Volunteer at CUQSC!

The Dalhousie Student Union is hosting this year’s Canadian University Queer Services Conference, and we need volunteers who want to get involved and make the conference great!

There are so many ways to be involved, from event planning to active listening and everything in between! Volunteers do not need to commit to the whole conference! Volunteers will work with the coordinator to find a schedule/task list that works best for them.

Volunteers will receive a swag bag and awesome t-shirt, extensive active listening and anti-oppression skills training, snacks at all volunteer sessions, free admission into the conference, meals for all conference days, and the ability to select volunteer shifts that work around the workshops/events the volunteer wants to attend!

Access notes: childcare can be provided upon request! All volunteer sessions will be held in a physically accessible space with a single stall/all-gender bathroom available on site. Snacks and beverages will be available at all sessions. There will be two mandatory sessions (the first approximately ~ 1 hour in length, and the second ~2 – 3 hours in length, with breaks in between!)

If you’re interested in volunteering, or would like more information, please contact Tameera (CUQSC coordinator) at cuqsc2016@dsu.ca

Registration Now Open!

Registration for the Canadian University Queer Services Conference is now open! You can register here. Registration is $125 for attendees, or $260 including accommodations. All attendees will be fed the duration of the conference and be able to attend all programming, including socials.

We will be announcing more details about CUQSC in the coming days, so stay tuned for information on keynotes, presenters, activities and more!

There are a limited number of bursaries available to attendees. To access a bursary and/or to discuss potential funding options, email cuqsc2016@dsu.ca.

We are also looking for volunteers for the conference. Volunteers can attend the conference for free. For more information, check out the volunteer callout.

We are also able to waive the registration fee for Conference presenters. Check out the workshop callout for more information.

Workshop Callout

In advance of CUQSC 2016, the organizing committee is requesting ideas and proposals for workshops, discussion groups, performances, panels, or any other kind of programming! Whether it’s something you’d like to see or something you’d like to do, please get in touch!

What we’re looking for:

Ideas for topics, speakers, and/or formats for workshops, panels, performances, discussion groups, or other programming. If you’ve got an idea for a topic that needs to be on the schedule or a person who would be a really good addition to the program, email cuqsc2016@dsu.ca.

Proposals for workshops you’d like to organize. Proposals are just a way for you to tell us what your workshop will be about, how you’re going to organize it, and if there are any logistical considerations like the type of space you need, accessibility considerations, etc. If you have an idea, but don’t know where to start, or if you want more direction for a proposal, get in touch at cuqsc2016@dsu.ca!

The organizing committee is particularly focussed on prioritizing the voices and contributions of black, Indigenous, and racialized queer and trans people.

What we can provide:

Space and materials for your workshop (including printing).

We have budgeted to waive the registration fee for workshop presenters and to provide a small $100 honorarium to presenters who are not attending the conference.

As an unfunded conference organized by student organizations, the Canadian University Queer Services budget is limited, but please be in touch if you have an idea or proposal, but would require further funding to make it happen.

Here are some topics that our organizing committee have been thinking about:

  • Aging and queer and gender identities;
  • Building collective resistance through art;
  • Building global queer and trans communities;
  • Building intergenerational communities;
  • Class-based struggles, queer and trans people living in poverty;
  • Critiques about academia in queer and trans communities and access to academic spaces;
  • Fatphobia and thin privilege in queer and trans communities;
  • Healing through our communities;
  • Indigenous and African Nova Scotian queer and trans struggles;
  • Intersections between queer and trans identities, mental health, and disabilities;
  • Narratives about and access to health care;
  • Performance-based workshops, specifically focused on folks who don’t have access to performance;
  • Programming in languages other than English;
  • Queer and Trans People of Colour (QTPOC) identities and intersections;
  • Resilience and magic;
  • Rural queer identities, challenging urban-centrism;
  • Strategies for building solidarity with struggles against racism, misogyny, colonialism, ableism, and poverty;
  • Strategies to mobilize queer and trans communities;
  • The role of the internet in queer and trans communities;
  • Transmisogyny, issues facing trans feminine people and trans women;
  • Victories in struggles for queer and trans liberation; and
  • White anti-racist organizing and solidarity.
We’re also interested in hearing from people who are interested in holding closed spaces for people from a particular community.

Please submit proposals and ideas to cuqsc2016@dsu.ca.