Campus Pride hosts seventh annual LGBT and ally summer leadership camp; presents Lisa Simmons-Barth and Kye Allums with national leadership awards and names annual “Campy” distinguished service awards.
Last week, over 100 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, asexual and ally students and advisors from colleges and universities across the country came together for Campus Pride’s seventh annual social justice leadership academy, Camp Pride. The five-day camp is the only national program of its kind and was hosted at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, for the fourth year.
On Saturday, July 20, Camp Pride students, advisors, and faculty gathered for the annual Campus Pride Awards Reception and Graduation Ceremony. A number of awards and recognitions were given out during the ceremony, including the National Campus Pride Voice and Action Award, which was awarded to the Lisa Simmons-Barth, and the inaugural Campus Pride Voice and Action Athlete Award, recognizing Kye Allums. Voice and Action Advisor Award winner Brandon Haddock was also present and recognized during the ceremony. A number of “Campy” distinguished service awards were also given out to Campus Pride volunteers at the event.
Lisa Simmons-Barth, winner of the 2013 National Campus Pride Voice and Action Award, serves as the Assistant Director of Residence Life at Towson University and has been in the field of Higher Education and Student Affairs for twenty-plus years. It was as an undergraduate at Buffalo State College that her passion for leadership, social justice and working with students was born. In addition to her professional role at Towson, she served as the advisor of the Queer Student Union at Towson for eight years and as co-chair for the Committee of LGBT Issues. In 2011 she was honored with a campus award for Distinguished Service to the LGBTQIA Community. Her work with Camp Pride began when Shane Windmeyer shared an idea with her at Creating Change in 2006; since then, her involvement in the creation and continuation of Camp Pride has changed the lives of hundreds of LGBT and ally students leaders from across the country. After serving as camp faculty for several years, she continues to dedicate time to camp in the volunteer staff role of Camp Director.
The inaugural Campus Pride Voice and Action Athlete Award was awarded to Kye Allums, a graduate of George Washington University who made history by becoming the first openly trans athlete in Division I sports. Kye is now devoted to making a difference in the world by sharing his story and empowering others to do the same. He attended Camp Pride 2013 as a camper and was also featured as a keynote speaker. This annual award is in partnership with GO! Athlete and the StandUp Foundation.
Campus Pride also announced the creation of the Campus Pride Voice and Action National Fraternity/Sorority Award for the 2014 award program in partnership with the Association of Fraternal Leadership Values (AFLV). The application deadline for this award as well as the National Student Leader Award and Athlete Award is Tuesday, November 26, 2013. The deadline for advisor award nominations is December 3, 2013, with an application deadline of December 13, 2013. For more information, visit the Voice and Action page on the Campus Pride website.
Campus Pride also named its annual “Campy” distinguished service award recipients, who have demonstrative three or more years of outstanding service and contributions to Campus Pride. This year’s recipients are Mark Shropshire, Larry Brady, Zach Roseheim, Mary Bockover, Jake Christensen, and Jennie Rokakis.