The Queer Cal Pals program of the Gender Equity Resource Center is designed to connect incoming LGBTQ+ students with members of the larger UC Berkeley LGBTQ+ community through close partnerships and programming. With the use of a buddy program rather than a mentorship, we strive to cultivate a mutualistic relationship between the Buddy (current UCB student) and Pal (incoming UCB student), where both share experiences and learn from one another. Mainly, Queer Cal Pals will help new students link with LGBTQ+ community (spaces, resources, events), as well as provide personal and social support during their transition to life at Cal.
Buddys are the returning students who assist new students. Apply to be a Buddy NOW!
Pal Applications (incoming students) will be available July 2020.
Who is a Pal?
Pals are incoming students at Cal entering their first semester as a frosh or transfer student. Pals should express curiosity for learning more about and spending more time within LGBTQ+ community spaces/organizations. Each Pal will be paired with a Buddy, who has been a student for at least a semester, and who is familiar with student organizations, campus resources, queer housing and more. Pals and Buddies will engage with one another throughout the semester through programming and events offered by Queer Cal Pals. Being a Pal is a commitment of one semester during the Fall, and Pals will have the opportunity to later become Buddies.
Who is a Buddy?
Buddies should be students returning to at least their second semester at Cal with knowledge of Cal's campus LGBTQ+ community, clubs and organizations, and/or housing. You are responsible for initiating regular communication with your Pal (a student in their first year at Cal) and recommending events to attend.
Given that Pals are new to campus and may have a lot of questions in adjusting to collegiate life, you should be responsive, flexible, and patient with your Pal's needs. Buddies should have strong social/interpersonal skills and reciprocal desires to learn and teach.
As a Buddy, you will need to attend mandatory training during the Spring to ensure you have a strong knowledge base of resources to support you in your role and responsibilities, as well as more fun events with your pals. Buddies are expected to reach out to Queer Cal Pal Coordinators and/or GenEq staff when encountering conflict with your Pal or otherwise unsure of how to fulfill your role.
It is of the utmost importance to understand that Queer Cal Pals is NOT a dating service.
Compensation: Buddies who complete all parts of QCP (Training & Advising Pals) receive gift cards.