Saturday, April 14, 2012

Nominate Students and More for Rainbow Graduation Celebration Awards - Nominations due May 4th!

From the UC LGBTQ Center:
The Rainbow Graduation Celebration is a cultural celebration that strives to create a cohesive UC LGBTQ community and recognizes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and LGBTQ ally students who survived the college experience.  Through such recognition, LGBTQ students may leave the university with a positive last experience of the institution, thereby encouraging them to become involved mentors for current students as well as active alumni.  This event is where LGBTQ students and their allies can share their hopes and dreams with one another and can be officially recognized by the institution for their leadership, success and achievements.
The University of Cincinnati’s 2nd Annual Rainbow Graduation Celebration will be held on Wednesday, June 6th at 6:00 p.m. in the UC Alumni Center.  Part of our celebration includes the Rainbow Celebration Awards.  Students, staff, and faculty are honored for the work they have done for UC LGBTQ students, and the LGBTQ community as a whole.
Below you will find a list of the awards and their description.  Attached to this email you will find a nomination form.  Please read over the awards and nominate deserving students, staff,  and faculty.
We are asking that all award nominations be submitted by Friday, May 4th.
Thank you in advance for your time and your nominations.

Leisan C. Smith
Program Director
LGBTQ Center
University of Cincinnati
565 Steger Student Life Center

LGBTQ Safe Zone Ally
v  Outstanding Faculty Research Award- recognizes LGBTQ or heterosexual ally faculty for offering an LGBTQ inclusive curriculum, and whose research, teaching or writing has raised awareness about LGBTQ people, history and culture
v  Outstanding Grad Research Award- recognizes LGBTQ or heterosexual ally graduate student whose research, teaching or writing has raised awareness about LGBTQ people, history or culture
v  Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award- recognizes LGBTQ or heterosexual ally undergraduate student whose research or writing has raised awareness about LGBTQ people, history or culture
v  Outstanding Staff Award- recognizes LGBTQ or heterosexual ally staff for challenging oppressive policies, for going above and beyond to create a safe and inclusive environment for LGBTQ students, faculty and staff
v  Collaborative Excellence Award- recognizes departments whose collaborative efforts have resulted in new or improved resources and services for LGBTQ students, faculty, staff, or community members
v  Leadership Award- recognizes one student for outstanding leadership, dedication and service within the University or in the community that has resulted in new resources, services or programs for LGBTQ constituents
v  Outstanding Alum- recognizes one UC Alum whose work and dedication have helped create a more inclusive community both at UC and the community in which they live and work
v  Outstanding Ally- recognizes an LGBTQ Ally whose words and actions have helped to make UC a more inclusive campus for all students regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity
v  Outstanding Program- recognizes an exemplary UC program that has raised awareness and educated the campus about LGBTQ people, the community, or an issue that directly affects the LGBTQ community
v  Visible and Vocal- recognizes an individual who has been a model of excellence for both the LGBTQ community and the greater community at large (open to those in the UC community and/or community leaders from the Cincinnati area)
v  Outstanding LGBTQ Center Volunteer Service Award- recognizes the outstanding LGBTQ Center volunteer(s) who has provided significant contributions to the programs and activities of the UC LGBTQ Center
v  Deb Meem & Michelle Gibson Outstanding Service Award- recognizes a UC faculty or staff member that has provided long-standing contributions to the UC LGBTQ community

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