Cory Schutter (he/him/his) is a newcomer to Lynchburg, having moved to the city in August 2022. Before Lynchburg, Cory was (and kind of still is) a proud Richmonder, which you would know if you saw his matchbox shrine to Dirtwoman.
Cory attended University of Richmond for his undergraduate studies, where he organized two drag shows, served as a Bonner Scholar, and completed studies in Rhetoric and Communication Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Building on these fields of study, Cory contributed scholarship on “metadata as memoria," queer critiques on pitch, and wrote a capstone paper titled, “Yaaaaas Kween: Rhetorics of Appropriation in White Gay Culture.” (He is willing to talk at length about any of these projects.)
After graduation, Cory was a fellow for the Center for Civic Engagement at University of Richmond, where he designed the 2020 campus voting initiative, supported community engaged learning, and shifted signature programming to meet the needs of the community in the pandemic. Post-fellowship, Cory had a stint handling marketing for a boutique museum and supporting changemakers in the field of social entrepreneurship.
Cory continues to be passionate about the intersections of civic engagement and higher education, and is now the Community Engagement Coordinator at Center for Community Engagement at the University of Lynchburg (say it three times fast!). In this role, Cory organizes off-campus programming, supports volunteer management, and tries to draw a through line between student voice and student empowerment.
In his spare time, Cory is still attempting to finish A Little Life, enjoys making paper out of other paper, and is a (full-time) proud cat dad to Holly, who shares a birthday with Shawn Mendes.