We’re proud to announce that Ross Neely, Community Representative of the Minnesota GLBTA Campus Alliance and a graduate student at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, has won the 2008 Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award.
The Award is given to those who, through their principles and practices, exemplify a passionate commitment to human rights and social justice to create respectful and inclusive living, learning, and working environments.
Ross’s contributions to GLBTA activism and campus communities have been profound and widely felt, as has his overarching commitment to social, economic, and racial justice, and his willingness to ask difficult questions and move through them toward a more inclusive, accepting, and positive future for all people.
The monies Ross receives from this award will be donated evenly among the following organizations:
As an organizer and activist who is open, hopeful, and increasingly aware of his own privileges and assumptions, Ross is a true ally, and we thank him and congratulate him on this award.
Membership Coordinator Ryan Kroening is one of this year’s recipients of the President’s Student Leadership & Service Award from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
The Student Leadership & Service Award recognizes the accomplishments and contributions made by outstanding student leaders at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. On behalf of the university’s President, it is presented annually to approximately one-half of one percent of the student body for their exceptional leadership and service to the University of Minnesota and the surrounding Community. The awards are facilitated in coordination with the Office of the President, Office for Student Affairs, University of Minnesota Alumni Association and Student Unions & Activities.
Ryan Kroening is currently pursing a Bachelor of Individualized Studies in Anthropology, Design and Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts Honors Program, and is actively involved in outreach, event planning, and volunteerism for the Minnesota GLBTA Campus Alliance. Additionally, Ryan volunteers with the Aliveness Project, a community center located in South Minneapolis that provides services and programs to the HIV/AIDS community. Other groups include the Honors CLA Student Board, University Band, and PFund.
MN Campus Alliance co-founder Anne Phibbs is this year’s recipient of the Power of One Award from Philantrofund Foundation, an area organization that supports GLBT communities throughout the upper Midwest.
The Power of One Award is designed to recognize individuals who work to improve the quality of life for the GLBT community through efforts such as volunteering, activism and/or leadership. Past award recipients have generally had a strong knowledge of the GLBT community and a commitment to serving the community as effective leaders and/or dedicated volunteers.
For the honor of winning this award, Anne Phibbs receives $2,000.00 from Philanthrofund toward a non-profit organization of her choice. She plans to donate her $2,000.00 equally to both the MN Campus Alliance and the Transgender Commission at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
Anne Phibbs was instrumental in founding the Minnesota GLBTA Campus Alliance, and is currently director of systemwide programs for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Programs Office at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
The Minnesota Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Ally Campus Alliance received the 2008 Community Pride Award from Twin Cities Pride, the nonprofit organizer of Minnesota’s annual Twin Cities Pride Celebration.
According to Twin Cities Pride, the Community Pride Award is meant for organizations or groups that have done great things in the GLBT community. Previosuly, the Community Pride Award has been given to the Aliveness Project, Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, genderBLUR, the Queer Student Cultural Center at the U of M and the Church of St. Joan of Arc.The Community Pride Award is meant for organizations or groups that have done great things in the GLBT community. Previosuly, the Community Pride Award has been given to the Aliveness Project, Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, genderBLUR, the Queer Student Cultural Center and the Church of St. Joan of Arc. For more information about the 2008 award recipients and Twin Cities Pride, visit http://www.tcpride.org/news/2008awards_announcement.php.