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Advocates for Higher Education take to Social Media for Inaugural ?educate2impact day?



Los Angeles, May 22, 2014 ? In a campaign to bring attention to the fact that nearly one third of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students drop out of high school and do not attend college* the hashtag #educate2impact debuted across social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr. Point Foundation, the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit, launched the inaugural educate2impact day on May 21 and created the educate2impact.org website.

On educate2impact day Thomas Roberts, host of MSNBC?s ?Way Too Early? and contributor to ?Morning Joe? moderated a Twitter town hall ?Resources & Roadblocks to Getting a Higher Education Degree,? which included discussion of the particular challenges many LGBTQ students face. Panelists included Rohit Chopra, assistant director & student loan ombudsman, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; Shane Windmeyer, executive director, Campus Pride; Michelle Marzulo, Ph.D., Point Foundation alumna; and Jorge Valencia, executive director & CEO, Point Foundation. The town hall is archived online, and many of the resources discussed by panelists will be available at educate2impact.org/resources.

In support of educate2impact day, Point Foundation and partner organizations encouraged people to share messages of support for LGBTQ students across social media. Posts included ?Selfie Diplomas? congratulating graduates or thanking those who had a positive impact on individuals? educational pursuits.

Raising awareness for educate2impact day would not have been possible without the efforts of many LGBTQ and ally organizations: Arcus Foundation, Bisexual Resource Center, Campus Pride, GLSEN, Hetrick-Martin Institute, It Gets Better Project, NOGLSTP, [email protected], People for the American Way, PFLAG National, The Trevor Project, True Colors Fund and Young People For (YP4).?

About Point Foundation
Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential ? despite the obstacles often put before them ? to make a significant impact on society.? Since 2001, Point has invested more than $15 million in the education and support of Point Scholars. Point Foundation promotes change through scholarship funding, mentorship, leadership development, and community service training.? www.pointfoundation.org | facebook/pointfoundation | twitter/pointfoundation

?*Lambda Legal, 2011