Kirkwood Pride

Kirkwood Pride

Kirkwood Pride is Kirkwood’s student group for LGBTQIA+ people and allies. We’re all about providing a positive environment and a place to share concerns. This safe, welcoming environment promotes awareness, equality, and acceptance and educates the campus community about LGBTQIA+ issues.

For more information, to get added to the mailing list, or to get the invite to the Discord group, contact us at pride@kirkwood.edu.  

Group Meetings

  • Main Campus - Join us on Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m. (activity hour) in 2030 Iowa Hall
  • Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa – Join us Fridays from 2 to 3 p.m. in room 314, 2301 Oakdale Boulevard in Coralville

Upcoming Events

May 2: Lavender Graduation from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library 

May 31 and June 1: Quad Cities Pride Alliance 2024 Pride Festival, Schwiebert Park, Rock Island

June 8: Cedar Rapids Pride Parade at 1 p.m. 

June 15: Iowa City 2024 Pride Festival for 2024, downtown Iowa City

July 6: Cedar Rapids Pride Festival, Noon to 6 p.m. in New Bo

October 25-27: Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Asexual College Conference (MBLGTACC aka Mumbletech), Marquette, Michigan

Scholarships

Since its founding in 1935, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Iowa is a private, non-partisan organization that fights to advance civil liberties and uphold the Iowa and U.S. Constitutions. 

The Robert Mannheimer Youth Advocacy Award is a $500 cash prize given to a young Iowan ages 14 to 19 who has demonstrated a passion and advocacy for civil liberties. The award was established by Joan Mannheimer and the family of late Des Moines attorney Robert Mannheimer who supported the ACLU of Iowa for more than 50 years as a cooperating attorney, board member, and donor.

The First Friday Breakfast Club awards scholarships to outstanding Iowa high seniors who advocate for inclusion, fight homophobia, and educate their schools and/or communities about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ) issues. Academic excellence, extracurricular activities and community involvement also factor into the awards.

Scholarships are $3,000 each. The number of awards varies each year based on the number and quality of applicants and the funds available.

The mission of the Imperial Court of Iowa is to make a difference to the People of Iowa through fundraising, social consciousness, and education, one dollar at a time. ICIA offers three scholarships.

Since 1996, LEAGUE Foundation has awarded 220 college scholarships totaling $480,500 to self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBTQ+) graduating US High School Students. LEAGUE Foundation scholars are selected through a multi-round process where applicants academic, community involvement, and educational goals determine LEAGUE Scholars.

Currently the LEAGUE Foundation has four awards for consideration. Each student application is automatically reviewed for each. Learn more here.

Founded in 1973, PFLAG is the nation’s largest family and ally organization. The local chapter, PFLAG Cedar Rapids, started meeting in the Fall of 2010 and was officially accepted as a chapter of PFLAG National in the Fall of 2011. Find Educational and Scholarship opportunities here.

The Philanthrofund Foundation (PFund) scholarship fund is used to provide scholarships to LGBTQ+ learners from the upper Midwest at all stages of their educations. In 2023, PFund Foundation distributed a record $132,000 to more than 50 queer students from across the upper Midwest. Learn more here.

The Point Foundation offers scholarships for students attending accredited colleges and universities in the U.S. Point scholarships support community college, undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students with additional scholarship opportunities for BIPOC students.

The Stonewall Community Foundation strengthens the LGBTQ community and Movement by making strategic, values-driven investments in dynamic organizations, projects, and leaders. This includes scholarship programs.

The following websites have created their own LGBTQ+ scholarship lists and databases.

Affordable Colleges

Best Colleges

Human Rights Campaign

LendEDU

Scholarships.com


Names & Pronouns

Kirkwood easily allows you to change your preferred name and/or pronouns. To update your preferred name and/or pronoun, log into MyHub, go to the My Profile section, and use the Name and Sex edit icons. Records will be updated within 1 to 7 business days. Updating a preferred name with change your Kirkwood email address, too.

If you change your preferred name and encounter your dead name elsewhere in the system, it may be a glitch. For example, some students have found that their dead name is still presented when logging on to campus computers. If this happens to you, please contact Pride and we will get in touch with the people who can fix it.

Changing your preferred name is not the same as changing your legal name and/or "sex designation." By law, there are specific instances where Kirkwood MUST use students' legal name. See next tab for more information.

To change your LEGAL name, you'll need to complete the appropriate Name Change form. This can be done In Person at Enrollment Services or a Kirkwood Regional Center. It can also be done By Mail, but this requires a notary public.

To change your LEGAL gender (“sex designation”) on your Kirkwood student record, you must have had your legal sex designation changed by the State of Iowa or another state. If you have done this, fill out this form

You can learn more about Kirkwood’s legal name policy in this video. Please note: the video pre-dates current procedure. The name/pronoun change is now done through MyHub, not EagleNet.

You can have your EagleCard reissued (without the usual $10 charge) to update your name or to retake your picture to reflect your current gender presentation.

Learn More


Resources

Single-Occupancy Bathrooms

Kirkwood has seven single-occupancy spaces you can use. Here’s where to find them:

  • Main Campus: Benton Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 325 and 326
  • Main Campus: Bookstore, 1st Floor, Room 112 and 113
  • Linn County Regional Center: Rooms 803 and 805
  • Main Campus: Auto Tech Lab, 1402A (Customer Lobby)
  • Main Campus: Iowa Hall, Rooms 1005, 1007, 2019, 2039, 3015, 3039, and 3041
  • Main Campus: Rec Center, Room 123
  • Main Campus: Washington Hall, Room 1019
  • Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa in Coralville: 5th floor

Green Bandana Project

The Green Bandana Project promotes a stigma-free and supportive environment. Help spread awareness of resources available for those with mental-health-related needs with training from Kirkwood's Counseling Department. After the training, participants carry a few resource cards with them and tie a green bandana on their backpack to indicate they are safe individuals to approach with mental-health-related concerns and know where to find help.



Ready to Get Started?

Contact Eliot Blake with questions: pride@kirkwood.edu or 319-398-5899 ext. 5762.


Questions?

Kirkwood Student Life

2nd Floor Iowa Hall

319-398-5578

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