Lavender Celebration 

This annual event celebrates LGBTQ+ and Allied students having completed their Bachelors, Masters or Ph.D. A capstone experience like no other! This celebration marks the transition of our LGBTQ+ and Allied student scholars from the academic experience to the working world. Graduates that participate in our formal celebration are receiving their degree in the Spring, Summer or December of the same year and are encouraged to invite friends, allies and family to attend. 

During the event graduates receive a rainbow tassel, hear from LGBTQ+ and Allied Alumni, fellow graduates and are received by LGBTQ+ Faculty members and Allies in a celebration you are sure to remember! Reception then follows. 

2017 Lavender Celebration is scheduled for Friday May 19th at 1:00pm in the Campus Center Ballroom. Students receiving their Degrees in the Spring, Summer or Fall of 2017 may register online by clicking here!
This event is brought to you by the Office of Intercultural Student Engagement, The Gender & Sexuality Concerns Office, The Division of Student Affairs with the support of the Office of Undergraduate Education and made possible through a generous grant from University Auxiliary Services. 

Lavender Awards 
2017 Call for nomination is now UP! Click here. Deadline: April 18th 2017.
Lavender Celebration is accompanied by awards celebrating Faculty, Staff, Students and Alum who have contributed greatly to the LGBTQ+ Community. Nominations open in March each year and will be made available online through MyInvolvement.


The Nancy Belowich-Negron Safe Space Award – Francis Ageyman, SA President

OUT-Standing Faculty/Staff Award ~Dr. Robert Miller, School of Social Welfare

Amazing Ally Award ~ Jeanette Alterriba, VP For Undergraduate Education

The Dreamer Achiever Award~ Deidre Dumpson, SA GSC

Departmental Inclusion Award~ College of Arts & Sciences

Volunteer Award ~ Kaitlin Apel, Class of 2015 GSRC Staff

Unsung Hero Award~ Manuella Torres Class of 2015

Gender Warrior Award~ Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program

Harvey Milk Alumni Award~ Phillip Burse


 The Nancy Belowich-Negron Safe Space Award –

OUT-Standing Faculty/Staff Award ~ Rabbi Nomi-Manon, Executive Director, University at Albany Hillel

Amazing Ally Award ~ Stanley De La Cruz, President-Elect of Fuerza Latina

The Dreamer Achiever Award~ Jenna Lazzaro & Ashley Milner founders of INTERSECTIONS

Departmental Diversity Award~ Student Involvement and Leadership
Volunteer Award ~ Brittany Gulotty, MA Class of 2014

Unsung Hero Award~ Carol Jewell, UUP: LGBTQ Chapter & Bekah Pierce, Junior GSRC Staff

Gender Warrior Award~ Sarah Gauthier, Founder of Trans*Action

Harvey Milk Alumni Award~ Gloria DeSole

 The Nancy Belowich-Negron Safe Space Award – Nancy Belowich-Negron, Director Disability Resource Center, NCBI trainer and Safe Space training founder

OUT-Standing Faculty/Staff Award ~ Dana Peterson, School of Criminal Justice
Amazing Ally Award ~ Alisha Hennet- Campus Recreation
The Dreamer Achiever Award~ V
anessa Panfil , Ph.d. Candidate in the School of Criminal Justice
Departmental Diversity Award~ The Advisement Services Center
Volunteer Award ~Samantha Arpino, Senior, (SA, ATV, GRL, GSRC, Safe Space)
Unsung Hero Award~ Dept. Of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Gender Warrior Award~
The Office of Facilities Management
Harvey Milk Alumni Award~ Libby Post 

OUT-Standing Faculty/Staff Award ~ Sue Faermen, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

Amazing Ally Award ~ College Democrats

The Dreamer Achiever Award~ Courtney D’Allaird, GA, OMSS
Departmental Diversity Award~ Office of
Study Abroad and International Student Services
Volunteer Award ~ Andrew Blackburn, Sophomore, Bio, GSRC
Unsung Hero Award~
Kirk Leszczynski, Res- Life, Assistant Director - Assignments
Gender Warrior Award~ (GOE) GLBT Organizing and Educating
Harvey Milk Alumni Award~ Norah Yates, Executive Director Capital District Pride Center

OUT-Standing Faculty/Staff Award ~ Livia DaSilva, Financial Aid
Amazing Ally Award ~
Middle Earth (Ashley Huie and Dr. Delores Cimini)
The Dreamer Achiever Award~ Lee Friedlander, Junior
Departmental Diversity Award~
Social Welfare (Arlene Lev and Dean Katharine Briar-Lawson)
Volunteer Award ~
Melissa Dymond
Unsung Hero Award~
Nicole Lamarre – PhD Candidate and Adjunct (Sociology & Womens Studies)
Gender Warrior Award~ None
Harvey Milk Alumni Award~
Joe Valentino, ‘87


OUT-Standing Faculty/Staff Award ~ Carol Stenger
Amazing Ally Award ~ Nancy Belowich Negron
The Dreamer Achiever Award~ Gamma Rho Lambda Inc
Departmental Diversity Award~
Office of Multicultural Student Success
Volunteer Award ~
Eric Keenaghan, Chair (English) LGBT Committee
Unsung Hero Award~ Steve Seidmen (Sociology) , Arlene Lev (Social Welfare)
Gender Warrior Award~ Residential Life (Jay Oddi and Holly Barker Flynn)
Harvey Milk Alumni Award~ Ron Simmons ’73 & ‘75

OUT-Standing Faculty/Staff Award ~ Christine Bouchard VP of Student Success
Amazing Ally Award ~ Sigma Iota Sigma, Multicultural Sorority Incorporated
The Dreamer Achiever Award~ Giovanni Ian Cox, Project Inspire
Departmental Diversity Award~ Career Services, LGBT Resource Website
Volunteer Award~ Zenia Sabani, NELGBTC
Unsung Hero Award~ Pride Alliance & Carol Stenger "The Sex Lady"
Gender Warrior Award~ Erin Conlon, Vagina Monologues
Harvey Milk Alumni Award~ Charles Lickel ' 71, VP Software IBM