The Gender Equity Resource Center offers educational opportunities through a variety of staff and student led workshops. Workshops for campus organizations and departments are free, though we ask you submit workshop requests at least two weeks in advance. The earlier we receive a request the more likely we will be able to accommodate your requested dates. Workshop requests from off-campus organizations will be considered, though availability may be restricted, and will only be presented for a fee.
* For info about the Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Education Requirements, read more here
Request a Workshop (limited)
The Gender Equity Resource Center offers educational workshops to the Cal campus community* on topics related to gender, sexuality, sexual violence, relationship violence and healthy relationships. Look below for a general description of the different categories of workshops that are offered by the Gender Equity Resource Center. When requesting a workshop, please reference the categories below, but feel free to include anything further to inform the type of workshop your organization is hoping to receive from the Gender Equity Resource Center. The workshop given will be chosen depending on the organization’s needs and reasons for requesting a workshop.
We offer free workshops to campus departments, student organizations and other UC Berkeley entities. If your organization is not affiliated with UC Berkeley there will be a fee for service (this includes other UC campuses).
We share a workshop request form with our other colleagues in the Centers for Educational Justice and Community Engagement. When you are filling out the form, please indicate that you would like a workshop from the Gender Equity Resource Center.
When filling out the request form, under “Workshop information” where you are asked to “Please as best you can succinctly describe the type of workshop you wish for your organization (e.g. LGBTQ Ally Workshop, Power & Privilege, Understanding Difference, Transgender 101 etc.) and why you are seeking this particular type of learning for your organization,” be sure to include the following information:
1. Why is your organization requesting a workshop? (e.g. To facilitate growth in particular areas, to increase sensitivity to marginalized communities, as a response to an incident, etc.)
2. What does your organization hope to learn from this workshop?
3. Is there a particular area that your organization is intending for the workshop to focus on (gender, LGBT, Transgender, sexual violence, etc.)?
The facilitator schedules tend to fill fairly quickly. In order to better facilitate scheduling and get the date and time that works well for you and your organization, we strongly suggest you submit your request at 2-3 weeks in advance.
The general categories of workshops offered through the Gender Equity Resource Center are:
Cal Self-Defense For All (CSDA)
Cal Self Defense for All (CSDA) is a program that addresses violence and harassment in our community by empowering members of our community to know about the realities of , develop personal strategies, and learn about physical resistive techniques in a supportive environment. Building on our current CSDA Program (using Rape Aggression Defense Systems curriculum) and specific programming addressing the needs of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer (LGBTQ+) community on campus.
Request these workshops if you and your team want basic knowledge on creating inclusive environments for LBGTQ+ communities, your organization or department needs a workshop for a staff/faculty member undergoing gender transition (gender confirmation regarding name changing, pronoun usage, etc.), or for workshops on general gender identity inclusion in the workplace/classroom.
Sexual Harassment & Sexual Violence
Workshops on sexual harassment and sexual violence include dynamics of healthy relationships and how to recognize abusive relationships in general, as well as discussions on how to recognize and combat sexual harassment and violence in the workplace/classroom.
Indicate that you are requesting a “Gender Workshop” if you and your team are seeking basic knowledge in combating sexism and misogyny in various settings, are interested in women’s empowerment, or creating an opportunity to discuss and understand men and masculinity.