On April 27, 2015, the Office of BGLTQ Student Life celebrated the accomplishments of BGLTQ students and their advocates at its inaugural Lavender Graduation. Hosted at Kirkland House, the graduation ceremony included dinner for over 80 attendees and a keynote address delivered by Scott Poulson-Bryant, a PhD candidate in the American Studies Program and a Kirkland House BGLTQ Tutor.
The Office of BGLTQ Student Life was honored to have Professors Tom and Verena Conley, House Masters of Kirkland House, deliver welcoming remarks. Seniors were welcomed as new alumni during the Lavender Graduation Procession and were presented with rainbow stoles from Michael Lewis and Juan Jamie de Zengotita of the Harvard Gender and Sexuality Caucus. See photos of the event here.
The Community Empowerment Award, BGLTQ Advocacy Award, and Outstanding Student Leader Award were also presented during the event. The Outstanding Student Leader Award included a $1000 scholarship thanks to the generous support of The Open Gate Foundation. Nominees for these awards and winners are outlined below:
Community Empowerment Award
This award is granted to any event or program that has left a lasting positive impact on the Harvard Undergraduate BGLTQ Community.
Nominees: QuNNECT, Out Abroad Student Panel & BGLTQ Peer Contact List, HBASIS Intergenerational Events, Between the Lines: Asexuality and Aromanticism, and On The Heels of Change: Jacob Tobia at Harvard
Winner: Between the Lines: Asexuality and Aromanticism
BGLTQ Advocacy Award
The BGLTQ Advocacy Award Award is granted to any member of the Harvard community, including graduate students, faculty, and administrators who have been a tremendous ally to the undergraduate BGLTQ community through their efforts at all academic or professional levels.
Nominees: Avik Chatterjee, Professor Caroline Light, and Dr. Bruce Churchill
Winner: Avik Chatterjee
Outstanding Student Leader Award, with generous support from The Open Gate Foundation
The Outstanding Student Leadership Award is granted to a Harvard College student of any academic year who has demonstrated significant leadership in the BGLTQ community, through his/her/hir/their involvement with and direction of campus or community events during their undergraduate career.
Nominees: Matt Abrams, Peter Barfield, Neimy Es cobra, Reina Gattuso, Diego Huerta, Carter Ithier, Sasanka Jinadasa, Jess Lucey, Scout O’Beirne, and Aubrey Walker.
Winner: Diego Huerta