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The PRIDE community at Illinois Wesleyan University includes students, faculty and staff with identities that span sex, gender and sexual orientation continuums. We are represented everywhere at IWU–from the classrooms and residence halls to different majors, student organizations, and office spaces. We are Titan athletes, performers, student leaders, fraternity and sorority members, and faculty and staff.  We are committed to living out the social justice mission of IWU, and having fun while we do. This site is a great place to start exploring the people and places that will support your identity at IWU:


Learn about sexual orientation and gender identity, and the ways that individuals come to understand themselves. Revel in the opportunity to explore yourself as a wholly realized person, complex and intersectional. Take time to explore the culture and symbols that convey our common history and experiences.


Find out about our LGBTQIA social and support organizations, such as the IWU Pride Alliance and Safe Zone, or the Pride Alumni Community which serves alumni, students, faculty and staff. Add your name to our list of LGBTQIA faculty and staff.


Take part in signature events sponsored by our LGBTQIA community, such as the Lavender Graduation Celebration where we honor LGBTQIA seniors, the Safe Zone Reception where new allies are recognized and inducted and at which campus LGBTQIA progress is highlighted, the Drag Ball which features performances by student and local Kings and Queens, or the Pride Alumni Community's annual LGBT Homecoming Brunch. A complete listing of past events with LGBTQIA themes is available as well.

Gender Unicorn
The Gender Unicorn is a helpful tool designed by Landyn Pan and Anna Moore to help deconstruct and better understand the differences within sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. For more information visit the Trans Student Educational Resources website.


There are many places and spaces on campus that offer assistance and support to LGBTQIA people, such as the Hart Career Center, Health and Counseling Services, or Evelyn Chapel. Consider the Office of Residential Life's LGBTQIA Roommate Matching Process or consider a study abroad program grounded in LGBTQIA identity. LGBTQIA people are fundamental to the mission and efforts of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The IWU Bathroom map and a list of LGBTQIA campus allies are also included.


LGBTQIA life exists beyond the borders of IWU's campus, as well.  Explore our community organizations and supports, inclusive and welcoming faith communities, apply for and receive LGBTQIA targeted scholarships, or reach out for assistance to national hotlines.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is always happy to provide SafeZone training to different campus groups and communities upon request.



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