UCSC Resource Centers offers counter-spaces for students who are queer, trans, non-binary, womxn, and people of color, and engages the broader campus about issues and challenges facing our communities. The Resource Centers impact institutional policies and campus climate, and RCs offer programs and services to foster student’s personal and professional growth, through community-based leadership development. The Resource Centers’ vision is for students to feel fully affirmed in their diverse and intersecting identities, empowered in their academic success, and graduate with a sense of belonging. Resource Centers include the following units: African American Resource and Cultural Center (AARCC), American Indian Resource Center (AIRC), Asian American/Pacific Islander Resource Center (AA/PIRC), El Centro: Chicanx Latinx Resource Center (CLRC), Lionel Cantú Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex Resource Center (Cantú Queer Resource Center), and the Womxn’s Center.
The Cantú Queer Resource Center (CQRC) exists to provide an open, safe, inclusive, intercultural space, promoting education about all genders and sexualities, and empowering self-exploration of these identities. The CQRC supports same-gender-loving students, faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as families, friends, and the entire campus community. The CQRC serves as a resource to LGBTQQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual) students by providing opportunities for leadership and personal development, and by creating programs and services that work to eliminate heterosexism, bi-phobia, and gender-identity oppression. The CQRC strives to develop an atmosphere of acceptance and well-being from which the campus community can fulfill the academic mission of the university.
Under the general direction of the Executive Director for the Resource Centers, the Director is responsible for the formulating policies and procedures, and long-term and short-term organizational goals for the Lionel Cantú Lesbian Gay Trans Intersex Queer Resource Center (Cantú Queer Resource Center), as well as manages the operating and programming budget, develops external fundraising, and oversees Cantú facilities. The Director is responsible for hiring, training, and supervising full-time professional staff, a graduate student, and teams of undergraduate students, in order to develop programs and activities. The Director works cooperatively with other Division of Student Affairs and Success units, and collaborates with academic departments, advisory groups and community partners. The Director represents Cantú Queer Resource Center in campus-wide committees, off-campus community, and has a direct impact on the structural diversity and campus climate of the University. The Director carries out the mission through the administration of programs, projects, initiatives, celebrations, and ceremonies that not only assist in the retention of students, but also helps educate the larger campus community about lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual students.