Jason Hipp writes:
I currently work in the Development Department at the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, a fairly small, 15-staff person non-governmental organization (NGO) with headquarters in New York and regional offices in Buenos Aires and Johannesburg. Basically, I help to make sure that the organization can still operate financially, through any means possible – events, membership and major donors, foundation grants and corporate support. It’s a useful position to learn the ins-and-outs of the non-profit world, which, like DC, has a thriving industry in NY. Although my work doesn’t specifically relate to program areas, I’ve been able to get a unique vantage point on the functions of media, NGO advocacy and foundation funding as they combine to produce 21st century gay and lesbian citizens around the world. Most recently, one of my colleagues has become something of a media star following Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s claim at Columbia University that there are “no homosexuals in Iran.” It was a final research paper during Rachel Riedner’s freshman year University Writing Program class that started me doing research and writing on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) identity and movement. I was perhaps intellectually nourished the most throughout my time at GW by a Cultural Studies reading group, loosely operating around the English Department, with Rachel, Bob McRuer, Dan Moshenberg and Todd Ramlow, as well as some fellow students. As a small group we were able to cover a lot of ground and foster something of an intellectual community in and around Rome Hall, in a way completely incomparable to the typical classroom experience.
Thanks for emailing, Jason. We wish you the best.