BASS 2020 Application Form
Please fill out the following application to the best of your abilities. Bay Area Solidarity Summer (BASS) is open to 18-24 year olds of South Asian heritage. You must be able to attend all five days of BASS camp, which will run from Thursday, July 30 to Monday, August 3, 2020.

Space is limited! Apply by Sunday, March 1 for the best chance of getting in.

Have fun with this application! Don’t worry about trying to write too much. We don’t care about perfect grammar or spelling — 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.
Email address *
1. The basics…
Name *
Email address *
Phone number *
Mailing address *
include 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/their"
If you are a student, what's your current grade/major and school?
e.g. "1st year economics at Foothill College" or "recently graduated sociology at UC Davis"
Have you been to other camps for youth before? If so, which one(s)?
2. Your South Asian identity/heritage…
By "South Asian" we mean people with roots in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, 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?
For example: Punjab, Kashmir, Chittagong, Jaffna, Hill-Country, Kerala. 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"
What religious and/or cultural background (if any) did you grow up with or do you identify with?
e.g. "culturally Muslim," "Hindu," "Dalit Christian," "grew up Buddhist, now identify as atheist", "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, 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.
Please tell us why you would like to join us for BASS 2020 *
(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 racist, sexist, classist, ableist, homophobic, or other kinds of oppressive behavior? *
(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? *
(150 words or less)
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…
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 food, instruction, and housing. 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 July 30- August 3? *
If selected, I will arrive on time, stay all 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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