The Intercultural Center is proud to open the call for applications for the David Nord Award. The David Nord Award is presented annually to support LGBTQIA+ focused projects on campus. This award encourages the Whitman community to engage critical issues facing LGBTQIA+ communities through a variety of creative and scholarly mediums. Recipients will receive a cash award along with financial support to complete the project if the project requires it.

Eligibility

Current Whitman College students, faculty members, staff members, and student/ faculty/staff teams are eligible to apply. Preference is given to student proposals that directly impact the community through an interactive project. 
Projects may include:

  • Creating an art exhibit
  • Producing a video documentary
  • Conducting quantitative or qualitative research projects
  • Developing a collection of poems
  • Writing a play
  • Choreographing a dance performance
  • Others, as appropriate

How to apply

Proposals will be submitted through email glbtq@whitman.edu and should follow the general application form that can be found at this link. The applications open on March 13th and close on April 13th. Late submissions will not be accepted. 

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The application form includes:

  • Name of applicant(s) and faculty/staff adviser for student projects;
  • A description of the nature and scope of the project identifying the main issues or themes to be covered;
  • A rationale indicating the impact that the project has on the Whitman community and beyond;
  • A project timeline; 
  • A budget for expenses associated with the project, if any (generally budgets are capped around $TBA);

If you are someone that is interested in this opportunity but not sure how to write out the project proposal, sign up for an interactive info session about the award where you can learn more about what makes a successful application.

What is the David Nord Award? 

David Nord, standing outdoors with mountains and icy waters in backgroundThe David Nord award is presented to Current Whitman College students, faculty members, and student/faculty teams to complete projects that address critical issues facing queer communities through a variety of creative and scholarly mediums.

David Nord graduated from Whitman college in 1983 with honors in political science. An active member of Phi Delta Theta, he was elected president of ASWC. Recipient of the Truman Scholarship and the US Senate Leadership Award, he worked as an intern with US Senator Henry M. Jackson and served as a delegate to the 1996 Democratic Party Convention.
David earned his Master’s degree in psychology from Antioch University and had a psychotherapy practice before becoming a full-time researcher and writer. 
He is author of “Multiple Aids-Related Loss: A Handbook for Understanding and Surviving a Perpetual Fall”. In November 1999, David died of AIDS.

David wrote in a 1996 letter to Dean of Students, Chuck Cleveland: 

“I wish I could say that my college memories were mainly pleasant but they were decidedly not. I always felt the need to hide and obviously displaced a lot of my frustration and fear into outward directed energies with mixed results.

I wish that I could have been self aware and confident enough to seek some help while at Whitman. Instead, I remained hidden for many years that were painful beyond description. Therefore, I have a strongly motivated desire to help make things better for the generations which follow. I can hardly tell you how happy I am to hear that the environment is so much better at Whitman. I would like to help make it better in a continuing way.”

A generous and thoughtful alum, he established the endowment for this annual award prior to his death and attended the first presentation in 1996. The award celebrates the LGBTQ+ community and pays tribute to the memory of David Nord. 

Award Winners:

2017-2018

Boken, C. (History and Art History)  Perspectives: Binaries in Disruption and

Zheng, A. (Gender Studies)  Embodied Viscera

2016-2017

None Awarded

2015-2016

McCulloch, T. (Gender Studies & Film and Media Studies)  Until Death Do Us Part: What Is Lost When Love Wins? and

Ruff, M. (Rhetoric Studies & Politics):  Rude Noises: Homocore, Unsettling the Symbolic, and Enjoying Abjection

2014-2015

Name Withheld (English)  A Production and Adaptation of Jean Genet's The Maids and

Griffis, E. (Gender Studies)  Somatechnic: Queer Disidentifications of Pleasure

2013-2014

Roberson, B. (Religion)  Sexuality at Whitman, the Untold Story: The Evolution of GLBTQ Discourse at Whitman College and

Mulloy, S. (Politics)  United States v. Windsor: Rethinking Victory, Normalcy, and Assimilation

2012-2013

Pereira Azuaje, M. (Anthropology)  I Love You, Man: Friendship and Brotherhood Across Sexual Orientation and

Boesch, D. (Politics)  Framing a Collective Gay Legal Identity: The Lasting Impact of Lawrence v. Texas

2011-2012

Aguilar, A. (Spanish)  Between Life and Death: Eroticism, Suicide and Dissidence in the Writings of Arenas and Piñera and

Creal, R. (Art History and Visual Culture)  Queer Street Art and the Legacy of 1980s AIDS Activism

2010-2011

Crenshaw, R. (English)  Queer Musings: The Art of Zestful Border Crossing and

Mina, L. (Gender Studies)  Virtual Invisibility: Visual Representations of "Diversity" and "Queerness" on LGBTQ Political Organization Websites.

2009-2010

None Awarded

2008-2009

Thurman, D. (Gender Studies)  Queer Women's Community at Whitman. Where the Hell is it?

2007-2008

Healey, S. (Sociology)  Out and Proud? A Rural Community's Approach to GLBTQ Youth.

2006-2007

Martz, K. (German Studies & Gender Studies)  Man Love, Spiritual Trannies, Androgynous Ambisexuals and Frat Boys: 150 Years of Gay Activism. and

Spiering, C. (undeclared)  Homosexuality: Who's At Risk?

2005-2006

Erickson, K. (Religion)  What We Do Is Secret: Do-It-Yourself Sounds from the Queer Underground. and

Espinoza, M. (Gender Studies)  The Gender Fetish: Towards a Theory of Gender and Sexuality.

2004-2005

Johns, M. (Psychology)  That's Not Ladylike! Effects of Femininity and Exposure on Homophobia in Women

2003-2004

LeRud, N. (English)  "This Beauteous Forme": The Spirituality of Donne's Holy Sonnets and Gay Reader Response and

Paulsen, S. (Art)  On Campus Dyke

2002-2003

Heinz, A. (History)  Romantic Friendships and Girl Guides: Changing Conceptions of Female Friendships from 1890 to 1930

2001-2002

Maize, J. (Theatre)  In One Room: Queer Conversations and

Roberts, C. (Theatre)  Female Impersonation: Homosexuality in China and England

2000-2001

Whittaker, K. (Politics)  Gloria Anzaldua's Art of Living

1999-2000

Schumock, E. (Classics)  Greek SeXXX: Why do We Care How the Greeks Had Sex?

1998-1999

Huddleston, A. (Politics)  How the Gay Rights Lobby and the Christian Right Have Influenced Each Other Politically in the Past Decade

1997-1998

Dixon, K. (Politics and English)  The Nature and Consequences of the Trials of Oscar Wilde

1996-1997

Peterson, K. (Politics)  Courting the Queers: Colorado's Amendment Two and the Romers v. Evans Decision

Rainbow Graduation is held every year in May to celebrate the school year, student accomplishments, and specifically graduating LGBTQIA+ students. All LGBTQIA+ seniors are welcome to sign-up to receive rainbow tassels.  Additionally, each year a student award is given out - details about the award will be published in March.

For more information, contact the Intercultural Center at 509-527-5596.