GSS hosts a variety of events throughout the semester, including Rainbow Reception, lunch-and-learn LGBTea Times, Pride Week programming, Lavender Graduation and more!

UNI Lavender Graduation

Lavendar 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. Students who would like to be on our contact lists as potential future participants can email us at

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

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 is open to all and continues to serve as a yearly opportunity for UNI students, faculty and staff to welcome LGBTQ+ students and their allies back to campus. 


LGBTea Time

Gender & Sexuality Services hosts a monthly discussion on relevant topics to the LGBTQ+ community. Previous LGBTea Times have included LGBTQ women, queer trivia, and laws affecting the community. LGBTea Times will be held in the CME classroom (Maucker Union 109P) unless otherwise noted. Lunch is provided. Face masks are encouraged.

  • Friday, Sept. 8: 12-1 with guest speaker Dr. Cara Burnidge
  • Tuesday, Oct. 10: 12-1 pm. Details coming soon!

LGBTQ+ Student Affinity Groups

LGBTQ+ UNI students are invited to attend our affinity group meet-ups. This is a positive, empowering and affirming space for you to meet up and talk about the issues or barriers that you're facing. Email for information about upcoming affinity groups.

All LGBTQ+ students are invited to attend; if you do not identify within the LGBTQ+ community, please refrain from attending. Questions or accommodations: email

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 events often include a drag show, film screenings, and educational and social events; events are announced each year in mid-spring.

Details for Pride Week 2024 coming soon!

Queer Book Club

Love to read? Looking for LGBTQ+ book recommendations? Want to connect with other readers? All members of the campus community are invited to join us for Queer Book Club on Thursdays from 5-6 pm during the fall 2023 semester.

No need to read a certain amount, or even one book!

For questions, please contact