The University of Wisconsin-Superior named Allison Willingham, assistant professor of criminal justice, the recipient of the Dr. P.B. Poorman Award.

“As a criminologist, I see that the LGBTQ+ community continues to be a marginalized group that does not have their voices and stories heard on many issues in our justice system,” Willingham said. “As a qualitative researcher, I have tried for nearly a decade to share their experiences within the criminal justice system to a broader audience. I hope the work I do inside the classroom educates our future law enforcement officers, victims’ advocates, lawyers, judges, and correctional officers so that they, too, may work to reduce the biases against LGBTQ+ folks.”

The UW System and the LGBTQ+ Inclusivity Initiative established the annual Dr. P.B. Poorman Award for Outstanding Achievement on Behalf of LGBTQ+ People in 2008, honoring the memory of Dr. Poorman and recognizing UW System faculty, staff, and students for excellence in their advocacy, research, and/or service efforts on behalf of LGBTQ+ communities.

“The best possible result of my work would be that the next generation is led by empowered queer folk who aren’t afraid of the social or legal repercussions of being out and proud fighters for social justice,” Willingham said.

Regents, chancellors, provosts and UW System Leaders will recognize Willingham at a ceremony Nov. 7 in Madison.