Sisson Named Ally of the Year in U.Va.'s Gay Community

May 19, 2009 — The LGBT Resource Center at the University of Virginia created the V. Shamim Sisson Ally of the Year Award and bestowed the inaugural honor upon Sisson, former senior associate dean of students, at the center's LGBT graduation ceremony and annual spring garden party on May 1.

Sisson was instrumental in creating the center, which is dedicated to students who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or as a proactive ally in the University community. She also oversaw the hiring of the center's first full-time director, Edward S. Warwick.

Warwick said Sisson has continued to remain proactive and helpful while in retirement and has been a great resource to the LGBT community at U.Va.

The LGBT Resource Center also gave out lavender stoles to 35 students at the group's ceremony. The lavender stoles — worn in Sunday's main Finals ceremony — honored graduating undergraduate and graduate students who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or as a proactive ally in the University community.