“I think it’s really important for parents to support their children wherever they are, especially if you believe in what they’re interested in, too. You’re telling your child you support their life in college.”
Quin Shott was unfamiliar with GW, but all it took was attending one Parents Weekend for her to realize this was the right school for her son, Corey Whitman, CCAS '17.
"Experiencing GW's Parents Weekend impressed me in ways I did not expect," she said. "Everyone I came into contact with was professional and enthusiastic, and each presentation left me with an inspirational feeling about the school and the programs it offers."
"I felt well taken care of," she added. "As a mom, I walked away knowing and understanding why GW would be a very strong fit for my son."
Quin said Corey has been "really happy" at GW, and she attributes that partly to his internship experience with the LGBT Health Policy & Practice Graduate Certificate Program at GW, led by founder, director, and professor Dr. Stephen Forssell.
Quin has a fundraising background and values the importance of philanthropy, but she was inspired to donate to the program because of the transformative work Dr. Forssell is doing in LGBT health policy, which was recently honored with an education and training award from the American Psychological Association. After a phone conversation with Dr. Forssell, Quin decided to support the program and the work it is doing at the university and for LGBT rights.
"I think what GW is doing with this program is really important because it is setting a platform for other schools to follow," she said. "One of the things that separates the LGBT Health Policy & Practice Graduate Certificate Program from others is that GW's program can and actually does shape policy to help navigate changing world issues. This program is a win-win for GW because it says, 'Look, we care enough to listen and change as the world changes.' It says a lot about the school as a whole." And from Dr. Forssell's perspective, "there's nothing more gratifying than when a student becomes so vested in the outcomes of something they are involved in that they engage others to get involved, too."
"Parents can provide support in many different ways—sharing their time, helping make connections, as well as contributing philanthropically,” he said. “We’re grateful to Quin and Corey and their commitment to the success of the LGBT program at GW."
For Quin, giving is a way for her to communicate to others—and to her son— about what she values.
"I think it’s really important for parents to support their children wherever they are, especially if you believe in what they're interested in, too," she said. "You're telling your child you support their life in college."
"Some parents get intimidated to give because they aren't sure it’s going to make a difference," she added. "But every penny makes a difference."