The LGBT Advocate Award recognizes a faculty member, staff member, or student who demonstrates a commitment to advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues on campus.
If an LGBT student event is happening at UT, Phyliss Shey is likely to be there. Shey received her master’s degree in cultural studies of educational foundations in 2012. Since then, she has worked for the Student Success Center and has donated much of her time to LGBT and diversity initiatives. Shey has served as cochair for the Chancellor’s Commission for LGBT People since 2013 but has been active on the commission since 2011. She has volunteered at the OUTreach Center since 2011. “Phyliss’s years of dedication at UT have made her one of the most trusted faces on campus, especially to diversity students,” her nominator wrote. “I have seen firsthand her unwavering commitment to LGBTQ programs, activities, conferences, meetings, potlucks, Thanksgiving dinners, and issues. Yet above all else, I have seen her dedication to the LGBTQ students, staff, and faculty at UT.”