The LGBTQ Student Leadership Award is given by the Commission for LGBT People to a student who demonstrates a commitment to advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues on campus.
Nancy Thacker, a doctoral candidate in counselor education, has been a dedicated leader and advocate within the LGBTQ+ community. As the graduate assistant for the Commission for Women and the Commission for LGBT People, she’s provided exemplary support and communication. During her time at UT, she has co-coordinated the OUTstanding conference, given professional presentations about LGBTQ+ issues in counseling and higher education, and supported multiple LGBTQ+ projects, reports, and events. A clinical mental health counselor by trade, Thacker has provided clinical services primarily to college students and elementary school-aged students, with a concentrated focus on grief counseling with vulnerable populations. Additionally, much of her research and doctoral work involves learning about and educating others on ways to best serve the LGBTQ+ community.