Friday, February 28, 2014

"TODAY IS THE LAST DAY" 
TO SUBMIT A PROGRAM PROPOSAL
DEADLINE
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2014


Click Here to submit a program proposal by Friday, February 28, 2014. You will be notified by email if your program has been accepted by March 14, 2014.

All presenters, including co-presenters, must also apply to attend BlaqOUT and self-identify as Black/African American or of African descent and on the LGBT spectrum.

Please note that all rooms will include a white board, dry erase markers, and a projector. However, you must provide your own laptop with a VGA port or adapter.  If you are using a Mac please provide your own adapter for projector use. Internet access will be available for presenters.

Presenter Responsibilities:
Lead presenter should communicate conference updates to co-presenters.
Presenters are responsible for any copying costs incurred.
Presenters are responsible for making their own travel arrangements.

We especially encourage you to propose programs that are interactive, create dialogue, or are action-oriented.

Please note your workshop proposal is not complete until you and any co-presenters also apply to attend BlaqOUT.

Deadlines:
Proposal submission: February 28
Proposal acceptance notification: by March 14

Registration payment (if accepted to attend): April 4

Thursday, February 27, 2014

ONLY ONE DAY LEFT 
TO SUBMIT A PROGRAM PROPOSAL
DEADLINE
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 28, 2014


Click Here to submit a program proposal by Friday, February 28, 2014. You will be notified by email if your program has been accepted by March 14, 2014.

All presenters, including co-presenters, must also apply to attend BlaqOUT and self-identify as Black/African American or of African descent and on the LGBT spectrum.

Please note that all rooms will include a white board, dry erase markers, and a projector. However, you must provide your own laptop with a VGA port or adapter.  If you are using a Mac please provide your own adapter for projector use. Internet access will be available for presenters.

Presenter Responsibilities:
Lead presenter should communicate conference updates to co-presenters.
Presenters are responsible for any copying costs incurred.
Presenters are responsible for making their own travel arrangements.

We especially encourage you to propose programs that are interactive, create dialogue, or are action-oriented.

Please note your workshop proposal is not complete until you and any co-presenters also apply to attend BlaqOUT.

Deadlines:
Proposal submission: February 28
Proposal acceptance notification: by March 14

Registration payment (if accepted to attend): April 4

Friday, February 21, 2014

ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT
TO SUBMIT A PROGRAM PROPOSAL
DEADLINE
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 28, 2014


Click Here to submit a program proposal by Friday, February 28, 2014. You will be notified by email if your program has been accepted by March 14, 2014.

All presenters, including co-presenters, must also apply to attend BlaqOUT and self-identify as Black/African American or of African descent and on the LGBT spectrum.

Please note that all rooms will include a white board, dry erase markers, and a projector. However, you must provide your own laptop with a VGA port or adapter.  If you are using a Mac please provide your own adapter for projector use. Internet access will be available for presenters.

Presenter Responsibilities:
Lead presenter should communicate conference updates to co-presenters.
Presenters are responsible for any copying costs incurred.
Presenters are responsible for making their own travel arrangements.

We especially encourage you to propose programs that are interactive, create dialogue, or are action-oriented.

Please note your workshop proposal is not complete until you and any co-presenters also apply to attend BlaqOUT.

Deadlines:
Proposal submission: February 28
Proposal acceptance notification: by March 14

Registration payment (if accepted to attend): April 4

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Inside the BlaqOUT Conference

Getting Personal with members of
the BlaqOUT Conference
planning crew



Deejay Brown

Deejay Brown is the Program Coordinator for the LGBT Resource Center (LGBTRC) at University of California, Irvine. Their responsibilities include coordinating campus-wide programs, networking with campus offices and community resources, as well as the daily management of programs and services. They assist in providing 1-1 support for students, staff, and faculty around sexual orientation and gender identity. Deejay received their Bachelor’s degree in English: focusing on Creative Writing and Critical Theory, while also concentrating on Gender & Sexuality Studies and Queer Theory. They are currently working on their Masters of Science in Higher Education at California State University, Fullerton and will graduate this June. Prior work experience includes roles within California State University San Bernardino, Diversity Awareness & Education Programmer at San Bernardino's Office of Housing & Residential Life, LGBT Lead Assistant at the Santos Manuel Student Union, and most recently serving as the Graduate Assistant for CSU Fullerton's ASI LGBTQ Resource Center. Deejay has facilitated a number of trainings and presentations around social justice issues and the Queer experience, most recently serving at T*Camp and Queering the Binary Summit.


What does the BlaqOUT Conference mean to you?
"Creating space where we can express how our vulnerability and our resiliency can be radical places both for ourselves as Queer* individuals and how our power and solidarity can create more space for the Larger Queer Community. We have an immense power to transform and self determine who we are and it is awesome to just bear witness of who we are when we join in community."

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Travel & Stay Updated!

