Change is in the air! As summer draws to a close and students arrive back on campus, Emory will begin the 2017 Academic year with a new President, new Provost, and new Deans of Emory and Oxford Colleges. At GALA, we are seeing familiar faces taking over new roles, with Ryan Rusiecki (13OX15C) as our new Steering Committee Secretary and Neil Vasudeva (’16B) as our new Executive Committee Member-at-large. We are also welcoming alumnus Joe O’Geen (’10C) back to the Emory campus as the Emory Alumni Association Staff Liaison to GALA.
I would like to thank Aby Parsons (’13G) for her fearless leadership as Co-Chair for the past two years. Aby has left a legacy in making Emory University and the State of Georgia safer, stronger, and more inclusive for the LGBTQ community. I am so honored that Aby will continue to lead GALA as Chair of the Scholarship Committee as I assume her responsibilities as the new Co-Chair of GALA.
With new faces and new roles comes a time to reflect on our past years accomplishments and focus on future opportunities. I’ve met so many of you over my 2.5 years in GALA, and I look forward to making new memories at upcoming alumni events. I am proud of the financial contributions GALA has provided Emory students, and am excited to continue empowering Emory students to pursue their interests in LGBT advocacy and scholarship. I strive to continue the great work done last year in communicating the purpose of GALA—who we are, what our goals are, and how current students, alumni and friends can join us in shaping an inclusive environment for the LGBTQ Emory community.
Come join us and make your voice heard at our monthly Steering Committee meetings, or enjoy a fabulous brunch at our annual Blue Jean Brunch during homecoming weekend. There are so many ways get involved with GALA – your LGBTQ and allies alumni network.
Markbradley Kitay (‘14B)
Co-Chair, GALA: Emory LGBT Alumn