- Bicentennial Medal (2019)
- Distinguished Service Medal (2019)
- Retirement Brunch for Doug Bauder's 25 Years of Service
- Bloomington, Indiana
- Presenter: James Wimbush
Douglas E. Bauder received his B.A. in Sociology at Moravian College in 1971, followed by his Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1975. He was preparing for a career in ministry, and later served as a pastor in four separate congregations over a period of 17 years, while training as a hospital chaplain. Bauder's career and life also led him to join Indiana University, and as part of the IU family, Bauder served in a variety of roles.
In 1994, Bauder was chosen as the first coordinator of the GLB Office (at IU Bloomington, now the LGBTQ+ Culture Center). During his 25 years as an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community at IU, Bauder was instrumental in creating a place of understanding, peace, and community. Known as an inspiration and support to all, by serving as a friend, mentor and role model, his role as office coordinator built bridges with countless students, organizations, and the community. Through informative presentations and workshops, he spent almost three decades educating others on the diversity of life in order to create understanding and acceptance. Bauder’s warm passion and humble dedication to this field helped him to save the lives of numerous students struggling with the loss of support from friends and family, harassment from peers, and homophobia.
Bauder serves on many committees in support of diversity and multiculturalism. He was appointed by the Mayor of Bloomington to the Bloomington Human Rights Commission and Bloomington United. He served as Chair of the Commission on Multicultural Understanding at IU, and is also a published author with a chapter in the book “Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender College Students: A Handbook for Faculty and Administrators” published in 1998.
Bauder has received copious accolades including the Outstanding Program Award from the Midwest BLGBTA College Conference, the Robert Shaffer Outstanding Staff Award, and the prestigious Trevor Brown Award from the School of Journalism, IU. In 2019, Bauer was awarded Indiana University's Bicentennial Medal, and the Distinguished Service Medal, in honor and recognition of his distinguished service and incredible support of the LGBTQ+ community at the university.