LGBT Resource Center ACTION of the Year Award
Please submit nominations by March 31, 2017
This year, ACTION Week will be celebrated April 17-21, 2017.
Aboriginal Australian elder, activist, and educator, Lilla Watson, declared, “If you’ve come here to help me, you’re wasting your time. But if you’ve come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” Moving in this direction of allyship, accomplice-work, and liberation solidarity, the University of Utah LGBT Resource Center has renamed and re-centered our annual award (formerly called the Ally of the Year Award) to the ACTION award.
Historically, the LGBT Resource Center "Ally of the Year Award" was meant to celebrate an individual, office, or department at the University of Utah for their commitment to equity and social justice for LGBTQIA* folks. Although we acknowledge that people allied to the liberation, equity, and access of marginalized identities are important, the focus of this award, and any nomination for the award, is to celebrate an ACTION by a group and/or department, or a program, event, or service that has worked to create greater presence, equity, and/or justice for LGBTQIA* folks.
Any number of individuals from any number of identities can be the facilitators of this ACTION. An example of nomination might read “The Developing of Gender-Free Bathrooms on Campus.” The Award would then read, “This Award is presented to The Developing of Gender-Free Bathrooms on Campus.” The group of individuals that were a part of this ACTION would be invited to attend the ACTION award reception in which one or all could share their experiences moving the ACTION forward. In particular, we would all benefit greatly by representatives sharing details related to the planning and development of the ACTION, what was risked, what was gained, and how LGBTQIA* folks and community were impacted. The ACTION week reception will be held April 17, 2015 3:00PM-5:00PM in the LGBT Resource Center, 409 Olpin Student Union. The award will be displayed on the LGBT RC’s new ACTION wall to honor it for years to come.
Social justice calls for individuals to decenter themselves from their actions and from their roles within the community. This award is meant to be a stepping stone in doing just that.