1. [Cal Q&A] Scavenger Hunt

    Hello friends!

    Did your team lose during last semester’s scavenger hunt? Do you still possess everlasting shame and feel the need to redeem yourself? Or do you want to defend your incredibly important title as scavenger champion? Are you sick and tired of riddles about bubbly buildings? Do you want cute prizes from the board members? Well, this event is for you, so bring your friends and cameras/phones for Cal Q&A’s photo scavenger hunt!

    What: Scavenger Hunt
    Where: Meet at 88 Dwinelle
    When: Wednesday, April 9, 2014
    Time: 7:30-9:00 p.m.
    And announcements:
    Day of Expression:  The new UC Berkeley queer organization Plurality will be hosting their first event, the Day of Expression, this Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in 20 Wheeler.  Come support this new organization!  There will be an open mic, a rainbow pool, and a cue card activity to prepare for the Day of Silence.  If you would like to perform in the open mic, sign up on this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1X0x9XSWkaX1B9EGhm2GwillkevmEFezVaaIgtcw5zGA/viewform
    SJSU+Stanford Q&A collaboration:  On April 19, the Q&A groups from SJSU and Stanford will be coming to visit us around noon-ish!  We will be playing games, then having a movie social where we watch the movie East is East.  Stay tuned for more details, but save the date!
    QACON:  And of course, our annual Queer and Asian conference is going to be from May 2-4.  If you haven’t registered, haven’t signed up to volunteer, or simply haven’t seen our new website that just launched this weekend, you can do all of those things at www.calqacon.org!
    Cheers,
    Cal Q&A
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    Cal Queer & Asian (Cal Q&A)
    University of California, Berkeley
    Official | Facebook | QACON

    1 week ago

  2. camerashyphotog:

Every year, the Queer & Asian Conference (QACON) brings queer APIs and allies from across the United States to participate in engaging workshops, keynotes from prominent activists, performers, scholars, and politicians, a “Storytime” session in which individuals are invited to share their personal stories with one another in small, intimate groups, performances from our talented community members, and of course, the afterparty!
For our seventh annual QACON, our theme “RefrAction” directs attention to those issues that are not necessarily a priority for mainstream LGBT political agendas. The capitalized “A” signifies how activism can effectively integrate social justice movements into our surroundings through outlets that are not always strictly political, in arenas outside grassroots community organizing.This conference is free of charge and lunch will also be provided on Saturday. You may also request free housing provided by our volunteers.TL;DR?
What: QACON 2014 “RefrAction”When: Friday May 2nd, 2014 - Sunday May 4th, 2014Where: University of California, BerkeleyWho: Anyone Interested in AttendingCost: Free****** REGISTER HERE: http://tinyurl.com/QACON14Registration
****** Workshopshttp://tinyurl.com/QACON14workshops
****** Opening Night Performanceshttp://tinyurl.com/QACON14openingnightperformance
****** Volunteershttp://tinyurl.com/qacon14housingvolunteerform

    camerashyphotog:

    Every year, the Queer & Asian Conference (QACON) brings queer APIs and allies from across the United States to participate in engaging workshops, keynotes from prominent activists, performers, scholars, and politicians, a “Storytime” session in which individuals are invited to share their personal stories with one another in small, intimate groups, performances from our talented community members, and of course, the afterparty!

    For our seventh annual QACON, our theme “RefrAction” directs attention to those issues that are not necessarily a priority for mainstream LGBT political agendas. The capitalized “A” signifies how activism can effectively integrate social justice movements into our surroundings through outlets that are not always strictly political, in arenas outside grassroots community organizing.

    This conference is free of charge and lunch will also be provided on Saturday. You may also request free housing provided by our volunteers.

    TL;DR?

