WGSS minor Nolan Tesis was one of only six students nationwide to be named a 2016 Arcus Fellow at the California Institute of Integral Studies. The national fellowship was created last year to amplify LGBTQ leadership initiatives and serves to support students who are passionate about bolstering programming and visibility for LGBTQ communities at their universities. Tesis, who says that he has always been surrounded by a diverse group of students, has recently started getting involved in community outreach and social justice organizations. He felt a need to deeper intersectionality among organizations that serve specific communities – a concern that was addressed in the two classes he took with Assistant Professor of WGSS and Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies Moya Bailey. Professor Bailey will serve as his official home campus mentor for the fellowship.
Tesis’s work to combine the resources of several Northeastern offices is already underway, as he has organized a ceremony for Transgender Day of Remembrance on Saturday. The ceremony will feature a panel discussion among transgender advocates and activists Jahaira DeAlto, Jonovia Chase, Tiq Milan, and Gia Love to refect on lives lost to anti-transgender violence.