Alix Olson Award
Alix Olson Award for the Promotion of a Tolerant and Just Community
Nominate Someone for the Alix Award
“Let us shed our fears, turn our hearts resolutely against hatred, and with collective strength and determination, create a community of mutual acceptance and equality.”
— Alix Olson
Seeking Tolerance and Justice Over Hate (STAJOH) is seeking nominations for the 8th annual Alix Olson Award for the Promotion of a Tolerant and Just Community."
The Alix Olson Award was created by STAJOH to honor retired Madison Police detective Alix Olson, who led our anti-hate crime group for many years. The award recognizes an individual of any age or group who has worked to promote tolerance and justice in South Central Wisconsin, through leadership, education or other initiatives.
Nominate an individual of any age or a group in Dane County or South Central Wisconsin who has worked to promote tolerance and justice in the community, through leadership, education or other initiatives that have a positive impact in increasing tolerance toward all and eliminating hate.
Nominations Open: NOW!
- Award Criteria
- Alix Olson Nomination Form
- via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- via mail:
Alix Award 2020
C/O Department of Civil Rights
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Rm. 523
Madison WI 53703
- via email: email@example.com
Past Winners of the Alix Award
Laura Minero, Activist
2017: Laura Minero is a force to be reckoned with. Laura is currently a Ph.D. student in counseling psychology at UW Madison and is a DACA Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipient. Laura has emerged as a leading and persuasive voice in the struggle for just and humane immigration reform, as a member of, and on behalf of, the undocumented community. Laura is an outspoken advocate: leading marches, giving presentations, meeting with lawmakers, taking interviews so that a broad audience may hear and learn of the concerns around DACA. Laura’s academic life focuses on the experience of transgender immigrants and intersectionalities within the immigrant and LGBTQ communities. Laura mentors through the UW Madison Posse Program and local high schools with a focus on Latinx youth.
Karen Reece Phiffer, Nehemiah Community Development
2015: Karen Reece, Ph.D. is the Director of Research and Program Evaluation at the Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development. She has worked particularly on issues of racial justice in the criminal justice system for many years, both as a volunteer and at Nehemiah. Her work includes researching and organizing public outreach and events to educate the public about the disproportionate arrest rates for African Americans as compared to non-African Americans in the Madison area. Karen, a musician, is also the president of Urban Community Arts Network (UCAN), a local non-profit that showcases local musical talent to empower and unify youth and adults in the Madison area using urban arts, specifically hip-hop. She is the chairperson of the City of Madison Task Force on Equity in Music and Entertainment and she has also volunteered with MUM and Voices Beyond Bars.
Lori Karst, Madison Firefighter
2014: Lori Karst has been a Firefighter for the City of Madison for 24 years. Early in her career, Lori broke barriers as one of few women assigned to Station #1. Currently, Lori is a Firefighter/EMT, an Apparatus Engineer and has had advanced EMT training. She has fought many fires, including one of the biggest and hottest fires in Madison's history. She is a role model and mentor for new firefighters regardless of race, gender or orientation. Her inclusion in the LGBT community makes her a strong advocate for diversity in fire stations and throughout the Fire Department. Lori also serves on several Madison Fire Department committees including the Recruitment Committee and Community Outreach Committee with a goal to increase the Department's visibility, interaction with and outreach to the neighborhoods and residents it serves. She has served as chairperson of the Department’s September 11 Blood Drive since its start in 2011 and she has volunteered for CampHERO since its beginning in 2012.
Diego Campoverde-Cisneros, Radio Host
2013: Diego Campoverde-Cisneros, who moved to the US from his native Ecuador, is currently the Senior Marketing Communications Coordinator (Bilingual) for Quartz. His personal experiences and the challenges he has faced as an openly gay Latino man have led him to focus his energy and passion on supporting Latino LGBTQ youth and raising awareness on LGBTQ issues in the Latino community. In 2010, Campoverde-Cisneros founded Orgullo Latinx, a support group for Latino LGBTQ youth in Dane County serving Latino LGBTQ youth, their families and allies through supportive, responsive programming that addresses issues of safety, discrimination, and mental health.
Stephen Blue, retired Dane Co. Juvenile Delinquency Services
2012: Stephen Blue, retired Dane County Juvenile Delinquency Services Manager, positively impacts youth and families of all backgrounds. Stephen devoted much of his career to the reduction of the disproportionate treatment of youths of color in the juvenile justice system. He developed the Neighborhood Initiatives Program (NIP), which provides social, educational and recreational programming for kids, bringing young people of all cultures together and encouraging positive lifestyle choices.
Fade to Black, LaFollette High School Drama Group
2011: Fade to Black, LaFollette High School drama group and Chris Lang, Madison City Channel
The students of Fade to Black acted in a short film depicting a hate crime and mock trial, “The Price of Hate”, a STAJOH project in connection with the Simon Wiesenthal Center Tools for Tolerance® Program. Chris Lang donated his time and expertise to film, produce & edit “The Price of Hate”. He was senior producer at Madison City Channel and he is now the Audiovisual Specialist for the Office of the State Public Defender.
Fade to Black students honored are: Issaka Aguirre, Alan Canacasco-Rubio, Capriana Copus, D.J. Curley, Keith Dahl, Kayla Every, Evan Flietner, Hannah Foy, Kasey Gallagher-Schmitz, Emmy Hrubes, Athena Johnson, Aaron Legg, Wendy Martin, Mackenzie McBryde and Nicholas Rowles, and teacher Darcy Poquette.
Chris Lang, Madison City Channel
The Award will be presented at the City of Madison Mayor's Neighborhood Conference, Saturday, November 17, 2018.