QWOC+ Boston is a group that promotes diversity by creating and sustaining safe spaces for LGBT people of color in the Greater Boston area.
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Join the QWOC Week 2010 Planning Committee: We’re Recruiting New Organizers!

Posted By QWOC+ Boston on March 24th, 2010

Wanna volunteer for QWOC+ Boston this spring/summer? Below is a list of committees we are currently recruiting for to assemble the QWOC Week Planning Commitee. This is a great opportunity for new-in-towners and/or diversity-conscious community members looking to get plugged in. We’re looking for passionate, committed, and creative people… which we’re pretty sure means you. Join us — it’s fun!

Social Media Team (including “Intern“):
Ideally, the social media team will include at least three individuals responsible for posting events / announcements / messages in each of QWOC+ Boston’s social media profiles i.e. Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, Eventbrite, and our blog, including a list of community calendars and list-servs. This team of social media enthusiasts and well-connected tweeps, will be in charge of driving online promotions and creating a “buzz” around scheduled events. The “Intern” is responsible for social media monitoring, blogging, tweeting, retweeting, and helping QWOC+ Boston maintain an active and interactive online presence. The intern reports to the director.
Street Team (including a “Mayor”):
This team is charged with making sure that the online work of the Social Media Team reaches the community offline. The “Mayor” (AKA Street Team Captain) is in charge of compiling a weekly list of community events for members of the street team to attend, spread the word about QWOC Week, hand out fliers, make new contacts, and be superstars. The street team includes the entire QWOC Week planning committee plus ad-hoc, so the Mayor must possess an endless supply of charm, persuasive power, and organizational skills in order to get a new / alternating set of people to attend events together. The street team keeps QWOC+ Boston’s organizers social.

Community Partnerships Committee:
This committee is responsible for putting out the call for QWOC Week proposals / 3rd Party events (that will go on our calendar), and conducting person-to-person outreach to various like-minded organizations. This includes but not limited to establishing key contacts (e.g. development and outreach staff), presenting new QWOC Week event ideas (via submitted proposals) to the organizers bi-weekly, and soliciting event sponsorships.

Volunteer Committee (including a “Pied Piper”):
This committee is made up of a Pied Piper (AKA Volunteer Coordinator) — the person ultimately responsible for staffing QWOC+ Boston events with volunteers, and two co-chairs that will work with the volunteer coordinator on the recruitment, retention, and appreciation of volunteers. This is a great committee for anyone who’s excited about getting others involved, is good with people, and loves performing miracles.

Secretary (2): We are looking for ideally two people to support QWOC Week planning meetings as our friendly, follow-up, space finding secretary! This role is responsible for scheduling meetings (including space reservations — not hard at all, we promise), sending out meeting reminders, and producing easy-to-read meeting minutes (like this one). The secretary literally keeps us all on the same page! Additionally, the secretary is responsible for taking attendance during meetings, and enforcing committee/sub-committee membership rules.

Mind, Body and Soul Conference Committee (including a “Zen Master”)
This committee includes a Zen Master (AKA Conference Chair), who is responsible for the coordination of the planning and producing of the Mind, Body, Soul Conference, a half-day of concurrent sessions dedicated to exploring mental, physical, and spiritual health as it affects LGBTQ communities of color. Serving on this committee will be a great opportunity for anyone who’s interested in health, community building, conference planning, and/or increasing awareness of health issues within LGBT communities of color. Note: Last year, we scheduled this as an early morning half-day conference, but are considering upscaling, which may mean moving it to the fall (after qwoc week) and launching a one-of-a-kind local conference around LGBT health.

Outdoor Events Committee (including a “Green Guru”)
Parking, permits, and playpens! QWOC Week hosts an outdoor  / family-oriented event during QWOC Week every year and we’re looking for earth, wind, and water (please, no fire) enthusiasts (like you!) to make this happen. A pool party, a BBQ, a block party? If you can dream it, you can plan it. The “Green Guru”, in addition to breezing through outdoor activity logistics (such as permits, electric outlets, and hoola hoops), will ensure that we plan an environment-friendly gathering we can be proud of.

Fundraising and Finance Committee (including 2 “Money Makers”)
This committee is responsible for leading a QWOC Week fundraising campaign; responsibilities include but are not limited to planning fundraising events, working with community partnerships committee to solicit donations from local promoters / non-profits, coordinating community wide “Friend-raising”/”Ask” house parties to raise funds, selling products (e.g. T-Shirts) to raise money etc. This committee includes all QWOC Week organizers, but will be overseen by two Money-Makers (AKA Co-Chairs).

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