LGBT+ Burnside Watstein Award

12th annual Burnside Watstein Award Ceremony

Save the Date: October 3, 2017 at 3:00pm in the Cabell Library

Nominations are open for the 2017 LGBTQ Burnside Watstein Awards!

Nomination deadline is extended to  Friday, September 22, 2017. Submit your nominations here: LGBTQ Burnside Watstein Award nomination form

The Burnside Watstein Award is now in its 12th year of honoring the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual people and our allies here at Virginia Commonwealth University.  The award is named for the first two LGBT subcommittee chairs, Sarah Watstein and Chris Burnside.

In the spring of 2006, the LGBT Subcommittee, now known as Equality VCU, launched the award to recognize those who worked to enrich the lives of VCU LGBTQIA+ students, staff, and faculty. The first Burnside Watstein recipients were recognized in the Spring of 2007. The first awards ceremony was held at the Honors College with funding provided by the Provost Office and a donation from Mike Fuller. Three awards were made that first year: one to a recent graduate, one to a faculty member, and one to an alumni. Over the years, the awards ceremony has quickly outgrown various spaces on campus. With strong support from the president’s office, the provost’s office, the Division of Inclusive Excellence, and the Division of Student Affairs, the Burnside Watstein award has become a well-recognized symbol of the ongoing efforts to improve the VCU climate for LGBTQIA+ students, staff, and faculty. 

For additional information contact Camilla Hill at: 804.828.6672, or Kate Schmitz at: 804.828.9856.

Read about the history of the Gay Alliance of Students’ two-year legal battle to win official recognition by VCU