Boulder County AIDS Project likes to take the time out to recognize volunteers in different roles of the agency. Atlas member, Garrett Rose, just so happened to be one of those outstanding volunteers this month!
Two years ago at Boulder Pride, Garrett had a conversation with Frank O’Caña, BCAP‘s Prevention Director and Atlas Coordinator which led him to get deeply involved as a BCAP volunteer. Garrett says in hearing about Atlas, he immediately liked its communal aspect and that the program does important HIV prevention work.
BCAP has been a natural extension of his life as a CU student, where Garrett just graduated with a double major in English and Women and Gender Studies, with a Certificate in LGBTQ Studies. At CU, Garrett was President of the GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) and an employee of CU’s Gender and Sexuality Center, so Atlas was a perfect fit.
Garrett has fully engaged in the service learning component of Atlas, as a volunteer HIV Test Counselor, Inclusiveness Committee member, Front Desk Volunteer, and Prevention Department Intern. Garrett says HIV work has to be done through an intersectional lens because it affects so many communities and identities. “My volunteer work has allowed me to put theory into practice. I’m able to have nuanced conversations about HIV stigma and prevention.”