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Lavender Graduation & Awards Dinner
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The Lavender Graduation is an annual ceremony conducted on campuses across the nation to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally students and to acknowledge their achievements and contributions to the University. The Lavender Graduation Ceremony was created by Dr. Ronni Sanlo, a Jewish Lesbian, who was denied the opportunity to attend the graduations of her biological children because of her sexual orientation. It was through this experience that she came to understand the pain felt by her students. Dr. Sanlo designed the first Lavender Graduation Ceremony in 1995.

As a part of the ceremony, the Office of LGBTQA+ Student Initiatives and SAFE acknowledges five distinguished individuals in the following areas:

LGBTQ Outstanding Graduate or Law Student Award

The LGBTQ Outstanding graduate or Law Student Leadership Award is given to an graduate or Law student who is actively engaged with LGBTQA+ Student Initiatives while continuing to challenge him/herself to strive toward excellence in their chosen field of study/profession. This student demonstrates ongoing flexibility, initiative, creativity, and perseverance and is a mentor to others around them creating community within LGBTQA+ Student Initiatives. The student must be currently enrolled and have a minimum GPA of 2.5.

The Nick Snider LGBTQ Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award

The Nick Snider LGBTQ Outstanding Undergraduate Student Leadership Award is given to an undergraduate student who is actively engaged with LGBTQA+ Student Initiatives while continuing to challenge him/herself to strive toward excellence in their chosen field of study/profession. This student demonstrates ongoing flexibility, initiative, creativity, and perseverance and is a mentor to others around them creating community within LGBTQA+ Student Initiatives. The student must be currently enrolled and have a minimum GPA of 2.5.

Leadership in Activism & Education Award

The Leadership in Activism & Education Award is given to a current student who is actively involved in increasing the visibility of LGBTQ issues and concerns within the University community to create a more socially equitable student experience. This student is committed to working for and with others and consistently demonstrates ongoing flexibility, initiative, creativity, and perseverance.

Student Advocate Award

The LGBTQ Student Ally Award is given to a current student who has been actively involved in increasing the visibility and education of LGBTQ issues and concerns within the University community. This student has demonstrated efforts toward improving the climate and well-being of gay people and provided outstanding service to the LGBTQA community at NKU through campus and/or community involvement as well as peer support.

The Carole Ziegler Faculty/Staff Advocate Award

The Carole Ziegler LGBTQ Faculty/Staff Ally Award is given to a current faculty or staff person who has significantly contributed to the development an inclusive, equitable and just campus through support of their peers and/or students.

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