Maisha Manson

Masters of Arts Cultural Studies
University of Washington Bothell
18115 Campus Way NE,Bothell, WA, 98011


B.A., Deaf Education, 2015, California State University Northridge, Northridge, CA

Capstone: Solar System Model of Oppression

Professional Experience


Pride Center Student Assistant, California State University Northridge

Facilitator of weekly LGBT and Queer open forum to students and community members of the San Fernando Valley area. Facilitator of Queer People of Color open forum to CSUN students. Presenter and event planner for Trans and Gender Nonconforming events in classes and on campus.


Public Allies Silicon Valley/San Francisco, Youth Community Service Program and events coordinator

Writing new and revised service learning curriculum development aimed at East Palo Alto and Palo Alto students. Creating and maintaining a monthly service opportunity newsletter to youth in the Palo Alto area. Teaching middle school and high school students service learning projects and leading community service activities, in after school programs and weekend classes.

Research Interests

I have interest in the oppression that affects the lives of people, socially, politically and ethically stemming from the effects that colonization plays on modern day lives. Specifically I am interested the how power and oppression affect subcultures and intersectional identities, racism seen in Deaf culture, the history of heterosexism and transphobia in predominantly people of color and queer spaces.

In-School Collaborative Initiatives and Leadership


Pride center Student Assistant – Student Mentor

Certified student mentor and advisor to Queer identified students and students exploring gender identity. Weekly sessions held for a semester at a time to help student reach personal goals.

Spoken Word Club – Vice President

Assisted in the start of a the spoken word club at California State University Northridge, aimed at the growth of students writing and performance of spoken word poetry.

Professional Presentations, Workshops, and Conferences


CSUN Trans Day of Remembrance – Genderqueer Panelist


Creating Change, National LGBTQ Task Force – Attendee

Blaqout Conference – Presenter: Healing through Activism

CSUN Deaf 400- Lecturer: Trans Identities

CSUN Black History month: Brother Outsider Film Screening 2015- Panelist


Asterisks Conference 2016 – Presenter: Decolonizing Your Sex Life


Stanford Black Femininity in Academia – Presenter: Erasure of Culture in Professionalism

Youth Community Service – Presenter: Classroom Navigation, Gender and Sexuality, Diversity and Inclusion

Public Allies – Presenter: Inclusion in Nonprofits


Queer Resurgence – Presenter: Decolonizing Your Sex Life

Black History Slam and Social, University of Washington School of Social Work – Invited Poet

International Cultural Studies and Education Conference – Presenter: Spoken Word as Knowledge Production


Given upon request.