R.I. State House Citation Honors Bryant Student for LGBTQ Advocacy on Campus; Rep. Frank Ferri '76 Calls Jonathan DeCosta '12 ‘an Inspiration and a Leader'
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R.I. State House Citation Honors Bryant Student for LGBTQ Advocacy on Campus; Rep. Frank Ferri '76 Calls Jonathan DeCosta '12 ‘an Inspiration and a Leader'

Herndon : VA : USA | May 16, 2012 at 12:32 AM PDT
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May 16, 2012

Be it hereby known that Jonathan DeCosta’s four years of advocacy on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning community at Bryant University haven’t gone without notice.

On May 10, the R.I...The entire membership extends its very best wishes on this memorable occasion and expresses the hope for continued good fortune.”

The citation was signed by Speaker of the House Gordon D...As an alumnus, I am emotionally moved” by the work of faculty and students to help Bryant become “open and accepting to all students regardless of their sexual orientation. Jonathan is an inspiration and a leader whom I admire and am thankful to.”

“It is really encouraging to know that I have been able to make a difference on campus and in people’s lives,” said DeCosta, who will graduate May 19 with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology. He credited his achievements to friends, faculty and staff who “enabled me to have the courage to fight for equality on campus. Professor Judith McDonnell, who founded Bryant Pride, and all the previous student leaders in Bryant Pride laid the groundwork for my success,” which DeCosta defined as “my ability to change people’s lives for the better. If I can leave here knowing that I have made just one person more comfortable with who they are then I have been successful. … Bryant will forever serve as a powerful reminder that I can make a difference—that my voice can be a bold force in the world.”

In the fall, DeCosta, of Lynn, MA, begins graduate studies in advertising at Boston University.

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