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Michael Misiewicz

Michael Misiewicz

Michael Misiewicz has always understood that an important part of being an alumnus is giving back. A member of the in-house counsel at law firm WilmerHale in Washington DC, Michael has enjoyed numerous professional opportunities through Westminster’s alumni network and strong reputation, and he shows his thanks by donating each year to The Westminster Fund.

But after reading a scholarship appeal letter he received last spring about a Westminster student who was disowned by his family for being gay, Michael decided to double his annual gift as a sign of his gratitude to the college for sharing such an authentic story.

“I appreciate that Westminster is going the extra mile to support a student in that situation,” he said. “I thought it was very brave of Westminster, given its broad audience, to choose that story among many compelling stories it has about its students.”

A gay man himself, Michael came out during his time at Westminster, and he credits the inclusive culture at the college for giving him the confidence to live his life truthfully.

Look for more of Michael's story in the Fall 2013 Westminster Review coming out at the end of September 2013.