community Center (MCC, Hearst Field Annex D-3).

On 9/12 from 4-6 we will be holding a march in honor of those who have experienced sexual, dating, or domestic violence. Each participant is welcome to cary a shirt during the march. It will conclude in the Gender Equity Resource Center, where there will be snacks and discussion around how our community can best support survivors and end intimate partner violence.

If you are interested in attending the shirt decorating event, volunteering, and/or attending the march, please fill out this form:

Shirts can be dropped off in the Gender Equity Resource center (202 Chavez) or the Lead Center (102 Hearst Gym) for those who would rather stay anonymous. After the event, shirt designers are welcome to keep their shirts or donate them to the Clothesline Project shirt collection.

Spread the word via fb and twitter with #CalClotheslineProject and #CultureofConsent! Also feel free to advertise the event by using this cover photo!

*ASUC Sponsored and ADA Accessible.
This event is put on by the Cal Consent Campaign (by the ASUC Sexual Assault Commission), Greeks Against Sexual Assault, the Gender Equity Resource Center, ASUC EAVP & Senator Broder.



4.  GenEq Table & Sexual/Relationship Violence Community Resources 

at the Departmental Resource Fair


Monday, September 8, 2014


Sproul Plaza


Learn about how campus services can support your success at Cal!  Come say hi at GenEq's table to pick up resources about all our topic areas!  Some of our community partners focusing on sexual and relationship violence will be tabling next to us with information about the services and ways to connect with them!


Questions?  Contact cici at


5.  GenEq’s Save the Date Calendar for Fall 2014


For other events happening this Fall, check out our Save the Date calendar at!  This is not a complete list of our programs for the semester, so keep your eye on the newsletter for more opportunities to connect and learn!

Questions?  Contact Marisa at



6. Join us for MCC's first Annual Block Party (an Open House event)


Hello Everyone, 
        Hope the first days of the Fall Semester are finding you well and that you are excited for the upcoming academic year at CAL! As the summer comes to an end and we transition into a new semester, the Multicultural Community Center and its new 2014-2015 intern class have been working on a number of different projects to bring resources to our many communities on and off of the CAL campus. We are excited to be putting together the MCC’s first Annual Block Party on September 17th 2014 from 4pm- 7pm - where we will kick off the new semester with amazing energy! 
        The MCC Block Party is a direct outcome of our Annual MCC Open House however, it is different this year in that we are inviting our neighbors to collaborate with us at this event. At this block party we hope to inform students, staff, and faculty on the different resources that the MCC can provide as well as introduce the MCC Interns, Staff, and different community organizations. We would like to invite you to collaborate with us on our open house by introducing your spaces and staff and familiarizing folks with the resources and support your space and staff offer. We also understand that MSD and Gen Eq are having their own Open House, however we would still like to invite your spaces to join us on this day. Your participation in the block party is welcomed in any capacity, from setting up a table on our “block” for your specific space to coordinating an all-encompassing MSD resource table. In addition, if you have any other ideas for collaborating or other resources you would like to share for the event, please contact us at As always, your support is much appreciated. If you are interested in collaborating with us on our open house event, please let us know as no later than September 6thso that we can begin to draft a working agenda for the date of September 17th.


Feel free to ask any questions or for any type of clarification.


Thanks for being awesome!
And we look forward to working with you all this next year, 


Outreach Committee Leads 
Lauren & Xochitl


7. Multicultural Student Development Open House – Wed. 9/10 from 12-3pm


Wednesday, September 10, 2014


242 Cesar Chavez


Food, prizes and fun!  Come (re)connect with the Multicultural Student Development Offices!


* African American Student Development

* Asian Pacific American Student Development

* Chicana Latino Student Development

* Cross- Cultural Student Development * Native American Student Development


8. 2nd Annual Service Fair – Get Involved in Berkeley’s Service Community


Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Upper Sproul Plaza



Interested in getting involved in the Service Community here at Cal? Come learn about all of the different groups that are doing service -- everything from tutoring to health clinics to volunteering!

If you and your service group would like to table please sign up here:



9.  Victory Congressional Internship for Spring 2015


The Victory Congressional Internship is accepting applications for Spring 2015.  The Victory Institute will bring outstanding LGBTQ college students to Washington, D.C., for an intensive leadership program, including a Congressional internship with an LGBT-friendly member of Congress.


The program includes a generous stipend, housing in D.C., placement in a congressional internship and travel to/from Washington, D.C., as well as travel and registration to the LGBT Leaders 2015 Conference.


Applications for Spring 2015 are due Monday, October 27 – find out more and apply now at    


The Victory Congressional Internship is open to current undergraduate students of all genders, orientations, abilities, races, and political affiliations, including people with majors other than political science.


Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute

Victory Congressional Internship  


Connect with Victory


10.  New YWCA Fall Schedule - Get Involved With Your Community!


WYCA: Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women


The WYCA’s Fall 2014 schedule is now out!  Check out their website for more information:

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