Photo of 2019 recipients of the Dr. P.B. Poorman Award

(from left, front row) 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; (from left, back row) 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 (Photo by Brian Ebner, Optic Nerve LLC)

MADISON, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin System has announced the 13 honorees of the 2019 Dr. P.B. Poorman Award for Outstanding Achievement on Behalf of LGBTQ+ People, an annual honor given to LGBTQ+ people or their allies who have helped to create a safer and more inclusive climate for LGBTQ+ people. The award celebrates the memory and legacy of Dr. Paula B. Poorman, a highly regarded faculty member at UW-Whitewater dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ+ people.

This year marks the 11th anniversary of the founding of the Dr. P.B. Poorman Award. The recipients of the award will be honored on November 7 during a ceremony hosted by UW System President Ray Cross. The awards ceremony and reception will be held in conjunction with UW System’s presentation of the Outstanding Women of Color in Education Awards.

“This year’s award recipients are serving as invaluable role models, advisors, and mentors to positively transform the experiences of students, faculty, and staff,” said President Cross. “The UW System is honored to recognize their significant achievements and dedication, which are making UW System campuses and surrounding communities more equitable and welcoming places to learn, work, and live.”

UW institutions submit nominations for the awards, which highlight each recipient’s contributions to advocacy, activism, or scholarship that enhances the experiences of, and improves the climate for, LGBTQ+ people.

Forty-seven LGBTQ+ people and their allies have received the award since it was established in 2008.

The honorees of the 2019 Dr. P.B. Poorman Award for Outstanding Achievement on Behalf of LGBTQ+ People are:

  • Danielle Amethyst Brake, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, UW-Eau Claire
  • Isaac T. Kabacinski, Graduate Student, Master of Social Work, UW-Green Bay
  • Deborah J. Hoskins, Associate Professor, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department, UW-La Crosse
  • Jay C. Botsford, Program Coordinator for Transgender Youth Resource Network and Wisconsin Transgender Health Coalition, School of Medicine and Public Health, UW-Madison
  • Jennifer Murray, Director, LGBT Resource Center, UW-Milwaukee
  • Richard G. Marshall, Internship Coordinator, College of Letters and Science, Office of Career & Professional Development, UW-Oshkosh
  • Tavyonia T. Davis, Student Assistant, LGBTQ Resource Center, UW-Parkside
  • Gabriel A. Riviere, Information Specialist, Office of Student Services, UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County
  • Kellen J. Wells-Mangold, Assistant Athletics Director, UW-River Falls
  • BobbieJoy Amann, LGBT Educator, Alumna, UW-Stevens Point
  • Markie L. C. Twist, Professor/Program Coordinator, Human Development and Family Studies Department, College of Education, Hospitality, Health and Human Sciences, UW-Stout
  • Allison Brooke Willingham, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, UW-Superior
  • Stephanie M. Selvick, LGBT Coordinator, Women’s and Gender Studies, UW-Whitewater

For more information about the award and past recipients, see

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