What We Do

LavenderCal's activities are volunteer-driven.  

All UCB staff and faculty — including retirees, emeriti, and alumni — are invited to connect with the LavenderCal network — in person, by email, via subscribing and/or posting to the listserve, by contributing to this website, or organizing or participating in activities.   See our Honor Roll of Volunteers and check out other ways to get involved!

Recollecting Our History: A Work in Progress

Know something of Cal's LGBTQ history of the last 30 years? Know an emeriti faculty member, a retired staff member, or a long-time current employee who may have tales to tell?  Want to honor the memory of a community member who has passed away during our lifetimes?

Help collect undocumented chapters of UCB community activism over the last decades, and remember our pioneering and sustaining community members. For inspiration, one vignette from older times is offered here. To offer more stories, please email lavmail@lists.berkeley.edu.

Support UCB's first Endowment Fund for Graduate Student Research in LGBT Studies

In response to needs expressed by students and faculty — and our Chancellor’s direct invitation — members of the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the LGBT Community at Cal (CAC-LGBT) took the initiative in 2009 to establish an LGBT-focused endowment: “The Philip Brett LGBT Fund to support Graduate Students working in LGBT Studies”. 

      Purpose: To support the research of graduate students at the University of California, Berkeley, who are working in any area relating to Lesbian/ Gay/ Bisexual/ Transgender studies.
      Criteria: Recipients of the Fellowship shall be graduate students enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley, who demonstrate high academic distinction and excellence. The Fellowship is open to all students, regardless of race, national origin, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity.
      Selection: Prospective recipients will be identified, screened, and selected by the Dean of the Graduate Division or his/her designees (such as a faculty fellowship committee). The amount of the awards will be flexible and dependent upon available funds.

    Read the news story announcing this initiative here and also here.  Read more about Philip Brett here.

    How is this Endowment funded?

    The Chancellor’s Challenge Fund provides a dollar-for-dollar match for donations from members of the campus community: current and retired faculty and staff, their surviving spouses or partners, and current students.

    Our goal is to grow the endowment to $100,000 as quickly as possible so that it can begin to generate annual awards to support the research of our graduate students — our future scholars, teachers, artists, scientists, activists and policy makers.

    How can you help?

    The commitment of UC Berkeley staff and faculty to students undertaking LGBT-related research helps to attract support from beyond the campus.  Despite the difficult financial times, this groundbreaking initiative deserves all of our support.  We owe it to ourselves, to our students, and to future students and scholars.

    Join other Cal colleagues in making a tax-deductible contribution of any amount.  No donation is too small!  (Students have demonstrated support by giving as little as $5!)  Donate online here: http://givetocal.berkeley.edu/fund/?f=FW6342000 .