    What: QACON 2014 “RefrAction”
    When: Friday May 2nd, 2014 - Sunday May 4th, 2014
    Where: University of California, Berkeley
    Who: Anyone Interested in Attending
    Cost: Free

    ****** REGISTER HERE: 
    http://tinyurl.com/QACON14Registration


    ****** Workshops
    http://tinyurl.com/QACON14workshops


    ****** Opening Night Performances
    http://tinyurl.com/QACON14openingnightperformance


    ****** Volunteers
    http://tinyurl.com/qacon14housingvolunteerform

    1 week ago  /  Source: camerashyphotog

  3. [Cal Q&A] Carnival Night

    Hello, Cal Q&A’ers,
    What: Carnival Night
    Where: 88 Dwinelle 
    When: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
    Time: 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
    Imagine yourself as an energetic carefree child, when student loans did not exist in your innocent minds.  You are running through a carnival with your popular friends.  YOU ARE POPULAR.  Doesn’t this feel nice?  Well, we are going to recreate this experience… in your MIND!  Come to the carnival at this week’s meeting, where we will be playing tons of competitive carnival games like dart balloons and ring toss!  See you there!
    And by the way, if you have not registered for our annual Queer and Asian Conference, QACON, which will be taking place from May 2 to May 4, check it out at our facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/431140623697318/, and register at this link!: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/11kx8h22VBXBMPQkEWOxpC7OizlUb3YHQz6YcLeIDeCo/viewform
    Best,
    Cal Queer & Asian (Cal Q&A)
    University of California, Berkeley
    Official | Facebook | QACON

    2 weeks ago

  4. [Cal Q&A] Food Discussion

    Hi everyone,

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    What: Food Discussion
    Where: 88 Dwinelle
    When: March 12, 2014
    Time: 7:30-9 p.m.

    Hope you all had a good week! Our meeting this week is going to be about…*drumroll* FOOD! Do you like food? Do you want to talk about your love for food, or your distaste for food? (haha.) Is there something you’d eat every day for the rest of your life? Is there something you’d never eat for the rest of your life because of dietary restrictions? Come talk about it on Wednesday at the first-ever Cal Q&A meeting on food! (There will be snacks!)

    And announcements:
    This week is the Week of Cultural Resistance!  For a list of events, click this link.  This week culminates in the Night of Cultural Resistance, which will take place this Friday at Memorial Glade from 5-9 p.m.!  There will be food and performances, so please come with us!
    Right after the Night of Cultural Resistance is an Oscar Wilde party, at Oscar Wilde!  This event will benefit YLEAD, a leadership camp for high school students held at this campus.  The theme is Camp (interpreted however you want), and it will be $3 with a costume and $5 without.
    On Saturday from 8:30-5:30 is the annual Empowering Women of Color Conference!  Click the link for more information; it’s a great conference every year!
    On Sunday, we will then be going to CAAMFEST’s OUT/HERE series of queer and Asian short films produced by local Bay Area artists!  We will announce more information at the meeting on Wednesday :)
    On Sunday night, the queer sorority GRL is having a St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser at Pappy’s.
    And finally, save the date for QACON (you’re probably sick of us talking about it by now) from May 2 to May 4, and register online here!

    Cheers,
    Cal Queer & Asian (Cal Q&A)
    University of California, Berkeley
    Official | Facebook | QACON

    1 month ago

  5. [Cal Q&A] Non-traditional Student Discussion

    Hey Cal Q&A!



    What: Non-traditional Student Discussion
    Where: 88 Dwinelle
    When: Wednesday, March 5
    Time: 7:30-9:00 p.m.


    This week we’re going to have a discussion meeting about the non-traditional students who are in our midst (not “in our midst” as in MUAHAHAHA we’ve successfully infiltrated Berkeley, but “in our midst” as in we’re among your friends and classmates). We’re going to also talk more broadly about difficulties, both social and academic, you as a student might face, and also about the difficulties those who are non traditional students might face as well. Wait, you might ask, what exactly is a non traditional student? Good question! This Wednesday, we’ll be discussing this question, and many others of comparable moral importance!

