Soliel Myton, a senior anthropology major at UA Little Rock, has been named the recipient of the 2023-24 Stonewall Scholarship.
The Stonewall Scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates knowledge of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) history, an understanding of current events as they relate to the LGBT community, and a commitment to advancing LGBT civil rights in the form of demonstrated substantial leadership. This year’s scholarship is $2,500.
“I feel very honored to receive the Stonewall Scholarship, a scholarship that recognizes those who are working to advance the LGBTQ community,” Myton said. “I am a part of the community, and I feel happy, excited, and blessed to receive the scholarship.”
Dr. Laura Barrio Vilar, head of the scholarship selection committee, noted the committee members were impressed by Myton’s academic achievements and commitment to advancing LGBTQ+ rights in Arkansas.
The 20-year-old Little Rock native works as the communications and media director for Lucie’s Place, a nonprofit dedicated to helping LGBTQ young adults facing homelessness in Central Arkansas. Myton runs the nonprofit’s social media accounts, creates newsletters, and helps run programs, events, and fundraisers.
Myton also serves as an intern in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) for the City of Little Rock, where they are working to increase the city’s Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index, which rates cities on anti-discrimination laws, benefits for public employees, and other factors that contribute to a positive climate for LBBTQ+ people.
“Overall, my advocacy work has been driven by my personal experiences, love for the LGBTQ+ community, and my commitment to creating a more inclusive and equitable society for all,” Myton said. “I believe that everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity, regardless of their sexual or gender identity.”