The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation has shown a long-standing commitment to women’s and gender-expansive people’s educational equity in the Santa Cruz and Monterey area. Women’s voices from all levels of society and from all backgrounds should be represented. It is essential for our society to increase opportunities for women and gender-expansive individuals to be included in dialogues and to advocate for change in their lives and in their communities. Promoting women’s and gender-expansive people’s educational equity requires not only an effort to increase their representation in male-dominated academic fields, but also the promotion of intersectional feminist analysis and gender as a legitimate category of academics and theory. Unfortunately, Feminist/Gender/Women’s Studies programs are not a priority for all institutions of higher learning. Many colleges and universities do not offer comprehensive Feminist Studies programs, and many programs have been eliminated entirely or have experienced drastic budget cuts. As a response to this gap, the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation seeks to partner with institutions of higher education in the Santa Cruz and Monterey area to enhance, establish, or reinstate Feminist/Gender/Women’s Studies programs that present intersectional teachings. The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation is specifically choosing community colleges and state colleges in order to ensure that women and gender-expansive individuals of all economic backgrounds have access to the tools to advocate and make change in their lives and communities.
What We Look For
The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation would like to support programs and initiatives that incorporate the following components through existing (or proposed) guidelines:
Multi-Year Proposal Requirements
Proposals for multi-year funding strategies (up to five years) must contain a detailed plan explaining the institutional support of the Feminist Studies program. This plan must be separated by year and outline the program growth/enhancements and the institutional funding commitment for each year individually.
To be considered for support, programs must incorporate the following components through existing (or proposed) guidelines:
Please note: The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation is not afraid of the word feminism! We encourage you to openly discuss your intersectional feminist programming, goals, or approach.
Unsolicited proposals will not be accepted.