QSR: Queer Studies in Race + ​Queer Student Resources ​Fellowship

Stanford's Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE) in partnership with the Queer Student Resources (QSR) center offers opportunities for undergraduates interested in working and collaborating with community organizations at the intersections of race, gender and sexuality grounded in queer of color critique. 

Fellowship Details

The program includes four components:

  1. A Spring course: CSRE 100P
  2. a 4-month collaboration/internship with an organization engaged in community organizing and/or social justice issue based work
  3. community-building activities, including events with community organizations and social movement leaders, a retreat, and shared meals/reflection sessions throughout the year
  4. a capstone project that supports the community partners’ work and deepens the students’ analytical skills
  5. Students will receive $7,500 for the fellowship, plus additional funding depending on need.

Applications Due: February 11th, 2022

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Somos Familia

Somos Familia was founded by two moms from the East Bay (San Francisco Bay Area) with Latino gay and bisexual sons in 2007 to reach out to other families. With an all-volunteer group of different generations we established the following mission and vision. Our mission is to create support and acceptance for Latina/o/x lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning youth and their families. We envision a world where youth of all sexual orientations, gender expressions and identities are accepted and celebrated by their families and communities.

Students will have the opportunity to develop and implement resources for the community, including an education workshop series and support Somos Familia film/video projects, in collaboration with Somos staff and volunteers. We extend a welcome to energetic, self-motivated, and deadline-driven individuals who are open to sharing their strengths, learning new things, and building their skills in a team environment.  Excellent writing, research and interpersonal communication skills, and an interest in public speaking and training are a plus. Interest or personal connection to the mission of Somos Familia is desirable, but not mandatory.  Bilingual skills in Spanish and English are preferred, but not required.

As a part of our communications, community education, and community engagement teams, students will:  

  • Attend and assist in coordination of Somos Familia education activities, including training of trainers and community workshops
  • Coordinate and participate in education committee monthly meetings and calls
  • Assist with outreach efforts, including phone banking, social media, and email
  • Assist in the development of content and logistics coordination for community workshops and trainings

El/La Para TransLatinas

For more than 25 years, El/La has been an organization for translatinas that works to build collective vision and action to promote our survival and improve our quality of life in the San Francisco Bay Area. Because we exist in a world that fears and hates transgender people, women and immigrants, we fight for justice. We respond to those who see us as shameful, disposable or less than human. We are here to reflect the style and grace of our survival, and to make new paths for ourselves.

Potential Projects: We view interns as active participants in our community who will collaborate with us in strengthening our community by building safe spaces. Potential projects for interns to help us achieve this goal include:

  1. TransLatinas Workforce development support (outreach, programmatic development) - This is a five-month training program that prepares translatina immigrants with the key skills, resources, and pathways to advance to the next step in their career. We are planning to launch the inaugural program in August 2022, and will need support in the months leading up to the launch with outreach, program development, etc. The intern will work closely with El/La's Outreach Coordinator and Program Manager; bilingual Spanish/English highly encouraged.
  2. Give OUT Day Campaign 2022 (development, marketing) - This is one of El/La's main fundraising efforts that requires development strategizing, marketing, and implementation on El/La's social media, website, and MailChimp platform, leading up to Give OUT Day on June 30th. The intern will work closely with El/La's Special Projects Manager to brainstorm this year's Give OUT Day approach, including creating social media, website, and email content; bilingual Spanish/English useful, but not necessary.
  3. Annual participant survey & Salesforce support (outreach, data collection) - Each year, El/La crafts and distributes a participant satisfaction survey to engage our participants, receive feedback, and improve our program. The intern will work closely with El/La's Office Manager/Data Specialist to create and distribute the survey, as well as collate/analyze the results; bilingual Spanish/English required.

Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project

Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (QWOCMAP) uses film to shatter stereotypes and bias, reveal the lived truth of inequality, and build community around art and activism. We create, exhibit, and distribute high-impact new films that authentically reflect the lives of queer women of color both cisgender & transgender, and nonbinary, gender nonconforming, and transgender people of color of any orientation, and address the vital, intersecting social justice issues that concern our multiple communities.

QWOCMAP actively invests in, develops, and nurtures the creativity and leadership of African Descent/Black, Asian, Chicanx/Latinx, First Nations/Native American/American Indian/Indigenous, Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander, Southwest Asian, North African/Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, South Asian (SWANA/AMEMSA), and Mixed-Race lesbian, bisexual, and queer women, and nonbinary, gender nonconforming and transgender people of color, and intersex and Two Spirit people of color.

Our vision nurtures filmmaker-activists as leaders of social justice movements that incorporate the power of art as cultural resistance and cultural resilience, cultural reclamation and cultural renewal. We will fundamentally transform the world into a place where justice and equity are the norm.

