Stanford Pride / StartOut / GSB Pride / oSTEM Stanford Meet Up on Campus on May 20, 2022

Co-hosted by Stanford Alumni Association’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Come and celebrate the intersection of STEM disciplines, entrepreneurship, and our LGBTQ+ identities at a first-of-its-kind event organized on campus by Stanford Pride, the Stanford chapter of Out in STEM, StartOut (the nonprofit dedicated to supporting LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs), and GSB Pride, with support from SAA.

Each organization will briefly present what it does, what it offers you, and how you can help it fulfill its mission. But we’ll keep the remarks short and sweet, so you can spend the time networking over drinks and snacks.

When:Friday, May 20, 5:30–7:30 pm PDT (remarks at 6:00)
Where:The Havana Room at the Graduate Community Center, 750 Escondido Rd, Stanford
Cost:Free
RSVPPlease register on Stanford Groups so we know how many participants to expect. 

The Champions featuring Zsea Bowmani

Join Stanford Pride for The Champions, a new interview series featuring Stanford alumni who are championing diversity and inclusion as members of the LGBTQ community.

Listen via Podcast:

Host Jarreau Bowen (he/him/his) ’07, MA ’08, interviews Zsea Bowmani (he/him/his) ’06 to hear about Zsea’s work at the intersections of race, gender, sexual orientation, human rights, and the environment.


Jarreau Bowen

Zsea Bowmani

The format will be a 20 minute interview followed by 10 minutes of Q&A from the audience.  Learn more about The Champions on our website.

The Champions Interview Series featuring Zsea Bowmani ’06

When:Saturday, March 26, 2022, 1:00–1:30 p.m. PDT
Where:Online via Zoom
Cost:Free
RSVP:Register on Stanford Groups to receive the Zoom link for this online event. We ask that you not share the Zoom link on your social media channels.  Stanford Groups is only available to Stanford alumni at this time.

Seeking Stanford Pride Board members for 2022-2023

Apply to Join the Stanford Pride Board of Directors, or Nominate a Candidate

Apply to join the Stanford Pride Board of Directors – APPLY NOW!

Know someone who is well qualified? Nominate a Candidate!

Deadline: March 31, 2022 @ 11:59 PT
Term: May 1, 2022 – April 30, 2023

Stanford Pride is the LGBTQ+ alumni organization for Stanford University.

Stanford Pride aims to foster meaningful connections among Stanford LGBTQ+ alumni and our campus community of students, faculty, and staff. We create space for and listen to the diversity of voices among us to understand and amplify our shared priorities. Through social, advocacy, and educational events, we create a more inclusive, diverse, equitable, and exciting future for our community at Stanford and beyond.

The Stanford Pride Board of Directors carries out its mission each year by providing meaningful events and programming for its members across the world. We organize a range of activities to bring LGBTQ+ members of the Stanford community together in cities across the US and around the world. In addition to California, we are actively growing chapters in New York, Chicago, Washington DC, Seattle, Texas and beyond to bring meaningful local content and programming to our members.

The Board is a geographically dispersed organization with three in-person meetings during the academic year (May, October/Reunion Homecoming, and February) and monthly conference calls.

Interested students, staff, alums, faculty, and Stanford LGBTQ+ community members are encouraged to apply.  We would especially like to hear from those who:

  • Have unique insights as members of  communities including but not limited to: women, trans and nonbinary, first generation/low-income (FLI), disabled and neurodivergent, and Black, Indigenous, and people of color, as well as current students.
  • 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.

How to Apply

Important Dates

  • Applications are due March 31, 2022 @ 11:59 PT.
  • Phone interviews with a current Board Member will occur in early April. Finalists will be invited to a zoom meeting with the full board as a final confirmation of interest and fit.
  • Final notifications will take place by the end of April.
  • The spring meeting to start the new board year will be held Sat, May 21, 2022, 9 am – 4 pm PT. We expect and encourage new board members to attend.

