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Lavender Graduate & Pride Awards Banquet

Lavender Graduation is celebrated at colleges and universities across the country, honoring the success and achievements of LGBTQIA+ students. UMKC has celebrated our Lavender Graduates since 2005, inviting current students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends to welcome a new class of Roos to the Lavender Graduate family.

2020 Lavender Graduate & Pride Awards Banquet

We invite all graduating students, current students, and UMKC faculty, staff, alumni and friends to join us for this special tradition on Wednesday, May 6 at 6pm in UMKC Student Union Room 401.

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Pride Awards

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.

Pride Awards Descriptions

Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award

Recognizes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, or ally faculty or staff who contribute to a positive campus climate for LGBTQIA individuals.  This may be through offering LGBTQIA inclusive curriculum, expanding LGBT research in their discipline, challenging and working to improve campus policies and climate, providing thoughtful and inclusive programming, and/or for going above and beyond to create a safe and inclusive environment for LGBTQIA students, faculty, and staff. 

Jim Wanser Award

This award recognizes an individual who has volunteered hours of service to the UMKC LGBTQIA community or the greater Kansas City LGBTQIA community. This person has gone above and beyond in helping to create a better community for all, and has served as a model of excellence for establishing community and volunteering. 

Rising Star Award

Recognizes one area high school student whose leadership and service have resulted in a tangible gain for LGBTQIA students (such as Gay/Straight Alliance), or whose energies have created a more friendly, inclusive environment at their high school.  This individual demonstrates promise toward continuing their positive LGBTQIA leadership in future endeavors.  

Outstanding Alum Award

Recognizes one UMKC Alum who works toward fostering an inclusive community, at UMKC or in the community in which they live and work. Where their commitment to the LGBTQIA community serves as a model for current and future UMKC alums. 

Collaborative Excellence Award

Recognizes departments whose collaborative efforts have resulted in new or improved resources and services for LGBTQIA students, faculty, staff or community members. 

LGBTQIA+ Student of the Year

Recognizes one student for outstanding leadership, dedication, and service within the University, or in the community, that has resulted in new or revitalized resources, services, or programs for the LGBTQIA community. This individual works to foster community to establish coalitions among the greater UMKC and Kansas City community.  This individual serves as a role model for their peers, and demonstrates a commitment to queer leadership, advocacy, activism, or education. 

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Jonathan Pryor stands with a group of Lavender Graduates

Lavender Graduate Banquet & Pride Awards is sponsored by the LGBTQIA Affairs Council, the Student Activity Fee Committee, UMKC Division of Student Affairs, LGBTQIA Programs & Services, and the Office of Student Involvement.