Application deadline is Monday, November 26, 2012. Application is available on the Campus Pride website.
Campus Pride is the leading national nonprofit 501(c)(3) which serves LGBT and ally student leaders and, or campus organizations in the areas of leadership development, support programs and services. The mission of Campus Pride is to build future leaders and safer, more LGBT-friendly colleges and universities. We exist to develop, support and give “voice and action” in building future LGBT and ally leaders. The Voice & Action National Leadership Award embodies our mission, values and vision for inclusion and recognition of young adult leaders in our broader LGBT and ally movement for social justice.
The Voice and Action National Leadership Award is an honorary recognition highlighting the outstanding accomplishments of young adult leaders at colleges and universities across the United States. The award is the only honor of its kind, focused on the work of undergraduate college students who are creating positive change for LGBT and ally issues within their campus communities, local communities and region of the country. The award is bestowed upon individuals who use their “voice” to speak up and take “action” to make a difference. The award also acknowledges the vital role nationally that young adult leaders play in the present and for the future of our movement for LGBT fairness and equality.
Campus Pride has recognized outstanding LGBT and ally student leaders since 2008 with the Voice & Action National Leadership Award. Every year Campus Pride hopes to honor at least one outstanding young adult in each region of the country if possible. The individual receives the official Voice & Action Award from Campus Pride as well as a free artist/speaker/entertainer to bring to his/her campus from our educational partner OUTmedia. Lists of available artist/speaker/entertainers will be provided by OUTmedia. The artist/speaker/enterainter must be booked the following academic year prior to the next regional conference. Honoraria for the artist/speaker/entertainer is waived; however, the campus must fund travel, hotel, tech arrangements, etc. Certain other restrictions may also apply as far as availability in the specific region of the country.
Top 12 Leaders in Action
Every year, Campus Pride also selects another national distinction to the award process by selecting the “Top 12 Leaders in Action.” The Top 12 honor will be chosen by peers on the Campus Pride Youth Advisory Board from those who submitted applications. The Top 12 will be acknowleged for the distinction nationally along with the 2013 Voice & Action Award recipient(s). Out of the Top 12, the selection committee will choose the Voice & Action Award recipient(s).
Criteria for Recipients
The Voice and Action Award will be awarded to any current undergraduate student who is enrolled at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States of America. Each recipient must be in good academic standing at the respective campuses (as defined by the college/university). The Voice and Action Award can be awarded to any undergraduate student who is enrolled for the Fall of that year when applying and/or the Spring of the following year at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States of America. A complete application must be received on/before the deadline.
Any undergraduate student who meets the aforementioned criteria may complete the Voice & Action Award application form and submit by the deadline. You do not need to be nominated; however, the application form must be accompanied by a cover letter, resume, and letters of recommendation. Campus Pride will organize a selection committee of student leaders from each region along with select national authorities on LGBT issues (including organizations such as OUTmedia, The Point Foundation, The Trevor Project, ACPA-College Educators International).
The 2013 Voice and Action Award is available for download on the Campus Pride website.