UW-Stevens Point professor recognized for contributions to inclusivity
In recognition of his advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students, faculty and staff members, a University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point faculty member has been awarded the 2013 Dr. P.B. Poorman Award from the University of Wisconsin System.

Dejan Kuzmanovic, an associate professor of English, recently received the award named for a UW System professor who was instrumental in founding the system’s Inclusivity Initiative. It honors excellence in advocacy, research, teaching or service on behalf of LGBTQ communities within the UW System.

Kuzmanovic’s service at UW-Stevens Point is a reflection of his commitment and desire to create a positive climate for everyone, said English Department Chair Michael Williams. “Every aspect of his professional life reflects his commitment to improving the lives of members of the LGBTQ community,” he said.

At UW-Stevens Point, Kuzmanovic is a founding member of the Faculty and Staff Gay-Straight Alliance, chairing its executive board for five years. He has served as the UW-Stevens Point representative to the UW System Inclusivity Initiative for LGBTQ since 2005 and is a member of the university’s Inclusive Excellence Core Team. Kuzmanovic helped establish and conducts workshops on becoming an LGBTQ ally, makes presentations on inclusivity across the state and advocates for productive dialogues between minority and majority groups.

In the classroom, he teaches specialized courses in lesbian and gay literature and queer studies and has done extensive research on queer literature. Kuzmanovic received a grant to participate in a National Endowment for the Humanities seminar on Oscar Wilde and has contributed to the “Encyclopedia of Lesbian and Gay Histories and Cultures.”

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