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Lavender Awards

As part of Lavender Graduation, we take a moment to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of the students and staff/faculty during their time on campus. We welcome any current student, faculty, or staff member to nominate a student, faculty, staff member, or local community member for the awards listed below. Self-nominations are also accepted. A list of past Lavender Award recipients can be found here.

Please note: Several Lavender Awards recognize allyship toward LGBTQ+ and allied students at UNI. These awards are open to allies as well as advocates within the LGBTQ+ community.

Faculty/Staff Ally of the Year Award
A staff or faculty member who has gone above and beyond expectations by supporting LGBTQ+ and allied students at UNI this past year.

Outstanding Panther Activist of the Year Award
A graduating student that has consistently strived to educate, inform, and advocate for LGBTQ+ students in all areas of the university. Student activism should be understood as involvement on campus, leadership in an organization, or organizing activities that benefit the university. 

Outstanding Student Ally of the Year Award
A student that has demonstrated affirming knowledge, attitudes and actions towards the LGBTQ+ community at UNI. Nominees do not need to be graduating.  

Departmental Ally of the Year Award
A department or office that has gone above and beyond expectations by supporting LGBTQ+ and allied students at UNI this past year or has made significant strides to become inclusive of LGBTQ+ students in their services, programs, or curriculum.  

Cedar Valley Ally of the Year Award
A local community member, organization, or business that has gone above and beyond expectations by supporting LGBTQ+ and allied students at UNI this past year.

Please take a moment to give sincere consideration to those you nominate, that they are deserving of special recognition for their efforts to support the LGBTQ+ and ally communities at the University of Northern Iowa. You can nominate or self-nominate as many individuals as you would like. Nominations are open until Friday, April 22, 2022. Recipients will be recognized at Lavender Graduation on May 3, 2022. For questions or to recommend an additional award category, please email lgbt@uni.edu.