Nominations sought for 2024 P.B. Poorman award for advocacy on behalf of LGBTQ+ communities

UW–Madison is seeking nominations of faculty, staff, students or community members for the 2024 Universities of Wisconsin Dr. P.B. Poorman Award for Outstanding Achievement on Behalf of LGBTQ+ People.

Nominations must be submitted by Friday, May 17, 2024. 

Awardees from all Universities of Wisconsin campuses will be recognized at a ceremony and reception on November 7, 2024.

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.


Award Eligibility

UW–Madison faculty, staff, students and community members are eligible for this award. 

Selection 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 UW–Madison and/or the community to achieve the goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Whose efforts are improving the climate for, or status and visibility of, LGBTQ+ people

Nomination Materials

  • A single letter of nomination (maximum three pages, PDF format) that addresses the selection criteria. 

About P.B. Poorman

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P.B. Poorman

Dr. P.B. Poorman played an instrumental role in the foundation of the UWs Inclusivity Initiative for LGBTQ+ people as a member of the original Steering and Research Committees. Her contributions to improving the lives of LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and staff through research, teaching, service, and advocacy all served to define and lay out the identity and activities of the systemwide Inclusivity Initiative. Dr. Poorman used her boundless energy, humor, and determination to bring about action within the group and to help the group gain recognition from the wider university community.

Established in 2008, the annual Dr. P.B. Poorman Award for Outstanding Achievement on Behalf of LGBTQ+ People honors the memory of Dr. P.B. Poorman, a former professor of psychology at UW-Whitewater and founding member of the Inclusivity Initiative. The Universities of Wisconsin and the LGBTQ+ Inclusivity Initiative established the award to honor the memory of Dr. Poorman and to recognize faculty, staff, and students for excellence in their advocacy, research, and/or service efforts on behalf of LGBTQ+ communities.


Nominations must be submitted by Friday, May 17, 2024. 

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Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx, Max. file size: 64 MB.

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