The NC State GLBT Center gives out four awards on an annual basis. A call for nominations goes out in the spring and the award recipients are announced at the Lavender Graduation Ceremony in May. Our awards include:
Thomas H. Stafford Lavender Leadership Award
This award recognizes a GLBTQ student who has served as a role model, inspired others to action, and actively demonstrated concern and caring for other students and the community.
This award is named in honor of Dr. Thomas H. Stafford who retired in July of 2012 after 30+ years of service to NC State University as the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. It was clear that we needed to find a way to recognize and honor him for all of the support he has provided to the NC State GLBT and ally community. For thirty years there has been a student group on campus and in some of the very first photos Dr. Stafford is one of the most visible administrators, not a huge surprise. Throughout the years he made it clear with his “Students First” motto that it meant ALL students. Dr. Stafford has always been supportive whether encouraging the creation of our Project SAFE ally training program and not so long ago with the creation of the GLBT Center itself.
2012 – Matthew T. Woodward, undergraduate in applied sociology, CALS, former UAB President, class of 2012
2013 – Glen Edwards, undergraduate in political science, CHASS, former Chancellor’s Liaison Representative and GLBTCA member, class of 2013
Evelyn Q. Reiman Outstanding Ally Award
This award recognizes a faculty/staff ally of the GLBTQ community who has provided support or taken action regarding social justice work on behalf of GLBTQ individuals. This may include advocacy, volunteer service on committees or in organizations, mentoring and/or providing ally development to other members of the NC State University community.
This award is named in honor of Evelyn Q. Reiman who retired from NC State University in December of 2012 after serving as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. Evelyn has been a tireless ally and advocate for the GLBT community both professionally and personally. She was instrumental in helping to provide support for the community, including the establishment of the GLBT Center.
2012 – Jon Barnwell, former Captain with the NC State University Police Department
2013 – Dr. Beth Neel, Medical Director Student Health Services
Rachel L. Turner Rainbow Ally Award
This award recognizes a student ally of the GLBTQ community who has provided support or taken action regarding social justice work on behalf of GLBTQ individuals. This may include advocacy, volunteer service on committees or in organizations, mentoring and/or providing ally development to other members of the NC State University community.
This award is named in honor of Rachel L. Turner is an undergraduate student at NC State University who will graduate in the spring of 2013. She has been an inspirational ally on campus and an amazing role model as a student leader.
2013 – Leslie Ware, masters student in social work, CHASS, former GLBT Center intern
NC State GLBT Center It Gets Better Award
This award recognizes a student ally of the GLBTQ community whose work on social justice issues builds bridges between marginalized communities and/or draws connections among various kinds of oppression.
In February of 2011 we debuted our NC State University It Gets Better video and to date it has been viewed on YouTube over 21,000 times. When it launched the video went viral over night with more than 4,000 hits. Will Lamb, an NC State Alum, class of 2011, was the eye behind the camera for our video. Because of his support and commitment we now annually recognize an individual who has helped to make NC State University a better place for the GLBT community.
2011 – Will Lamb, undergraduate in communication media, CHASS, former UAB President, class of 2011
2012 – Chandler Thompson, undergraduate in economics, Poole College of Management, former Student Body President, class of 2012
2013 – College of Education and College of Sciences