The BlaqOUT Conference will be held on the UC Riverside campus in the Highlander Union Building (HUB). For a detailed map of the entire UCR campus, click here. For mapping directions, our campus address is 900 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92521.
Parking:
  • Parking is $5 in Lot 1. Please pay the attendant in Lot 1. If you arrive after 11am, please stop by the Info Kiosk located next to Lot 1 to purchase a permit.
  • Parking Reciprocity – UCR extends parking privileges to visitors owning a valid faculty or staff commuter parking permit from other UC campuses. A one-day permit can be obtained at no charge from an Information Kiosk attendant.
  • Disabled Parking – A disabled visitor may park in any disabled parking space displaying only a DMV-issued disabled parking placard.
Air Travel:
LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT)  is 17 miles from UCR, and by far the easiest airport to fly into. Also, Southwest Airlines  offers direct service between many cities and Ontario. SuperShuttle offers airport service for $39 each way between Ontario & Riverside.

Hotels:
Comfort Inn
  • Telephone: 951.683.6000
  • Address: 1590 University Ave. Riverside, CA 92507
  • UCR Referral Rate 2013: $69 for single-occupancy or $74 for double-occupancy plus tax.
  • To get the Referral rate ask for the “UCR Rate” on the phone
  • Comments: Complementary breakfast. Free Internet/Wi-Fi. Free parking.
  • 2.5 miles from campus

Dynasty Suites
  • Telephone: 951.369.8200
  • Address: 3735 Iowa Avenue Riverside, CA 92507
  • UCR Rates: $74 + tax for one king sized bed $79 + tax for two queen sized beds
  • To get referral rate, ask for UCR Rate over the Phone
  • Comments: Complementary Breakfast. Free Internet/Wi-Fi. Free Parking.
  • 0.1 miles from campus

Courtyard by Marriot
  • Telephone: 951.276.1200
  • Address: 1510 University Ave. Riverside CA 92507
  • UCR Rate: $105 per nigh for either 1 king size bed or 2 double beds
  • To get Referral Rate, ask for UCR Rate over the phone.
  • Comments: Complementary Breakfast. Free internet/Wi-Fi. Free parking.
  • 0.3 miles from campus

Mission Inn (Downtown)
  • Telephone: 951.341.6760
  • Address: 3649 Mission In Ave. Riverside, CA 92501
  • Regular Rates:  $190 a night
  • UC Rate: $130 for 1 king or 2 queens
  • Comments: A historic Hotel experience. Complementary Wi-Fi. $ 8 per day for parking.
  • 2.2 miles from campus

Riverside Marriot Hotel (Downtown)
  • Telephone: 951.784.8000
  • Address: 3400 Market Street. Riverside CA 92501
  • UCR Rate: $109 or king or two double
  • Ask for UCR rate when booking by phone
  • Comments: Complementary Wi-Fi and breakfast. Parking may be included or charged at $8 per night. Shuttle Service between UCR and Hotel.
  • 2.5 miles from campus

Hyatt Place Riverside (Downtown)
  • Telephone: 951.321.3500
  • Address: 3500 Market Street. Riverside CA 92501
  • UCR Rate: $109 for one king or 2 queens
  • Ask for UCR rate when booking by Phone
  • Comments: Complementary hot breakfast. Free Wi-Fi.
  • 2.4 miles from campus

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

BlaqOUT Conference - Application & Program Proposals now open!

The UCR LGBT Resource Center would like to announce the Inaugural BlaqOUT Conference on April 18-19, 2014 @ University of California, Riverside.

We would like to cordially invite all folks who self identify as Black/African American or of African Descent and as Same Gender Loving, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning or somewhere on the LGBT Spectrum to apply to attend.

If you are an ally to our communities, we encourage you to attend the QPOC Conference on May 2-3, 2014 at San Diego State University. The QPOC Conference is open to all individuals. (qpocc.sdsu.edu)

Through this conference, we hope to create safe and courageous spaces that foster the discussion of issues relevant to those who self identify as Black/African American or of African Communities on the LGBTQ Spectrum. Various Workshops, keynotes, and activities will be designed to unite our community and equip us with the resources necessary to face issues that affect us as marginalized individuals.

 To submit a program proposal, click here:

All Program Proposals must be in by Friday, February 28, 2014. You will be notified by email if your program has been accepted by March 14, 2014. Your registration payment will be due by April 4, 2014. All presenters, including co-presenters, must also apply to attend BlaqOUT and self identify as Black/African American or of African Decent and on the LGBT Spectrum.

The application is now open; click here to apply by April 1, 2014:

Once you have been selected for the BlaqOUT Conference you have until April 4, 2014 to pay registration fees or your spot will be given to another individual. Registration is $20 with a T-Shirt included in the registration fee. If you do not want a T-Shirt, Reduced Registration is $10. 

Questions? Email blaqoutucr@gmail.com or LGBT Resource Center Program Coordinator Toi Thibodeaux at toi.thibodeaux(at)ucr.edu or 951-827-2267.

