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Queer Rising

Queer Rising is an annual leadership retreat for first and second year undergraduate students (including transfer students!) interested in making an impact in the LGBTQ+ community while exploring their leadership potential. Retreat activities are planned and facilitated by professional staff, LGBTQ+ alumni, and current student leaders.

Retreat Dates

The Fall 2022 retreat is still being planned but will tentatively be held on Friday, October 21st – Sunday, October 23rd.

Are you interested?

Applications for the 2022-2023 retreat will open in early October!

Who can apply to attend Queer Rising?

This retreat is intended for 1st and 2nd year undergraduate students (including transfer students) to build LGBTQ+ community at USC, to develop tangible leadership skills, and to see themselves as leaders on campus and in their communities. Returning attendees, current student leaders, and graduate students are invited to apply to be retreat facilitators, further enhancing their leadership skills and modeling different forms of LGBTQ+ student leadership for Queer Rising’s annual cohort of emerging leaders.

What workshops and events are offered at the retreat?

We are currently in the process of organizing the 2022-2023 retreat, but here is a sample of our workshops and activities from previous years:

  • Teambuilders – Get to Know Your Queer Rising Cohort
  • Navigating Social Identities at Home, On Campus, and In Community
  • Identifying Your Leadership Style
  • Understanding/Apply the Social Change Model
  • Engaging the Student Leadership Cycle
Tommy Trojan on National Coming Out Day 2012

Where is the retreat held? What are the facilities like?

The location of the 2022-2023 retreat is TBD. Check back later for more details.


Interested yet? Apply to attend the retreat!

1st and 2nd year students are invited to apply to attend this year’s retreat. Returning attendees, current student leaders, and graduate students are invited to apply to be a retreat facilitator.

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