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

  • Attending events and actively engaging constituency.
  • Serving on at least one board committee.
  • Attending scheduled monthly board calls and committee-specific calls scheduled as necessary.
  • Attending at least two of three annual in-person board meetings/retreats. Attendance at the May meeting (Sat, May 21, 2022, 9 am – 4 pm PT) is expected for new board members. Please note that in-person meetings were held virtually during the pandemic and we will continue to have a virtual option going forward.

Questions? Email recruitment@stanfordpride.org with additional questions.

Stanford Pride’s New Mission Statement

Last month, the Stanford Pride Board of Directors voted to approve the organization’s updated bylaws, including our new mission statement. Thank you to everyone who weighed in on our mission statement last year!

Mission Statement
Stanford Pride fosters meaningful connections among Stanford LGBTQ+ alumni and our campus community of students, faculty, and staff. We create space for and listen to the diversity of voices among us to understand and amplify our shared priorities. Through social, advocacy, and educational events, we create a more inclusive, diverse, equitable, and exciting future for our community at Stanford and beyond.

The Champions Interview Series featuring Jay-Marie Hill

Join Stanford Pride for The Champions, a new interview series featuring Stanford alumni who are championing diversity and inclusion as members of the LGBTQ community.

The Champions featuring Jay-Marie Hill

Listen on Apple Podcasts

Host Jarreau Bowen (he/him/his) ’07, MA ’08, interviews Jay-Marie Hill (they/all) ’10 to learn about Jay-Marie’s advocacy for the Black Trans community and how their experience at Stanford shaped their path in activism and art.

Jarreau BowenJay-Marie Hill

The format will be a 20 minute interview followed by 10 minutes of Q&A from the audience.  Learn more about The Champions on our website.

The Champions Interview Series featuring Jay-Marie Hill ’10

When:Saturday, February 26, 2022, 1:00–1:30 p.m. PST
Where:Online via Zoom
Cost:Free
RSVP:Register on Stanford Groups to receive the Zoom link for this online event. We ask that you not share the Zoom link on your social media channels.  Stanford Groups is only available to Stanford alumni at this time.

Dylan Simmons ’17, third-year Stanford law student, passes away

Dear Stanford Pride community,

It is with a heavy heart that we share news that we’ve lost Dylan Simmons, a cherished member of the Stanford LGBTQ community.

Dylan Simmons ’17 M.S. ’17, a third-year Stanford law student, passed away in a campus residence on Thursday night, Vice Provost for Student Affairs Susie Brubaker-Cole and Dean of Stanford Law School Jenny S. Martinez announced in a message to the community on Friday, January 21, 2022.

A gathering sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs was held in the law school student lounge on Friday afternoon with representatives from Counseling and Psychological Services, the Graduate Life Office and the Office of Spiritual Life. More gatherings and support resources will be available in the coming days.

Update: A memorial service was held on Friday, January 28 at 1:00 pm at University Park United Methodist Church, 4024 Caruth Blvd., Dallas, TX. View a recording of the memorial service.

Friends, family remember the life of Dylan Simmons ’17, M.S. ’17
– The Stanford Daily, Feb. 7, 2022

Below we are sharing a message from Stanford’s Queer Student Resources.

January 21, 2022

Dear community, 

We have some tragic news to share and are really sad to be writing this email.  We learned today that we’ve lost a deeply loved member of our community, Dylan Simmons. 

Dylan has been a cherished part of many communities on campus over the last several years as an undergrad, co-term and most recently as a grad student at the Law School.  For the last few years they’ve been on staff at QSR.  We are in deep mourning for our dear friend.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be finding ways to grieve, celebrate, remember, and honor their life and will make sure to share opportunities to engage in these processes collectively.

We’ll be gathering in front of QSpot (Firetruck House, 433 Santa Teresa St.) at 7:00 pm. tonight to be there for each other, to honor Dylan and to grieve. We’ll have candles and flowers and encourage folks to bring whatever else they want. 

