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1 Full Scholarship = $2500

1 Field Trip = $500

1 Lecture =$250

1 Social Activity = $50-$100

1 Package of Supplies for a student = $15

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Summer Pre-College Program: Queer Academics and Activism

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Queer Academics & Activism

A Seminar on LGBTQIA+ Histories and Futures

This five-day seminar offered in late June 2019 is designed to engage rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors in a rigorous and thought-provoking examination of the queer experience. Drawing on the academic resources of the Brandeis Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department and the commitment of Precollege Programs to creating safe, life-changing summer student experiences, this program answers the need for LGBTQIA+ youth and their allies to use an academic lens to better know their history and address their futures. While other youth programs are adept at providing a focus on identity formation and social development, Brandeis is leveraging its strengths to marry a commitment to rigorous academic explorations with a safe space for personal growth and community progress.

Why Brandeis

The Brandeis commitment to social justice and academic inquiry provides the foundation for this seminar. Working interdepartmentally, Brandeis faculty and staff will create an experience that balances social awareness with academic rigor. Because of the ever-changing social and legislative landscape, the seminar has a commitment to timely and flexible programming that allows high school youth to engage with issues that are immediately relevant to the LGBTQIA+ community.

The Program

Recruitment will focus on a diverse student population from across the country, engaging directly with high school LGBTQIA+ and ally organizations. Selection of rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors will be based on demonstrated commitment to and interest in queer issues, as well as academic accomplishments. Participants will enjoy a variety of experiences, including keynote speakers, small group faculty lectures, case studies, field trips, and other models of engaging and experiential learning. This will be an intensive, academic, and highly supervised program for incredibly motivated students, based on the models Brandeis has developed that have already gained international recognition in leadership, the arts, Israel Studies, and medicine. The seminar also has a commitment to providing the space for memorable connections and friendships through social activities and time for fun.

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