Stanford in Chicago: Alum Brunch

June 19, 2022

Join us at Sweet Maple Cafe, a Black-owned, Stanford-owned restaurant. A perfect venue for Juneteenth! This event is co-sponsored by Stanford Pride and the Stanford National Black Alumni Association (SNBAA).

Fun Fact: The whole family is a Stanford family! Laurene studied economics at Stanford, and her husband Glenn graduated from Stanford Medicine. Grant Beard graduated with a degree in International Relations in 2014 and is now an MBA/MPP student at the University of Chicago. Jackson Hart Beard, Laurene’s daughter, graduated in 2017 with a degree in International Relations after serving as student body president. Jackson is graduating from Harvard Law School this year.

Please Note: Sweet Maple Cafe is requiring proof of vaccination and masks at this time, although that is subject to change before June.

When:Saturday, June 19, 10:30 a.m. CT
Where:Sweet Maple Cafe, 1339 W. Taylor St., Chicago, IL
Cost:Pay for your own food and refreshments.
RSVP:RSVP in advance to allison.martin@alumni.stanford.edu.  Event may be capped at around 10 attendees.

The Champions featuring Evan Boyle

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.

Host Crys O’Grady (she/her/hers) ’12 interviews Evan Boyle (he/him/his) MS ’19, PhD ’19 to hear about Evan’s work in championing diversity and inclusion in STEM.

Crys O’GradyEvan Boyle

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 Evan Boyle MS ’19, PhD ’19

When:Saturday, May 28, 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.

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.

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