Donna Westfall-Rudd, Ph.D. has been selected as the recipient of the Jo Ann Underwood Ally of the Year for 2018. The Ally of the Year Award is named in honor of the first advisor of Lambda Horizons (now HokiePRIDE), Jo Ann Underwood. Jo Ann was a staunch advocate for LGBTQ+ students who took bold stances to pioneer HIV prevention education, support LGBTQ+ students, and champion LGBTQ+ acceptance in our community in the late ‘80’s and ‘90’s. Each year, her memory is honored by recognizing another leader who stands firmly in support of the LGBTQ+ students and community on campus and in the greater Blacksburg and New River Valley area.
Dr. Westfall-Rudd will receive the award as part of the Lavender Ceremony to be held on the morning of May 10th in Old Dominion Ballroom, Squires Student Center.