LGBT Pride Month occurs in the United States to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969. Omicron Delta Kappa celebrates our members who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community and who are advocates for inclusion and acceptance.
Dean H. Hansell (Denison University, 1972) is a Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge. After graduating from Denison, Dean went onto earn his law degree from Northwestern University. He was one of the co-founders of what was first identified as GLAAD/LA (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation). Dean went on to to serve as the body’s co-president for three years. He has also served as a co-chair of the board of directors of the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center, the world’s largest gay and lesbian organization.
Calvin M. Runnells (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017) is a transgender male, graduate of Georgia Tech, and a Rhodes Scholar. He is currently working on his second bachelor’s degree in philosophy, politics, and economics at the University of Oxford. While an undergraduate at Georgia Tech, Calvin advocated on behalf of the immigrant community. He was appointed by GT’s president to co-chair the university’s LGBTQIA Action Committee.
Benjamin M. Williams
Benjamin M. Williams (Georgia State University, 2011) is currently the assistant director of new student programs at Georgia State. Ben served as president of his circle, a member of the Society’s Board of Directors, and as an advisor to the Miami University Circle. He has long been active with O∆K’s diversity, equity, and inclusivity efforts, and he is currently the chair of the DEI Programming and Operations Subcommittee. Ben has served as a member of the board of directors for the Equality Foundation of Georgia/Georgia Equality and was recognized with a Friends of the LGBTQIA Resource Center Award from Georgia Tech.