Comparative women’s studies major and sociology minor Lexus Phillips, class of 2017 has been named the first Spelman College student selected to receive an Arcus Foundation scholarship.
Established at Spelman College in 2014, the scholarship provides financial assistance to a student who has shown promise to become a strong leader and advocate for the LGBTQ community. The Arcus Foundation is a leading global foundation dedicated to the idea that people can live in harmony with one another and the natural world. The foundation works with experts and advocates for change to ensure that LGBT individuals and others thrive in a world where social and environmental justice are a reality.
A native of Memphis, Tenn., with a passion for social justice, Phillips serves as a member of Afrekete, Spelman’s LGBTQ organization. In her role with Afrekete, Phillips plans and executes various events at Spelman that provide visibility and advocacy for the equality of LGBTQ students on campus. Her social justice work extends beyond Spelman into the Atlanta community through SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW, a non-profit organization focused on reproductive justice for the LGBTQ community and individuals of color.
Upon graduation from Spelman, Phillips’ goal is to work as a community organizer in Atlanta and Memphis to garner resources and facilitate personal and professional growth for women of color and LGBTQ youth of color.