LGBTQIA Programs & Services

Lavender Graduate Recognition & Pride Awards


SAVE THE DATE! 2013 Lavender Graduate Recognition & Pride Awards Banquet, May 15, 2013

Each spring, LGBTQIA Programs and Services sponsors a celebration of UMKC Lavender Graduates, an event celebrating the achievements of our LGBTQIA graduates and honoring the contributions of UMKC students, faculty and staff. For more information contact or 816-235-1639.

Graduating students may sign up to attend the banquet by sending your RSVP to or 816-235-1639.



UMKC Pride Awards serves to acknowledge members of the UMKC community who have contributed to the betterment of our LGBTQIA community through education, support, programming, or activism. These select awards aim to identify outstanding individuals who have contributed through these areas of service and outreach, establishing a safer and more welcoming environment at UMKC.

A description of each award is listed below. Nominations can be submitted here.


A special thanks to our 2013 Lavender Graduation Sponsors!!!

UMKC Athletics

Division of Diversity Access and Equity

University Advancement



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Recognizes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, 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.
This award recognizes and 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 volunteering and establishing community.
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.
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.
Recognizes departments whose collaborative efforts have resulted in new or improved resources and services for LGBTQIA students, faculty, staff or community members.
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.