Trans & Queer Student Organizations & Weekly Groups at the Cantú

The UCSC trans & queer community has an exciting array of student clubs, registered organizations, and regular programs that enhance student life. Most are sponsored or hosted by the Cantú Queer Center.

Whatever your interest, whether social or activist, whether regarding ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation, you will most likely find groups you enjoy. If you do not find what you are looking for, it is easy to begin your own group! Just come in and begin a conversation with the center staff. All of the student groups/programs listed below meet at the Cantú Queer Center unless otherwise noted.

Winter 2017 MEETING TIMES


    Queer & Questioning Men's Discussion & Support Group: Mondays 5:15 - 6:45pm

  • This group is open to all gay, bi, trans, and queer self-identified men. The group is drop-in, though folks are encouraged to attend regularly. Brent Alsaker is an out gay psychotherapist at UCSC's Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) team. Brent's office is at Merrill College and a familiar face at the Cantú.  

    Info: Group Leader Brent Alsaker, balsaker@ucsc.edu

    Access: queer@ucsc.edu

    Queer and Questioning Men's Discussion and Support Group is a group for all gay, bi, trans, and queer self-identified men. The group is drop-in, though folks are encouraged to attend regularly.

    flyer for queer and questioning men's group


  • Queer Geeks: Mondays 7-10pm

  • queer geeks

    Queer Geeks is an open group for all queer and allied individuals, both on and off campus that love playing board games, card games, and/or video games. Come and play a wide variety of games, like Dominion, Magic the Gathering, and Super Smash Bros, with your geeky peers. Come geek out and get your game on.

    Join us on Our Facebook Page

    Info: queer.geeks.ucsc@gmail.com

    Accessibility: queer@ucsc.edu


  • Let's Talk: Tuesdays 1-3pm

  • Let's Talk! is a FREE, confidential, brief space to talk with a counselor, receive support & referrals. Come by and talk to Brent Alsaker, an out gay therapist for CAPS, for 10-20 minutes. This is offered on a first come, first serve basis.
    Info/Accessibility questions: queer@ucsc.edu 

  • Queer Grad Student Lunch: Every Month 12:30 - 2:00pm

  • Join queer grad students once a month for a Grad Student Commons healthy, yummy lunch and good conversation!
    Dates vary per quarter. 

    Info/Access: queer@ucsc.edu

  • Queer Coffeehouse: Tuesdays 6:30- 9:30pm

  • Queer Coffee House is an open hang out space dedicated to helping create a stronger community through discussions. Everyone is welcome, some and enjoy free coffee, tea, and vegan baked goods!

    Student hosts: Sarah Harker and Chris Baron

    Info/access: queer@ucsc.edu

    flyer for queer coffee house


  • PRISM (formerly Queer Student Union): Wednesdays 7:00 - 10:00pm

  • Queer Student Union: Wednesdays 7:00 - 10:00 pm

    PRISM is a political group on campus dedicated to having the LGBTQIA+ voices of UCSC heard. Come by to meet some wonderful people and discuss issues and policies directly affecting the LGBTQIA+ community. The group is open to anyone who wants to attend.

    Click here to join us on Facebook!

    Info: the IVC at qsu.ivc@gmail.com, or the EVC at qsu.evc@gmail.com

    Leadership 2015-16:
    Internal Vice Chair: 
    External Vice Chair:
    SUA Representative:
    Secretary: 
    Treasurer: 


  • Ace of Clubs: Thursdays 6:30-8pm

  • Ace of Clubs is a support group for people on the asexual and aromantic spectrum. This is a closed group for those who identify within the ace community and those questioning if they are in the ace spectrum.

    Info/Accessibilty questions: queer@ucsc.edu


  • Familia X

  • Familia X

    The purpose of Familia X is to provide an open space for everyone dedicated and/or concerned with the non-heterosexual and non-gender abiding Raza/Latin@/Chican@/Two-Spirit community. Realizing the need for a space for Queer Raza, our vision is to provide a safe space for our community to organize, empower, and support self-identified individuals. This vision will be achieved through organized weekly meetings, organized events, and support/empowerment groups.

    Info: familiaxsantacruz@gmail.com

    Accessibility: queer@ucsc.edu


  • Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC)

  • Queer and Trans People of Color

    **QTPOC Collective does not meet at the Cantú Queer Center**

    Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC) is a group for any UCSC community person who identifies as a queer person of color. This group strives to create a diverse and safe space for dialogue and ideas that will help raise awareness about QTPOC community on and off campus, by forming alliances with other organizations, setting weekly goals for members, and outreaching to the wider community.


    Info/accessibility: queer@ucsc.edu


  • Trans Tea Time Thursdays, 8:00 - 10:30pm

  • Trans Tea Time is a closed space for trans people to hang out, socialize, and study. Tea and snacks are provided.

  • Blender: Fridays 5:30-8:00pm

  • Blender: Fridays 5:30-8pm

    Blender is a support group for trans and questioning people to come together to collaborate, discuss, and support each other.

    Info: blender.ucsc.cantu@gmail.com

    Accessibility: queer@ucsc.edu


  • Theta Pi Sigma

  • Theta Pi Sigma Greek letters

    Theta Pi Sigma is an all-inclusive queer Greek organization founded at the University of California at Santa Cruz in 2005. In 2011, Theta Pi Sigma became a national organization when it formed a beta chapter at Northeastern Illinois University.

    The purpose and objective of Theta Pi Sigma is to strengthen Greek life by providing a vehicle for positive leadership, change, and growth in the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, and ally community. It is our intention to provide further opportunity to obtain a well-rounded educational experience by offering leadership skills and the atmosphere needed to succeed academically, socially, and culturally.

    http://thetapisigma.org/

    Info: thetapisigma@gmail.com