Scholar Class – 2010
Cara was raised in Salt Lake City, Utah by her gay father and his loving partners. Having grown up in an LGBTQ headed household in a very conservative and strictly religious state, marginalization has always been a familiar part of her life. Although challenging, she has learned to overcome heterosexism by being engaged in her community. At the age of sixteen, she became the president of her high school’s social justice club, BOND (Building One New Dream), and simultaneously founded the Utah chapter of COLAGE: People with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Parents. Additionally, Cara sits on the board of directors for the Inclusion Center for Community and Justice, a local non-profit dedicated to eliminating bias and bigotry. She has a strong passion and commitment to activism; when she’s involved in her community, she feels supported and has hope for a better future. As an undergraduate at Westminster College, Cara intends to pursue a degree in sociology and Spanish. Her hope is to go on to receive a Master’s and/or a PhD in social work. Ultimately, she plans to work directly with the queer community and other marginalized populations in order to connect them with the resources, support, and opportunities they need in order to succeed.