Scholarship interviews with Elise and Cleavon

Scholarship interviews with Elise and Cleavon


I would say I’ve had a really great experience overall UMKC has done a great job being inclusive and Having opportunities like clubs and organizations and events on the school campus for me to feel comfortable and safe and I think that’s really important to have a safe environment that Makes everyone feel welcome. I am born and raised in Kansas City and So I was educated through the educational system in the early and secondary here I am at the University So I my home grew up not too far from here within walking distance less than about From the 1970 current so that’s what my parents is the ones that actually encouraged me to come here. I Would say my favorite memory doesn’t have to do with An event on campus, but when I was awarded the scholarship For the leadership scholarship, I would say that’s one of the biggest moments for me through my journey as coming out as bisexual when I told my parents I won the award it was like the first time I could actually Be proud of Who I am and then just kind of show it off like growing up. I’ve never had the chance really to Hold something and feel like here it is This is what I did and it was a really big moment for me and my parents to experience that and to feel Wanted and appreciated at UMKC and get the support from them so I think that was a really special moment. For myself will be the Pride Breakfasts and of the one service that is administered through Truman Medical Center but anyway, those part of the main necessities I have donated engage to The community ever since I was aware 18 years ago The gay community to serve them better Financially, I think the scholarship is the most supportive part of it, but also like I said the support and recognition of these type of students that need help Financially and they’re already going through so many different life changes through college not only working Full time being a full time student and also being a part of the LGBTQIA community That itself is so much. So then for young KC to offer this scholarship I think it was incredible and it relieved a lot of stress. I received the emergency grant scholarship and Unfortunately during that time and why did I apply? Was due to the death due to the cause of my mother. It’s passing my father shortly after that fell out and had a massive heart attack and At that moment. I was taking care of my father full time and To see that there was no service to assist me on campus besides the gay community That’s how I reached out is so for me to be in my 40s and never discuss my sexuality Publicly, I had to disclose it at that time to receive the grant I Think it’s really important to have access to the scholarship because It supports students like me and also I think it sends a really strong message that other campuses I’ve never seen this offered especially Campuses that I’ve been to before so I was really shocked to hear that not only as UMKC supportive but they’re also offering scholarships and making the extra effort for it to be known that they care and Support all the students out there school no matter what community they’re a part of not only for myself, but anyone that’s in need To be self identifying as whatever your gender or being accepted by your community Behind something that is done in the privacy of one other’s home I just never grew up like that. And to be honest to you, as being an african-american it is already a Stereotype placed upon you and within the environment that you grow up in you become a double minority you are ostracized from your own community as well as The community of the nation and so you have to fight a little bit harder and stronger. I have what they call tough skin To me it means making a safe space and By having their support it allows me to express Who I am and be comfortable and go to any event that I want to without being scared of Any homophobic people or just being scared of what might happen or people’s judgments? So knowing that the school has my back it allows me if I do have that situation I know that my professors in the community are with me and they’ll support me

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