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

Photo: P.B. PoormanDr. P.B. Poorman played an instrumental role in the foundation of the UW System 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.

Photo of 2021 recipients of the Dr. P.B. Poorman Award for Outstanding Achievement on Behalf of LGBTQ+ People, pictured with UW System Staff: (from left) Anny Morrobel-Sosa, UW System; Jamila Lee-Johnson, UW System; Warren Anderson, UW System; Corey Young, UW-Platteville; Katherine Charek Briggs, UW-Madison; Joshua Brown, UW-Eau Claire; Cary Gabriel Costello, UW-Milwaukee; Christine Smith, UW-Green Bay; Andrew Ives, UW-La Crosse; Faith Velez, UW-River Falls; T Leeper, UW-Superior; Brianna Burke, UW-Stevens Point; Ashley Barnes-Gilbert, UW-Whitewater; Rickie-Ann Legleitner, UW-Stout. (Photo by Hedi Rudd)

2021 Recipients of the Dr. P.B. Poorman Award for Outstanding Achievement on Behalf of LGBTQ+ People, pictured with UW System Staff: (from left) Anny Morrobel-Sosa, UW System; Jamila Lee-Johnson, UW System; Warren Anderson, UW System; Corey Young, UW-Platteville; Katherine Charek Briggs, UW-Madison; Joshua Brown, UW-Eau Claire; Cary Gabriel Costello, UW-Milwaukee; Christine Smith, UW-Green Bay; Andrew Ives, UW-La Crosse; Faith Velez, UW-River Falls; T Leeper, UW-Superior; Brianna Burke, UW-Stevens Point; Ashley Barnes-Gilbert, UW-Whitewater; Rickie-Ann Legleitner, UW-Stout. (Photo by Hedi Rudd)

The Award

Among other accomplishments, Dr. 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.

Eligibility

Individuals who are UW System faculty, staff, students or community members and fit the established criteria are eligible for this 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.

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

  • The selection of honorees is entirely campus-based: Chancellors, in consultation with the Multicultural / Disadvantaged Coordinator, Chief Diversity Officer, Gender Studies Administrator, Ethnic Studies Administrator, Affirmative Action Administrator, LGBTQ+ Coordinator, or campus contact for Inclusive Excellence will select one honoree.
  • Honorees may be drawn from the following groups: UW System faculty, staff, student, or community member.

Recipients are formally recognized at an awards ceremony and reception, held in conjunction with the Outstanding Women of Color in Education Awards.

2022 Award Recipients

Press Release

Awards Ceremony Program

Biographies of each recipient are available in the awards ceremony program.

On November 10, 2022, the UW System honored the Dr. P.B. Poorman Award recipients. 

View full bios of each recipient in the 2022 Program pdf

On November 4, 2021, the UW System honored the Dr. P.B. Poorman Award recipients. 

View full bios of each recipient in the 2021 Program pdf

On November 7, 2019, the UW System honored the Dr. P.B. Poorman Award recipients. 

View full bios of each recipient in the 2019 Program pdf

On November 8, 2018, the UW System honored the Dr. P.B. Poorman Award recipients. 

View group recipient photo.  View full bios of each recipient in the 2018 Program

On October 9, 2015, the UW System honored the Dr. P.B. Poorman Award recipients. 

View group recipient photo.  View full bios of each recipient in the 2015 Program pdf .