BASS 2023 Application Form
Please fill out the following application to the best of your abilities. Bay Area Solidarity Summer (BASS) is open to 18-23 year olds of South Asian heritage.

You must be able to attend all five days of BASS camp, which will be in Oakland, CA from Thursday, August 10 to Monday, August 14, 2023.

Space is limited! Apply by Sunday, March 19 for the best chance of getting in.

Have fun with this application! Don’t worry about trying to write too much. We just want to get a sense of who you are and what you want to get out of this experience. Only members of the BASS organizing collective will have access to the information submitted through this form.

Have questions? Please e-mail us at, or visit to get the latest information. We have a FAQ on our homepage with extra details.

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Email *
1. The basics…
Name *
(first and last if possible)
Preferred email address  (Please share an email address that you'll access over summer break) *
Phone number *
Is it okay to text you in case of urgent messages? *
Mailing address *
include the city, state, and ZIP code
Date of birth *
Pronouns *
The pronoun(s) you'd like others to use when referring to you, e.g. "she/her", "he/him", "they/them"
If you are/were a student, what year/major and school?
e.g. "1st year biology at Foothill College"  or "graduated economics at UC Davis in 2022"
Have you been to other camps/programs like this before? If so, which one(s)?
e.g. Jakara Sikh high school camp, a training retreat for climate activists, etc.
2. Your South Asian identity/heritage…
By "South Asian" we mean people with roots in places like Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and other parts of the diaspora like Fiji.

We ask these questions to better understand how you identify, to help us in creating a diverse mix of participants, and to tailor the experience.
Where in South Asia or the diaspora are your ancestors from? *
Please select as many as apply. This list is NOT exhaustive, so please use "Other" as needed.
Do you identify with a particular state, province, or region within the subcontinent?
e.g. Punjab, Kashmir, Chittagong, Jaffna, Hill-Country. Please be as specific or general as you'd like.
If you grew up speaking languages other than English at home, which one(s)?
e.g. Urdu, Tamil, Pashto, Nepali, Fiji Hindi, Punjabi, French, etc.
What religious and/or cultural background (if any) did you grow up with or do you identify with?
e.g. "culturally Muslim," "Sikh," "Dalit Christian," "grew up Buddhist, identify as atheist", "Hindu on one side, Parsi on the other," "none"
How do you identify? What are some of the elements that you feel make you "who you are" in relation to yourself and to your world? We ask because we value diversity, the opportunity to create a welcoming space, and want to know how to best meet participant needs.
e.g. gender, sexuality, race, immigration pathways or citizenship status, age, caste, region, ability or disability, faith or spirituality, class or socioeconomic status, etc.
3. Help us learn about you…
Please keep your answers to each of the following questions to 150 words or less.
Why would you would like to join us for BASS 2023? *
(150 words or less)
What specific experiences do you have with organizing, activism, or community-related projects for social change? *
(150 words or less)
What's one way you've challenged or taken action against racism, sexism, classism, ableism, homophobia/transphobia, worker exploitation, imperialist domination, or other forms of oppression? *
(150 words or less)
What issues are you interested in, and why? What issue fires you up the most right now? How do you plan to work on this issue in the next year? *
(150 words or less)
Name a person or movement you admire for their work in creating social change. Why do you admire them? *
(Doesn't need to be South Asian)
4. Help us improve BASS…
What would you like to get out of the BASS experience? Are there any specific topics you want to learn about? Topics you want to share with others?
How did you learn about BASS? (check all that apply) *
5. Final details…
Are you currently fully vaccinated/boosted for COVID-19? If vaccination guidelines get updated between now and August 2023, will you get boosted again if required? *
Our final vaccination requirements will probably shift based on CDC, California, and county recommendations. We may make rare exceptions to vaccination requirements based on medical reasons. Please email us first if you have questions.
If required, are you OK being masked and/or tested for COVID-19? *
If we held BASS today, we would require a rapid test on day 1, and probably masking while indoors. But we expect the situation will change by August, so we'll loosen or tighten things as needed.
Will attending BASS cause loss of income, and therefore be an economic hardship? *
We may be able to work with applicants to help offset that loss through stipends, etc.
We ask you to put in at least $50 for 5 days of instruction. The camp is heavily subsidized to keep cost from being a barrier to participation. Please choose one of the following options based upon your financial capacity: *
We encourage you to give according to your capacity. Your answer to this question won't affect the selection process.
Will you be attending summer classes? If yes, could that conflict with your ability to attend BASS from August 10 - August 14? *
If selected, I will arrive on time during the 5 days, participate in discussions, and help create a sense of community. *
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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