Voice & Action National Leadership Award
The Voice & Action National Leadership Award program embodies our mission, values and vision for inclusion and recognition of young adult leaders. The annual awards are an honorary national recognition program highlighting the outstanding accomplishments of LGBTQ and ally young adult leaders and those who work to support LGBTQ issues at colleges and universities across the United States. The recognition program is the only honor of its kind, focused on the work of undergraduate college students who are creating positive change for LGBTQ and ally issues within their campus communities, local communities and region of the country.
Congratulations to the recipients of the Campus Pride 2015 National Voice and Action Leadership Awards. Campus Pride selected winners this year for the four different Voice & Action distinctions – Voice & Action National Student Leader Award, Voice & Action National Fraternity/Sorority Award, and Voice & Action National Athlete Award as well as the Voice & Action Advisor Award. These distinctions honor student leaders and advisors across the nation who use their “voice” and “action” to create change and build safer LGBTQ colleges and universities.
The 2015 Campus Pride Voice & Action Student Leader Award is awarded to Vanessa Gonzalez of Rutgers University.
The 2015 Campus Pride Voice & Action Fraternity and Sorority Award is awarded to Gracie Harrington of Wake Forest University.
The 2015 Campus Pride Voice & Action Athlete Award is awarded to Lauren Neidigh of University of Arizona.
The 2015 Campus Pride Voice & Action Advisor Award is awarded to Jesse Beal of Suffolk University.
2015 Voice & Action Athlete Award
Lauren Neidigh University of Arizona ‘15
Lauren has been instrumental in the efforts within the athletic department at her university, striving for LGBTQ equality. She is the Director of Social Media for GO! Athletes, and an excellent swimmer. Campus Pride is pleased to award her the 2015 Voice & Action Athlete Award.
2015 Voice & Action Sorority/Fraternity Award
Gracie Harrington Wake Forrest University ‘15
Gracie has done tremendous work at Wake Forrest throughout her career. She is an active member of her sorority, and has led the Gay-Straight Student Alliance at Wake Forrest. One person said “Gracie inspires me to live passionately and limitlessly, because she isn’t afraid to live out loud. She is reluctant to choose one path, because her potential is boundless. Her kindness permeates all boundaries, and ushers in positivity.”
2015 Voice & Action Student Leader Award
Vanessa Gonzalez – Rutgers University ‘16
Vanessa is an amazing advocate for LGBTQ students at Rutgers. Vanessa serves as a representative for the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs’ leadership cabinet, advocating for LGBTQ students. She also presides of Queer Caucus. Of her, one person said, “I have hardly ever seen Vanessa compromise when it comes to working towards creating a more inclusive and visible environment for trans, queer, and other minority students. Her passion and hard-work both within and beyond the Rutgers community has empowered me, and many other LGBTQ+ students, to dare to live our lives more authentically and to speak up for ourselves and our siblings during times of injustice.”
2015 Voice & Action Advisor Award
Jesse Beal Suffolk University
Jesse is the Assistant Director of the Office of Diversity Services at Suffolk University. They did their undergraduate work at the University of Texas – Austin, and their graduate work at Brandeis University. Jesse works tirelessly towards social justice in their work. One student wrote about them: “they are dedicated and truly devote their life to social justice and I believe that people like Jesse are truly special in our world.” We applaud Jesse for their hard work and are thrilled to award them with our Voice & Action Advisor Award.