Lavender Congratulatory

The LGBTQA Awards, sponsored by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center, was created to celebrate the achievements of the LGBTQ campus community at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

The LGBT Resource Center would like to acknowledge students, faculty, and staff for the support and visibility they bring to the LGBTQ community on campus. We recognize that living in your truth or showing up as an active ally is a daily choice too many of us have to make in the face of indifference and intolerance.

To recognize those who have gone above and beyond in service and support of the LGBT Resource Center and the LGBTQ community, the following awards will be presented at the 2020 Lavender Congratulatory including special recognition of the 20th anniversary. The Lavender Congratulatory Program Committee will select award recipients based upon nominations.

Courageous Leadership

This award recognizes a person who shows up, dares to be an active change agent, displaying a connection to the campus and surrounding community and understands intersectional advocacy concerning LGBTQ identities and issues.

LGBTQ Visionary

This award recognizes an individual or organization who have visualized greatness for the LGBTQIA community at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and beyond. The recipient of this award recognizes the limitless potential of the UIUC LGBTQIA community and actively works toward lifting others up as they aspire to greatness.

Emerging Ally

This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated a unique zeal as they begin their journey of consciousness. The person receiving this recognition is someone willing to listen, learn, and actively support LGBTQIA identities and issues.

Faculty Partner in Excellence

This award recognizes a faculty member who has worked to support the efforts of the LGBT Resource Center, LGBTQIA identified students, and initiatives to help develop the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign as a welcoming place for people across all lines of difference.

Staff Partner in Excellence

This award recognizes a staff member who has worked to support the efforts of the LGBT Resource Center, LGBTQIA identified students, and initiatives to help develop the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign as a welcoming place for people across all lines of difference.

Community Partner in Excellence

This award recognizes a community member or organization who has worked to support the efforts of the LGBT Resource Center, LGBTQIA identified students, and initiatives to help develop the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign as a welcoming place for people across all lines of difference.

Outstanding Innovation Award

This award recognizes an outstanding paper, project or undertaking by an undergraduate or graduate student presenting research or thinking relevant to and promoting understanding of issues pertinent to the LGBTQIA community.