There are many amazing queer-themed conferences, workshops, and camps that happen throughout the year. Many are listed below. The Cantú Queer Center supports UCSC students in attending queer student conferences. If you are a student interested in attending, please contact us at

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2015-16 California Conferences, Retreats, & Camps

National/International Conferences

  • Expanding the Circle Summer Institute - June 10-13, 2015 @ San Francisco
  • Gender Odyssey - International Conference on Needs and Interests of Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming people - August 20-23, 2015 @ Seattle, Washington
  • Out for Work - OUT for Work functions as a complimentary component in the total educational experience of LGBT students, primarily in the development, evaluation, initiation and implementation of career plans and opportunities. OFW’s programs, resources, and services provide assistance to students in the cultivation and enhancement of skills to explore career options, master search techniques and strategies and research employment opportunities. - October 9-11, 2015 @ Dallas, Texas
  • Creating Change Conference & Consortium Annual Meeting - National conference on LGBT equality; the largest annual gathering of activists, organizers, and leaders in the LGBT movement. Meets annual in February - January 20-24, 2016 @ Chicago
  • ACPA Convention - March 6-9, 2016 @ Montreal
  • NASPA Conference - March 12-16, 2016 @ Indianapolis
  • NCORE - National Conference on Race & Ethnicity - May 2016 @ San Francisco