Cantú Queer Center volunteers are the ones who keep the center going--filling in the gaps where the staff and the interns cannot always be. They greet incoming students, keep the center tidy, and help with many important projects. Some volunteers sign on for single events--such as our year end Rainbow Graduation Ceremony--and others work regularly for years!
All students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members are welcome to volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering, email email@example.com or come in and explore the possibilities.
Ellie began volunteering at the Cantú Queer Center in the summer of 2012, and is now a work study intern, acting as Gender Services Coordinator for the center. Additionally, she is a co-facilitator of Blender, organizes Ellie's Closet, manages/compiles the trans* resources section of the website, and has been working with UCSC's ADA Compliance Officer, Susan Willats, to map the campus public gender neutral restrooms and get them marked on the campus map. Ellie also occasionally designs posters for the various queer groups and events occurring throughout the year. She can often be found baking bread or drinking copious amounts coffee when not pursuing one of her many projects for the Cantu Queer Center.
"This place is awesome! I love volunteering here and definitely feel it has given me some purpose. Come by and enjoy some bread or the comfy (omg so comfy) couches!"
Wilhelm has worked in the Center for over three years now. He has volunteered and interned, working on several projects, including editing QConnect e-news and developing an anonymous online chat service. He also worked for a year as VP for the social club Queer Geeks. Wilhelm gets very excited about all sorts of strange projects and this results in fun things like Furry Art exhibits in the center's GALA Gallery and a new center website. (You're very welcome.)
"I love working at the center, doing what I can to keep it going. So many of my friends have come from this place and I have brought so many other friends here. It's a safe space, still important even with all the progress that has been made."
Ginger has worked at the Cantú since the beginning of 2012. She first got involved at the center with the original planning and creation of the queer youth outreach program that became the student group, ImPower. Ginger became an official intern in the Spring of 2012 and began spending more time at the center than at her apartment. Since being at the center she has become the co-coordinator for ImPower, has served on multiple committees for different projects, and was known for seldom missing any queer event on campus. Ginger recently graduated, yet, like many graduates, still considers the Cantú her home. She's currently working on co-leading the center's group for incoming students, Questioning, Queer and New to the U (Q & Q & New to the U).
"At the Cantú I found a community of fellow queer activists, inspirational mentors and some of the best friends I have ever made. Being part of different programs and supporting other LGBTQ students at UCSC has been the best part of my education at UCSC."