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National organization honors professor for groundbreaking work

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A new award created by a national counseling organization will be given this fall in honor of a University of Georgia faculty member and her work to strengthen the voices of queer and trans people of color.

The inaugural ALGBTIC Anneliese Singh Queer and Trans People of Color Award will be given to Singh this fall at the annual conference of the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling. Singh is professor and associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion in the College of Education.

The award is one of five the organization will debut this fall, and will be given once every two years to a member of the organization who champions queer and trans people of color.

Upon learning she is not only the award's first recipient but also its namesake, Singh said it created a flood of emotions and reminded her that she is not alone in work involving queer and trans populations. "I feel relief that more people are doing the work and changing the world for the better," she added.

In the organization's announcement of the award, Jared Rose, president of ALGBTIC, and Cory Viehl, the organization's 2018 conference co-coordinator, remarked on Singh's dedication to the field. "Thank you for inspiring other counseling professionals and students to do more for the people we serve," they wrote. "And thank you for allowing us the opportunity to show you how much we respect and appreciate your significant contributions to the field and LGBTQQIA+ people."

As associate dean, Singh has overseen efforts throughout the College to increase awareness of multicultural and social justice issues. Her office coordinates an annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference; oversees the DEI Graduate Certificate program; hosts safe space, trans, genderqueer and other types of training sessions; and works with students, faculty and staff to build a network of allies and advocates. As a researcher, Singh has extensive experience in the resiliency of transgender people, including trans people of color, and is part of a national research team studying trans youth resiliency.

Singh is also the author of several books, has worked on national guidelines and competencies for national counseling organizations in the areas of transgender and multicultural issues, and is the founder of the Georgia Safe Schools Coalition.

Singh will receive the award during ALGBTIC's conference this September in Portland, Oregon.

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