OUTstanding Student Ally of the Year Award
This award was established in 2010 and is presented to an outstanding matriculated undergraduate or graduate student who has made significant contributions to the LGBTQ and MSU community within the past academic year.
2017: Jaimee Laurie
2016: Damon Dixon
2015: Jasmine Hoffman
2014: Johanna Durazzi
2013: Joshua Rubin
2012: Michelle Postorino
2011: Kenneth Svolto
OUTstanding Staff/Faculty Ally of the Year Award
This award was established in 2010 and is presented to an outstanding administrator, professional staff, or faculty member who has made significant contributions to the LGBTQ and MSU community within the past academic year.
2017: Carissa Ruf, Program Assistant from Health Promotion
2016: Emily Cordero, Coordinator of Greek Life
2015: Julie Fleming, Assistant Director of Studrnt Involvement
2014: Dr. Esmilda Abreu, Director of Equity and Diversity
2013: Dr. Danne Davis, Associate Professor, Early Childhood, Elementary, and Literacy Education
2012: Fatima deCarvalho, Assistant Dean of Students/Director of CSI
2011: Sue Pasquino, Program Assistant in Enrollment Management
2010: Dr. Bryan Terry, Associate VP for Enrollment Management & Prof. Lisa Sargese, Adjunct in Religion
LGBTQ Trailblazer Award
This queer leadership award was established in 2013 and is presented to an outstanding LGBTQ-identified student, faculty, or staff member at Montclair State University who, through their dedication, has left their mark on our campus and paved the way for others to follow.
2017: Sara Gonzalez
2016: Kelsea Rowan
2015: David Lennox
2014: Rachel Dobkins
2013: Francesca Scirocco
OUTstanding Student Organization of the Year Award
This award was established in 2014 and is presented to an outstanding student organization that has not only increased the visibility of LGBTQ people and issues but also advocated for change. Only student organizations, groups, or clubs are eligible for this award and chosen by Peer Educators of the LGBTQ Center.
2017: Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity, Inc.
2016: Theta Delta Sigma Society, Inc.
2015: Alpha Chi Rho
OUTstanding Campus Partner of the Year Award
This award was established in 2014 and is presented to an outstanding campus partner that has not only increased the visibility of LGBTQ people and issues but also advocated for change. Centers, academic departments, colleges, divisions, and other administrative/faculty led groups are eligible for this award and chosen by Peer Educators of the LGBTQ Center.
2017: The University Health Center
2016: The Office of Health Promotion
2015: The Office of Residence Life
2014: The Department of Campus Recreation
Peer Educator of the Year Award
This award was established in 2014 and is presented to an exemplary Peer Educator in the LGBTQ Center for their tireless endeavors that create a campus environment inclusive and supportive of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression through programming, education, advocacy, and support. The recipient of this award embodies the mission and vision of the LGBTQ Center at Montclair State University. All Peer Educators of the Center are eligible and the recipient is chosen by the LGBTQ Center Coordinator.
2017: Jessica Mahmoud
2016: Ashley Bain & Mia Henderson
2015: CJ Malva
2014: Carlos Flores
This award was established in 2014 and is presented to a member of our community for their perseverance and social justice advocacy within and beyond our campus community. Recipients of this award have a long history of activism and advocacy, and are agents of change. Organizations, individuals, and families are eligible for this award and the recipients are chosen by the Pride Awards Committee.
2017: Austin Greitz
2016: Susan Graziano
2015: Ebony Jackson
2014: The Kilian-Meneghin Family: Cindy, Maureen, Joshua, and Sarah
A NOTE ON THE TERM “ALLY”
The LGBTQ Center recognizes that individuals who identify within the LGBTQ community can also be allies to the community. Eligibility for our Ally of the Year Awards are based on the candidate’s dedication and contribution to the LGBTQ and MSU community not their sexual, affectional, or gender identity.
Allies are individuals who, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity,:
- Believe that it is in their self-interest to be an ally to LGBTQ individuals
- Are committed to developing an understanding of LGBTQ issues and works to be comfortable with their knowledge of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression
- Work to understand how patterns of oppression operate, is willing to identify oppressive acts, and challenges the oppressive behaviors of others to all oppressed groups
- Find ways to confront and combat homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, cissexism, and heterosexism
- Choose to align with LGBTQ individuals and represents their needs — especially when they are unable to do so themselves
- Promote a sense of community with LGBTQ individuals and teaches others about the importance of these communities
- Encourage others to advocate for the LGBTQ community
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