Scholar Class – 2014
Kyle Ranieri was born in Gallup, New Mexico but spent the majority of his childhood growing up in Lansing, Michigan. He very quickly observed large cultural differences between the two places and was often exposed to poverty and other social problems. With a devoted mindset to counter these ubiquitous problems, Kyle has always maintained a high degree of community involvement. In 2012, Kyle gained his first experience in community organizing when he became an Organizing Fellow and Director of LGBTQ Outreach with Organizing for America, part of the campaign to re-elect President Obama. In this position, he found his place within the LGBTQ community as a social advocate and has since continued this role, including work with Equality Michigan. Kyle helped found his high school's Gay-Straight Alliance and fostered it to become a leading LGBTQ activism group within the local community through pride parades, educational campaigns, and fundraisers. As president of the GSA, he successfully proposed and changed the school board policy to be LGBTQ-inclusive and was asked to speak before the local township's Board of Trustees regarding their LGBTQ nondiscrimination ordinance which then successfully passed. Kyle attends Yale College and studies Global Affairs with plans to enter the field of international human rights law.