Queer Emerging Leaders Program (QUELP) is a thirteen-week program tailored for undergraduate students who are interested in exploring queer identity and developing leadership skills that will help them serve their communities. Participants have the option of elective participation, academic credit, or CfLI Leadership Certificate hours.
As part of QUELP, you can look forward to:
- Meeting and building connections with other students invested in queer organizing
- Developing leadership skills based on UW-Madison’s new Leadership Framework
- Participating in a semester-long project that will help you build connections between your communities
- Leaving with a stronger sense of self after exploring your own identities through the lenses of identity models, queer narratives, and intersectional work
We meet every Monday, January 23-April 17 from 6:00-8:00pm in the LGBT Campus Center. Participants will discuss readings about queer experiences, different models of leadership, and how to build a framework for your work that considers overlapping power and oppressions. Their work centers on an individually-tailored, 8-week community engagement project with a campus or community organization, and they present on that project at the end of the program. The program combines social identity and community building with development of campus and community organizing and leadership skills.
We can take registrants up until the third week of the Spring semester: Sign up at the QUELP registration form!
Did you miss out this time? QUELP is offered every Spring semester. Feel free to check out the syllabus below and come by the end of semester presentations by QUELP participants.
How can I get academic or Leadership Certificate credit?
Depending on your academic department, we may have faculty partners who can help sponsor your participation in QUELP for credit. If this can be arranged, you can register for a 699 one-credit independent study and receive that credit with successful completion of the program.
You may also count QUELP for 30 hours of Out-of-Class Learning Hours toward the CfLI Leadership Certificate. This is the maximum number of hours allowed toward Out-of-Class Learning. Please contact us with any questions.
Will I get a letter grade?
Each student will earn a letter grade based on class and service project participation, journal reflections, and a final presentation about the community engagement project. The grades will be most useful for folks getting academic credit, but will also help everyone gauge progress throughout the semester. You get as much out of QUELP as you put into it!
Is QUELP for grad students or community members?
The program is tailored for first- and second-year undergraduates. If you are interested in participating or volunteering as a graduate student, please contact us and we’ll talk about what you’re looking for and how QUELP can work for you.
Unfortunately, this initiative is only for UW students this year. Community members are always welcome at LGBT Campus Center public events, including speaker series, movie screenings, and socials.
I'm straight and not trans. Am I welcome?
We know that many straight-identified, non-trans people practice allyship around LGBTQ issues in their personal and professional lives. You are invited to join QUELP with the expectation and intention that queer lives and experiences will be the focus of the readings and discussions.
Why do you use the term "queer"?
“Queer” is definitely a term with a complicated history. We have seen a movement in student groups and youth organizing towards using “queer” as an umbrella term for many gender and sexual minority identities. In other words, it can be more inclusive than most other terms. Also, it tends to carry a political meaning– “queering” systems can mean disrupting an oppressive status quo.
We also recognize that many people see “queer” as claimed by/applying to only a particular subset of people. QUELP is still growing and developing. If you are interested, we would love your help in developing the program’s focus and content to be more inclusive of gender and sexual identities that don’t necessarily fit under an LGBTQ model.
I need accommodations to participate. What should I do?
We want everyone to be able to participate in QUELP. Whether you have specific accessibility requirements (large print or digital format, fragrance-free space, etc) or just know what you need to fully engage with the program, please contact us.
I’m a TA now and had no clue how much QUELP would help for grad school
Jackie Bolduan, past QUELP facilitator
QUELP really connected me to internships across campus