Queering a World Class Education

Student Groups

Check out our Q Center Calendar for all the days, times, and locations of our student group meetings and/or events! 


Queer People of Color Alliance (QPOCA)

Queer People of Color Alliance

We aim to provide a safe space for queer people of color and allies to discuss GLBT issues as they intersect with culture, sex/gender, ethnicity, race, religion, or ability. We hope to share our experiences and to further inform and educate the greater community to respect and understand diversity.


Send Questions to: qpoca@uw.edu
Time: Thursdays, 4:00pm-5:30pm
Location: Ethnic Cultural Center Unity Room


Queer Student Commission
(Formally Known as the ASUW GBLTC)

Queer Student Commission The QSC is one of eight diversity commissions under the Associated Students of the University of Washington. We are an umbrella organization for gay, bisexual, lesbian, transgender, queer, and ally students on campus.

Purpose -
The mission of the Queer Student Commission is to first support, educate, and offer safe space to gay, bisexual, lesbian and transgender UW students. In addition, we aim to provide non-hetero-sexist, anti-racist, non-ablest and non-sexist programming and services. We aim to create an anti-oppressive community by funding, sponsoring and endorsing events, ideas, and information that share these anti-oppressive principles, promote community and work to increase a nurturing environment for all students.

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In 1971 the first GBLT group was established, the Gay Students Association (GSA). The name of this group was changed in 1974 to the Gay People’s Association (GPA), and then changed again to the Gay Men and Lesbian Association (GMLA), and finally to the Gay Bisexual and Lesbian Association (GBLA). Then in May of 1991 the ASUW Board of Control passed bill #144 which granted commission status for the Gay, Bisexual and Lesbian Commission. The name of the commission was changed again in September of 1997 to the Gay, Bisexual, Lesbian, Transgender Commission (GBLTC). Most recently, in the fall of 2011 the commission was renamed the Queer Student Commission to include the most students possible under the large umbrella term “queer.”

Send questions to the current commission director: Kristen Blackburn
By email: asuwqsc@u.washington.edu
In person: HUB first floor


Trans* & Gender Queering Support Group
Looking for camaraderie and support around gender identity and/or expression? Look no further! Ready, get set, GENDER! Every Tuesday from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Q Center you too can meet with others who wish to explore the continuum of gender identity and expression through discussion, support of one another, and connection. This support group is facilitated by two master of social work students interning at the Q Center. Lor and Liz bring to the group years of experience in facilitation, community organizing, and expertise in gender and sexuality.

Send questions to: internuw@uw.edu
When: Tuesdays 12:30-1:30 p.m.—Starting January 21, 2014
Where: Q Center (HUB 315)


(Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, at the University of Washington)
out in science technology engineering and math at uwThe Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM) chapter at the University of Washington is a professional organization aimed at educating and fostering leadership among LGBTQA students in the STEM fields by providing education, outreach, and professional resources to its members. oSTEM UW holds social and professional networking events several times per quarter. oSTEM provides an excellent means for STEM students to network and connect with other LGBTQA industry and student leaders.

Send questions to: ostem@uw.edu


Q Ink!

Q Ink

Q Ink is a creative writing group run by the Q Center library. We will help peer edit and give comments and critiques to your stories. It will be a free writing space where you can let your creativity flow onto a page or a laptop. It will be a place where writers don’t have to feel awkward or afraid of sharing queer oriented stories. Come on by and we will help one another learn, gain ideas, and most importantly WRITE!

Meeting dates: 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30, 6/6 aka every Friday

From: 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM in the Q Center (HUB 315)

Send questions to: qlib@uw.edu


Gender Discussion GroupGender Discussion Group
Gender Discussion Group is a group intentionally focused around conversations with one another about our genders. This group is intended for people who think about their gender on a regular basis, including, but not limited to, people who identify as genderqueer, trans*, or gender non-conforming in any of its fabulous manifestations. This space prioritizes personal struggles with gender, and is intended primarily as a social support group for those interested in connecting with people who have also thought hard about their gender. This group does not gender police, and as everyone has a relationship to gender, everyone is welcome here.

Send Questions to: qcenter@uw.edu
Time: TBA
Location: TBA


RainbowGrads Logo

The purpose of Rainbow Grads is to serve as a social network for the community of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, intersex, two-spirit, asexual, queer, questioning and allied graduate and professional students of the University of Washington.

Emails: (this is all the board members)
President: Jonathan Nagata (jnagata@uw.edu)
Board Members: Caleb Knapp (cbk5@uw.edu), Jakob Kotas ((jkotas@uw.edu), Marvin Mecwan (mmecwan@uw.edu), Tyler Nicholas (tpn12@uw.edu), Geng Zeng (genguni@uw.edu)

Time/Location: varies, but announcements are made on the mailing list
ahead of time.

Other Department Specific Grad Groups:

Med School
Law School
School of Social Work


To unite the queer community at UW and to enlighten the campus of queer and gender through education and unity.

Send Questions to: foQus@uw.edu
Time: Thursdays, 5:00pm-6:00pm
Location: Q Center [HUB 315]

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