By UM News

Josh Marzano

By UM News
The College of Arts and Sciences senior is focused on making a global impact in LGBT communities.

Josh MarzanoAs a double major in Women’s and Gender Studies and Spanish, Josh Marzano, of South Glastonbury, Connecticut, will continue his work with the LGBT community in Spain after graduation.  A finalist for the Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Spain, Marzano begins an English Teaching Assistantship and hopes to research LGBT homelessness among youth.

“I would like to learn about and help address the issue of LGBT homelessness in Spain," said Marzano. "In the United States, LGBT homelessness, especially for youth, is a well-studied problem; but in Spain, the issue remains largely unstudied."

Marzano’ s passion for LGBT issues in Spain stems from an internship with the LGBTI Program of the Community of Madrid where he worked directly with the government funded program which provides multiple services to the LGBTI Spanish community.

“Ultimately, I would like to work as a mentor, serving as a source of encouragement and guidance for LGBT youth who may have been forced out of their home by unaccepting family members,” added Marzano.

While his upcoming work in Spain is the next big plan for Marzano, it isn’t the only trip on his agenda. Before travelling to Spain, Marzano will be volunteering with VoluntarItaly, a program in Italy that helps Italian children learn English.

Marzano graduates Friday morning.