    Hope to see y’all there!
    And announcements:
    Bridges Rock Gym Social: Do you enjoy rock climbing? Do you enjoy watching people rock climb? Do you enjoy judging people who enjoy rock climbing? If any of the above apply, get yo’ body ready this week, ‘cus Cal Q&A is going to Bridges Rock Gym in Richmond this Friday, 3/7 at 5pm! We’ll be meeting at Downtown Berkeley BART and heading off from there (directions here) . Day passes cost $6 with student ID and $15 without (plus $2-$6 for equipment rentals), so please bring money, your Cal student ID, and appropriate clothing. Make sure to bring your big/little sibs as well ;) Get updates on the official Facebook event page! (If you can’t view it, contact a board member to be added to our secret FB group.)
    APIICON: This Saturday, March 8, there will be the annual Asian Pacific Islander Issues Conference here at UC Berkeley!  Admission is free, and to sign up or get more information, look at this link: http://apasd.berkeley.edu/apiicon2014
    EWOCC: And next Saturday, March 15, there will be the Empowering Women of Color Conference!  For information and registration, look here: https://ewocc.wordpress.com/
    CAAMFEST:  Furthermore, next Sunday, March 16, we will be attending CAAMFEST, the Center for Asian American Media’s film festival in the Castro!  Talk to a board member or email us if you are interested in getting a (possibly free, or if not, discounted) ticket!
    QACON and Board Meetings:  Finally, every Monday in 223 Wheeler from 7:30-8:30 p.m., we have Q&A board meetings, and in the same place from 8:30-10, we have QACON meetings, where we plan the annual Queer and Asian Conference!  Stop by :)
    Cal Queer & Asian (Cal Q&A)
    University of California, Berkeley
    Official | Facebook | QACON

    1 month ago

  6. [Cal Q&A] Board Game Night 2: Not-Big-C-Hike Edition and Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Screening

    Hi, Cal Q&A’ers!
    Were you expecting a Big C Hike?  Well,… psych!  Instead, we will be having Board Game Night 2: Not-Big-C-Hike Edition.  The Big C Hike has been cancelled due to an unfavorable weather report :(
    Come join us for a board game night! Come play Cards Against Humanity, Bananagrams, Munchkin, and other board games while you de-stress or take a study break from all that midterm studying!
    What: Board Game Night 2: Not-Big-C-Hike-Edition
    Where: 88 Dwinelle
    When: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
    Time: 7:30-9:00 p.m.
     
    Also, on Saturday, we will be having a movie screening.
    What: Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    Where: 263 Dwinelle
    When: Saturday, March 1, 2014
    Time: 2:00-5:00 p.m.

    Have you ever wanted to laugh and destigmatize mental illness at the same time? Well we’ve got just the film for you! Kristina Wong’s film Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a one-woman show tackling suicide and depression among Asian American women.

    Hope to see everyone there!
    Cal Queer & Asian (Cal Q&A)
    University of California, Berkeley
    Official | Facebook | QACON

    1 month ago

  7. [Cal Q&A] Board Panel and Trivia

    Ever played Hot Seat but only wanted to do it to Cal Q&A Board Members? Never played Hot Seat, but wanted to find out how it is? Come find out more about Cal Q&A Board this week when we have our first-ever Board Panel! There will also be Board Trivia and possible (really awesome) prizes!

    What: Board Panel Meeting
    Where: 88 Dwinelle
    When: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
    Time: 7:30 to 9 p.m.
    And now, announcements!
    Did you miss the Sib Reveal last meeting and still want a Sib? Fill out this application, we’re still accepting applications! Click meeee
    Oscar Wilde house is having a party on the night of Friday 2/21!  The theme will be “Rainbows” (and by rainbow, they mean “Stoplight” i.e. wear red if you’re in a committed and exclusive relationship, yellow if it’s complicated, or green if you’re single).
    The Bigger Queer Event is this Sunday, Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. in Anna Head Hall (near Martinez Commons)! Please RSVP at this link.  For more info, check out the Facebook event!
    Finally, if you are interested in the larger campus queer community, there will be a Queer Town Hall this Friday before the Wilde party!  It will be at 7:00 p.m. at the Multicultural Community Center in Hearst Annex.
    Cal Queer & Asian (Cal Q&A)
    University of California, Berkeley
    Official | Facebook | QACON

    1 month ago

  8. [Cal Q&A] Relationships Discussion

    Hi Q&A peeps!

