Lavender Graduation

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17th Annual Lavender Graduation

Friday, May 5th, 2017
Reception: 6:00-6:30 PM
Ceremony: 6:30-8:30 PM
Alumni House (1 Alumni House, Berkeley, CA 94720)

IMPORTANT
The registration list for the 17th Annual Lavender Graduation is now closed. We are a little above capacity for alumni house. Please check geneq.berkeley.edu/lavendergraduation after noon May 3, 2017 to sign-up onto a wait list. We will take graduating students from the list first. Thank you!

WAIT LIST-- https://goo.gl/forms/gfnWtlyYISTtmZS72

At 6:15pm we will begin taking names from the wait list--graduating students first.  If you have any questions please email Billy Curtis, billy@berkeley.edu

About Lavender Graduation

The Gender Equity Resource Center and our partners are excited to invite you to the 16th annual Lavender Graduation Celebration! Lavender Graduation, now in its 17th year, is the UCB end of year celebration honoring UC Berkeley’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer graduating seniors, graduate students and allies. Everyone is invited to attend and celebrate the end of the academic journey at Cal.

Please fill out the registration form, see below, before  Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 at 11:59PMat 11:59pm, to let us know you are attending.  It is particularly important for us to know the number of graduates so we may have a count for the rainbow tassels, your name will not appear on the program if you fill out the registration form after May 2nd.  

All graduates and guests must complete the registration form.  Please NO Caps and Gowns. Save those for university and department graduations.

Confirmed Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Photo of Xamuel Banales

Xamuel Bañales Ph.D, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies, CSU Stanislaus

Xamuel Bañales is currently an assistant professor of Ethnic Studies at CSU Stanislaus. His scholarship centers on race/ethnicity, gender, and sexuality in relation to activism and social change. Bañales research has been published in academic journals and anthologies and he's also produced short films about critical topics relevant to Xicanx/Queer studies. He was the lead facilitator of the award winning UC Berkeley student group Young Queers United for Empowerment (or YQUE) between 2006-2012. Bañales' activism includes helping to organize the first three Queer People of Color Conferences at UC Berkeley (2006-2008), participating in the "Hungry for Justice" hunger strike at CAL in 2010, and co-founding the Association of Joteria Arts, Activism, and Scholarship (AJAAS). Xamuel earned the following degrees at UC Berkeley, BA in Spanish and Portuguese, 1999; MA in Anthropology, 2006; PhD in Anthropology, 2012.

Faculty Address:
Davitt Moroney, Professor of Music, University Organist, Director, University Baroque Ensemble, UC Berkeley 

Young Alumni Remarks:   Michelle Kim, Class of 2011 

Graduate Student Speaker:  Pike Long, Master Public Health 2017

 

Undergraduate Student Speakers

Axenya Kachen, B.A. Integrative Biology, B.A. Gender & Women's Studies 2017

Guillermo (Manny) Alcauter, BA, Architecture 2017

Registration, Volunteering & Applying to Be a Student Speaker

Please use the following form to register for the event (for graduates and attendees):

IMPORTANT
The registration list for the 17th Annual Lavender Graduation is now closed. We are a little above capacity for alumni house. Please check geneq.berkeley.edu/lavendergraduation after noon May 3, 2017 to sign-up onto a wait list. We will take graduating students from the list first. Thank you!

WAIT LIST-- https://goo.gl/forms/gfnWtlyYISTtmZS72

At 6:15pm we will begin taking names from the wait list--graduating students first.  If you have any questions please email Billy Curtis, billy@berkeley.edu

Would you like to volunteer? Please fill out the following form: 

https://goo.gl/forms/1DzVIpOWmHXir00v1

If you have any questions, please contact Billy Curtis at billyc@berkeley.edu or call (510)643-0788

Past Keynote Speakers:

  • 2016: Alex Randolph (Board of Trustees, City College of San Francisco)
  • 2015: Cara Stanley, M.A. (Director, Student Learning Center, UC Berkeley)
  • 2014: Rafael Mandelman (Board of Trustees, City College of San Francisco)
  • 2013: John A. Pérez (California Speaker of the Assembly)
  • 2012: Judy Appel (Executive Director, Our Family Coalition)
  • 2011: George Zamora (Policy and Program Analyst, Student Affairs, UC Office of the President)
  • 2010: Christopher Cabaldon (Mayor, West Sacramento)
  • 2009: Deb L. Kinney (Lawyer and LGBT Activist)
  • 2008: Christopher Daley (Co-Founder of Transgender Law Center)
  • 2007: Susan Stryker (Author and Filmmaker)
  • 2006: Aleem Raja (Public Defender & SF Pride Parade Grand Marshall)
  • 2005: Bevan Dufty (San Francisco City Supervisor, District 8, 2000-2011)
  • 2003: Jackie Goldberg (California State Assemblywoman, 2000-2006)