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Become a Resource to the Stanford LGBT Community

Stanford Pride is the LGBT alumni organization for Stanford University. The current organization, which is part of the Stanford Alumni Association, has its roots in the Gay and Lesbian Alumni (GALA) formed in 1994.

We organize a range of activities to bring LGBT alumni (from graduate and undergraduate programs) together in cities across the US. In addition to our "home base" of the SF Bay Area, we are actively growing chapters in New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and Seattle to bring meaningful local content and programming.

Through the generous donations of Michael Huffington ('70) and other Stanford alumni, we award the Huffington Pride Fellowship each year to one or two outstanding undergraduates. allowing them to pursue summer internships in LGBT activism.

Since 2007, Stanford Pride has been collaborating with the university toward the long-terms goal of creating a center for multidisciplinary research, learning, and teaching, to be dedicated to advancing knowledge about sexual orientation and gender identity. This ambitious initiative has already seen remarkable progress.

Mission Statement

Stanford Pride provides lifelong support and fellowship for the Stanford LGBT community and represents the community’s interests to the University and beyond.

The Stanford Pride Board of Directors carries out its mission each year to provide meaningful events and programming for its members across the world. Many of our members are located in the Bay Area and the state of California, however we have growing chapters throughout the country. Our goal is to provide community in all its many forms.

Typical events we organize

  • Reunion Homecoming gathering -- past speakers and honorees include:
    • 2011: U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice (‘86)
    • 2012: Philanthropist and former president of E*Trade Kathy Levinson (‘77)
    • 2013: Prof. Pam Karlan and students from Stanford Law School spoke on their work leading to the historic repeal of DOMA by the Supreme Court
    • 2014: Former Professional Basketball Player Jason Collins ‘01; Director of Development at Freedom to Marry and former Pride fellow Juan Barajas '99; Commander Zoe Dunning (US Navy, ret.), MBA '93; and former White House liaison to the LGBT community Gautam Raghavan '04.
  • Reproduction options educational panel with experts on surrogacy, cryogenics, adoption, and family law.
  • Panel discussion on the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell
  • Annual Stanford Pride Ski Trip to Lake Tahoe
  • Boston Pride Parade with Jason Collins (‘01) and Stanford Club of New England
  • San Francisco Gay Pride Festival.

What are we looking for in new Board Members?

The Board is a geographically dispersed organization, with three in-person meetings each year (June, October/Reunion Homecoming, and February) and occasional conference calls.

All interested alumni are encouraged to apply. We would especially like to hear from those who:

  • Have experience working with minority communities including but not limited to: trans* and genderqueer, first generation students, people with disabilities, and underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities
  • Have experience working closely with Stanford Administrators
  • Have fundraising interest or experience
  • Demonstrate leadership potential
  • Will represent Stanford Pride in their community

Qualities of Effective Board Members:

  • Self-directed
  • Independent thinkers
  • Responsible
  • Committed to developing Stanford's LGBT alumni base

Board Member Responsibilities for Two-year Term:

  • Attend events and actively engage constituency
  • Serve on at least one board committee
  • Attend occasional board calls and potential committee-specific calls scheduled as necessary
  • Attend two of three annual in-person board meetings/retreats, which are held in the Bay Area. Attendance at the spring meeting is required for new members, and attendance at a board social event the night before is encouraged.

Important Dates:

  • Applications are due April 15, 2015.
  • Notifications will take place in early May.
  • The spring meeting for the coming board year is scheduled for May 30-31, 2015.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What does being a Board Member entail?
    Board members are responsible for developing and carrying out the strategy of the organization. We believe all Board members are ambassadors for the organization and should be active in engaging our constituents through attendance at events, active networking, and word of mouth publicity. Hopefully you have an interest in LGBT issues, enjoy meeting people, and are generally thoughtful about how to engage a wide range of people.
  • How do I apply?
    Fill out the application form and email your résumé to Stanford Pride Secretary Brendan Hamel-Bissell.
  • How can I get additional information?
    Check the rest of our Web site and e-mail any additional questions to Brendan Hamel-Bissell.