As always, please stay safe, find support, and reach out in any ways that you need to and let us QSR directors know if there are ways that we can be there for you. 

Below is a list of resources–please share these widely and use these freely as we find our way through this hard time. We know how difficult such deaths can be to process, especially within our communities, and we encourage folks to find support in whatever ways feel right to them. 

With care, 

Danny, Michael, and Ben 
Queer Student Resources directors

Resources and support services

Trans Lifeline: (877) 565-8860
Trans Lifeline is an anonymous and confidential peer support phone service run by trans people for trans and gender questioning peers.

Trevor Project: (866) 488-7396 also available via online chat or texting
The Trevor Project is a crisis intervention program for LGBTQ youth. 

Weiland Health Initiative (for queer and trans* students)
To schedule an appointment go to:  https://weiland.stanford.edu
Phone: 650-723-2005 
weilandhealth@stanford.edu

Students can also call Stanford Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) 24/7 at (650) 723-3785. More Stanford resources are listed here.

Stanford Grief Resources:
https://grieving.stanford.edu

Letter to the Editor – In Memoriam of bell hooks ‘73

This letter was submitted to The Stanford Daily in response to the December 22, 2021, article, “Stanford community reflects on passing of Black feminist scholar bell hooks ’73

January 11, 2022 Update: The Stanford Daily has updated their original article to include information about her queer identity.

To the Editor:

On behalf of the Stanford Pride Board of Directors, we commend Sophia Ibrahim for bringing attention to literary icon and trailblazing advocate bell hooks in her article, “Stanford community reflects on passing of Black feminist scholar bell hooks ’73.” We were impressed with Ibrahim’s reporting as part of The Stanford Daily Winter Journalism Workshop.

However, we want to highlight an important omission in the article, because it does not bring up bell hook’s identity as a queer Black feminist. Just as Stanford University is currently examining and addressing widespread discrimination towards marginalized groups on campus, Stanford Pride has embarked on a similar journey to combat anti-Black racism and become a more inclusive organization. This starts by acknowledging and celebrating the contributions of our queer Black community.  

(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

bell hooks defined queerness as “the self that is at odds with everything around it and has to invent and create and find a place to speak and to thrive and to live,” and Stanford Pride is committed to creating that space and amplifying the diversity of voices in our community.

Kyle Duarte, President, Stanford Pride

Allison Martin, Vice President, Stanford Pride

Two $10k scholarships available for BIPOC+LGBTQ students

Applications Due January 15, 2022

Announcing The Mensa Foundation‘s first-ever Progress Pride Scholarship to lift and center marginalized students at the intersection of BIPOC and LGBTQ.

Two $10k university scholarships are available for those who identify as BIPOC and LGBTQ and who have a demonstrated record of positive service to the BIPOC and LGBTQ communities. This is the Mensa Foundation’s largest scholarship award ever!

An essay is all that’s required up front, due January 15, 2022. Open to all U.S. university students, inclusive of undergrads and grad students.  Awardees will be selected in early 2022 and will then need to furnish a résumé/CV.

For more information, visit https://progresspride.org/ and please share with your networks.

About the Mensa Foundation: Founded in 1971, the Mensa Education & Research Foundation is a philanthropic, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization committed to the pursuit of excellence in human intelligence. The mission and strategic focus are directed at scholarships, education, and awards.

Responding to Anti-Black Racism

Stanford Pride's rainbow logo against a black background

This June feels different from many others we’ve experienced as a community. Pride parades and celebrations around the world have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of us are physically separated from our chosen families, loved ones, and friends. Protests, demonstrations, and riots in cities around the United States have brought millions together to affirm Black lives and challenge police violence, white supremacy, and anti-Black racism.

