Awards

The community of LGBTQ Higher Education Resource Professionals is comprised of a vast array of dedicated individuals committed to enriching the lives and campus climates for LGBTQ people and their allies in higher education. It is only appropriate that we are able to recognize the durable and sustainable impact that we and our colleagues have at our institutions. The nomination process for awards opens annually.

Current Status of Nominations

The nominations for the 2024 Consortium Awards are open now! Submit a nomination here by 11:59 pm local time on Sunday, March 24th, 2024. Winners will be announced and honored at the 2024 Consortium Virtual Drive-In and Business Meeting on Friday, April 26th, 2024.


List of Awards

Chris Woods Commitment to Service Award

Renamed in 2021 to honor Chris Woods, a longtime Consortium member who served in a variety of roles as a member of the Executive Board as the Anti-Racism/Racial Justice Chair, Recorder, acting Chair, and the inaugural Internal Coordinator. This award is designed to recognize and honor individuals who have provided exemplary service to the Consortium. Awardees will have demonstrated exceptional involvement in organization programs, activities, or initiatives in service to members of the Consortium.

Distinguished Achievement in the Profession Award

This award recognizes distinguished achievements in the profession recognizes and honors individuals whose work has attained preeminence in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender services and programs in higher education. This work includes areas related to practice and policy, research and theory, as well as programs and service. The work exemplifies the profession and is represented by a broad scope of activities and accomplishments.

This award is open to nomination of non-members for the 2024 cycle!

Research and Assessment Award
This award recognizes research and assessment recognizes an individual member or group for contributions that increase the body of literature related to sexuality and gender in higher education and improve programs and services that directly impact LGBT people in higher education settings. This award acknowledges the role and importance of both research and assessment in LGBT support services in higher education, particularly related to the intersecting identities of race, class, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, ability, national origin, age, familial status, veteran status, and other emerging identities.

Promising New Professional Award

This award recognizes a professional with less than five years of experience and the unique role new professionals play in supporting students and innovating campus programs while elevating the work of a campus LGBTQ Center. The award recognizes a new professional who is doing outstanding service, demonstrates innovative or creative effort within the profession, and shows significant promise for leadership on the field.

This awards is open to nomination of non-members for the 2024 cycle!

Dr. Sheltreese D. McCoy Award for Outstanding Social Justice Practice

Named in honor of the work and legacy of Dr. Sheltresse D. McCoy, this award recognizes significant commitments to social justice in both the field of Student Affairs as an academic discipline and through advanced practice in a professional capacity. This includes research, published work, advocacy, policy change, advising and/or mentoring student organizations, curriculum creation, best practices, and other work that addresses the intersecting identities of race, class, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression, ability, national origin, age, familial status, veteran status, and other emerging identities.


Awards Review Committee

The award review committee is made up of at least one Board member and multiple member volunteers. Committee members are asked to attend committee calls, with a specific time/date to be determined based on committee availability, and complete other required tasks totaling up to 4 hours of overall work.

Questions or interested in helping review awards? Email the Membership Engagement Collective at [email protected].


Past Award Recipients

2023

Cori Deming - (University of Kansas, Program Coordinator at The Center for Sexuality & Gender Diversity) - Promising New Professional

Nana Adu, Ed.D. - (Bentley University in Waltham, MA, Assistant Director for Gender and Sexuality Student Programs) - Promising New Professional

Rafael Norwood - (University of Colorado - Colorado Springs, LGBTQ+ Coordinator at the Multicultural Office for Student Access, Inclusiveness, and Community and LGBTQ+ Resource Center) - Dr. Sheltreese D. McCoy Award for Outstanding Social Justice Practice

2022

Zach Parker - (University of Kansas, Events and Student Engagement Program Coordinator at The Center for Sexuality & Gender Diversity) - Promising New Professional Award

Ashley Ruderman-Looff, Ph.D. - (University of Massachusetts-DartmouthAssistant Director for Advocacy and Education | Center for Women, Gender, & Sexuality) - Promising New Professional Award

 

2021

 

Liz López (University of Los Angeles, Assistant Director of LGBTQ Campus Resource Center) - Promising New Professional Award 

Oprah Jrenal (Michigan State University, Assistant Director for the Gender and Sexuality Campus Center) - Dr. Sheltreese D. McCoy Award for Outstanding Social Justice Practice

 

2020

Gabe Javier (University of Madison, Associate Vice Chancellor for Students Affairs – Identity and Inclusion)Distinguished Achievement in the Profession Award

Jen Hsu-Bishop (Grand Valley State University, Director of the Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center) - Research & Assessment Award

TK "Tristan" Morton (University of Kansas, Coordinator for the Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity) - Promising New Professional Award

Roberta Nelson (Vanderbilt University, Assistant Director of LGBTQI Life) - Promising New Professional Award

 

2019

Romeo Jackson (University of Nevada-Las Vegas, LGBTQ & gender Program Coordinator/Interim Assitant Director for Social Justice) - Dr. Sheltreese D. McCoy Award for Outstanding Social Justice Practice

Jaimée M. K. Marsh (University of Washington, Q Center) - Dr. Sheltreese D. McCoy Award for Outstanding Social Justice Practice

Babyface Card  (Florida International University, Center for Leadership & Service- Promising New Professional Award

Jamie Gonzales  (University of Houston, LGBTQ Resource Center- Promising New Professional Award

Warren Scherer (University of Wisconsin-Madison, Gender and Sexuality Campus Center) - Service to the Consortium Award

2017 Award Winners

 

2018

Je-Shawna Wholley (Brown University, LGBTQ Center) - Outstanding Social Justice Practice Award

Aiden Cropsey  (Cornell University, LGBT Resource Center) - Promising New Professional Award

Dr. D-L Stewart (Colorado State University, School of Education) - Research & Assessment Award


2017

Sheltreese D. McCoy - Outstanding Social Justice Practice Award

Kasey Catlett, M.Ed. - Promising New Professional Award

Dr. Luke Jensen - Distinguished Achievement in the Profession Award

 

2016

Cara Miller, Ph.D. - Promising New Professional Award

Debbie Bazarsky, Ph.D. - Service to the Consortium Award

 

2015

Genny Beemyn - Research and Assessment Award

Leslie Morrow - Award for Intersectionality

Natasha Cox - Promising New Professional

 

2014