Lavender Graduation

Attention Faculty, Staff, and Students!

Save the date: Friday, April 14, 2017 @ 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Lavender Graduation @ the Rainbow Center, Student Union 403


Each year we honor graduates (undergraduate and graduate students), faculty, staff and departments for their accomplishments beneficial to UConn’s diverse community of gender identities, gender expressions and sexualities.  Graduates need to register to participate by 3:00pm on Monday, April 10, 2017.  Each graduate will receive a special stole and rainbow tassel.

Register Now for Lavender Graduation!

We are honored to have Nat Smith (BS in Biological Science Education, 2010, and MA in Curriculum and Instruction, 2011) as our Alumna Speaker.  Friends and family are welcome to attend!  Also, we need everyone’s assistance in nominating deserving candidates for the Lavender Graduation Awards by 3:00pm on Monday, April 10, 2017!

Nominate Someone for Lavender Graduation Awards!

Our Awards

Shining Star
This award honors a Rainbow Center student staff member (undergraduate or graduate) or patron who embodies and exhibits the true spirit of the Rainbow Center’s “shining” mantra.

Outstanding Out to Lunch Series Speaker Fall and Spring
This award honors an Out to Lunch lecture series speaker who offered the most insightful, informative, and resourceful presentation, regarding diverse communities of gender identities, gender expressions and sexualities.

Outstanding Programming Event
This award recognizes events possibly co-sponsored with the Rainbow Center that offered an insightful, informative and learning experience outside the classroom.

Outstanding Undergraduate Student Leader
This award honors an undergraduate student leader who demonstrates effective leadership that benefits UConn and diverse communities of gender identities, gender expressions and sexualities. The Outstanding Student Leader should personify the values of integrity and community building.

Outstanding Graduate Student Leader
This award honors a graduate student leader who demonstrates effective leadership that benefits UConn’s diverse communities of gender identities, gender expressions and sexualities. The Outstanding Student Leader should personify the values of integrity and community building.

Outstanding UConn Professional
This award recognizes a faculty or staff member who demonstrates leadership and support at UConn for diverse communities of gender identities, gender expressions and sexualities. The Outstanding Faculty/Staff Member should work towards the advancement of individuals of diverse communities of gender identities, gender expressions and sexualities and their rights.

Outstanding Office or Department
This award recognizes an office or department that demonstrates advocacy and support for the UConn communities of diverse gender identities, gender expressions and sexualities and their rights. The Outstanding Office or Department should work towards the advancement of individuals of diverse communities of gender identities, gender expressions and sexualities and their rights.

Outstanding Student Organization or Group
This award recognizes a student organization or group that demonstrates support and fosters acceptance for the UConn’s diverse community of gender identities, gender expressions and sexualities.

Distinguished Social Justice Advocate
This award is to honor campus advocates who demonstrate and exemplify social justice actions.  In whatever capacity they may serve on campus, they often understand, vocalize and/or take action to address social injustice

Distinguished Student Research
This award honors an undergraduate or graduate student who has contributed research beneficial to understanding topics related to the individuals of diverse communities of gender identities, gender expressions and sexualities.

Distinguished Faculty Research
This award honors a faculty member who has contributed research beneficial to understanding topics related to the individuals of diverse communities of gender identities, gender expressions and sexualities.

Outstanding Teaching and Classroom Inclusion
This award honors a faculty member facilitates an exemplary classroom environment that is inclusive diverse communities of gender identities, gender expressions and sexualities.

Outstanding Student Activist Project
This award honors an undergraduate or graduate student who has contributed to diverse communities of gender identities, gender expressions and sexualities with a non-academic project related to advocacy and activism.

Outstanding Student Ally
This award honors an ally-identifying student leader who demonstrates effective leadership that benefits UConn’s diverse communities of gender identities, gender expressions and sexualities. The Outstanding Student Leader should personify the values of integrity and community building.