Community Leadership Residencies for The Queer and Trans Research Lab (QTRL)

The Bonham Centre Community Residence Leadership Program is designed for individuals who have demonstrated leadership in community-serving and non-profit organizations and have experience with grassroots organizing and practice. The program will provide 1-2 year-long residencies to community leaders and activists working on social and political problems affecting LGBTQ2S+ and BIPOC lives and communities. The residents will work on a project of their choice that addresses social inequality in LGBTQ2S+ QTBIPOC communities. Successful applicants will also actively participate in a variety of events, such as presentations, class visits, workshops, panels, and meetings at the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies. While we understand that many who participate in community building projects are also employed by academic institutions, priority will be given to applicants who do not have full-time academic positions in the global north.

Our current Community-Leader-in-Residence is Christopher Nkambwe.

Goals of the Community Leadership Residency:

  • Provide activists and community leaders the opportunity to sustain their work and help strengthen the infrastructure of social transformation by providing leaders/activists with the time and space to improve the lives of people in their/our communities.
  • Support the development of grassroots organizing
  • Encourage mutual learning between activists, students, and scholars to create new models of public scholarship and engagement..

Applications are currently open (Deadline: April 5, 2024).


Previous Artists-in-Residence

2022-23: Alphonso King Jr., (AKA Jade Elektra or DJ Relentless) and Ellie Ade Kur 

2021-22: Tatiana Ferguson and Abdi Osman