Queer Academics and Activism

Precollege QAA students presenting their work during the poster presentation.

June 21 - 26, 2020

Young people across the country are embracing the opportunity to make change. The powerful history of the related social movement must anchor their labors. LGBTQIA+ teens and their allies are particularly engaged in movement building in light of the current political climate. Many, however, are not fully informed about how their work continues that of previous generations of activists. By understanding the history of struggles around LGBTQIA+ rights and access to community supports and using it as a touchpoint, these leaders are better equipped to create constructive paths forward. Universities can be invaluable training grounds for teens—members of the LGBTQIA+ community and allies alike—for whom this intellectual framework will ground and inform their work, and extend their creativity, passion, and drive.

In this program, you will join a community of like-minded peers to:

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Sample Schedule
  • Breakfast: 7 - 9:00 a.m.
  • Faculty Lecture on Queer Activism: 9 - 10:30 a.m. 
  • Debrief/Discussion: 10:30 a.m. - noon
  • Lunch: Noon - 1 p.m.
  • Faculty Lecture on Queer Art History: 1 - 2:00 p.m.
  • Guided Library Research and Capstone Project Time with Teaching Assistants: 2 - 5:00 p.m. 
  • Dinner: 5 - 7:00 p.m. 
  • Outing to Boston for Theater Offensive's Queer Micro Theater Fest: 7-9:30 p.m.
  • In Residence Hall: 9:30 p.m.
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Program Costs
The fee for this program is : $2,990

In the Brandeis tradition of offering academic access to all students, the Queer Academics and Activism program seeks each year to provide a limited number of scholarships to outstanding applicants who otherwise might not be able to afford this exceptional opportunity.