Nominations Sought for Award Honoring Advocacy on Behalf of LGBTQ+ Communities

A group of people stand together posing for a group photograph.
2019 UW System P.B. Poorman Award recipients (from left): Isaac Kabacinski, UW-Green Bay; Yavyonia Davis, UW-Parkside; Jay Botsford, UW-Madison; Stephanie Selvick, UW-Whitewater; Deborah Hoskins, UW-La Crosse; Jennifer Murray, UW-Milwaukee; BobbieJoy Amann, UW-Stevens Point; Gabriel Riviere, UW-Platteville; Danielle Amethyst Brake, UW-Eau Claire; Kellen Wells-Mangold, UW-River Falls; Richard Marshall, UW-Oshkosh; Allison Brooke Willingham, UW-Superior. Not pictured: Markie L. C. Twist, UW-Stout

The University of Wisconsin–Madison is seeking nominations of UW-Madison faculty, staff, students or community members for the 2021 UW System P.B. Poorman Award for Outstanding Achievement on Behalf of LGBTQ+ People. Recipients from all UW System campuses will be recognized at an awards ceremony and reception in fall 2021.

To submit a nomination, please send a single nomination letter of no more than three pages to Lindsey Stoddard Cameron by 5 p.m. CT on Thursday, May 20.


Among other accomplishments, Dr. P.B. Poorman carried out the research and laid the groundwork to bring in a nationally known climate assessment expert to conduct a system-wide evaluation of the experiences of diverse people throughout the UW System. This achievement epitomizes Dr. Poorman’s rich contributions to creating a welcoming university climate for all individuals.

To honor Dr. Poorman’s legacy to the state of Wisconsin, the University of Wisconsin System and the LGBTQ+ communities, the UW System LGBTQ Inclusivity Initiative established an annual award in her name. The award is intended to recognize UW System faculty, staff, students, or community members for their excellence in advocacy, research, teaching, or service on behalf of the LGBTQ+ communities.

Award Criteria

Successful candidates will be LGBTQ+ people or their allies whose contributions have advanced the work of diversity, equity, and Inclusive Excellence in the following ways:

  • Whose advocacy, activism, or scholarship has fostered social justice and organizational change;
  • Who have created positive transformation within their institutions and/or the community to achieve the goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion; and
  • Whose efforts are improving the climate for, or visibility of, LGBTQ people.

Thank you for helping us to recognize and celebrate the important contributions of individuals from UW-Madison and the broader Madison community who are advancing social justice and making transformative change.