LGBQA TGNC Student Life

Our community of LGBQA TGNC people welcomes you! 

Coming Out Day Party
Celebrating Coming Out Week!
Students gather to share coming out stories and honor LGBQA TGNC resilience!
Homecoming LGBT Brunch
Annual Homecoming LGBT Brunch
Students, faculty, staff and alumni engage in fellowship following remarks by alum Chad Maxwell.
March on Springfield for marriage equality
Advocating for equality.
Pride sponsored a trip to lobby for marriage equality at the state capitol in Springfield.
March on Springfield for marriage equality
Diversity training
Dr. Maura Cullen trains a broad cross section of IWU students and leaders around issues of diversity and inclusion.
President Wilson offers remarks at the safe zone reception
Safe Zone Reception
President Wilson offered remarks and reflections at the first annual Safe Zone Reception to honor and induct new members and share LGBTQ+ campus progress.
Students get on stage with LGBT performer Diana Chittester
LGBTQ+ Entertainment
Students are invited to perform onstage with LGBQA TGNC musician Diana Chittester in the Hansen Student Center

There's lots of ways to get involved with and support LGBQA TGNCs at IWU. 

IWU Pride Alliance  is a hub of LGBQA TGNC life at IWU. Filled with diversity, the Pride community is friendly, welcomes everyone, and no assumptions are made. As a registered student organization, Pride holds weekly meetings that include social and educational elements. Campus-wide awareness events such as Coming Out Week, Transgender Day of Remembrance and Drag Ball are held annually. Pride also hosts national speakers, such as Dr. Stuart Chen-Hayes, a recent lecturer at IWU.

Safe Zone LogoSafe Zone  is a program designed to educate campus community members about LGBQA TGNC experiences and history through a series of workshops grounded in the relationships between sex, gender, and sexual orientation. Those who complete the certification are prepared to support friends and others across campus who identify outside of heteronormative social conventions.

The Pride Alumni Community (PAC) welcomes all members of the Illinois Wesleyan University community to join us: alumni, students, faculty, staff, family and friends of the University. The PAC shares the University’s overall educational, admission, career, and fundraising objectives, especially as they relate to and affect LGBQA TGNC students, faculty, and staff, and seek to become an integral part of the University community. The LGBQA TGNC Homecoming Brunch has become the Pride Alumni Community's signature annual event, bringing members of the community together to celebrate Homecoming, visit with old friends, make new friends, meet the students of the IWU Pride Alliance, announce the recipient of the PAC Scholarship and be joined by a distinguished alumni speaker.