DLP Alumnus Named to ‘The Advocate’ Forty Under 40
April 25, 2012
Brothers of Delta Lambda Phi all over the world are working to make their presence make a difference, but one in particular has received special recognition from renowned LGBT magazine The Advocate.
Alpha Delta Chapter alumnus Vincent Pompei has been selected for the magazine’s ‘Forty Under 40’ list of leaders in the fields of media, politics, sports, and science it deems the “architects of the next decade.”
Please join us in congratulating Br. Pompei with these words from the feature:
When Vincent Pompei became a schoolteacher, he designated his classroom a safe space for LGBT students. But when another teacher in his conservative public school found out Pompei was gay, there was no safe space for the teacher to hide from bullying at the hands of fellow educators and the school’s administration. So he filed a formal complaint with the district. The administrator in charge was subsequently removed, and Pompei started conducting LGBT awareness training for teachers across the district. That experience empowered him to get involved in the Center for Excellence in School Counseling and Leadership, which just held its Supporting Students — Saving Lives Conference (CESCAL.org), attended by 500 educators from 29 states, sponsored by Southwest Airlines, and endorsed by President Obama.
“There are a lot of kids for whom it hasn’t gotten better yet,” says Pompei, who was also a victim of bullying as a child and who is now the Supporting Students — Saving Lives conference chair. “We don’t want to just prevent suicide, we want children to know that the people around them are going to love them, protect them, and welcome them for who they are.”