Lavender Celebration is an annual event that recognizes the achievements of graduating queer and trans students and honors faculty, staff, community members and students who have advanced inclusion, support and education around LGBTQIA identities. It is an event where LGBTQIA students of all identities are welcome to share their hopes and dreams with one another and be recognized by the institution for their leadership and achievements.
Join us as we celebrate past successes and new chapters forward with an award ceremony, entertainment, keynote speakers and, of course, cake!
Are You Graduating? Be Recognized at Lavender Celebration!
Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life Awards
Every year, the GSC recognizes the accomplishments of students, staff, faculty and community members who advance inclusion, support and education of LGBTQIA identities on campus and in the community.
To nominate an individual for an award, view the following categories below.
Breaking the Silence Award
The LGBTQIA Breaking the Silence Award recognizes employees, students, departments, and groups demonstrating courage in the face of discrimination based on gender identity, gender expression, and/or sexual orientation by improving climate through specific departments or initiatives impacting LGBTQIA people at the University of Minnesota.
Community Excellence Award
The LGBTQIA Community Excellence Award recognizes employees, students, departments, and groups who go above and beyond as a leader with a strong, demonstrated commitment to building connections with the University of Minnesota's Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life for the purpose of bridging communities with education.
Leadership and Service Award
The LGBTQIA Leadership & Service Award recognizes employees, students, departments, and groups who go above & beyond in their roles, leadership, or service at the University of Minnesota to show a strong demonstrated committment to LGBTQIA social justice and/or an increase in knowledge and awareness around LGBTQIA topics & identities.