A BATHURST resident has been recognised for his work promoting acceptance.
Nicholas Steepe was named the 2019 Out Role Model at the Australian LGBTI Inclusion Awards held recently in Sydney.
Mr Steepe, who works from the Bathurst campus, is the Charles Sturt University equity and diversity project manager and sits on the management committee of the Pinnacle Foundation, a charity that provides scholarships and mentorships to disadvantaged and marginalised LGBTIQ people aged 17 to 26.
"Words can't explain how ecstatic and honoured I feel to be nominated, let alone win the award," Mr Steepe said.
"I'm proud of who I am, and I'm so thankful to be involved with organisations like Charles Sturt University and the Pinnacle Foundation that celebrate and validate my whole identity."
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CSU equity and diversity manager Craig Hinley said the university was proud of Mr Steepe's award, which Mr Hinley said highlighted Mr Steepe's "dedication to creating an environment of acceptance across the staff and student community".
"Charles Sturt University is driven by its values, focused on being insightful, inclusive, impactful and inspiring. Nic lives these values both on and off campus," Mr Hinley said.
The Australian LGBTI Inclusion Awards celebrate Australia's top organisations for LGBTI inclusion.
Mr Steepe, who went to school in Dubbo, is also involved in the Central West Rainbow Alliance.