Scholar Class – 2012
Zoe Reidinger is from Brevard, NC and is currently pursuing a PhD in biomedical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She has participated in LGBTQ activism since her freshman year of college at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and has held several leadership positions during her tenure there. Zoe was the only undergraduate to be elected as the co‐chair of the non‐discrimination policy committee. This committee worked on the inclusion of gender identity and expression in the university’s non‐discrimination policy. She also served as the treasurer for Queer Action, VCU’s LGBTQ political and social activist organization. As treasurer, she served on the executive board, led meetings, and organized events including guest speakers, the Day of Silence, Sex Workers Art Show, multiple protests, press conferences, education campaigns, panels, round tables, and movie nights. She also planned and executed the first, second, and third drag ball to benefit the Fan Free Clinic, specializing in treating patients with HIV/AIDS and transgendered persons. This annual event continues to benefit Fan Free Clinic. Currently, Zoe is dedicated to teaching while finishing research for her PhD. After graduation she hopes to use her career in tissue engineering to help improve female to male surgeries, as well as teach on the collegiate level.