By: Shannon Ralph
Harvard University has appointed a Director of Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender Life. Lisa “Lee” Forrest, currently the head of the GLBT and Allies Pride Center at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts, will start her new position at Harvard in November.
The Harvard Crimson reports that the new position was created after a student group complained that there were not enough resources for GLBT students at the university. There will be new GLBT student space on campus with offices for Forrest and a graduate assistant.
Forrest said in a statement, “The new program will be a valuable resource for the campus community, and it represents a new chapter in Harvard’s history. I am eager to collaborate with Harvard’s outstanding students, faculty, and administrators who have paved the way with an impressive array of BGLTQ-related initiatives, and I look forward to working together toward a shared vision of social justice.”
This news excites me on a personal level. When my exquisitely brilliant children get into Harvard on full scholarships, as they most certainly will (this momma isn’t affording an Ivy League education any other way), I can rest assured that there is a program on campus that supports and affirms their family.