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UW System honors achievements of LGBTQ+ advocates and their allies across UW System

13 honorees of 2019 Dr. P.B. Poorman Award for Outstanding Achievement on Behalf of LGBTQ+ People

By - Oct 28th, 2019 03:07 pm

MADISON, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin System has announced the 13 honorees of the 2019 Dr. P.B. Poorman Award for Outstanding Achievement on Behalf of LGBTQ+ People, an annual honor given to LGBTQ+ people or their allies who have helped to create a safer and more inclusive climate for LGBTQ+ people. The award celebrates the memory and legacy of Dr. Paula B. Poorman, a highly regarded faculty member at UW-Whitewater dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ+ people.

This year marks the 11th anniversary of the founding of the Dr. P.B. Poorman Award. The recipients of the award will be honored on November 7 during a ceremony hosted by UW System President Ray Cross. The awards ceremony and reception will be held in conjunction with UW System’s presentation of the Outstanding Women of Color in Education Awards.

“This year’s award recipients are serving as invaluable role models, advisors, and mentors to positively transform the experiences of students, faculty, and staff,” said President Cross. “The UW System is honored to recognize their significant achievements and dedication, which are making UW System campuses and surrounding communities more equitable and welcoming places to learn, work, and live.”

UW institutions submit nominations for the awards, which highlight each recipient’s contributions to advocacy, activism, or scholarship that enhances the experiences of, and improves the climate for, LGBTQ+ people.

Forty-seven LGBTQ+ people and their allies have received the award since it was established in 2008.

The honorees of the 2019 Dr. P.B. Poorman Award for Outstanding Achievement on Behalf of LGBTQ+ People are:

For more information about the award and past recipients, see wisconsin.edu/grants-awards/poorman-award/.

The University of Wisconsin System serves approximately 170,000 students. Awarding nearly 37,000 degrees annually, the UW System is Wisconsin’s talent pipeline, putting graduates in position to increase their earning power, contribute to their communities, and make Wisconsin a better place to live. More than 80 percent of in-state UW System graduates stay in Wisconsin five years after earning a degree. The UW System provides a 23:1 return on state investment. UW System institutions also contribute to the richness of Wisconsin’s culture and economy with groundbreaking research, new companies and patents, and boundless creative intellectual energy.

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