Programs & Events

Throughout the year, we bring people together for a variety of events that help us reflect on the history and culture of LGBTQIA+ people, as well as highlighting current issues facing our communities.

Join us in our efforts to make UMKC an welcoming place for all Roos.  

LGBTQIA Pride Month

In April, UMKC celebrates Pride Month.  This is a month for education, reflection, action, and PRIDE! Students help plan and lead events throughout the month.

Pride Month Calendar

Lavender Graduation and Pride Awards Banquet

Lavender Graduation Ceremony

In May, we join colleges and universities across the country in celebrating the successes and achievements of our LGBTQIA+ community. Lavender Graduation was created to honor these students’ successes, and we hope all Roos can look forward to joining us for our annual Lavender Graduate Banquet including Pride Awards.  We invite all students, faculty, and staff to join us for this evening of celebration!

Pride Awards Banquet

We recognize outstanding individuals in the UMKC community who have contributed to the betterment of our LGBTQIA community through education, support, programming, or activism. These awards honor those who have contributed to the areas of service and outreach, establishing a safer and more welcoming environment at UMKC.

Lavender Graduation & Pride Awards

Pride Lecture Series & Scholarship Breakfast

Pride Lecture

Launched in 2007, this annual lecture series brings thought leaders from the LGBTQIA+ community to our campus. Sponsored by the Division of Diversity and Inclusion, past guests have included Staceyann Chin, Janaya Khan, Laverne Cox, Dustin Lance Black, and many other incredible individuals.

Pride Breakfast

Since 2008, the UMKC Pride Breakfast has raised funds to support LGBTQIA students at UMKC and served as a way to show our university’s support of, and commitment to, LGBTQIA+ students on campus. Organized in partnership with the Division of Diversity and Inclusion, Student Affairs, and University Advancement, the Pride Breakfast is one of our most treasured traditions of support for the UMKC LGBTQIA+ community.
UMKC Pride

Trainings & Workshops

Safe Space Trainings

The primary purpose of Safe Space is to reduce homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and heterosexism on our campuses to make our campus a safer and freer environment for all members of the community, regardless of sexual or gender diversity.

Speakers Bureau

To request a panel of LGBTQIA+ students to speak to your class, department, or organization, please contact or call 816-235-1639.

Workshops and Presentations

If you’re interested in hosting a presentation or workshop, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact us at or 816-235-1639.

Trainings & Workshops