November 18, 2016

2016 Arcus Fellow and Northeastern University student Nolan Tesis was featured in News@Northeastern explaining his desire to join the fellowship and the project he is carrying out through the support of the fellowship. He applied to the fellowship to address issues around the inclusion of Black LGBTQ students at NU's LGBTQA Resource Center and African American Institute.

“If we col­lab­o­rate and work together, we can better suit the needs of stu­dents at the mar­gins...”

Nolan helped organize the Trans­gender Day of Remem­brance cer­e­mony to be held this Saturday at Northeastern University. The cer­e­mony was funded in part by a $4,700 grant provided through the Arcus Fellowship. Read more about Nolan Tesis and his leadership efforts.

About the Arcus Fellowship

CIIS's LGBTQ Leadership Initiative in Higher Education, funded by the Arcus Foundation as well as the Small Change Foundation, recruits LGBTQ students of color and trans students from rural, isolated, or conservative campuses who are passionate about making their schools inclusive, safe, and welcoming for LGBTQ communities. These students participate in a year-long fellowship program that provides leadership training, mentorship, professional development, and financial support for implementing anti-discrimination projects on their campuses.

Each Arcus fellow receives ongoing guidance from a faculty or staff mentor at their home institution, as well as a CIIS graduatestudent in the Human Sexuality (HSX) PhD program. This year, PhD students Nic Caballero, Ericka Dennis, and Leo Rutherford served as mentors, joining HSX program chair Michelle Marzullo in teaching fellows how to effectively gather data and evaluate their projects. From November 11-13, the fellows and their home campus mentors convened at CIIS for an intensive training that culminated with the Expanding the Circle conference, where they accessed a network of academics and higher education professionals dedicated to the advancement of LGBTQ issues.

If you would like to support the Arcus Fellowship and the LGBTQ Leadership Initiative in Higher Education, please contact Charles Wilmoth, Associate Director of Development, at 415.575.6269 or

Human Sexuality, CIIS In the News, San Francisco

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