The Center for Black, Brown, and Queer Studies (BBQ+) is an independent center which takes as its goal the creation of an alternative research space, committed to questions of race, gender, sexuality, and colonialism. We built BBQ+ because we share in the dream of creating an inclusive, affirming space for black, brown, and queer students and scholars and those who join in our struggle for a less oppressive world—and for a space built on solidarity and generosity.
Solidarity means that we recognize our differences and the communities which we come from. It means laying our weaknesses bare and relying on each other to grow stronger.
Generosity means not simply the readiness to give time and effort, but to give them with sincere investment in the work of others.
Solidarity and generosity mean that we understand the intellectual, emotional and psychological toll that this work takes, and support and stand with each other within and beyond the Center.
BBQ+ is rooted in the mixed and hybrid identities of those living in late capitalism and in this age of post/colonialism. It is focused on decentering the monolithic US-European experience, as well as in understanding how this experience influences dynamics around the world. Here, the “plus” is rooted in our desire to expand our interests and our work to include many more questions beyond the three letters/concerns (Black=critical race theory, Brown=postcolonial and Indigenous theory, Queer=LGBTQ+ studies), with which this initiative was born.
Through our working groups, colloquia, writing workshops, summer schools, and retreats, the center offers support, mentorship, and spaces of growth to different scholars impacted and interested in these issues and willing to engage in such a space of generosity and solidarity.
We invite you to join us and help build a different space and a better tomorrow.
Contributions of all sizes make a difference. This is what your support can help us achieve:
$10,000 funds our annual conference
$3,000 funds one retreat
$1,800 provides one year's rent
$1,000 funds one speaker’s visit to the Center
$300 covers the cost of food for one colloquium (we host 36 colloquia per year)
$75 provides one month of digital connections (Zoom) for fellows working remotely
$30 provides funding for an hour of research support
$25 is a month of Wordpress hosting for bbqplus.org
$12 secures the bbqplus.org domain name for one year
Donation tiers (donors will receive all perks of their tier & below; forward your donation receipt to us at email@example.com to claim your perk!):
$2,000+ Patron Saint of BBQ+
Invitation to annual conference and annual director’s reception.
$500-$2,000 Director’s Circle
Invitation to annual director’s reception.
A book recently published by one of our fellows.
Up to $20 Contributor
Sustaining members who contribute a monthly donation of any amount will have their name listed on our website.
*The Center for Black, Brown, and Queer Studies is a 501c3 nonprofit