What is Dandelion and Persistence Programming?
Dandelion is our new persistence programming and collective effort to focus on non-binary, transgender, and queer students while centralizing marginalized identities within our own community. Dandelion is inspired by writer, activist, queer, black feminist, adrienne maree brown and her book Emergent Strategy According to her “Dandelions are often mistakenly identified as weeds, aggressively removed, but are hard to uproot.” And they represent “Resilience. Resistance. Regeneration. Decentralization."
Much like dandelions, our non-binary, transgender, and queer communities are seen as weeds and we persist and continue to exist despite continued efforts to uproot us. Dandelions have many healing properties and when severed, have the ability to grow into many new plants. As they are continued to be uprooted they continue to find new ways to grow.
Dandelion is a platform to celebrate our resiliency, resistance, and regeneration while acknowledging who we have historically left behind. With this program, we actively center those in the margins so that we can collectively continue to persist and strengthen our roots.
The Queer Resource Center and the Women's Resource Center are teaming up to present this year's Dandelion Persistence Programming.
Reclaiming Belonging and Building Bridges
Are you interested in building stronger relationships in your life? Are you struggling with cancel culture, differences that dissolve relationships, and conflicts that you aren't quite sure how to handle? Are you interested in creating more transformative friendships and relationships that support who you want to be in the world? This 3-part workshop series is dedicated to creating a space where we can reclaim a sense of belonging within ourselves in order to build bridges with others across differences, through conflict, and in coalition toward social justice.
Our sessions will use a variety of creative and contemplative practices that will help in developing concrete skills to strengthen interpersonal relationships.
All workshops will be held via Zoom and will include ASL interpretation and live captioning.
Session 1: Reclaiming our Belonging
Thursday, January 21st 4-6pm PST
*This event has passed, but is available to view*
This 3-part workshop series is dedicated to creating a space where we can reclaim a sense of belonging within ourselves in order to build bridges with others across differences, through conflict, and in coalition toward social justice.
Session 2: Working with our Growth Edges
Thursday March 4th, 4-6pm PST
*This event has passed, but is available to view*
This workshop is designed for queer and trans, and BIPOC folks. Where have you struggled in your interpersonal relationships? Setting boundaries? Asking for what you need? Giving and receiving feedback? Naming your emotions? Sometimes we may be preserving our relationships by keeping quiet about the things that really matter to us, only to find that our relationships lack the strength and resilience to move through conflict when it matters most. In this workshop, we will engage with self-reflection exercises that allow us to practice working through discomfort to build stronger relationships in all areas of our lives.
Session 3: Building Relationships that Last
Tuesday May 4th 4-6pm PST
Interdependence is at the core of building and co-creating a deeply transformed world. What does it mean to be in community with others, and how do we build relationships that last? Drawing on practices that open the heart, including mindfulness exercises, journaling, and visualizing, we will explore and expand our capacity to live our truest values through our interpersonal relationships. This workshop is designed with queer and trans, and BIPOC folks at the center.
Self-Care as Revolutionary Action: Nurturing our Strength in Turbulent Times
Dr. gita mehrotra & Marina Barcelo MSW, MA
Wednesday, January 29th 11AM-1PM in the QRC (SMSU 458)
Audre Lorde said that self-care was an act of self-preservation, an act of political warfare. Using this as a starting point, this dialogue will focus on the necessity of queer and trans people engaging in self-care and community care as revolutionary action. Through interactive dialogue, we will discuss some of the strengths and limitations of the concept of "self-care", explore ideas of vicarious resilience/resistance and community care, and build individual and collective plans for self-care. We will also generate strategies for navigating our intersectional identities and nurturing our personal and political lives within higher education and within our communities, especially now given the current state of the world.
Memories and Sounds: Love and Resistance in Queer Latinx Los Angeles
Dr. Eddy Francisco Alvarez Jr.
Tuesday November 5, 2019 11 am- 1 pm in the QRC (SMSU458)
Drawing from research for his book project, this talk focuses on what Dr. Alvarez calls a, “sequined archive” of queer and trans Latinx Los Angeles. He highlights memories of how jotería have navigated personal and structural violence in the city, and how love and desire have functioned as a tool of resistance. Using mixed-methods but primarily, queer oral histories, he maps sonic and spatial memories to redraw and re-imagine the parameters of the queer brown metropolis.