The LGBTQ Diversity Scholarship

The LGBTQ Diversity Scholarship

The LGBTQ Diversity Scholarship is for students interested in a career that supports LGBTQ populations in the fields of health, education, and psychology. Consideration will be given to applicants that demonstrates a clear commitment to research and practice surrounding LGBTQ issues and awareness. The recipient of the award will likely be expected to construct a relevant service or research contribution to the TC Community. Applicants must plan to enroll in a master's program at Teachers College and have a dedicated commitment (with service visible on their resume and within their scholarship essay) to the field of LGBTQ issues and awareness.

Those interested in applying for the LGBTQ Diversity Scholarship must indicate their interest within the LGBTQ Diversity Scholarship by the published deadline. Applicants may find the application enclosed within the Application for Admission.

Please note that the LGBTQ Diversity Scholarship is designated as a Special Scholarship. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information. 

TC LGBTQ Scholars

LGBTQ Fellow 2019/2020

Dave currently serves as the Magnet Resource Teacher at Elm City Montessori School in New Haven, CT, while pursuing his M.Ed. in School Leadership through Teachers College’s Summer Principals Academy (SPA). Dave is passionate about building effective school systems, championing anti-bias work, and enriching school life with partnership and connection. He began teaching 5th grade Spanish-speaking newcomers at the Fair Haven School in 2015. During his time in New Haven he founded the City of New Haven’s LGBTQ Youth Task Force, participates as a Board Member of the Fair Haven Community Management Team, consults for Yale’s Code Haven, and serves as adjunct faculty at Relay Graduate School of Education and Quinnipiac University’s School of Education. Previously, he worked as the founding high school placement director, staff recruitment lead, enrichment coordinator, and technology enthusiast for The Equity Project (TEP) Charter School in Washington Heights, NYC. He earned his M.A. from Johns Hopkins University, bilingual/TESOL cross endorsement via ARCTELL, and his B.A. in History and Urban Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He has participated in fellowships with the New Haven Mayor’s Office, Coro, AVODAH, and American Jewish World Service (Mumbai, India). He has presented for the past three years at the True Colors Conference and received GLSEN CT’s Teacher Ally of the Year Award in ‘17.

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LGBTQ Scholar 2016/2017

Jason Wang is currently a doctoral student in Counseling Psychology at the University of Iowa. At Teachers College, he was the President of Queer TC and a clinical intern at The Kull Initiative for Psychotherapy. Perpetually clad in black, Jason is a fan of fashion, art, design, pop culture, and gaming. As the Diversity Fellow in the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs, he developed and executed innovative events like Gaming in identity, a panel with game creators and researchers and an exhibition of games exploring queerness, marginalization, and subversive narratives. With the help of his cabinet, Jason was able to continue QueerWeek, a full week of events exploring and celebrating the intersectionality inherent in queer identity. He also helped develop the E-MO-TION Wall, a reactionary art project that facilitated open and honest discourse via visual representations of the emotions and feelings of the students on campus. The LGBTQ Diversity Scholarship allowed him to marry his personal and academic interests with his devotion to social justice and activism.

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LGBTQ Scholar 2014/2015

Michael Andres Palmieri is a doctoral student in the Adult Learning & Leadership program. Palmieri has been working with The Tyler Clementi Foundation (TCF), a non-profit organization committed to ending bullying, and developed a training & development module titled "On Bullying." This module helps individuals assess bullying situations and choose the best course of action. It is being distributed to corporations across the world via Workplace Options - one of the leading human resources training companies in the world. A portion of the licensing fees are being donated to TCF. He is currently developing a new module for the organization dealing with workplace bullying.

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