Possible Projects: Interns collaborating with QWOCMAP will assist us in launching our 18th annual International Queer Women of Color Film Festival, to be held in-person on June 10-12, 2022 at the Presidio Theatre in San Francisco. At our annual film festival, we screen films created through our programs, in addition to films by independent filmmakers from around the world. It’s unlike any other film screening you’ve been to: a theatre full of friends and family who are gathering to not only watch a film together, but to experience something new, to think differently, build community, and to participate in deep, lasting social change.

In addition to supporting the success of our 18th International Film Festival, QWOCMAP interns will complete discrete capstone projects such as website re-design, creating film discussion guides, creating plans for organizational collaborations in specific regions, and developing content for communications campaigns, to name just a few. Experience with or passion for any of these areas is a plus:

  • Community organizing & activism
  • Media & communications
  • Outreach
  • Independent work skills
  • Group work skills
  • Flexible with day-to-day and long-term tasks

Our interns have our utmost respect, and we hope that this will be a learning experience for both you and us. We will work with you to specialize your responsibilities so that they make the most sense to what you are willing and able to do.

The Transgender Cultural District

Description: Founded in 2017, The Transgender District is the first legally recognized transgender district in the world. Named after the first documented uprising of transgender and queer people in United States History- The Compton’s Cafeteria Riots of 1966- the district encompasses 6 blocks in the southeastern Tenderloin and crosses over Market Street to include two blocks of 6th street.  In 2016, the City of San Francisco renamed portions of Turk and Taylor- to commemorate the historic contributions of transgender people- renaming them “Compton’s Cafeteria Way” and “Vikki Mar Lane” respectively. 

This urban region of the city’s Tenderloin District has held a documented ongoing presence of transgender residents as early as the 1920’s–with the Tenderloin having been known as a “gay ghetto” during the 1930’s to the 1960’s–prior to the birth  of the internationally renowned Castro District in San Francisco. This area is home to the city of San Francisco’s first LGBT bar, and various community spaces, gathering sites, and hotels with cultural significance for the broader transgender and queer community in the Tenderloin. 

The mission of the Transgender District is to create an urban environment that fosters the rich history, culture, legacy, and empowerment of transgender people and its deep roots in the southeastern Tenderloin neighborhood. The transgender district aims to stabilize and economically empower the transgender community through ownership of homes, businesses, historic and cultural sites, and safe community spaces.

We are looking for interns who can partner with us in activating the Tenderloin neighborhood so that our community has access to the resources we need and are no longer stigmatized.  During the Spring, students will collaborate with us on a number of community programs, including our entrepreneur program that assists community members in creating and launching businesses, money-management skills, etc. and our housing program that assists our un-housed and under-housed community members obtain equitable and stable housing opportunities.  Interns will also assist us in collaborating with UC-Hastings in offering workshops and legal resources to our trans community members, such as how to file name-change documents.  

In the Summer, interns can assist us in organizing our 2nd Annual Riot Party street festival commemorating the Compton Cafeteria Riots. The festival is designed to shine a positive light on the Tenderloin community, which will be organized with four other Queer Black-led organizations and take place in late August. Interns can also collaborate with us in launching our first Trans-Leadership Summit in September designed to support and uplift the next-generation of leaders in our communities. As a young organization, we are interested in those who see themselves as active participants in envisioning and creating vibrant community spaces that they future generations can build on in the next 20-40 years.   We extend a particular welcome to dedicated and engaged trans, intersex, gender non-conforming, and queer individuals who are critical problem solvers with basic research, outreach, and computer skills (Microsoft Office); professionalism; and open communication.

City College of San Francisco Queer Resource Center

he Queer Resource Center (QRC) seeks to empower the lives of LGBTQI+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Questioning and Allies) students at CCSF by uniting the diverse individuals in the community across gender, race, age, and economic standing, religion, and disabilities. The QRC provides access to a support system of peers and allies to strengthen the networks of LGBTQI+ students at CCSF. In addition, the QRC acts as a center of education for and about the queer community through peer-led teachings, workshops, sexual health education and linkage to community resources.

As a result of the pandemic, we have seen the need to develop our online resources to best serve the diverse student body. We are looking for collaborators who can brig their skills centered around technology to assist us in accomplishing our goals of developing more online resources. Some of the projects that students can potentially collaborate on us with, include: 

  • Research and development for a service-learning program at the center. 
  • Research and outreach to local stakeholders in the LGBTQ community 
  • Creating and updating online resources for the QRC webpage.
  • Assistance in the development of hybrid programming

Design Your Own Fellowship

Students can work with an organization of their choosing during the summer. Students must have an agreement from the host organization and provide contact information to CCSRE when applying. We encourage students to apply that have an existing relationship with an organization. During the Spring quarter students will work with the partner organization to define the scope of work and strengthen their relationship so that they can enter the summer fully prepared.