Institute grad assistant wins GLBTAA Academic Scholarship

March 14, 2016

G. David Caudill

G. David Caudill

Congratulations to G. David Caudill, who recently won the GLBTAA Academic Scholarship.

Caudill began working as a graduate assistant for the Institute in September 2015. His work at the Institute has focused on projects related to the Indiana Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations.

Caudill began working toward his MPA in Nonprofit Management from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI in 2014, when he was awarded a previous GLBTAA Academic Scholarship.

Along with this master's program, he will be receiving a Graduate Certificate in Philanthropic Studies from the IU Lilly School of Philanthropy, which will complement his previous graduate work from 2011, when Caudill completed his Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management with a focus on Fund Development.

In 1996, Caudill earned his BA in Political Science at IU Bloomington. With this degree, he went to work as a public servant, first with Indiana state government, then with the City of Indianapolis, and then had the opportunity to enter the world of professional politics.

After years of volunteering for candidates in Indianapolis, he was hired by a political consulting firm in Washington, D.C., where he also became involved with the DC Chapter of the IU Alumni Association. The DC opportunity transitioned into political fundraising work with a variety of campaigns in locations, including Nevada, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Missouri.

After helping to raise money for political figures around the country, Caudill decided to transfer the skills he learned from political fundraising to helping nonprofit causes. He enrolled at IUPUI to commence his graduate work and began volunteering with nonprofits like Footlite Musicals, Indiana Equality, Indy Pride, the Indiana Youth Group, and the Indianapolis LGBT Film Fest. Caudill is currently a graduate assistant at the IU Public Policy Institute.

Once completed with his graduate studies, David aspires to lead a nonprofit LGBTQ organization in the Indianapolis area with the goal of "advancing the political engagement of the LGBTQ community."

His involvement in LGBTQ activities is driven, in part, by his belief that equality for our community can best be accomplished "through increased participation in political activities, specifically by volunteering with or working for political campaigns, or running for office, as well as participating in other political activities where the interests of the LGBTQ community are currently underserved."

This story originally appeared in the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Transgender IU Alumni Association e-newsletter.