Queer Officer’s Report – Week 2, Sem 1, 2016

Hi everyone,

We are part of the Queer Action Collective (QuAC). Quite simply, we are the University of Sydney’s queer student collective, providing support for queer (or LGBTQIA+) students on campus. We run our own campaigns or get involved in wider ones run by the Australian Queer Students Network (AQSN), as well as organising social events throughout the year. It’s important to maintain the social element, as it is key to fostering learning, which is such an integral part of activism.

Over the holidays we worked with AQSN to organise a cross-campus Mardi Gras float for the parade. This is, of course, always a very fun way to start the year and an exciting opportunity for new students to meet others from around the state and country. We’re pleased to say that USYD has a high number of students participating, and we’d like to thank everyone who has gotten involved, with of course a special thank you to AQSN for helping to put this together. O-Week was incredibly successful, with more than a hundred new sign-ups to the collective. The university also hosted two queer beers events, both well attended and a great way to start friendships. This is of course very promising and we were fortunate to meet so many new people when they came to visit our stall.

We’ve got an incredibly exciting year ahead of us. We have begun collaborating with other collectives on campus, and we hope to run some exciting events and campaigns with them. We’re excited to learn from each other and give our members a full and well-rounded intersectional approach to social issues. We have begun collaborating for Pride Week, which will this year be held from the 14th to the 16th of April. It’ll be something to look forward to and hope that it will do much for queer students on campus.

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in contact with one of your friendly Queer Officers, Evan and Marcus. Send us an email at queer.officers@src.usyd.edu.au. We look forward to seeing you all throughout the year!

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