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Porter honored with alumni award for LGBTQ+ support

Three people stand in front of a backdrop that reads Diversity at STATE

Dave Bentlin, Cinnamon Porter, and Barb Dallinger at the 2018 Lavender Graduation

Cinnamon Porter was named the recipient of the 2018 Barb Dallinger Alumni Stole Award.  The award honors an Illinois State University graduate who advocates and supports the LGBTQ+ community.

“Cinnamon was an active, radical student on campus, which is part of the reason that students immediately proposed her as the recipient of the award this year,” said Dave Bentlin, who presented the award at the annual Lavender Graduation along with Dallinger.

A 2016 graduate of Illinois State University, Porter earned a bachelor’s degree in social work. She currently works with the YWCA of McLean County’s Stepping Stones program, which provides 24-hour assistance for sexual assault and sexual abuse victims and their families in McLean County.  “She continuously impacts this community through her tireless work as a prevention educator,” said Bentlin.

In addition to work with the YWCA, Porter is heavily involved with social justice initiatives and community organizing efforts, serving on the board of the Central Illinois Pride Health Center, the Black Lives Matter Bloomington Normal Collective, and the steering committee of the Central Illinois Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

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