Emma Deboncoeur Trans Health Scholarship Fund
“Solidarity is an active verb.” Emma used this phrase as the tagline for her Instagram account, adding to the quote from Alicia Garza, “Solidarity is a verb,” emphasizing the the importance of backing up good intentions by taking action. In every aspect of her life, Emma lived this phrase, loving and fighting for marginalized people all over, and putting the needs of others before her own. She was deeply committed to fighting for the rights of trans and gender non-conforming people, people of color, people living in poverty, people with disabilities, non-human animals, and anyone else facing systemic oppression. In pursuing higher education, Emma embodied the brave-hearted scholar-activist; she used her natural brilliance to critique systems that maintain injustice and demand that we do better. She had no time for respectability politics, but she called people in instead of calling them out, leading with her compassion, strength, and strong moral compass. Emma was a fierce inspiration to so many that the ripple effect of her life is not able to be calculated. Her legacy lives in this but she would have wanted more; thus, the creation of this scholarship in her name.
About the Emma Deboncoeur Trans Health Scholarship Fund
The Emma Deboncoeur Trans Health Scholarship Fund was created in memory of Emma Deboncoeur by her family and friends. The scholarship will provide financial assistance for UCSF and UC Berkeley students who share Emma’s commitment to improving the health and well-being of trans and gender non-conforming people, with preference given to students of trans experience, particularly those of color. Each year, the scholarship will support one student on each campus who is working on transgender health and wellness or other transgender-related areas in research or community work. This scholarship will help to ensure that Emma’s legacy in health equity and trans health will continue at UCSF and UC Berkeley for years to come.