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Gender and Sexuality


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


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)