    The (in)famous Valentine’s Day is coming up soon! To honor the sappy/dreaded/romantic/capitalist holiday, Cal Q&A will be having a Relationships Discussion. We’ve planned a super special role playing and speed dating activity that we’re positive you all will enjoy. If for some reason you need more impetus to come, we also will be revealing sib pairings (how cute)! 


    What: Relationships Discussion
    Where: 88 Dwinelle (NOT 20 Barrows)
    When: Wednesday, February 12, 2014
    Time: 7:30-9:00 p.m.


    General Member Retreat has also be tentatively scheduled for the weekend of March 7-9, so mark your calendars! More information will be released soon~

    Hugs and kisses,
    Cal Q&A

    Cal Queer & Asian (Cal Q&A)
    University of California, Berkeley
    Official | Facebook | QACON

    2 months ago

  9. [Cal Q&A] Storytime

    Hey Q&Aers,

    It’s that time of the semester - Storytime! (Haha, get it? “TIME of the semester” and “storyTIME” - ahh, we make ourselves laugh…) Have you been dying to tell us about that one time you fell in the toilet? Or maybe you just went somewhere awesome this past break? Well come tell us all about it! (Or just listen to everyone’s stories and take comfort knowing you’re not the only one who’s slipped and fallen in another person’s vomit.)

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    What: Storytime
    Where: 20 Barrows
    When: Wednesday, February 5, 2014
    Time: 7:30-9:00 p.m.
    Also, if you are interested in signing up for the sib system, then here’s the link to the sib app!  Don’t be scared off by the number of questions–we just wanna get to know you a bit better so that we can pair you up with someone of similar hobbies and interests. There’s no age or year requirements to be a big or lil sib, but we do ask that big sibs are returning members who have been in the space for at least one semester. If you’ve been a big or little sib in the past, feel free to apply again for this semester!
    Cal Queer & Asian (Cal Q&A)
    University of California, Berkeley
    Official | Facebook | QACON

    2 months ago

  10. Hello, lovely Q&Aers! Hopefully you’ve enjoyed our first meeting of the semester. Here’s some info on some programs we’re planning for the next couple months.
    SIBLING SYSTEM (SPRING 2014)
    Cal Q&A is re-opening its Sibling System application for the Spring 2014 semester! If you’ve ever wanted an awesome, fantabulous friend/mentor/mentee, the Sib System will help you with just that, so that you can become more integrated into the Q&A space.
    Here’s the link to the sib app!
    Don’t be scared off by the number of questions–we just wanna get to know you a bit better so that we can pair you up with someone of similar hobbies and interests. There’s no age or year requirements to be a big or lil sib, but we do ask that big sibs are returning members who have been in the space for at least one semester. If you’ve been a big or little sib in the past, feel free to apply again for this semester!
    GENERAL MEMBER RETREAT 2014

    Are you interested in attending a super special Cal Q&A General Member Retreat? This semester (in March or April), we’re planning to drive down to Monterey or Santa Cruz for a weekend to bond and hang out. If you want to frolic on the beach with your Q&A friends, please fill out this survey to help us plan which weekend retreat will be. If we don’t get enough interest, we won’t be able to hold the retreat, so please let us know if you are at all interested! (Filling out the form doesn’t bind you to any obligations, of course.)

    That’s all for now! If you’d like regular Cal Q&A updates, check out our Tumblr or join our secret Facebook group (email or talk to us to be added). We’ll see you all at next Wednesday’s meeting, Storytime!
    Your Internals,
    Simon & Sol

    2 months ago