Abigail Francis

Abigail Francis

Presenter: Alison Alden, Vice President for Human Resources

The director of LBGT Services in the Division of Student Life is an excellent role model, because her energy and enthusiasm for her work is contagious, drawing others into the cause. In addition to running the Rainbow Lounge as a safe space for LBGT students, she is both a resource for information and an organizer of events—heightening awareness of the challenges LBGT students face while inspiring students to meet those challenges. She not only started Lavender Graduation, a moving celebration of the success of LBGT graduates, but she works with faculty to make classrooms safe and comfortable for LBGT students. One nominator noted that the exercises and materials she provided gave even experienced faculty a better understanding of LBGT issues. ‘Her interventions are certain to have lasting effects.’

For her tireless advocacy, this award goes to Abigail Francis.