Gender & Sexuality Services


Rainbow Reception

Rainbow Reception takes place at the beginning of each academic year as an evening of information sharing, networking, fellowship, and dessert. Established in 2010, since its inception Rainbow Reception continues to serve as a yearly opportunity for UNI students, faculty, and staff to welcome LGBTQ+ students and their allies back to campus. Learn more about Rainbow Reception here.


Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation recognizes the importance of the LGBTQ+ community on the UNI campus and the accomplishments of members of the LGBTQ+ community by awarding a lavender graduation cord to members and their allies. Established on the University of Northern Iowa campus in April of 2014 with nine graduates, Lavender Graduation doubled in size in April of 2015 awarding 18 students with a lavender cord. In 2020, we created a video for our graduating students.

Lavender Graduation 2021 will be held in April 2021 with the exact date TBD. Students who would like to be on our contact lists as potential future participants can e-mail us at

To view previous years photos from Rainbow Reception, Lavender Graduation, and other events please visit our Facebook page.


Trans Week

UNI Proud and Gender & Sexuality Services collaborate in mid-November to honor Trans Week. Trans Week coincides with Trans Day of Remembrance, which is recognized with an on-campus vigil in memory of those we have lost to transphobic and racist violence. Other events focus on educating allies about our trans community and promoting both resilience and resistance within our trans community members. Information about this year's events will be released mid-Fall.


Pride Week

UNI Proud and Gender & Sexuality Services collaborate in the first week of April every year to celebrate Pride Week. Pride Week includes a Drag Ball, Queer Monologues, a film screening, and some educational and social events. Events will be announced mid-Spring. For information, contact


Art Gay-la

The next Art Gay-la will take place in April 2021. If you are interested in submitting a piece, please bring it to our office by the last week in March. You will also need to fill out a submission form. All mediums and artists will be considered. For questions, please contact


Cedar Valley Women's March

The University of Northern Iowa Women and Gender Studies Department, Gender and Sexuality Services, Northern Iowa Feminists, Black Hawk County NOW, and UNI Proud welcomes the community to the 2nd Annual Cedar Valley Women’s March on Saturday, January 30th.
Due to Covid-19, this event will be a virtual discussion that explores the intersections of feminism in the United States and Cedar Valley. This moderated panel will take place virtually from 11 am to 12 p.m. on Saturday January 30th and will address the intersections of feminism. Panelists will include Timi Brown-Powers, Toshia Burrell, Amanda Goodman with keynote speaker Belinda Creighton-Smith.
Registration is required:



The LGBT Q & A discussion series features voices from across campus. Members of the Out & Ally Network will host casual conversations with students on different like skills or topics. Focused on de-stigmatizing some of the sometimes stressful situations LGBTQ+ young adults face, speakers will address topics such as making friends after college, coming out at work, or what "real adults" do for self-care. Please let us know which session(s) you would like to attend by completing this LGBT Q & A registration for the Spring 2021 series.


LGBT(ea) Time

Gender & Sexuality Services host a monthly discussion on relevant topics to the LGBTQ+ community. Previous LGBT(ea) Times have included LGBTQ women, queer trivia, and laws affecting the community. The Fall 2021 LGBT(ea) Times will be announced in August.