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. 

The date for Rainbow Reception for Fall 2018 is Wednesday, August 22 at 5 PM. If you are interested in hosting an informational table at this event, please fill out this application or contact us at Join our Facebook event here.


Lavender Graduation Logo

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. 

Lavender Graduation 2018 will be held on April 25th from 5-7 PM in the Maucker Union Ballroom. 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 LGBT* Center events please visit our Facebook page.


Art Gay-la

The next Art Gay-la will take place in April 2019. If you are interested in submitting a piece, please bring it to the LGBT* Center by the last week in March. You will also need to fill out this submission form. All mediums and artists will be considered. For questions, please contact You can also follow the Facebook event here.


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 Spring 2019 LGBT(ea) Times will be announced soon and will be planned by our Volunteer Team.