Congratulations to 2016 Point Scholar Award Winner Ian Ellasante
Calamus Point Scholar
University of Arizona College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
American Indian Studies
Seeking more than just a change in landscape, Ian Ellasante left Tennessee in 2007 and journeyed southwest toward the mountains and stately saguaros of Tucson. He settled in quickly and has contributed considerably to the city’s LGBTQ community. In roles ranging from volunteer to commissioner, from board member to project manager, Ian has worked to increase access to the kinds of relevant and affirming opportunities for queer and trans people of color and LGBTQ youth that he could not often find in his hometown of Memphis. He began in this capacity in 2008 at Arizona’s first drop-in center for LGBTQ youth before accepting a position with the University of Arizona’s Southwest Institute for Research on Women, where he has continued these efforts, coordinating a series of federally funded programs designed to benefit unstably-housed LGBTQ youth.
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