Black Trans Education Foundation

We're raising money to provide $3,000 scholarships directly to 20 black trans students. 

Vission Statement: The Frances Thompson Education Foundation (FTEF) nurtures black trans students and funds academic discourse and theory. We will do this through direct scholarships to black trans students, and through the 2021 launch of The Frances Thompson Academic journal. Our number 1 goal is to make college accessible for every black trans child in the country. Every day college students are faced with the reality of homelessness, food insecurity, and insurmountable debt. These issues become tenfold for Black trans and non-binary college students. After struggling through undergrad and currently fielding through Graduate school in the south, founder Desi Hall knew that there had to be better than this. Many barriers make college inaccessible for black trans and non-binary youth, but the Thompson Foundation intends to remove the financial one. 

Mission Statement:

The Frances Thompson Education Foundation (FTEF) empowers and engages the Black trans community through funding and black trans academic discourse and theory. In order to create a more equitable future for the Black trans community, FTEF seeks to put Black trans folks in control of our own narratives with the tools and skills they need to make an impact for and in their community. 

Our Values: 

1.Centering BLACK trans students. 

Black trans and non-binary students will always be the center and guide the work we do.

2.Abolition of police 

Police make campus environments unsafe for black trans and nonbinary college students and contribute to a nexus of violence that leads to us being pushed out of these institutions, thus not completing our studies.

3. Funding Academic work happening outside of the academy. 
We believe that the best theory and practice begins outside of the academy. The academy is usually light years behind local black trans theorists and organizers. We are committed to centering their work in our academic journal and funding their research. 

4.No strings attached for scholarships. No GPA requirements.
Besides the named financial barriers, there are many other barriers (including but not limited to mental health, environmental racism, lack of family support, dysphoria, etc.) that prevent black trans and nonbinary students from entering college with high GPAs and we do not believe that should be a factor in receiving support. 

5. Listening to the needs of our community.
We do not know everything; we have not experienced everything; therefore, your opinions and experiences and needs will guide this work from the beginning until college, trade, and vocational school is no longer inaccessible for us.

Who is Frances Thompson? 

Frances Thompson was a former slave who was one of the five black women who testified before a congressional committee that investigated the Memphis Riots of 1866. Thompson and a housemate, Lucy Smith, were attacked by a mob of white terrorists and were among many freedwomen who were raped during the riots. In 1876, Thompson was arrested for "being a man dressed in women's clothing," and was forced into slavery again as a prisoner. 

This GoFundMe will be our main means of raising money until we secure fiscal sponsorship. 

Who am I? 

My name is Desi Hall. I am a current student at Vanderbilt Divinity school seeking my Master of Theological Studies. I know first hand how hard it is to navigate college when you are strapped for cash. Direct cash ahead of the school year would have helped me tremendously. It is with this understanding that I am launching the Francis Thompson Education Foundation.


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Desi Eshe Zafina 
Nashville, TN
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