Affinity QTPOC Leadership Program

/Affinity QTPOC Leadership Program
Affinity QTPOC Leadership Program2020-03-26T17:45:50-07:00

Affinity is a multi-generational QTPOC leadership development cohort for queer and trans people of color. This is a free, year-long program with 4 weekend retreats at a local retreat center where cohort members will be able to select and develop their own community leadership projects while acquiring the skills necessary to execute them successfully.

Affinity works with QTPOC leaders working at or playing a significant leadership role in Trans led, LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ organizations that are engaged in systemic social change — work that challenges existing power relationships to produce long-term, sustainable solutions to social and economic justice issues. Individuals and organizations whose work is primarily the provision of social services are not eligible unless they or their organizations are also engaged in wider policy change, organizing, or systemic change efforts.

Affinity focuses on advocacy and facilitation skills for QTPOC who are invested in community organizing, canvassing, policy changes, and education. Affinity seeks to create a space where QTPOC leaders are seen, supported and given the opportunity to practice new skills to support their community.

We believe that leadership development is dependent on trusting relationships, where each cohort member graduates with not only new skills and expertise, but also a community of fellow QTPOC leaders to support them and cheer them on moving forward.


All materials, room and board are provided, with three meals provided per day. Reimbursement for childcare is available. Participants who are able to drive a carpool vehicle will be reimbursed for mileage. Transportation will be arranged for individuals who do not have access to a vehicle.

Affinity Cohort retreat dates will take place as follows:

January 31-February 2 (Affinity Cohort Retreat #1)
April 24-26 (Affinity Cohort Retreat #2)
September 18-20 (Affinity Cohort Retreat #3)
January 29-31 (Affinity Cohort Retreat #4)

To Apply

Please complete the following application below to be considered for Affinity. The information you provide will help us determine whether you are a good fit for this program and make sure that the training and other features of Affinity meet the needs and experiences of participants. Please note that selection for Affinity is competitive. Applicants who are not selected for the 2020-2021 cohort are encouraged to re-apply in following years.

If you would like to include a current resume to be considered in your application, you are welcome to do so; however, a resume is not required in order to apply and participants who do not submit resumes will not be penalized. Resumes may be uploaded at the end of the application form.

One letter of reference is encouraged but not required. References may come from anyone who can attest to your interest in leadership and QTPOC justice. Letters of reference may be uploaded below OR emailed separately to If submitting via email, please include the name of the applicant in the subject line of the email (e.g., “Letter of Reference for Affinity Cohort – Alicia Garza”). All uploaded/submitted documents should be in .pdf or .docx format to ensure that the Selection Committee can access them.

Applications are now accepted on a rolling basis but you are encouraged to apply now! Following an initial application review by a selection committee, final decisions will be released in January 2020.

If you have any questions or concerns or need this application provided in a different format, please email

Affinity Application

  • Essay Questions

    In a Word document, please write out answers to the following questions in 1-2 pages (total). You may also submit your optional resume and optional reference letter below. Your reference can also email the reference letter separately to

    1. Briefly describe yourself and your work.
    2. How do you define racial equity? What does it mean for your work?
    3. How do you define anti-racist? What does it mean for your work?
    4. How do you envision QTPOC leadership in social justice organizations?
    5. How will participation in the cohort build your capacity to advance your work?
    6. In what areas do you seek professional growth and development?
    7. If selected, what would you contribute to the cohort?.
    8. If selected, what is your level of commitment to attend all cohort-related activities? Are there other commitments (personal, professional) that you would like to share with us?.
    9. Any other information you believe is important to include.
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    Please upload your documents here including the answers to the above questions (1-2 pages total) and, if you choose to include it, the optional resume. You may also submit your optional reference letter or your reference may email it separately to
  • Participants will have the most valuable experience when committed to full participation and active engagement with all the program’s trainings, activities and events. These commitments include: participation in all convenings, meetings, and trainings; participation in the creation and launch of education, community building, or campaign projects; and participation in brief phone check-ins and evaluations with BREF staff.
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