BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Danielle Johnson, academic advisor in the
Daniel Ackers Scholars Program in the University at Buffalo Cora P.
Maloney College, has received the first annual Lavender Star Award
for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Queer Leadership at
UB from the Buffalo Center Chapter of United University
Professionals (UUP) at UB and its Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
Transgendered and Queer (LGBTQ) Committee.
The award was presented at the UUP Lavender Reception on April
27 in UB's Intercultural and Diversity Center, 240 Student Union,
The award selection committee said Johnson, who in addition to
being an academic advisor is a doctoral student in the UB Graduate
School of Education, "has consistently demonstrated active
leadership and has served the LGBTQ community with compassion,
conviction and a research agenda that directly leads to
understanding, tolerance and acceptance."
Moriah Bolinsky Hegmann, events manager in the UB Center for the
Arts, co-chaired the selection committee with James Bowman, special
populations outreach coordinator in the Department of Student
Health and Wellness. Hegmann notes that Johnson's doctoral
dissertation, which she will complete this year, focuses on the
intersections of identity and spirituality among lesbian, gay and
bisexual college students.
"This year Danielle co-presented an excellent program focused on
engaging LGBTQ students who are not part of LGBTA (Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual, Transsexual, Asexual) organizations on campus at the
national conference of the National Association of Student
Personnel Administrators (NAPSA)," says Hegmann. "Her program was
so outstanding it was selected to be highlighted in the NAPSA 2012
Johnson has also been recognized for her advocacy with an
outstanding service award from UB's LGBTA Student Association.
Johnson's work has promoted awareness of LGBT organizations on
campus, in the workplace and in the community; helped to identify
the unique needs of lesbian, gay, and bisexual undergraduate
students in the academy; developed models of inclusion for lesbian,
gay, and bisexual college students, and engaged LGBT students on
campus in rejecting religious homophobia.
She is an advisor to the UB LGBTA Student Association and
co-facilitator for its Coming Out Support Group. She participated
in the production of the "UB -- It Gets Better" video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVWRaEt8bvk)
and presented at the Western New York "Uniting Across Campuses,"
the annual academic advisement conference presented by the UB
Undergraduate Advisement Council to educate participants on how to
work more effectively with, and be supportive of, LGBT