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Nathaniel Fores
Program Assistant, LGBTQ Resource Center


Nathaniel ForesA passion for learning, his curiosity and eagerness to learn everything is what led Nathaniel Fores to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (UW Oshkosh). ”Coming to UW Oshkosh every day gives me the chance to be surrounded by so many intelligent and growing minds.”  Higher education gives him hope, reminds him that the possibilities are endless and the future is bright.

“As a member of the LGBTQIA+ Community, I feel a strong desire to create positive and lasting change,” said Fores, LGBTQ Resource Center Program Assistant at UW Oshkosh. “I enjoy interacting with and supporting LGBTQIA+ students on campus. The students have so much passion for their community and I love to feel the energy that they bring with them each and every day.  I also really enjoy getting to be a positive guiding light on campus, to help show others how to be allies to the LGBTQIA+ community.”

In the role of Program Assistant, Fores is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the LGBTQ Resource Center.  Fores spends his time coordinating, planning and facilitating LGBTQIA+ events and programs, supporting resource center interns, SAFE and T-SAFE training students, faculty and staff and facilitating the trans and non-binary discussion group, to name a few.  

Fores is a thoughtful and easygoing person who enjoys making others smile and laugh, which shows in his day-to-day activities with students, staff and the Oshkosh community.  Fores said helping people and creating a more open and accepting world are his greatest joys.

“My motivation and drive to complete everything I set my mind to, whether it is going to school, learning a new instrument, woodworking or remodeling my house, is what has made me successful, Fores said.  “I am very blessed to have a partner of 9 years that supports and motivates me on my many endeavors.”

Fores’ future is driven by his motivation and sense of curiosity about nature and the endless possibilities of life, music, education and family.  Outside of his work at UW Oshkosh, Fores is a musician, woodworker, painter, and a volunteer firefighter and first responder.  He is a busy man but that doesn’t stop him from doing what he loves most, which is traveling, spending time with family, playing music, and camping with his wife and their two dogs. One of his favorite places to travel is Bayfield, WI, where he and his wife go to recharge at Lake Superior.

With a Bachelor of Music in Recording Technology and Music Business from UW Oshkosh, Firefighter 1 & 2 Certifications and Paramedic License from Madison College, Fores leaves UW Oshkosh students with a little advice:  “Reach for the sky and don’t be afraid to stretch your mind a little farther than what feels comfortable.”

In the summer of 2018, Fores plans to further his education by pursuing a degree in nursing and hopes to work in the healthcare field in the future.

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