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Gender and Sexuality

Awards

At the annual Lavender Graduation Ceremony, we present the awards below.

Nominations

To nominate someone for an award, please complete our brief online form (opens in winter quarter!

A committee will review complete nominations and select recipients to be recognized at the Gala itself. You and nominees/honorees will be notified ASAP.

Past recipients over the years include:

Master of (Gr)Advocacy Award (for graduate students)

Recognizing their role as a LGBTQ+ educators among graduate students.

Still Struttin' Your Stuff Award (for alumns)

Recognizing contributions to promoting equality for LGBTQ+ communities post-graduation.

  • 2020 - Lance Shuey (BS, Computer Science)
  • 2016 - Nadine Bridges (MSW)
  • 2015 - Kevin Lindahl (BA 1983, JD 1986)
  • 2015 - Jenna Brownfield (Counseling Psychology)
  • 2015 - Carl Charles (Law)
  • 2013 - Leo Kattari (MSW, 2009)
  • 2009 – Dee Galloway (BA English, 2004)
  • 2008 – Hope Wisneski (MSW, 2000)
  • 2007 – Michael Brewer (Law)
Dr. Lili Rodriguez "Catalyst of Change" Award (Formerly the "Queerific Activist Award")

This newly renamed award is given to a graduating senior who has made significant contributions as an LGBTQ+ activist and/or community organizer during their time at DU.

  • 2020 - Cassia Anton (BS, Computer Science)
  • 2013 - Anna Sher Simon (Biology faculty) & Fran Simon (see Clarion story)
  • 2008 – Christopher Turner
  • 2008 - Joshua Jackson Robinson
  • 2008 - Carly Schlotterer
A World of Difference Award

This special recognition, given only occasionally, recognizes individuals whose presence and leadership have significantly improved the LGBTQ+ communities and their experiences at DU.

  • 2020 - Dr. Lili Rodriguez (Vice-Chancellor, Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence)
  • 2012 - Geoffrey Bateman (Gender & Women's Studies, University Writing Program)
  • 2009 – Sarah Nickels (The Cultural Center)
  • 2008 – Annemarie Vaccaro (Higher Education)