Voice & Action Award

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.



View the 2015 Voice & Action Award winners here.


Campus Pride has recognized outstanding LGBTQ and ally student leaders since 2008 with the Voice & Action National Student Leader Award (undergraduate students).  Every year Campus Pride hopes to honor at least one outstanding young adult in each region of the country. The individual receives the official Voice & Action Award from Campus Pride.

Top 12 Leaders in Action

Campus Pride selects another national distinction to the Voice & Action award process by selecting the “Top 12 Leaders in Action.” The Top 12 will be acknowledged nationally for the distinction along with the Voice & Action Award recipient(s). Out of the Top 12, the selection committee will choose the Voice & Action Award recipient(s) each year.

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.

Decision Process

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 resume, and letters of recommendation. Campus Pride will organize a selection committee of student leaders from each region along with select national authorities on LGBTQ issues.



All applications and materials are due by Wednesday, December 9, 2015. 

Online Application Form

– Resume highlighting your leadership experiences

– (2) Faculty/Staff Recommendations

– Peer Recommendation

– Essay response answering the following questions:

Please share the main challenges facing LGBTQ people and their allies in regards to achieving greater justice and fairness for all people regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identities, and gender expressions. How has your work created a positive environment for LGBTQ people and Allies on your campus and in your community? How have you addressed the challenges outlined above? Your answer may be in either essay or video form. Videos may not exceed 5 minutes, and essays may not exceed 1200 words. 

Once completed, you will receive a confirmation email from the selection committee chair to remind you of your next steps.

All recommendations must be completed via this form no later than 11:59 PM EST Wednesday, December 9, 2015.