Nicole Stanton receives 2016 Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS Outstanding Achievement Award

Nicole Stanton has been honored by the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS with its 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award during the organization’s 21st annual Night for Life Gala on May 14, at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort and Spa in the Town of Paradise Valley.

Nicole Stanton

Nicole Stanton

“The Night for Life Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has had a monumental, personal impact on achieving our mission, which is to reduce infection, improve quality of life and contribute to worldwide HIV/AIDS research,” said Cindy Quenneville, CEO of the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS, said in a May 16 press release.

“In addition to co-chairing our Night for Life Gala in 2014, Nicole was also the co-chair of the Inaugural Red Brunch, a community event hosted by Aunt Rita’s Foundation that funded 16 local AIDS service organizations. Nicole continues to be a spokesperson for this cause by speaking at public gatherings, most recently the World AIDS Day Candlelight Vigil in Phoenix, which included the presentation of panels from the Names Project Memorial Quilt.”

Ms. Stanton is the founder of The Dion Initiative for Child Well-Being and Bullying Prevention at Arizona State University, which is committed to promoting environments that foster children’s health, well-being, and academic success, according to the release.

Renowned educators, dedicated direct service providers, and private-sector innovators create a greater understanding of the obstacles children face by sharing and developing evidenced-based and easily replicable programs to help youths overcome obstacles.

“The seeds for The Dion Initiative, which is named for my late brother Dion who was bullied relentlessly as a child and teen for his sexual orientation, began when I launched a Stop Bullying AZ Initiative at an anti-bullying summit at Arizona State University’s Tempe campus in 2012,” Ms. Stanton said in a prepared statement.

“The summit provided about 300 school administrators with information and strategies to help stop bullying in schools. The support we received from educators, local and national leaders, parents, and students was overwhelming. So much so, in fact, in 2015 Stop Bullying AZ was renamed the Dion Initiative and is now under the direction of ASU President, Dr. Michael Crow.”

Recently elected to the American Law Institute as a member and the Arizona Equal Justice Foundation board of directors, Ms. Stanton serves the local community as a founding board member. Past president of the Women’s Metropolitan Arts Council of the Phoenix Art Museum, she is a member of Charter 100 Women, and is an adjunct professor at ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law teaching professional responsibility. She also served as a member of the Business Court Advisory Committee.

A graduate of Valley Leadership Class XXIX, she is a recent recipient of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network Phoenix Ally Award, which is given annually to local leaders who advocate for safe and respectful schools and create positive change for students, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.

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