LGBTQ+ and Ally Social Hours

UC Merced’s Social Justice Initiatives, Women’s Programs, LGBTQ+ Initiatives, and Graduate Student Services partnered together for a new monthly series:  LQBTQ+ and Allies Social Hours. This is a supportive, informal monthly meet-up for the UC Merced LGBTQ+ and ally graduate student community to gather and share stories, foster new relationships, and build coalitions all in a safe learning community. 

Program Outcomes:

Students who participate in the LGBTQ+ and Allies Social Hour will:
be able to list campus and community resources specific to the LGBTQ+ community;
articulate contributions to or support of the LGBTQ+ community;
build a sense of community by creating their own initiatives for the LGBTQ community.
If you are interested in joining our monthly gatherings, the date, times and locations are listed below. Need some additional information? Please contact Jen Quiralte at
Thursday, September 10, 2015
6:30 - 8:30pm
Coffee Bandits - Main Street Merced, CA
Thursday, October 8, 2015
6:30 - 8:30pm
Coffee Bandits - Main Street Merced, CA
Thursday, December 3, 2015
6:30 - 8:30pm
Bella Luna Bistro and Bar - Main Street Merced, CA
Meeting Date and Summary
This gathering was an oppportunity for all members of the graduate student community to come together for our first official social hour at Coffee Bandits in Merced. We discussed the purpose of the group and LGBTQ+ friendly establishments in town.                                      
For our second gathering of the fall semester we had no formal structure and just enjoyed coffee and each other's company as we discussed a number of different topics from graduate school, to past times and backgrounds.
We came together for our final gathering of the 2015 fall semester. We joined together over drinks and food at Bella Luna to celebrate the end of the semester.