Sarah Morgan, director of UWM’s Nursing Learning Resource Center, will receive the Bayard Rustin Award from LGBT nonprofit agency Diverse & Resilient. It will be presented March 30 at Diverse & Resilient’s annual Reviving the Dream Celebration.
Morgan is being recognized for her leadership and contributions in the community. She joined the Diverse & Resilient board in 2008 and served as board chair from 2011 to 2014. Diverse & Resilient works to address the health disparities experienced by LGBT people in Wisconsin.
“Through her volunteer service, education and research, Sarah has sought to elevate the recognition of the unique lived experiences of Wisconsin’s LGBT+ residents,” said Warren Scherer, director of UWM’s Inclusive Excellence Center and a member of Diverse & Resilient’s board of directors.
A leader in the civil rights movement, Bayard Rustin was a mentor and adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the chief organizer of the historic 1963 March on Washington. Rustin had to work behind the scenes because he was an openly gay man during a deeply hostile era. The Bayard Rustin Award honors his legacy of working behind the scenes to improve people’s lives through social justice.
Gerald Coon, president and CEO of Diverse & Resilient, said Morgan was nominated “following a long discussion about people in the community who really embody the spirit of the award, especially working behind the scenes as Bayard Rustin did.”