Special Election – Board of Directors

Stanford Pride is holding a Special Election for the Board of Directors as part of our commitment to better serve Black members of our community. This election is happening alongside ongoing efforts to better serve queer and trans people of color through cohosting events with SNBAA and POC alumni organizations, surveying queer and trans students of color, and rethinking our event programming. Stanford Pride recognizes that, while we have made progress on our Board diversity over the last few years, we have a long way to go to truly represent and support the diversity of the LGBTQ+ alumni community. This special election plays a key part in our work to achieve that goal.

Please apply yourself or refer others to serve on our board, especially those who:

  • Have experience working with Stanford staff, faculty, and students
  • Are well-connected to local LGBTQ+ communities, including those at Stanford
  • Demonstrate leadership potential
  • Will represent Stanford Pride in their community

Current students are eligible to apply (both graduate or undergraduate).

How to Apply

  • Fill out the brief application form
  • Email your resume and a brief cover letter outlining your interest to Eric Elkin (elkineric@gmail.com).

We ask all candidates to submit their application by December 10, 2020.

How to Refer

If you know someone that you think could contribute their lived experienced to the Stanford Pride Board, please refer them to us. We will reach out to them with information about being a Board Member and how to apply.

Board Commitment

Board Members hold their position for a two-year term. In this time, they will support the mission and goals of Pride by:

  • Attending events and actively engage constituency
  • Serving on at least one board committee
  • Attending scheduled board calls and committee-specific calls scheduled as necessary

About Us

Stanford Pride (stanfordpride.org) is the LGBTQ+ club of the Stanford Alumni Association. The board consists of alumni volunteers (primarily) with students, staff & faculty welcome to join the board. Our Mission is to create and foster an affirming community of LGBTQ+ alumni, students, faculty and staff, and to represent the Stanford LGBTQ+ communities to the University and beyond.

A sample of community involvement and events includes:

  • We award the Stanford Pride Fellowship each year to 1-2 outstanding undergraduates, allowing them to pursue summer internships serving the LGBTQ community 
  • Reunion Homecoming event for LGBTQ+ alumni
  • Lavender Graduation, an event to celebrate the graduating class of LGBTQ+ students each year
  • Culture Club – a quarterly discussion of a book or a movie primarily focusing
    on queer people of color
  • Inter-generational Discussion: high school students, college students, and
  • Community service and professional networking events
  • Social gatherings at art galleries, pubs, athletic events, and private homes
  • Annual Stanford Pride Ski Trip to Lake Tahoe
  • Pride Parades

2 Replies to “Special Election – Board of Directors”

  1. It’s very hard for a person of color who does not leave near Stanford and doesn’t make as much money, to “show up” for meetings and events. If you don’t take in consideration this disparity, you will continue to be a white male club for those who can afford to live in the Bay Area or have the means to take time off work and can afford to travel.

    1. Hello, and thank you for this feedback about how potential board members can participate in board activities. It is much appreciated.

      In the past year, the board has moved to a largely virtual and often offline meeting format to be able to accommodate COVID travel restrictions and allow the maximal number of board members to participate.

      Overall, we want to be an accommodating organization that functions because we have multiple perspectives in leadership, not an organization that only includes those who are able to afford participation. If this has been the view of Stanford Pride’s past, it is not the Stanford Pride that I would like to lead.

      I invite you to reach out to me to discuss your interest in being a board member.

      Kyle Duarte
      President, Stanford Pride (April 2020 to present)

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