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Rainbow Graduation

Honoring Our Graduates, Celebrating Our Community!
Sponsored by Student Affairs

April 16, 2015, 5:00 PM
Alumni Center, 6th Floor, 716 Columbus
Dinner will be served


As the year comes to a close, we would like to take some time to honor several LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff and their allies who have positively impacted the campus and celebrate their achievements. Below are the award descriptions that will be presented to several community members.

Nominations for 2015 will be opening in March!

Information about all our award winners can be found on the LGBTQAward Winners site, or by clicking on an individual below.

Distinguished Service Award: This award recognizes two individuals who make a significant and sustained contribution to the LGBTQA campus and broader communities. Whether it is the work that they do through an organization, in academics, or in a coop, these individuals have made great strides to improving the LGBTQA community of Northeastern and the Boston area.

Our 2013 Recipient was: Tesla Cariani

Previous Recipients: Cecilia Johnson (2012) and Anastasia Zankowsky (2012)

Ally Award: This award recognizes a member of the faculty, staff, or student body who provides support to the LGBTQA campus community by advocating, serving on committees, mentoring or providing ally development.

Our 2013 Recipient was: Christina Gaffney

Previous Recipient: Colleen Fritze (2012)

Catalyst Award: This award recognizes a Northeastern student of the LGBTQA campus community who provides impetus for change by promoting social justice both on campus and in the broader community. Through their advocating for student rights on campus or in the Boston Community, these student's actions many have re-examined the policies and ideals that affect the LGBTQA population everyday.

Our 2013 Recipient was: Drake Jones

Previous Recipient: Frank Marino (2012)

Rainbow Stoles

Every year, we distribute rainbow stoles to graduating students to honor them and their contributions to the Northeastern campus community. Anyone, regarless of sexual orientation or gender identity, may request to receive a rainbow stole. Further, recipients need not be a member of any particular organization on campus - they are available to anyone who wishes to request one. We seek to honor our community as a whole, including any fabulous allies who wish to don a rainbow stole during the university-wide commencement ceremony. In this way, we hope to increase the visibility of the LGBTQA community at Northeastern.

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