The Point Foundation is the largest, national LGBTQIA+ scholarship organization in the United States. Founded in 2001, the mission of the Point Foundation is to “empower promising lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential — despite the obstacles often put before them — to make a significant impact on society.” This resource guide is one scholar's Community Service Project (CSP). Each year, Point Scholars initiate and complete a CSP that will positively impact the LGBTQIA+ community. Scholars work alongside a Point Mentor, who provides advice, assistance, and guidance as the scholar continues to cultivate their leadership skills
Mel Ferrara (they/them pronouns) generated the content for this resource guide. Mel is a PhD student at the University of Arizona receiving their degree in Gender and Women’s Studies with a minor in Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory. They are a 2016 Point Foundation Scholar and a recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. They received their BA in Gender and Sexuality Studies and Philosophy/Political Thought from Muhlenberg College in 2015. Mel is a Safe Zone facilitator and graduate intern at the University of Arizona LGBTQ+ Resource Center. Mel's research interests include trans and intersex studies, critical science and technology studies, healthcare, and queer inhumanisms.
Rachel Miranda Wedig (she/her pronouns) assisted in digitizing this resource guide. She is a MA student in Higher Education at the University of Arizona, and a Graduate Assistant for University of Arizona Libraries. She received her BA in Sociology with a minor in Gender and Women's Studies from the University of Arizona in 2013. Her research interests include queer and trans student development, student activism, and challenging systems of dominance and power in institutions of higher education.
Special thanks to:
Jen Hoefle Olson, Director for University of Arizona LGBTQ+ Affairs, for her incredible mentorship and guidance throughout the process of organizing this curriculum.
Jill Dannis, Point Foundation Internship and Scholarship Relations Manager, for her work coordinating the CSP program.
Eva Hayward, Mel's Point Foundation mentor, for her guidance in negotiating the relationship between theory and praxis.
The University of Arizona College of Medicine and Banner Health for their interest in and support of this project, especially Lydia Kennedy, Andreas Theodorou, Victoria Murrain, Violet Siwik, Francisco Moreno, Albert Fiorello, and Garret Winkler.
Sophia Spadafore, Rory Aufderheide, Caroline King, Shawna Follis, Erika Nacim, Ana Florea, and Cole Eskridge for their time and labor with brainstorming sessions and editing.
The National Science Foundation: This material is based in part on Mel Ferrara's work supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship under Grant No. DGE-1746060. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.