Services at the Cantú Queer Center

Advising and Referrals: Students may drop-in to the Cantú Queer Center to get support from Center staff for any academic or social issues. The Center is a resource for queer and trans students and can be a first stop for referrals to other campus services.

Campus Collaborations: The Lionel Cantú Queer Center works in close collaboration with a range of groups including the Ethnic Resource Centers; Women's Center; EOP; SOAR; student government; the Graduate Student Association; SHOP; all ten Colleges; the Alumni Association, and many others. These active working relationships create a web of support for LGBTQIA+ students campus wide.

Clothing Closet: The Cantú Clothing Closet is an opportunity for members of the queer and trans community to exchange clothing and accessories, including shoes, bags, hats, and jewelry, free of cost. The intention of the Clothing Closet is to provide trans and gender non-conforming students with the freedom to comfortably find clothing that reflects their gender expression without the discomfort of shopping in a traditional clothing store.

Community Collaborations: Center staff does outreach to the off-campus LGBTQ community and works particularly closely with LGBTQ community organizations such as Triangle Speakers, the Diversity Center, and the Queer Youth Task Force. If you are part of a community organization in Santa Cruz and would like to connect, please reach out to us at

Facility Use: The Center is available to faculty, staff and student groups for meetings and other gatherings. The space has a comfortable lounge area, a restroom, and campus certified kitchen. Fill out our space reservation form here and we will follow-up via email.

Food Pantry: The Cantú Food Pantry was designed for all hungry students on campus, and specifically with queer and trans students in mind. We offer a self-service pantry and full service kitchen. We welcome donations!

GALA Gallery: The Center welcomes student and community artists to exhibit their work in the Center's gallery. The center's student curator will work with artists to hang their show, and will help with publicity. The center sponsors a reception for all exhibits.

Library: The Center's library has close to 500 LGBTQ books and 250 DVD's in its collection. Library holdings are now searchable from the Center's web site. Books and DVDs may be checked out for three weeks at a time.

Peer Education Program: The Peer-to-Peer Education Program strives to educate the campus community about LGBTQIA+ topics and issues. This program’s focus is to educate students about LGBTQIA+ topics, which incorporates intersectional identities, like race and class, and issues on our campus in a peer to peer facilitation. The program aims to create spaces on campus where Queer and Trans students can feel safe in their identities and supported by other students.

Stay Connected: Qconnect is the center's weekly e-newsletter. Students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members may self-subscribe here. The Center posts activities on its Facebook account here.

Study Space: The Cantú Queer Center has WiFi so feel free to bring your laptop, make yourself a cup of tea or coffee, and settle in to one of our comfy couches to study.

Training and Lectures: Center staff are available to give guest lectures and trainings on LGBTQIA+ topics to classrooms, residential halls, and other campus units. For more information about requesting a training please reach out to our Director, Travis Becker at

Zines: The Cantú interns and queer and trans community at UCSC have created educational and powerful zines that have been uploaded digitally for easy sharing. Check them out here!