The Board of Directors of Stanford Pride would like to take this moment as an opportunity to speak on several things. The first is to make clear our support of these protests and the ideals behind them, and contextualize these recent events within the history of the LGBTQ+ community in the U.S. The second is to recognize where as an organization we have failed to fully support our LGBTQ+ community, especially our Black community members. Lastly is to commit honestly and publicly to actions we will take to build an organization that serves all members of our community, and how community members can join us in this process.

Jump to LGBTQ Resources Against Racism

Our History

In the early morning hours of June 28th, 1969, the Stonewall Inn was raided by law enforcement. In response to police violence, members of the local community fought back. Led by poor Black and brown transgender people, sex workers, butch lesbians, homeless gay youth, and drag queens, the following demonstrations and violent riots lasted a total of five days. We recognize that the Stonewall Riots, widely seen as the birthplace of the modern LGBTQ+ movement, was a violent uprising against police brutality and unjust laws that hurt the most marginalized of our communities. We recognize that we owe many of the rights and social acceptance the LGBTQ+ community enjoys today to the tireless activism and advocacy of our most marginalized members, especially Black queer and trans people, and that our current moment is the latest example in a long history of Black queer and trans leadership driving long-overdue change.

Our Support

Black Lives Matter. Black Trans Lives Matter. We fully support and stand behind the efforts of protesters and advocates around the country pushing for a more just and equitable world, and are committed to doing our part to contribute to that vision.

Our Failure

While we have had several non-public discussions as a group, we recognize that we have been publicly silent on this matter. There is no justification for that, and we apologize for not speaking out sooner in support of our members, friends, and peers in the Black community.

As a board, we have struggled through the uncomfortable reality that as an organization, Stanford Pride has not lived up to our mission to create and foster a diverse and affirming community of LGBTQ+ alumni, students, faculty, and staff. Our leadership and membership have long struggled to fully represent the diversity of our broader LGBTQ+ community. Our event programming, whether around the world or on Stanford campus, has struggled to attract and engage the most marginalized members of our community. And our messaging and communication have too often stayed silent on topics of concern for women, BIPOC (Black and Indigenous People of Color), transgender and gender-nonconforming people, and the intersections of these identities. We can and will do better, and also know that this acknowledgement isn’t enough without meaningful change in how we act and think. 

Our Commitment

We understand there is a significant amount of work for us to do to rectify the lack of representation on our board, in our events, in the composition of our panels, and in other areas where we invite members to contribute. We are committed to having diversity become integral to our membership and ethos. We know we must act with urgency. 

Stanford Pride is committing to do the following: 

  • Hold a special election to fill open board seats, and continually evaluate the composition of the Board to be reflective of the Stanford community. 
  • Engage QTPOC (Queer and Trans People of Color) members specifically to collect their testimonials as part of our long-standing Oral History Project.
  • Coordinate with SNBAA and POC alumni organizations to host more joint events about the shared history of our communities and about advocating effectively for societal change.
  • Host an open Town Hall to hear members’ thoughts and feedback on how we can become a more inclusive and responsive organization and expand on our mission to reflect the diversity of our community.
  • Survey new graduates and current Stanford students, with a focus on queer and trans students of color, to understand how Pride can best serve our diverse community
  • Rethink our programming to better attract and engage the full population of the community we serve.

Activist, drag queen, and survivor Marsha P. Johnson has said, “History isn’t something you look back at and say it was inevitable, it happens because people make decisions that are sometimes very impulsive and of the moment, but those moments are cumulative realities.” We are committing Stanford Pride to being that kind of organization – one that decisively includes and celebrates our entire community.

Yours,
Stanford Pride Board of Directors


Support Resources

For community members looking for direct support, the Board has identified the following resources specific for our community: 

Educational Resources & Pop Culture

For community members looking for additional ways to support and self-educate on ways to support the community:

Content Centering Black and/or Queer and Trans Experiences

Content Centering QTPOC Experiences

Content Centering Whiteness with a Critical Lens

For Parents with Children

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