Generation Queer (GQ)

GQGeneration Queer is a semester-long program designed to connect students to the Queer community through meaningful dialogue, bonding, education and skill development. Much more than a one-weekend retreat, Generation Queer (GQ) builds a cohort over the course of the semester through weekly sessions focusing on topics related to the complexity of Queer identity and community as they have existed through history to our present moment. After building our shared understanding, the GQ cohort ventures off campus to spend more time focusing on our selves and our community. In past years, GQ has taken students to the mountains of the Angeles National Forest and even to Catalina Island. Participating in this program you’ll have the chance to learn about yourself and your community, grow in your relationship to identity and history, and achieve your goals of personal development, leadership, and change.

At GQ, participants identify their leadership abilities and learn how to utilize their talents to better LGBT equality on campus and for the greater LGBT Community. Participants are selected from a competitive group of students and selection is based on their previous involvement within the USC community, leadership potential and motivation to get involved with campus activities in the future. Participants are nominated by staff, faculty and peers, but students can also self-nominate.

This program is open to first-year and transfer students. Fill out this form to stay up to date on the details of this program!

What you will learn

  • Participants will analyze at least one invisible and visible aspect of their identity that will affect their leadership abilities.
  • Participants will identify a motivational factor to create change on campus for the LGBT community.
  • Participants will identify at least three LGBT programs, services and student organizations of interest to them.

The 2017 GQ Emerging Leadership Retreat is being scheduled now for late March/early April 2017. GQ is co-sponsored by the Queer & Ally Student Assembly (QuASA) and the LGBT Resource Center.