Lavender Awards Nomination Period Open
Following Lavender Graduation, the LGBTQIA Resource Center presented the Second Annual Lavender Awards to recognize individuals who have made the Institute a safer and more inclusive environment for LGBTQIA students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
Award recipients included:
- LGBTQIA Alum of the Year Award – Bradley Wilkinson, founding member, Georgia Tech Pride Alliance and Class of 1983
- Award for LGBTQIA Faculty/Staff Leadership – Melanie DeMaeyer, assistant director, Women’s Resource Center
- Award for LGBTQIA Student Leadership – Neha Singh, student, School of Computer Science
- The Billiee Pendleton-Parker Award for Outstanding Allyship – Emily Li, student, The George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
The Lavender Lifetime Achievement Award was also introduced at this year’s Lavender Awards. Stephanie Ray, associate dean of students and director of Student Diversity Programs, received this special recognition for her support of and commitment to LGBTQIA inclusion at Tech for nearly 20 years.
First presented by the LGBTQIA Resource Center in 2015, the Lavender Awards recognize individuals who have made Georgia Tech a safer and more inclusive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
Each year, the LGBTQIA Resource Center presents four awards at the annual Lavender Graduation ceremony: The Billiee Pendleton Parker Award for Outstanding Allyship, The LGBTQIA Student Leadership Award, The LGBTQIA Faculty/Staff Leadership Award, and The LGBTQIA Alum of the Year Award.
Previous Lavender Award recipients demonstrated their commitment to the community through holding leadership roles in LGBTQIA organizations, volunteering for the Center, advocating for changes to policies and practices, or providing individual support to LGBTQIA students and employees.
"We created the Lavender Awards as a way to recognize and honor the incredible accomplishments of our LGBTQIA and ally community members," said Aby Parsons, director of the LGBTQIA Resource Center. "Numerous students, faculty, staff, and alumni volunteer their time, energy, and resources to make our campus more welcoming and inclusive, and we felt it was important to show everyone that this work really does take a village."
Lavender Award nominations will be accepted until February 17, 2017. For award criteria, eligibility, and the nomination form, visit www.lgbtqia.gatech.edu/lavender-awards.
Awards will be presented at Lavender Graduation on Thursday, April 13 at 6 p.m. in the Gordy Room of the Wardlaw Center. To register to attend Lavender Graduation, visit www.lgbtqia.gatech.edu/lavender-graduation.