• Macalester College

Corey Koscielniak

Point Scholar 2007 – 2011

Corey loves his family and friends more than anything in the world. Especially his mother and twin brother, who have seen him grow into adulthood firsthand. He sees his future full of possibilities, a future in which his gay identity is tool of empowerment, rather than a mode of marginalization.

While in high school career in such positions as a student director and student body president. There, he found much of his studies to be heterosexist as well as absent of positive role models. These observations sparked his early interest in LGBTQ community involvement, and in his senior year he was chosen as a GLSEN JumpStart Leadership Team Member. With their training, he was able to discuss problems with his school about issues concerning language and curriculum in the classroom.

Continuing his studies in Macalester, Corey has moved forward in his desire to help others in the LGBTQ community by working for the collective liberation of everyone and helping to build vibrant, livable communities through research and economic development. From designing a quality of LBGTQ life indicator while conducting a qualitative research project on citizenship and volunteerism, or by statistically modeling the movement of LGBTQ spaces in St. Louis and the Twin Cities, Corey believes in the work of empowerment of individuals and the right to claim one’s education.

After studying abroad in São Paulo, Brasil, Corey returned to Macalester for his final semester and began the early steps in a career in international real estate development and tourism.

"Point has been a source of empowerment for me, a space where I can engage other scholars, not as nameless identities, but as a collection of intelligent, strong and amazing individuals."

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