Persistence Programming


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.

Archived Events

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.