The Queer Ethnic Studies Graduate Student Scholarship recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students whose research sits at the intersection of race, gender and sexuality.
Make a donation to the scholarship fund in support of the development of change agents who are committed to effect social change in education, our workplaces, and our diverse communities to foster more inclusivity and acceptance for Queers of Color, the LGBTQ community, and People of Color.
Supporting Queer Ethnic Studies Change Agents
SF State Philosophy Graduate Student and Activist Jacqueline Alvarez received the inaugural Queer Ethnic Studies Graduate Student Scholarship in 2016 for her community contributions and academic achievements. The scholarship enabled her to move to the San Francisco Bay Area to continue her studies and development as a change agent at SF State. As an undergraduate student at Fresno State, she served as President of the Diversity Caucus and Radical Feminists Against Sexual Assault.
It is important to Jacqueline to be a part of a community that pays attention to identity issues. She studies policies regarding ethics or justice that dismiss or ignore gender/race/ethnicity/sexuality, categories which have shaped the marginalization perpetuated historically and in our current communities. She believes queer ethnic analysis is necessary for resisting marginalization.
The SF State College of Ethnic Studies Queer Ethnic Studies Initiative
SF State's College of Ethnic Studies has been on the vanguard of Queer Ethnic Studies over the past 20 years. It has aggressively incorporated curricula in sexuality studies, implemented new courses such as “AIDS and People of Color” and “Latino Sexualities” and hired scholars working at the intersection of race and queer studies. Today, one in four of our tenured/tenure-track faculty have expertise in queer studies, and a third of our graduate students pursuing one of our two M.A. degrees (Asian American Studies and Ethnic Studies) are engaged in thesis projects on queer and/or trans people of color. In 2015, the College of Ethnic Studies mounted a Queer Ethnic Studies Initiative as part of its strategic plan to mobilize faculty expertise, to begin a graduate student scholarship and to investigate the creation of a major on queers of color.
The College's faculty, students and alumni are recognized for their leadership in the LGBTQ community and for their contributions as Queer Ethnic Studies scholars. Among the notable faculty are Dean Kenneth Monteiro, who was a 2013 SF Pride Community Grand Marshal, Associate Dean Amy Sueyoshi, who is a 2017 SF Pride Community Grand Marshal, and Professor of American Indian Studies Andrew Jolivette, who is a finalist for the 2017 Lambda Literary Award in LGBTQ Studies for his book Indian Blood: HIV and Colonial Trauma in San Francisco's Two-Spirit Community.
SF State Alum Shawn Demmons (BA in Africana Studies and MA in Public Health) organized the first two International Transgender Day of Visibility celebrations at SF State. He was selected to represent his fellow graduating students as the recipient of the prestigious College of Ethnic Studies Undergraduate Hood honor at the 2005 SF State Commencement ceremony. Today, Shawn works for the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health at UCSF. He previously served as the Chair of the Board Directors for the Transgender Law Center and as the Program Manager for Black Brothers Esteem, a program of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation that utilizes community engagement to improve HIV-related health outcomes among African-American gay, bisexual, same-gender-loving, and transgender/gender-variant folks.
For more information about supporting the Queer Ethnic Studies Graduate Student Scholarship and the Queer Ethnic Studies Initiative, contact Alex Sanchez, Director of Development, at email@example.com or 415-338-1032.