Help Teri Finish School #BlackLesbianLivesMatter

My name is Teri and I am an LGBT asylum seeker here in the United States. I am seeking support to help pay my tuition at 50% for the coming year.

I am from Kenya where I began my Bachelors degree. I then received a fellowship to study and earned my Masters in 2016 in China. I returned to my country for one year and then I was accepted on an international fellowship again in China, this time for a PhD in Journalism and Communications in 2017. At the end of that year, just as I was about to undertake my dissertation work, I was outed as a lesbian to my program director and removed from the program. If I had been reported and returned to Kenya I would have gone to prison- it is illegal to be gay there. In my life before this occurred I was closeted and when my family found out they disowned me.

I found an asylum program and came to the US. Through this program I began to network with lesbian professors who have helped me to audit classes and apply to graduate school here in the US. I was accepted to the International Development and Social Change program at Clark University. I am so happy to get back to school and recently completed my first year with a 50% tuition scholarship from the school, with the remaining tuition covered by generous well-wishers. Now I am entering my second year with another scholarship from Clark and the remaining tuition covered from my part-time job and whatever I am able to fundraise from supporters to allow me to complete this program.

Please help me complete my final year! I want to get educated to facilitate awareness of how we can support greater equality in the world. Anything you can donate will be greatly appreciated!

With gratitude, 


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Denise Darrigrand 
Worcester, MA
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