LGBTQ+ Identities in Cultural Context



  • Noncredit
  • Residential only


One session offered:

  • June 7-12 

All noncredit, residential USF Pre-College programs involve Sunday afternoon move-in with dinner provided and Friday afternoon move-out with breakfast and lunch provided.

Target audience 

  • Grade Level: Rising 10 -12
  • Prerequisite: None; This program is open to any eligible student interested in LGBTQIA+ lives and issues, regardless of personal identity.


  • Director of St Pete Pride Luke Blankenship (a USF alum) 
  • Florida state representative Jennifer Webb (a USF alum and former employee)
  • Ez Rodriguez of the Safe Schools Initiative of Equality Florida 
  • Gulfport Library LGBTQ Collections librarian (an ALA award-winning LGBTQ+ library) 
  • TransAction intern and community activist Prin Ocea 
  • Gulfport Beach Park
  • Youth Services at Metro Inclusive 


  • LGBTQ+ Identities in Cultural Context is a weeklong residential opportunity for pre-college LGBTQIA+ and ally students to experience USF campus life while learning concepts presented in USF courses. Participants will connect research and scholarship on the lives and contributions of queer-identified people with constructive, hands-on individuals.
  • Two key elements of LGBTQ+ Identities in Cultural Context are:
    • Making personal, scholarly, and professional connections with affirming community members, businesses, and organizations to explore the ways that careers, activism, and life skills interconnect. 
    • Exploring the way that LGBTQIA+ identities intersect with other identities like race, age, religion, socioeconomic class, and more. 


  • Name, describe, and connect the importance of key figures, periods, and events in LGBTQ+ history.
  • Discuss the ways in which sexuality, gender, race, ethnicity, class, and other categories of identity intersect in regard to LGBTQ+ people and issues.
  • Relate their personal identities and interests to viable career fields.
  • Apply current and learned skills to addressing a community need in a collaborative fashion.


  • $1,250 and it includes:
    • Accommodations in Maple/Cypress Suite Residence Hall
    • All Meals: Three meals are provided per day at USF Dining Halls with snacks during residential life programming included
    • Academic instruction and program oversight by USF faculty
    • All Academic Materials
    • Access to USF Library Archival Research Resources
    • Field trip to St. Petersburg, Florida for hands on learning, community service opportunity, and community engagement sessions
    • USF Pre-College Gear: Drawstring Bag, Lanyard, Poncho, and Journal.
      Celebratory Conclusion Luncheon
      • Students present week recapture with meal provided for participants and family
    • Residential Life Programming: Includes USF Tampa Campus Tour, Affiliates Tours, Student Mentors, Nightly Recreational Activities

Prospective Career Fields

People who have training in Women’s and Gender Studies go on to a variety of career fields, including, but not limited to: 

  • Law
  • Public Health 
  • Victim Advocacy
  • Trauma Interventionist 
  • Human Resources
  • Project Management
  • Video Game Writing
  • Multimedia Coordinator
  • Higher Education and K-12 Education
  • And many more!


  • Merit and need-based scholarships are available for USF Pre-College Programs.
  • 10% scholarships available to dependents of USF Alumni, Faculty, Staff.
  • All students must complete USF Pre-College Scholarship Application for Scholarship considerations.

Program application deadlines

  • May 1, 2020 Program Application Due - ALL June & For Credit Programs

application process

  1. Fill out the online LGBTQ+ Identities in Cultural Context program application.
  2. Once you complete your program application, USF Pre-College staff will send you an email confirmation.
  3. If you’re interested in USF Pre-College need-based and merit scholarships, you can apply to these using the scholarship application link in your program application confirmation email.
  4. Students must submit the program application before submitting a scholarship application.

Scholarship application deadlines 

  • March 23, 2020 Priority Scholarship Review - Program Application Due
  • March 30, 2020 Priority Scholarship Review - Scholarship Application Due
  • May 8, 2020 Final Scholarship Application Due - ALL June & For Credit Programs

Registration details

Included with your acceptance will be the information needed to complete your registration. Since there is a possibility for the program to reach capacity prior to the registration deadline, we recommend that students complete their registration at their earliest convenience.


  • Students will have supervision during classroom hours, meals, and on evenings or weekends.
  • Students will follow the USF Pre-College contract policies and procedures.
  • There will be a ratio of at least one staff member per max 20 students. 
  • The department faculty, graduate assistance, and chaperones are all background checked.