Join us at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, for dynamic conversations, interactive workshops, inspiring speakers, and much more as we explore the past, present, and future of the LGBTQIA movement. You don’t want to miss this conference that will expand your knowledge, increase your understanding of the issues facing the LGBTQIA community, and give you the tools you need to make an impact on society.
In 2008, the University of the Pacific organized and hosted the Central Valley’s first conference focusing on issues impacting the LGBTQIA community. This one-day conference was so successful that a standing volunteer committee of students, faculty, and staff was established for continued planning and execution of a biennial conference. The second edition of the conference, held in 2010, doubled attendance from 100 to over 200 participants. In 2012, the conference grew again to over 700 participants due in part to our co-sponsorship with the University of California, Merced. This conference inspired a successful fundraising campaign mounted by the PRIDE Alumni Pacific Club, and attracted attendees from universities and organizations in Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, and around Northern and Southern California.
While the conference committee was pleased with the results of the 2012 conference, the committee believed that the size of the conference was too big to ensure deep learning and strong networking between participants. As a result, the committee has decided to reduce the size of the conference to 400 participants and renew its commitment to engaging student leaders in the LGBTQIA movement. This year’s conference theme, “Reconstructing the Rainbow: Building for a Brighter Future,” emphasizes the goal of the event to change how students are educated and trained as leaders and advocates for positive social change on their campuses and in their communities.
We are excited that you have chosen to join us for this exciting event. For many months, the conference planning committee has been working hard in the anticipation of your arrival. We have lined up many outstanding speakers, programs, and an amazing headline act for you to enjoy while you are with us.
LGBTQIA life has grown and enhanced over the last few decades and we are proud of our progress. While LGBTQIA leaders have come together for many years, our committee felt it was important to bring together students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members from around Northern California. By coming together, we hope that you will have a chance to learn from each other, develop strong friendships and social networks, and learn how you can be an active leader within your community and institution. Ultimately, it is you who will make the conference a success.
We challenge you to take full advantage of the conference and learn who you can make a difference.
As a result of participating in this conference, you will:
|Thursday | February 20, 2014|
|3:00 PM - 6:00 PM||Registration||DeRosa University Center Ballroom|
|Friday | February 21, 2014|
|8:00 AM - 8:00 PM||Registration||DeRosa University Center Ballroom|
|9:00 AM - 3:00 PM||Optional LGBTQIA Leadership Academy||Vereschagin Alumni House|
|3:00 PM - 5:00 PM||Optional Community Service Project||Stockton Community|
|5:30 PM - 7:30 PM||Alumni Recognition Dinner||Vereschagin Alumni House|
|7:30 PM - 8:30 PM||Alumni and Advisor Reception||Vereschagin Alumni House|
|9:00 PM - 11:00 PM||Evening Act and Preformance||Long Theater|
|Saturday | February 22, 2014|
|7:00 AM - 9:00 AM||Registration||Grace Banquet Hall|
|9:00 AM - 10:30 AM||Welcome Session and Judy Shepard Keynote||DeRosa University Center Conference Rooms|
|10:45 AM - 12:00 PM||Conference Session 1||Multiple Locations|
|12:00 PM - 1:15 PM||Lunch and Social Networking||DeRosa University Center Conference Rooms and Grace Banquet Hall|
|1:15 PM - 2:20 PM||Conference Session 2||Multiple Locations|
|2:45 PM - 3:45 PM||Solving LGBTQIA Issues and Challenges||DeRosa University Center Commons and Grace Banquet Hall|
|4:00 PM - 5:15 PM||Conference Session 3||Multiple Locations|
|5:15 PM - 7:30 PM||Dinner On Your Own||Local Stockton Restaurants|
|7:30 PM - 9:00 PM||Optional Movie||Grace Banquet Hall|
|9:00 PM - 1:00 AM||Dance||DeRosa University Center Ballroom|
|Sunday | February 23, 2014|
|6:30 AM - 8:00 AM||Continental Breakfast For Hotel Guests||Local Hotel|
|8:30 AM - 9:45 AM||Conference Session 4||Multiple Locations|
|10:00 AM - 11:00 AM||Caucus Meeting 1||Multiple Locations|
|11:00 AM - 12:00 PM||Caucus Meeting 2||Multiple Locations|
|12:00 PM - 1:00 PM||Closing Speaker||DeRosa University Center Ballroom|
We are pleased to announce Judy Shepard will be our keynote speaker.
In 1998, Judy Shepard lost her son, Matthew, to a murder motivated by anti-gay hate. Turning tragedy into a crusade for justice, and determined to prevent Matthew's fate from befalling others, she established The Matthew Shepard Foundation to help carry on his legacy.
Activist speaker Judy Shepard has appeared in two Human Rights Campaign advertisements urging an end to anti-gay violence and promoting a greater understanding of gay issues. She is also actively involved with Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). In this capacity, she has written an open letter to schools across the country urging officials to make schools safer for gay students by promoting tolerance and diversity.More About Judy Shepard »
We are accepting submissions for paper presentations, workshops, posters or full panel sessions (two – four speakers). We welcome presentation submissions from undergraduate and graduate students, educators and scholars, community-based activists, and leaders of public or private entities.
All disciplinary approaches are welcome and topics can be based in any issue in lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender social movements, leadership development/activism, policy, history, literature, culture/media, and beyond!
Submissions are due on December 1, 2013. Please contact Corrie Martin if you have any questions.
This year's conference is limited to 400 attendees. To ensure a place in the conference, registration is required. Attendees who are selected to present a program will be guaranteed the $45 registration fee per person. There are two ways to register. Paper registration forms will become available shortly. Web registration is now open!
|Registration Period||Registration Fee|
|November 18, 2013 - January 17, 2014||$45 Per Person|
|January 18, 2014 - Febuary 22, 2014||$60 Per Person|
The Leadership Academy will focus on individual identity as a leader, as well as program management to help you become successful on your campus. Please note that a separate application will need to be submitted for consideration for the Leadership Academy. A committee member will contact you with more information regarding the application process after conference registration is complete. Applications submitted by January 17, 2014, will be given preference. The Leadership Academy will require an additional $30 registration fee to cover materials and activities for the attendees selected.
The City of Stockton is one of California's fastest growing communities. Stockton is currently the 13th largest city in California with a dynamic, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural population of about 300,000. It is situated along the San Joaquin Delta waterway which connects to the San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers. Stockton is located 60 miles east of the San Francisco Bay Area, 83 miles east of San Francisco, and 45 miles south of Sacramento, the capital of California. While Stockton has an airport offering service to Hawaii and Las Vegas, visitors usually fly in to Sacramento, Oakland or San Francisco.
The City has a number of beautiful residential communities along waterways, with single-family homes costing about one-third the price of homes in the Bay Area. With over 100,000 trees, Stockton was recently recognized by Sunset Magazine as the "Best Tree City" in the western United States. In 1999 and 2004, Stockton was designated an All-America City by the National Civic League.
Pacific's main campus is located at 3601 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, California and consists of 175 acres of brick and ivy-covered buildings in the tradition of Ivy League colleges. It is ranked one of the ten most beautiful college campuses in the country. A few pictures cannot begin to convey the friendly and welcoming atmosphere across campus.