Queer Cal Pals

Mission Statement:

The Queer Cal Pals program of the Gender Equity Resource Center is designed to connect incoming LGBTQ+ students with members of the larger UC Berkeley LGBTQ+ community through close partnerships and programming. With the use of a buddy program rather than a mentorship, we strive to cultivate a mutualistic relationship between the Buddy (current UCB student) and Pal (incoming UCB student), where both share experiences and learn from one another. Mainly, Queer Cal Pals will help new students connect with  LGBTQ+ community (spaces, resources, events), as well as provide personal and social support during their transition to life at Cal.

*Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, QCP will be a fully remote program for Fall 2020. QCP is open to all incoming undergraduate students. Transfer students encouraged to apply.



Fall 2020 Pal Applications are now available. Apply here! Direct link to application is tinyurl.com/2020QCP

If you are an incoming UC Berkeley undergraduate student who identifies as LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual) who is interested in the Queer Cal Pals program, please apply now!

Application Deadline: The 2020 Pal Application will close on August 26th at 11:55pm.

Questions: Please email qcpberkeley@gmail.com 


Buddy Application

If you are a continuing UC Berkeley student who identifies within  the LGBTQIA+ communities who is interested in the Queer Cal Pals program, please apply to be a Buddy to a Fall  2021 Pal. Buddy Applications will be available December 2020!

Who is a Pal?

Pals are incoming students at Cal entering their first semester as a frosh or transfer student. Pals should express curiosity for learning more about and spending more time within LGBTQ+ community spaces/organizations. Each Pal will be paired with a Buddy, who has been a student for at least a semester, and who is familiar with student organizations, campus resources, queer housing and more. Pals and Buddies will engage with one another throughout the semester through programming and events offered by Queer Cal Pals. Being a Pal is a commitment of one semester during the Fall, and Pals will have the opportunity to later become Buddies.


Who is a Buddy?

Buddies should be students returning to at least their second semester at Cal with knowledge of Cal's campus LGBTQ+ community, clubs and organizations, and/or housing.  You are responsible for initiating regular communication with your Pal (a student in their first year at Cal) and recommending events to attend.

Given that Pals are new to campus and may have a lot of questions in adjusting to collegiate life, you should be responsive, flexible, and patient with your Pal's needs. Buddies should have strong social/interpersonal skills and reciprocal desires to learn and teach.

As a Buddy, you will need to attend mandatory training during the Spring to ensure you have a strong knowledge base of resources to support you in your role and responsibilities. You will also attend  fun events with your pals during the fall. Buddies are supported by the Queer Cal Pal Coordinators and GenEq staff who will assist you in being an effective resource to your Pal. 

Buddy Applications for 2021 will be available December 2020. 


Queer Cal Pals is a program of the Gender Equity Resource Center.  

For additional information contact QCPBerkeley@gmail.com