This week, Columbia gives its own take on the popular "It Gets Better" project. The project was founded by Dan Savage and his husband, Terry Miller, in September of 2010—just days before Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers student who had been spied on by his roommate while kissing another man, took his own life in New York City.
This video, which first appeared as an idea last October, features interviews with students, faculty, and prominent administrators, such as Kevin Shollenberger (Dean of Student Affairs) and Peter Awn (Dean of General Studies). Check it out below.
Ben Harris (CC '14), who spearheaded the project here at Columbia, says of the short film, "There were far too many stories at Columbia to possibly include in one video -- a testament to the strength and outspoken nature of the LGBT community on campus. Because of that, this video includes just a small swath of people on campus. My hope, however, is that it will send the message that this campus supports LGBT teenagers nation-wide, and recognizes the importance of higher education in making those lives better."
Thanks to Ben, Ericka Beltran (BC '12), Claire Pope (CC '14), and Mae Smith (CC '14), for helping create this video and bringing these touching stories to our attention.