Visit http://blaqoutucr.blogspot.com/

Monday, February 10, 2014

Application for the BlaqOUT Conference Now Open!!!

CLICK HERE to apply online for the BlaqOUT Conference!

We encourage people to apply early, because of limited space and to give you time to arrange travel and registration fee payment. We will review applications weekly and provide rolling notification regarding your application.


How much does it cost to attend? 

  • The Regular Registration Fee is $20 per person selected to attend and a t-shirt is included.
  • The Reduced Registration Fee is $10 per person selected to attend NO t-shirt.
  • Some scholarships will be available for those unable to afford reduced registration.
  • Information on paying registration fees will be sent via email to those people selected to attend BlaqOUT.
  • For those receiving support from their campus (student government or departments), an invoice and W-9 form will be provided upon request. 

What are important deadlines?

  • Proposal submission: February 28
  • Proposal acceptance notification: by March 14
  • Online application to attend: April 1*
  • Notification of acceptance to attend: Ongoing
  • Registration payment (if accepted to attend): April 4

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Submit a Workshop

Click Here to submit a program proposal by Friday, February 28, 2014. You will be notified by email if your program has been accepted by March 14.

All presenters, including co-presenters, must also apply to attend BlaqOUT and self-identify as Black/African American or of African descent and on the LGBT spectrum.

Please note that all rooms will include a white board, dry erase markers, and a projector. However, you must provide your own laptop with a VGA port or adapter.  If you are using a Mac please provide your own adapter for projector use. Internet access will be available for presenters.

Presenter Responsibilities:
Lead presenter should communicate conference updates to co-presenters.
Presenters are responsible for any copying costs incurred.
Presenters are responsible for making their own travel arrangements.

We especially encourage you to propose programs that are interactive, create dialogue, or are action-oriented.

Please note your workshop proposal is not complete until you and any co-presenters also apply to attend BlaqOUT.

Deadlines:
Proposal submission: February 28
Proposal acceptance notification: by March 14

Registration payment (if accepted to attend): April 4

Friday, February 7, 2014

Meet some of the BlaqOUT Conference planning crew!

Meet some of the BlaqOUT Conference planning crew!
These are some of the important people that helped put on the Inaugural BlaqOUT Conference 2014.
The following quotes are their responses to the question
"What does the BlaqOUT Conference mean to you?"




Name: Toi Thibodeaux
Position:  Professional Staff
Affiliation: UC Riverside

"The BlaqOUT Conference to me is all about Empowerment, Visibility, Support, Education, Advocacy, Community."








Name: Sy Simms
Position:  Professional Staff
Affiliation: UC Riverside

"The BlaqOUT Conference is a chance for us to learn, teach, empower, and support each other as members of a larger Black/African/African American Community."







Name: Nancy Tubbs
Position:  Professional Staff
Affiliation: UC Riverside

"The BlaqOUT Conference to me is about creating courageous spaces."





Name: Gabriel Maldonado
Position: Executive Director/CEO
Affiliation: TruEvolution, Inc.


"The BlaqOUT Conference is an innovative space empowering leaders to engage in dialogue, strategy, and give voice to the issues experienced by the Black LGBT community."





Name: Sanisha Meador
Year: UCR Alum
Affiliation: UC Riverside

"The BlaqOUT Conference means a lot to me, because it will give my community, on the West Coast, a space to address issues going on within our community for an entire a day rather than just 45 minutes of caucus space (Although, a day is not long enough as well). I am excited and ecstatic to be contributing to making a space for fellow queer Blaqs to use as they see fit."


Name: Andre J Molette
Position: Prevention Training Specialist
Affiliation: AIDS Project Los Angeles Health & Wellness

"The BlaqOUT gathering is all about creating safe spaces for Queer & Trans* folks. For my knowledge this is one of the first spaces where we can honor our cultural traditions, self-care and heritage while working on advocacy, racial economic justice and spirituality."

Thursday, February 6, 2014

As the host of the Inaugural BlaqOUT Conference 2014, the University of California, Riverside cordially invites all folks who self identify as Black/African American or of African descent and as as Same Gender Loving, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning or somewhere on the LGBT spectrum to apply to attend the BlaqOUT Conference on April 18-19, 2014.
If you are an ally to our communities, we encourage you to attend the QPOC Conference on May 2-3, 2014 at San Diego State University. The QPOC Conference is open to all.
Through this conference, we hope to create safe and courageous spaces that foster the discussion of issues relevant to those who self identify as Black/African American or of African communities on the LGBT spectrum. Various workshops, keynotes, and activities will be designed to unite our communities and equip us with the resources necessary to face issues that affect us as marginalized individuals.


Workshops will focus not only on internal and external injustice and oppression faced by our community, but also on how to move through the world and heal. BlaqOUT seeks to increase our knowledge about our communities and empower individuals to “Be the change….”