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Jess McDonald and Nikita Burks to represent Campus Pride at the Vice President’s residence

Event highlights the next generation of LGBT leaders

Next Screen shot 2012-09-12 at 9.49.46 AM.pngWednesday, Jess McDonald and Nikita Burks will represent Campus Pride as they head to Washington, D.C., for an end of summer BBQ at the Vice President’s residence celebrating the next generation of LGBT leaders. The two were invited in late August and will also attend an LGBT Policy Roundtable earlier in the day.

Burks became involved with Campus Pride in 2008 when she attended Camp Pride leadership camp. Since then, she’s been involved in camp each year as a Pride Leader (2009, 2010) and Logistics Coordinator/Camp Faculty (2011, 2012). After graduating from Columbia College in 2009, she accepted a job in Residence Life at her alma mater and served as the Assistant Chair to the Diversity Committee. Burks opened the campus’s first Diversity Resource Center, assisted with the revamp of their Open Door diversity training program and served as the advisor for Spectrum, Columbia’s LGBT student organization. She was elected to the Campus Pride Board of Directors in Fall 2011.

McDonald was hired as Campus Pride’s Media, Communications and Programs Manager in August 2012 after attending Camp Pride summer leadership camp in 2010 and remaining involved with the organization as a Pride Leader, intern, and summer fellow. Before graduating from Elon University in May 2012, McDonald served as the president of the campus LGBTQIA organization and was involved with the formation of the new LGBTQ Resource Room on campus. You can read more about McDonald’s hiring here.

Campus Pride Executive Director Shane Windmeyer will accompany McDonald and Burks to the event. Dominique Gant, a 2012 camp alumna and Vanderbilt University student will also be in attendance. Mara Keisling, the Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality and a longtime friend of Campus Pride, will join them.