Announcing the Nicole LaViolette Friends of Lambda Prize

Monday, December 2, 2013

From the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law's communications team:

 Announcing the Nicole LaViolette Friends of Lambda Prize

The Lambda Foundation is proud to announce that it has renamed its award at the University of Ottawa the Nicole LaViolette Friends of Lambda Prize. The Foundation has chosen to honour Professor LaViolette in this way because she exemplifies leadership and achievement both in terms of her scholarly work on LGBT legal issues and her personal commitment to human rights. 

Portrait, Nicole LaVioletteThe new name for the award also acknowledges, with deep appreciation, the generous Friends of Lambda who established this Lambda prize in 1995 and have financially maintained it over the years.  

Professor LaViolette was one of the earliest recipients of the Lambda Prize at uOttawa (1999), one of ten of our awards across Canada. “Lambda Awards are unique in their recognition of LGBT scholarship. The support I received for my work on sexual minority refugees was tremendously important,” she says.  Professor LaViolette has since been recognized nationally and internationally as a leading scholar and expert in refugee and immigration issues relating to sexual orientation and gender identity.  She has also remained active in the community, spearheading an Ottawa group committed to resettling in Canada LGBT refugees who are in facing persecution because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.  

The Nicole LaViolette Friends of Lambda Prize awards excellence in research on issues affecting gays, lesbians, bisexual, transgendered and intersex (LGBTI) people, specifically laws, and public and private policies affecting their human rights, as well as those matters pertaining more generally to their communities, values, achievements, arts and sports. All applicants, whether graduate students, postdoctoral fellows or early career professors, must also demonstrate that they have contributed to the LGBTI community.


Contact: Dr. Barbara Freeman, President

Lambda Foundation
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